After earning his license to kill, James Bond’s first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar where he must partake in a high-stakes poker game against Le Chiffre, banker to the world’s terrorist organizations. Along the way, Bond falls in love with the sexy Vesper Lynd.
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It captures - or perhaps recaptures - the vicious streak inherent in the novels but rather lacks their cocktail hour elan, instead trading on modern day par-of-the-course slam dunk action for sensation. It’s not worth debating too greatly what is milked each time from this particular cash cow, except to say the film delivers a much needed kick up the britches to the series albeit a few kicks too many elsewhere.
The pre/post-title action scenes, some scenes with Dench/Green, the unusual Bond torture scene, and the last 1/2 hour hold up the rest, keeping the typical heavy plot interesting. Casino Royale could've been vastly more emotional if its final third was expanded and deepened, or it would've been a tense and thrilling action/spy film with momentum.... if its 1st two acts were cut by 35 minutes.
Rewatching "Casino Royale" in preparation for "Spectre," I was once again taken in by the film's spectacular action sequences (director Martin Campbell is operating at McTiernan levels here), in-depth characterization, and stellar performances. Who knew the best way to revitalize James Bond for the 21st century was to give him a soul? For my money, this remains Daniel Craig's finest outing in the role.
Not quite the masterpiece, but it does an impressive job of bringing the flagging franchise back to something more grounded, more tangible. Daniel Craig does a nice job as the main role, and Eva Green is as usual brilliant and enthralling in her supporting role. The plot is a little bit easy to read at times, and some of the dialogue is hard to take, which holds it back a little.
I rewatched this liast night, and I have to say that it was substantially better than how I preceived it on first viewing. It was actually a VERY good movie, one of the best Bonds, and, even if Quantum of Solace sucks, I still now need to see it.
The bond films have yet to break into 5 star territory for me but this one is definitely at the top of the 4 star list. Campbell makes solid action flicks (with a few abysmal exceptions). A crowd pleaser and a wildly successful reboot.