Classic Film Review: Casino Royale (2006)

So welcome to my second article of my series of film reviews of films I own. Today I’m going to look at Daniel Craig first outing as the icon 007, in Martin Campbell 2006 reboot of the famous spy action thriller ‘Casino Royale’.
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My Review 

In this reboot of the series ‘James Bond’ have just receiving his license to kill and ‘00’ Status, is send to Madagascar, where he uncovers a link to Le Chiffre a man who finances terrorist organizations. Learning that Le Chiffre plans to raise money in a high-stakes poker game, MI6 sends Bond to play against him. Along with a beautiful Treasury agent discover the threatening organization behind his enemy, the worst of all truths: to not trust anyone.

I’ve always love James Bond film’s as a kid and has watch most of the film from Dr No to Tomorrow Never Die, and always enjoyed most of the actor who play the British Secret Service agent. From Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery to Timothy Dalton and but after watching this 2006 release with Daniel Craig playing James Bond, I think Daniel Craig maybe my favourite Bond, up their with Sean Connery.

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This version of Bond is great and gives off a man who a killing machine and is cold-hearted but at times charming and can get the job done. Only Connery has every really come close to being the Bond that Fleming thought of in these books.

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This can been shown in the first 20 minutes of the film with the first scene being Bond getting his first two kill’s by killing a traitorous MI6 section chief who has been selling classified information—and the chief’s contact. This show people how cold bond is.

In the next scene Bond chasing a terrorist though a Madagascar building site, killing him and causing an international incident. This shows he doesn’t know how to make an good decision yet. But in two scene we how know what kind of Bond Daniel Craig is going to be. Judi Dench reprise her role as ‘M’ and has a more involved role in this film then in the previous film.  In this film she plays more of the head teacher role with Bond then just a person that gives him mission. I like this relationship she as with Bond and also give of the best line in the film in my eyes:

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“In the old days if an agent made this kind of mess they had the decency to defect,” “I miss the cold war.”

But what I like the most with this James Bond is that in more gritty and grounded, not like the other James Bond film. An example of this is the action scenes being much more hands on fighting and not as much use of high-tech gadgets like some James Bond films have used over the years.

I also like the idea that bond isn’t prefect and can make mistake and this films giving the best characters development since Sean Connery era. Bond goes though a lot in this film with him falling in love, being tortured, poisoned etc and we know why he doen’t trust anyone. We have all known that Bond is a great poker player and in this film we finally saw how good he is. With some of the best scenes in the film being the poker game that give off tensed and how important game is.

casino royale 7But the best but hard to watch scene was the torture scene with Le Chiffre and Bond, which is my eyes show the gritty and grounded feel the whole film, and that the scene is from the book so some people who love the book will like it.

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Since the first James Bond film back in 1962 with ‘Dr No’ the theme music as well as the character has been the most important parts of the Bond movies and this is no different.

In this film it was composed by veteran composer David Arnold, which has composed on the last three films before. I also like bond music from Goldfinger to Golderneye and in this theme track is no different. Chris Cornell performing the title song ‘You Know My Name’ with a lot of people not liking this track.

It not the best James Bond title track, but it works for the dark gritty feel that the whole film is showning. The rock band idea as i think it give off then Bond is young and new and rock bands give off youth. Also Chris Cornell voice give the kick that the song needed, but that maybe just my taste of music.

Verdict: A+

I give this film the top grade with a A+. This is because it the prefect reboot film in the way then we see Bond in a new light, but still have what we love about Bond. If you like Bond films in the past then this is a much watch, and if you like spy film’s or thriller with great hand to hand fighting scenes then this is the film for you.

But you should check out this because it one of the best James Bond film in the series. So let me know what you though on Casino Royale and do you agree with it being one of the best Bond films in the series by leaving a comment below, as well as contacting me on the following links:


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Stuart Irvine

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