Casino Royale

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Directed:                 Martin Campbell

Writing credits:

Neal Purvis (screenplay)
Robert Wade (screenplay)
Paul Haggis (screenplay)

Novel:                    Ian Fleming
Original Music:      David Arnold

Cinematography: Phil Meheux

Music: Chris Cornell theme (to save right click)

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The name is Craig, Daniel Craig – not Connery, Moore, Dalton or Brosnan. Yip it’s a monumental shift for Bond but [you know what] it’s a good shift.

I never was much of a fan of O’Bond [Brosnan] somehow he never really convinced me – Craig manages in it spade fulls. This Bond is tough, ruthless and yet flawed and emotional – it was a big ask for Craig [and I was one of the doubters] but he has proved me wrong. I didn’t want a list of Bond movies on the site and perhaps will include one of Sir Seans eventually but as this was such a departure and so influential it had to be included. Think of it as a stylish Bourne identity with violence.

The story follows Bond and his newly acquired License to Kill. He is considered a loose cannon with a sizable ego and a short life expectancy. No sooner does he have his Double O status that he is involved in a chase with a bomb maker causing much destruction, and ending with the apparent killing of an unarmed man. This more than cements the opinions of M for her new charge. He refuses to let the trail go and heads off to the Bahamas where he enters a high stakes poker game with Le Chiffre, accountant to the world’s terrorists. The screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade & Paul Haggis is well written and the characters are solid. People complain about the 2hour 24 mins runtime but I feel that this gives the opportunity for the director to set out his stall and allows for character development, especially in Bond that would not have been attainable otherwise.

Daniel Craig walks as if he has a chip on his shoulder and you can tell this is the angriest Bond to date. Clever dialogue especially between him and Lynd gives him a sense of insecurity and vulnerability that has been missing for quite a while. Talking of Lynd, played so skillfully by Eva Green, she pokes at Bond's vulnerabilities by guessing, presumably correctly, "you are an orphan! did not come from money and your friends at Oxford never let you forget it!". Green IMO is superb in role and the romance smoulders with disdain all the way through the film.

The fight sequences has Bond getting hurt and even getting a few scratches on his face. Yes, Bond gets hit and gets hurt too. Whoever thought that was possible? Bond is far from mythical, he is all too human. And that makes him far more interesting than ever.

The foot chase chase is reminiscent of that at the start of District B13, using the same style of “Free Running” that was used there. It is an thrilling chase through the streets, up cranes, around buildings, and whatever else gets in their way. This is the most real James Bond to date and is very believable portrayal filled with some of the best camera work you'll ever witness. It comes across as real, but it also keep to classic Bond roots by including cars, beautiful women, and even some more realistic gadgets, such as a tracking device inserted within his vein and a few others kept handy within the glove box of his Aston Martin. He may not wield a laser wristwatch, but he gets the job done.







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