Casino Royale (2006)


Movie Review

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, and Judi Dench

The James Bond film franchise had to go legal in order to give viewers a modern action thriller that meets today’s standards.  In its 21st film Casino Royale, James Bond (Daniel Craig) takes on his first mission with 00 status in MI6.  Bond spies on a bomb maker in Uganda and finds a connection to LeChiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a banker for many of the world’s largest terrorist networks.  MI6 learns of a poker game being sponsored by Le Chiffre and sends Bond to Montenegro to play in it.  If he wins, Bond would deal a major financial blow to terrorists around the world.  If he loses, the British government will have effectively bankrolled terrorism.  Eva Green joins the cast as Vesper Lynd, a banker who accompanies Bond to the poker tournament.  Judi Dench reprises her role as M.

Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond films were anything but cutting edge.  With Daniel Craig’s debut as Bond in Casino Royale, moviegoers are treated to the first modern action thriller of this long-running franchise.  Daniel Craig delivers the badass that we so desperately needed in this series.  He also gives us a Bond who’s not just some old charmer who likes his martinis a certain way.  Craig’s Bond is human.  He’s young.  He has real problems.  He bleeds.  That being said, Casino Royale is an explosive journey that is a must-see film for any action lover.



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