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Based on Ian Fleming's first 007 novel, James Bond must thwart a dangerous Russian spy who is funding global terrorists from winning a baccarat game worth millions. The 21st film in the most successful film series in cinematic history.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 222
- Fresh: 210
- Rotten: 12
- Average Rating: 7.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: [Craig's] portrayal feels grittier and more complex than previous 007s. This is also partly the result of a better script, by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Oscar winner Paul Haggis, as well as top-notch directing by Martin Campbell.
Fresh: This, at last, is Bond stripped bare.
Fresh: There's clearly life in the old dog yet.
Fresh: I consider Daniel Craig to be the most effective and appealing of the six actors who have played 007, and that includes even Sean Connery.
The Best Bond Movie Ever
I know that there are die hard Sean Connery fans and I am all for that; the Bonds over the years have been great to watch. It's been interesting to see how each new actor has inhabited the role. Daniel Craig, though, brings something completely new and unique to the role and, in this film, it is particularly refreshing to see this HUMAN Bond. They've all been so suave and so sexy - but this one is so conflicted and raw. We see his flaws, we see how the 007 we already know was created. The birth of the look of him, the introduction of the Aston Martin into his life, the way he is made hard and impenetrable. It's a Bond for the times. The supporting cast is excellent, as always, beginning with Judi Dench as the best M of all time and ending with the Jeffrey Wright as Felix Lighter (wonderful!). The women are stunning, starting with Catarina Murino (stunning in every scene) and shifting to Eva Green (perfection). The cameos by Macolm Sinclair and Tsai Chin are fun and Mr Giancarlo Giannini is superb. Add to that all the European scenery, extraordinary action sequences and a score by David Arnold that fits, perfectly, the tradition of James Bond movie scores - Arnold even pays perfect homage to the legendary John Barry who scored most of the earlier Bond films. Speaking of homage, be sure to notice as the filmmaker tips his hat to the famed image of Ursula Andress, rising out of the sea in DR NO - only this time, it is Bond rising out of the sea in a swimsuit that looks amazingly like the male version of the one worn by Honey Ryder... What I really and truly love about this Bond is that he is a 007 who does it all on his own. Missing are all the gadgets and gizmos from the past Bond films - he does it all himself, on the merit of his brains and brawn. Well... there are some hidden things in his car - like a heart defibrulator - but no shoe phones! Oops. That's a different secret agent. This is the REAL secret agent man.
Definitely in the Top 5 of the Franchise
For once there is a Bond that actually bruises and looks like he could win a fight! "Casino Royale" has one of the most intelligent plot lines and a modern sleekness to it not present in several of the earlier installments. Props to Daniel craig for giving Sean Connery a run for his money as the best Bonde and a Bond girl who actually has some initiative.
My Favourite movie!!!
I'm not a big 'James Bond' fan, however, I first watched this at a preview showing in Glasgow (Scotland) and that was the first of many dozens of pleasurable viewings of this classic flick. This is my all-time favourite movie (as I'm a grown man of 35yrs that's saying something!!) and I'm sooooo excited I can now carry it around with me on my iPhone!! A fantastic film!! Quantum of Solace was good but not nearly as good as Casino Royale!! I love this film!!! Awesome work, ppl!!!
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2006
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