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Casino Royale
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Directed By
Martin Campbell

Written By:
Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade

Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Simon Abkarian, Ivana Milicevic, Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria, Isaach de Bankole, Tobias Menzies, Caterina Murino, Clemens Schik

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Casino Royale (2006)
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Movie Review by Justin
March 27th, 2007

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks

Following my second viewing of CASINO ROYALE I am startled to find, to begin with, that now I have actually seen a Bond film twice. Save for "Goldfinger," undoubtedly the finest of the bunch, this is the only other movie of the 21 catalog series that actually kept me enthralled on the levels of action, spy plot, and its few surprising stabs at human interest. Director Martin Campbell and company give us a Bond more badass than ever, one whose secret agent skills are yet unrefined, and whose vigor and arrogance stand to mar his judgment. Daniel Craig fills the action hero shoes effortlessly, and is able to add enough dimension to suggest a hint of emotional instability beneath Bond's brash veneer. This film is better paced than most of the previous outings, and the action sequences are less like diversions and contain a good deal more kinetic quality. There's a moment toward the end of the film when we're wanting the filmmakers to give the emotional line just a little more slack -- to let the anger and sadness bleed out -- but this is only because we realize just how far the whole thing has come to begin with. This is a Bond film for a new era -- the obligatory and awkward self-seriousness of the series has been dismissed for a celebration of something more genuine, more feeling, and more terrifically entertaining.

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Mar 27, 2007 5:27 PM
I want to see this. Is it REALLY that good?
Mar 30, 2007 2:19 AM
It's the first Bond film I can recall that sort of disarmed all my expectations for a Bond film. Since it's generally more realistic than so many of the others, you really can enjoy it in a very basic way.

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