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Monday, November 20, 2006

Casino Royale

On Saturday, I took a trip north, and while up there, took the opportunity to see the new James Bond film, Casino Royale, at the local Odeon.

I have to say, it was superb! There's really little I can fault in it, and anything I could fault is too minor to mention.

First off, despite the early criticism, Daniel Craig pulled off the roll of Bond perfectly, bringing a more tough and gritty style to the character, which to me, made it all the more believable. Although there were fewer of the characteristic Bond one liners, there were more than enough memorable lines, and still the same Bond charm and wit.

As for the other Bond essentials; Action and Women, they could still be found aplenty. It was definitely more violent than the previous films, down to the fact they were not holding back with the blood and bruises, of which Daniel spent a lot of the film covered in. So, probably not one we'll be seeing before 9pm at Christmas like most of the Bond films. And of course, it wouldn't be a bond film without the women, and this position was filled very well by French born Eva Green.

The only thing that some Bond fans may find missing is the gadgets; normally you would expect something explosive packed into an everyday object, or a car with many non-standard factory extras, but this time it's back to basics. Not that it detracts from the film in any way, as there's still plenty of gunfire and fast cars to keep everyone happy.

Overall, a top film that I'd highly recommend, even to those who are not normally Bond fans, but you might want to leave the kids at home for this one.

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4 Comments:

  • I saw the flick this weekend too. Although it was pretty decent, you know with lots of shirtless Bond scenes and him traipsing around in short shorts on the beach, didn't the card game seem to take FOREVER?

    By Blogger classyandfancy, at 5:37 pm  

  • Somehow thought the shirtless Bond would be appealing to the women (and possibly to some of the guys!).

    The card game did seem to take up a fair bit of the film, and also, wasn't it meant to be set at the start of Bond's career? If so, how come Judi Dench was M? She came in later in Bond's career as M. Or perhaps I'm being too picky now.

    By Blogger Matt, at 9:18 pm  

  • Despite the fact that Daniel Craig is perhaps the sexiest bond ever 9and the idea of him traipsing around shirtless is a nice one), I doubt I will see it. I'm just notinto Bond.

    By Blogger [Cherry] Ride, at 3:15 pm  

  • yea don't over-analyze too much on the timeline ... otherwise you'll starting finding other things that are bothersome. I forgave it for that and also agree that the poker scenes were a bit too long, but on the whole like very much! who was the freaking NINJA in the opening chase scene. HOLY CRAP!!

    and to make you laugh, this is what my dad said, "hm, there seemed to be a lot more James coming out of the water than the Ursala-types. "

    By Blogger darci ann, at 8:13 am  

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