Saturday, October 25, 2008

Casino Royale (2006)


This is easily my favorite Bond installment of the past few decades! It seems that the people over at the Bond factory finally realized that it's target audience has evolved, has learned a little about technology and required a more plausible film to suspend their disbelief. In Casino Royale, they have down sized the crazy gadgets, up sized the action and finally given us a Bond that we can believe is a tough guy. Daniel Craig has the right stuff fr this character, he is rugged, tough, a smart ass, with enough arrogance to make those moments of charm play well. The one gripe I had was the car (A Bond tradition) was given almost no screen time. Overall I am a fan again after they flat out lost me with the Pierce Brosnan era.

The Plot:

James Bond goes on his first ever mission as a 00. Le Chiffre is a banker to the world's terrorists. He is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known simply as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis and having Vesper pose as his wife, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career. But if Bond defeats Le Chiffre, will he and Vesper Lynd remain safe?

The Cast:

Daniel Craig ... James Bond

Eva Green ... Vesper Lynd

Mads Mikkelsen ... Le Chiffre

Judi Dench ... M

Jeffrey Wright ... Felix Leiter

Giancarlo Giannini ... Mathis

Caterina Murino ... Solange

Simon Abkarian ... Alex Dimitrios

Isaach De Bankolé ... Steven Obanno (as Isaach De Bankole)

Jesper Christensen ... Mr.White

Ivana Milicevic ... Valenka

Tobias Menzies ... Villiers

Claudio Santamaria ... Carlos

Sebastien Foucan ... Mollaka (as SĂ©bastien Foucan)

Malcolm Sinclair ... Dryden


The Movie:


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