|Casino Royale introduces James Bond (Daniel Craig) before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to "00" status.|
Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar, where he is to spy on feared terrorist Mollaka (Sebastien Foucan). Not everything goes to plan and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6, in order to track down the rest of the terrorist cell. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) and his girlfriend, Solange (Caterina Murino). He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), banker to the world's terrorist organizations.
Secret Service intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organization.
'M' (Judi Dench) places Bond under the watchful eye of the beguiling Vesper Lynd (Eva Green). At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together and even torture at the hands of Le Chiffre.
In Montenegro, Bond allies himself with Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini), MI6's local field agent, and Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), who is representing the interests of the CIA. The marathon game proceeds with dirty tricks and violence, raising the stakes beyond blood money and reaching a terrifying climax!
"...the most exciting Bond film since On Her Majesty's Secret Service... Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...quite possibly the best action movie of the year. Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"This is Bond as we've never seen him, more naked, alive and mysterious than ever. Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"Flat-out one of the best Bonds ever. William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Casino Royale (2006) - DVD
By: Sean O'Connell filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/2/2007 6:07 PM
|After four decades, 20 feature films and five actors in the leading role, the James Bond franchise finally gets... an origin story? You'd think it unnecessary, as 007's trademarks by this point have been burned into our memory. We know the trained assassin's drink of choice, his preferred mode of transportation, and his willingness to invoke the hard-earned license to kill when dangerous situations arise. But familiarity has bred contempt for a spy that hasn't ignited movie theaters since the Cold War concluded. A change was long overdue....read the full review|
Customer Reviews of Casino Royale(Blu-ray)
Best James Bond movie since Sean Connery days3/25/2008
The movie renewed the interest that the old 007 movies would bring. It was fast paced, different plot than most James Bond movies, and a personal human twist to the story. Cinematography was very good albeit not at the level of the best ones. If one thing was missing was a catchy tune that one would always connect with the movie as in the old James Bond flics. All in all a very good movie and being in Blu-Ray DVD made it that much better.
The best bond movie since the Sean Connery era3/17/2008
The best bond movie since the Sean Connery era. Blue-ray brings the theater dream home. A worthy addition to your collection.
Casion Royale on Blu-ray8/26/2007
Wow, wow, wow... Blu-ray sure does make DVD look like a thing of the past. Casion Royale on Blu-ray is absolutely stunning in all aspects: audio, video, etc! This has got to be the best Bond movie as of yet in the digital age from its gorgeous cinematography, action stunts, and storyline. If you have a High-Definition player, I highly recommend this addition to your library of upcoming HD titles. Praise to Sony for its Blu-ray technology with its enormous capacity for legroom!!! HD-DVD, you know where your fate lies!
Best Bond Fick In A While5/1/2007
On most levels Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean Connery. If he could turn up the wit & charm a little he would be perfect. This film has a lot of excitement and a level of realism that has not been in the Bond franchise in a long time. This film looks amazing in blu-ray.
Playing this disc on a SONY PS3 with 7.1 Sony/HDMI set up was a blasting experiance on a 52" plasma. Movie is actionpacked especially the chase scene, and the BLU-RAY adds a cinematic experiance with the right set up. Highly recomended for home theatre owners wanting to go a step beyond the ordinary.