Casino Royale

Directed By: Martin Campbell Starring: Eva Green Daniel Craig

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Best Bond Ever!

by on 3/30/2007

From the opening sequences, Daniel Craig, esteemed himself as the scrappiest Bond ever. No nonsense, tough as nails, gets the job done. In my opinion, the writers and director have captured the essence of Bond closest to Iam Fleming's original character. I especially liked the vulnerability Bond displayed towards Vesper. Don't get me wrong, I love all the other actors who have portrayed Bond in the past, especially Sean Connery, but this film brings it all together like never before.

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Grittest Bond

by Terry Hendrix on 4/5/2007

This Bond movie got back to the real James Bond. Not quite as sofisciated as later Bonds, but still savey in the current technology. Able to fight hard but able to "hack" into places he should not be able to get into into. Only a few fancy gadgets to get him out of the toughest scraps, this Bond seems to be more real than some of the later Bonds. Do not get me wrong, I have enjhoyed every Bond movie, but this one seem to be more like the original movies.

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In his first mission, james bond must stop le chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorist organizations, from winning a high-stakes poker game at casino royale in montenegro.


Studio Sony
SKU 204031844
UPC 043396148598
UPC 14 00043396148598
Format DVD
Release Date 9/22/2009
Rating Rating
James Bond
Secret Agents
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note After a great deal of discussion--on the part of fans and producers alike--over Daniel Craig's (THE MOTHER, MUNICH) suitability for the role of James Bond, he more than proves himself in this explosive revamping of the franchise. Under the direction of Martin Campbell (THE MASK OF ZORRO) and with Paul Haggis (CRASH) helping with the re-writes, this addition to the Bond canon manages to hold true to the essence of the stories--the villainous villains, the fabulous sets, the beautiful women, the fast-paced action--while updating the formula with subtlety and humanity. ^Trading in the Cold War era for a new, post-9-11 landscape, the tale unfolds in locations that span the globe, including the Bahamas, Venice, and the Czech Republic. It opens in Madagascar, where Bond pursues a guerilla bomb-maker in one of the most breathtaking chase scenes ever--and it all takes place on foot. Botching that assignment, Bond goes to Montenegro to square off against terrorist baddie Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelson), an international loan shark who gambles with the money of his equally dangerous clients. Beautiful British Treasury representative Vesper Lynd (Eva Green, THE DREAMERS) supplies Bond's own funds, appearing on his arm in Montenegro, while M (Dame Judi Dench, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE) keeps a close watch on the action from headquarters. The extravagant poker game forms the center of the action, with Jeffrey Wright (SYRIANA, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE) putting in an intense appearance at the table; interrupting the game are assassination attempts, poisoning, and other dramatic events that keep the adrenaline pumping. The flirtation that unfolds between Bond and Vesper Lynd is only in keeping with the spy's M.O. as a ladies' man. What differs here, however, is what sets this Bond apart from the rest: the romance is taken seriously, and it exposes a vulnerability in Bond that he's never shown before. This, however, only makes him the tougher, as Craig's Bond is darker, less campy, more brooding and mysterious, than his past incarnations ever were.
New York Times "Mr. Craig's Bond looks as if he has renewed his license to kill....Ms. Green brings conviction to the film, as do Jeffrey Wright and Isaach de Bankole." 11/17/2006 p.E1-E19
Entertainment Weekly "CASINO ROYALE, the most exciting Bond film since ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, has everything you want in a pop entertainment: physical audacity, intrigue, romance, but also a charge of personality..." -- Grade: A 11/24/2006 p.80,Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "As 007, Daniel Craig floods the screen with personality the way the old stars did..." 12/29/2006 p.106
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "There's one whopper of a reason why CASINO ROYALE is the hippest, highest-octane Bond film in ages, and his name is Daniel Craig." 11/30/2006 p.122
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's no disputing the icon is re-energised by Craig....Vibrant, vital and violent, when he utters the immortal final line, your neck hairs spike and your pulse pounds." 01/01/2007 p.30
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "Full of witty dialogue and sly asides, CASINO ROYALE also knows how to have fun, and it does so with style and panache." 12/01/2006 p.216
Sight and Sound "Craig is very good indeed: everything about his performance shows cunning and grace." 01/01/2007 p.52
Film Comment Ranked #20 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006." 01/01/2007 p.36
Wall Street Journal "Daniel Craig became a star when he played James Bond in this thoroughly modern action epic....Martin Campbell directed, stylishly." 07/29/2011
Martin Campbell
Eva Green
Daniel Craig
Cast & Crew
Barbara Broccoli - Producer
Callum McDougall - Executive Producer
Caterina Murino - Actor
Daniel Craig - Actor
David Arnold - Original Music By
Eva Green - Actor
Giancarlo Giannini - Actor
Ian Fleming - Based On Novel By
Jeffrey Wright - Actor
Judi Dench - Actor
Mads Mikkelsen - Actor
Martin Campbell - Director
Paul Haggis, et. al. - Screenplay
Peter Francis, et. al. - Art Director
Phil Meheux - Cinematographer
Simon Abkarian - Actor
Stuart Baird - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 14859
UPC 00043396148598
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 144 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Nominee (2007) British Academy Awards, Martin Campbell, et. al., Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film,British Academy Awards, Daniel Craig, Best Actor in a Leading Role,British Academy Awards, David Arnold, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music,British Academy Awards, Steven Begg, Chris Corbould, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects,British Academy Awards, Phil Meheux, Best Cinematography,British Academy Awards, Stuart Baird, Best Editing,British Academy Awards, Peter Lamont, Simon Wakefield, Best Production Design,British Academy Awards, Paul Haggis, et. al., Best Screenplay - Adapted,British Academy Awards, Chris Munro, et. al., Best Sound
British Academy Awards (2007) Chris Munro, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound,Daniel Craig, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role,David Arnold, Nominee, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music,Martin Campbell, et. al., Nominee, Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film,Paul Haggis, et. al., Nominee, Best Screenplay - Adapted,Peter Lamont, Simon Wakefield, Nominee, Best Production Design,Phil Meheux, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Steven Begg, Chris Corbould, Nominee, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects,Stuart Baird, Nominee, Best Editing
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The purpose of Casino Royale is to "re-boot" the franchise. Craig isn't succeeding Brosnan; he's re-inventing the role. As far as this movie is concerned, nothing in the previous 20 entries has happened. This is Bond's "origin" story and the only thin bit of continuity is Judi Dench's return as Madam M. Forget everything you think you know about 007...For Daniel Craig, this is a triumphant debut. Not since early Connery have we seen a Bond this magnetic. Craig manages to show us both the human and the inhuman sides of Bond, and the portrayal is free of fatuousness...Not since the closing moments of On Her Majesty's Secret Service have we seen such a vulnerable 007...In recent years, I have come to each new James Bond movie with a series of ingrained expectations. For the most part, the Brosnan films met them across the board. Casino Royale defies many of them, and I couldn't be happier.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Review Making full amends for inflicting Goldeneye (1995) on Bondphiles, Martin Campbell returns to helm Casino Royale, adapted from Ian Fleming's first 007 novel by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash). Although it's impossible to gauge how much creative sway Haggis exerted over the final screenplay, the writing is certainly sharper and much more sophisticated in Casino Royale, which takes place in a post-9/11 world in which Bond goes after international terrorists, rather than cat-stroking madmen bent on global domination...there's so much that's very right about Casino Royale - from the knockout opening action sequence in Madagascar to the sizzling chemistry between Craig and Green - that you leave the theater happily shaken and stirred.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Craig,Daniel
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...brings vigor to the Bond franchise and the possibility of new directions...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...the most exciting Bond film since On Her Majesty's Secret Service...
Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat ...quite possibly the best action movie of the year.
Stephanie Zacharek, This is Bond as we've never seen him, more naked, alive and mysterious than ever.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Flat-out one of the best Bonds ever.

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