Everyone has a past. Every legend has a beginning.
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 Journey to Skyfall continues with the 21st Bond film, Casino Royale!
Put yourself in the shoes of the people at Eon Productions back in 2002.
Die Another Day just came out, and while it's making bucket loads of money, people are clearly coming out with vitriolic statements about how the franchise has gone stale, and James Bond is better left dead. It was a clear sign the franchise needed to do something different. But what was it?
So you go through some ideas. Remake another Bond film? No, that wouldn't do. Suddenly, you decide to go back to the old Ian Fleming novels for inspiration. But there's something here that you never really noticed that much before. Bond isn't…
Nearly finished now! In steps Daniel Craig for his go at Bond and thinking back to a lot of the nonsense that was spoken and written about him when he first took the role, I just wonder how foolish many of the naysayers felt once they had watched Casino Royale.
Hopefully very foolish. Writing Craig off beforehand was ridiculous as it was - his Bond credentials were extremely obvious to me and he also possessed easily the best CV of any of the Bond actors before they took the role on. But it was even more foolhardy knowing that in a post Jason Bourne spy film landscape that this was not going to be more of the same drivel that…
Looking back with a few years distance, it's easy to underestimate the massive sea change Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli took with Casino Royale. It's another dimension away from the tired, overblown camp of Die Another Day; this is a real movie, as opposed to an explosion in a toy factory as its predecessor was. Directed by Martin Campbell with the same skill he brought to his first James Bond movie a decade earlier, it's a sublime adaptation of Ian Fleming's excellent debut 007 adventure, perhaps the definitive work, and of course it introduces our current Bond, Daniel Craig, who instantly becomes 007 to a tee for a whole new generation. If DAD was a flatliner, Casino Royale is the…
I knew it was too early to promote you.
Casino Royale had a rough time getting made under the EON Productions and MGM banner. Because it was Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, it was also the first he sold the movie rights too which would end up with Columbia Pictures. That is why we were graced with the 1967 satirical version of Casino Royale. That's also the reason every now and then rumors of a rival Bond franchise starting up at Sony Pictures (Columbia Pictures) would emerge. A lot of legal hoopla would transpire over the years amounting to nothing until 1999…
Continuing my journey to see every single 007 film before the release of Skyfall, I just got finished rewatching the twenty-first Bond film, Casino Royale which would mark the beginning to the Craig Era.
After the disastrous Die Another Day, it was clear Bond needed a desperate retooling and this is where this film comes into play. By rebooting the entire series from scratch, it also means an entirely different approach is taken with the character and the tone. This is more realistic, raw and grittier than anything we've seen from Bond. Much of the fun element is gone (like the over the top silliness, Moneypenny, Q, etc) but for what we got in this film, it's worth it.
I grew up in the Pierce Brosnan era of Bond, so besides his films, I've only seen a couple of Sean Connery's Bond films. I don't have a huge frame of reference for Bond, but I know that Daniel Craig is my favorite Bond. I like that he's surly, direct, and suave. I also like his weird facial expressions and his hilarious running style. He doesn't look half bad in that little swimsuit he was wearing, either... In short, I'm a fan.
Casino Royale blew me away when it came out, and this rewatch was just as fun. The action set pieces are spectacular and suspenseful. The card game is probably the most exciting scene in a movie when everyone…
Daniel Craig takes over as 007 and attacks the role with such a rough demenour that fans of Pierce Brosnan must have been both shaken and stirred. Timothy Dalton had the same effect a decade earlier but audiences were not ready. Now they seemed more than ready and this became an even bigger smash than I assume the makers had thought.
Revisting the film, it does not quite pack the same punch and it is clear the the film is front-loaded with action to keep people going though the central casino scenes of the film. It is at about the hour mark that we reach Casino Royale and the film really delivers its trump card. The film's second act, where…
An almost perfect Bond film.
again another boring bond film
I know your gf drowned, but Dan, you can fuck my bitch anytime.
Daniel Craig is really one of the best James Bonds. A great 007 Film to start off his Bond character.
Day twenty of the Bond Film Marathon, film 21:Casino Royale.
Four years after the monstrosity that was Die Another Day, EON Productions would return to the origins and go back to Bond's first assignment; Casino Royale. The result was complete reboot with Daniel Craig playing the super spy and Martin Campbell returning to direct. Earning many accolades and critical acclaim, Bond was finally able to connect to audiences around the world and show a much more different side to Commander Bond. A more human, violent, emotional, James Bond.
Set in modern times and establishing a new timeline, Commander James Bond has finally earned his Double-Oh status with the MI6 and is established as 007. Upon a lengthy, violent, chase through…
Surprisingly good. A "real," hardcore Bond. Still get chills when he's washing himself off in the bathroom after killing that dude in the stairwell.
B+ (79.25) Great, I Hilghly recommend.
I've only seen this movie once before and thought it was okay. Watching it again makes me realize it's actually a pretty good movie. Not the best Bond but still a good movie. I felt the last 25 minutes dragged on but still a worthy Bond flick.