Casino Royale introduces James Bond 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. "M" (Judi Dench), head of the British Secret Service, sends the newly promoted 007 on his first mission that takes him to Madagascar, the Bahamas and eventually leads him to Montenegro to face Le Chiffre, a ruthless financier under threat from his terrorist clientele, who is attempting to restore his funds in a high stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. "M" places Bond under the watchful eye of the Treasury official Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together. Le Chiffre's cunning and cruelty come to bear on them both in a way Bond could never imagine, and he learns his most important lesson: Trust no one.
Better than average Bond, but too deliberately twisty.
- James Bond: Casino Royale review by ZS
Daniel Craig doesn't meet the typical expectation of a Bond character. Instead of a slick, smooth operator, we have a slightly rougher character, with a kind of sadism more true to the novels than that shown in earlier films.
The film includes many standard Bond-film features, but cleverly uses these as a starting point to develop the Bond theme somewhat from previous films.
As to be expected, some first-rate action sequences and wit. Overall, definitely a welcome addition to the franchise.
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Return to form
- James Bond: Casino Royale review by Jawbreaker
My first blu ray and a real demo disk for the format. A return to form for Bond, receiving a new facelift in the shape of Daniel Craig. This film marks a new direction, taking onboard the lessons seen from the excellent Bourne series. A clear picture that really shows why blu ray is miles ahead of the standard DVD format. The only disappointment is the lack of extras, which was corrected in a recent special edition. Something that looks to be repeated in the latest Bond blu ray release. Shameful commercialism from the Bond producers! Just rent instead!
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Best of the best
- James Bond: Casino Royale review by JD
In my opinion Craig is the best Bond actor, the chase through the building site is the best of any action adventure and the Bond series is up there with Mission Impossible as the best action series. Few will agree on all counts but you have to agree this is absolutely outstanding if spy action is your genre. The only aspect of this film that could be improved is the baddie who is better in Skyfall.
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- James Bond: Casino Royale review by TB
To start with I thought it was going to be disappointing, much more violence than the early Bond films, but it improved and by the end my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it.