In his first mission, James Bond must stop Le Chiffre, a banker to the world s terrorist organizations, from winning a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro.
James Bond comes from an era of sexism and racism but with Sean Connery as the legendary Spy nobody ever seemed to mind. Since the golden Connery days 007 has undergone many transformations the most popular being Roger Moore who was far less convincing in the tough guy role, taking Bond off into a new crazy and campy direction. But so many Bond’s down the track there is no doubt that Connery set the benchmark and left newcomer Daniel Craig with a tough first assignment – Casino Royale.
What makes the Casino Royale mission so difficult is that it had already been made in 1967 with an all-star cast including Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, Woody Allen and even Bond girl herself Ursula Andress and is easily the worst film any of these actors had ever been associated with. It’s not surprising considering it had five directors over the course of its production. Now 40 something years down the track Craig has been sent back to Ian Flemming’s original source material to right these cinematic wrongs of the past.
And Daniel Craig’s new Bond comes out punching (literally) in a tough all out bathroom brawl that see’s Bond origins in harsh black and white, smashing heads through porcelain and proving that he’s no Roger Moore. Craig’s new Bond is a thug, a ruthless killer that shows no emotion, you might even call him a psychopath with a License to kill. He’s a loose cannon that gets the job done, even if he does leave a trail of destruction and mayhem as proven by the now iconic opening chase sequence to the film. The new Casino Royale has all the things you would expect from old fashioned Bond ‘A superlative thriller. Replete with elegant enigmatic women, superb food & service, explosions, torture, and sudden death’ – Boston Sunday Post. Casino Royale somehow manages to bring the franchise into a new era that would take us to the magnificent Skyfall and beyond – Forget the middle one ‘Quantum of Something’ everyone else has.
Review out of five stars: ★★★★ Stars
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