Casino Royale : ReviewNovember 18, 2006
[No Spoilers whatsoever ] Rating :
I saw the fans’ show at 12 in the midnight. ‘Golden Eye’ was the first bond movie I watched when I was a kid, and have been a huge fan since, thanks to my dad, who has all the dvds at home.
Casino Royale will probably be the biggest surprise of the year and manages to be the ‘best hand’. MGM has probably taken a huge gamble with this Bond flick and it sure has paid off. Its a movie worth watching for the successful reinvention of Bond. It strips away the high tech gadgetry to focus more on the plot and action packed sequences. Mind you, there is no Q in this movie and except for the a first aid kit in his car, Bond doesnt have any high-tech ‘pen bombs’, ‘remote controlled invisible cars’ and so on, which have become so cliched over the past decade or so in the bond movies, aptly made fun of in Austin Powers.
The title sequence is one of the highlights of all Bond movies and this one is no different. The bond introduction in black and white, where he makes his first kill and earns the 00 status, and the title sequence made me have goose bumps. This reboot potrays Bond in a more Agent-XXX look, than the stylish, elegant Bond that we have got so used to. When asked if he wants the martini Shaken or stirred? He replies with a “Does it look like I give a damn?” … Daniel Craig, matches this role to a T with his one-liners, with the best one being the one with Eva Green (I dont want to spoil the fun by quoting it here )
This movie perhaps falls into the same genre as Bourne, with intrigue, suspense being the core elements of the movie. Be in for tons of surprises and get ready for the spin of your life with very good plotline interweaved by action packed sequences (without any CGI in them ), mind blowing cars, Eva Green at her best and a high stakes Poker game. This bond movie made from the first ever Ian Fleming book is flat-out one of the best Bond movies ever, in tune with the times it has been shot in. A mug of popcorn, a large coke and a badass bond totally were worth my $20 ! 😀
[I dont want to write more and end up giving spoilers. Just go watch the movie !!]