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Friday, November 17, 2006

Movie Review: "Casino Royale"

While I've always been a James Bond fan, the last two movies really let me down; while you normally have to suspend disbelief a little bit, they were just over the top. (I admit that my opinion might be slanted because of the absolutely ridiculous submarine finale of "The World Is Not Enough".) I like the films in which Bond is portrayed as the cold-blooded assassin, because let's face it -- that's what he is. Needless to say, I didn't like Roger Moore as Bond.

The makers of Casino Royale were smart -- they "reset" the Bond character back to the beginning of his "00" career, and set it in the present day. While I was disappointed that they seemed to imply that his military background was in the SAS rather than the Navy, everything else worked very well. You get the feeling that Bond is still "learning the ropes" as a Double-O; he makes mistakes, he studies his face in the mirror, he wonders if he's losing his soul -- in other words, the character is more complex than we've seen him in quite a while. (My oldest son thought it made him too "wussified", but I thought it made for a better story.)

The new Bond, Daniel Craig, did a good job -- I'm not saying that he did better than Sean Connery would have done in his prime with the same script, but he was believable as Bond. SubBasket thought he was quite good looking and buff; I had no opinion on that score.

One quick spoiler: If you see it, don't start collecting your stuff to leave when Bond is canoodling with the girl after the mission is "done" -- there's still quite a bit of movie left. Overall, I think it was my favorite Bond movie ever -- even better than From Russia With Love -- and probably the best movie I've seen all year. I give it 4 1/2 thigh-clenching torture scenes out of five.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The book Casino Royale is the best Bond book, although From Russia with Love and On Her Majesty's Secret Service were very good.

I agree with your analysis, and I do prefer the Ian Flemming version of Bond (tougher, rougher), but my two favorite Bond movies happen to be Roger Moore's Octopussy and For Your Eyes Only. Weird, but true.


11/18/2006 12:23 AM

Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

Glad to hear that, at least for you, Mr Craig proved all his haters wrong and just hit this one out of the park . I'm going to see it later today, and I can't wait!

11/18/2006 6:03 AM

Blogger SonarMan said...

I read all of the Bond books in high school. Ian Fleming style of writing was intensely detailed and he did actually write the Bond character with quite a bit of self-doubt. In the books, Bond was also very ruthless.

So if what you say is true, the movie plays it true to Fleming's ideal, which will make for a very good Bond movie, indeed.

11/18/2006 6:12 AM

Blogger Station Commando said...

I think I'm the only Bond fan who liked Roger Moore. I just thought that he pulled off the pimp aspect a bit better than Connery, plus those movies were just better made. The last one I enjoyed was the Living Daylights. Hopefully this one does break the chain of TERRIBLE bond movies.

11/18/2006 8:53 AM

Blogger Old Gary said...

I guess I will sound old fashioned but I still think "Dr. No" was the best. I saw it on my second patrol on John Marshall (SSBN611) back in 1964. Ursula Andress was so exotic and Sean Connery set the standard that all the other Bonds have yet to match.

11/18/2006 12:09 PM

Blogger Zorfwaddle said...

Old Gary, I think THE most iconic image from the Bond movies, aside from the "bullet-hole-shooting-scene" intro, is Ursula Andress emerging from the water in Dr No. Quite a scene.


11/18/2006 6:46 PM

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