Casino Royale

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  • Summary: After earning his license to kill, James Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar where he is to spy on a terrorist. Not everything goes as planned and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Alex Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian)After earning his license to kill, James Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar where he is to spy on a terrorist. Not everything goes as planned and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Alex Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) and his girlfriend, Solange (Caterina Murino). He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), banker to the world's terrorist organizations. Intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organization, but Bond falls in love with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), the treasury employee assigned to provide the money he needs to bankrupt Le Chiffre. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Sarris
    Nov 5, 2015
    100
    That Bond so convincingly retains his composure and sang-froid throughout all the horrors that ensue is a testament to Mr. Craig’s abilities as an actor, and to Mr. Campbell’s astuteness as a director.
  2. 90
    Craig, excellent in both art house endeavors (The Mother, Enduring Love) and blockbuster think pieces (Munich), has both a nasty streak and a soft side never before seen in the series; Fleming would recognize him as most like his literary creation: damaged goods in a tailored tux.
  3. 88
    Craig gives us James Bond in the fascinating act of inventing himself. This you do not want to miss.
  4. Turns out to be cracking good entertainment, as well as a fresh start for the perdurable 21-picture franchise.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Nov 5, 2015
    75
    Casino Royale mostly succeeds as an introduction to a badder Bond than ever.
  6. For the first time in memory, the film ends not just with the promise of more Bonds but without a firm conclusion.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    60
    This is a Bond with great body but no soul.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 357
  1. KennethK.
    Nov 21, 2006
    10
    Most satisfying movie experiece I've had in quite some time. Daniel Craig is the best Bond of all time. No question.
  2. OLuck
    Jan 12, 2007
    10
    Really fantastic, one of the best spy movies ever. It is not getting the respect it deserves becasue fo the franchise. The direction, Really fantastic, one of the best spy movies ever. It is not getting the respect it deserves becasue fo the franchise. The direction, scripting, acting is superior, really trancends the genre. Fantastic. Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2011
    10
    Easily one of the best, is not the best, Bond films since the days of Connery. The dark and gritty tones are a welcome change of pace, andEasily one of the best, is not the best, Bond films since the days of Connery. The dark and gritty tones are a welcome change of pace, and the story still manages to infuse humor in the right places, and in my opinion also in the right quantity. Easy 10. Expand
  4. PaulE.
    Nov 23, 2006
    9
    The best Bond movie in many years. I had given up on the franchise after the last several Bond movies, which were all about special effects The best Bond movie in many years. I had given up on the franchise after the last several Bond movies, which were all about special effects and pyrotechnics. Casino Royale actually has a story, good characterizations, strong acting, amazing stunts, and great fun. Daniel Craig is a terrific 007, without the camp and charactature of some of the others who have had the role. The only downside for me was the unnecessary torture scene. Also, the length could have been pared a little. Overall, a fantastic film. Expand
  5. ReidF.
    Jan 27, 2007
    8
    With this film, Daniel Craig has re-invented Bond into a gritty, intelligent action character. Let
  6. NancyH.
    Nov 20, 2006
    7
    A different kind of Bond...more real. Great action sequences but I think the Eva Green lacks the umph to catch Bond. They should have used A different kind of Bond...more real. Great action sequences but I think the Eva Green lacks the umph to catch Bond. They should have used the married woman in the movie as the lead female. Movie moves along nicely until 2/3 of the way in when we take a pause to watch Bond fall in love...not so believable especially knowing what he was recovering from. Good vein on the re-styling of Bond movies. Expand
  7. NeilV.
    Nov 17, 2006
    0
    Im not sure where all these "A" reviews came from...it truly baffles me! If anyone out there is a true Bond fan, there is no way in hell that Im not sure where all these "A" reviews came from...it truly baffles me! If anyone out there is a true Bond fan, there is no way in hell that this movie could be appreciated. Daniel Craig is the worst Bond I have ever seen...I think the people that casted him were on crack. Everyone knows 007 is a tall, dark hair, sophisticated, sauve gentlemen. Daniel Craig looks like a beaten up english pauper. This movie was absolutely rubbish. The storyline did not make sense, nor did it flow well at all. Even the opening song was lousy. From the very get go, it was straight up action, with very little dialogue, and feeble storyline. This is an insult to Mr. Sean Connery...the greatest, and only true Bond... Expand

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