Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Casino Royale (2006)

Directed by Martin Campbell

Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

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A wonderful balance of action, character development, comedy, and homages to the series. Polished direction, beautiful locations, nice photography, and really sharp dialogue. The best Bond movie in recent years, maybe ever.

They took a chance casting Craig, but he pulls it off. Damn cool, physically fit, and definitely more masculine than Brosnan. He marvelously delivers a few nice lines, but not enough of them. I would have enjoyed even more classic Bond one-liners and puns. Mikkelsen plays a great bad guy, one of the best Bond villains ever. Green is tasty.

Interesting exploration of how Bond becomes a womanizer, though the movie might have felt more balanced if the love story angle was delivered a bit sooner. Seemed like a rushed plot point at the end of the movie.

Action sequences are great. Craig’s physicality certainly helps. Strangely, I think there are some nice action shots in the trailer that are not in the movie. Nice second wind, and a classic ending.

Martin Campbell… He hasn’t made a good movie before (including a mediocre GoldenEye) or since. Did he just get lucky with this one?

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