Casino Royale (2006)

Director: Martin Campbell

Synopsis: This film is about MI6 agent James Bond, codename: 007. The story follows Bond on his mission to stop a terrorist financer called Le Chiffre. Le Chiffre invests in companies and then sabotages them after short-selling their stock. When Bond foils Le Chiffre’s latest sabotage attempt, Le Chiffre is left with a large amount of debt. In an attempt to gain back the money, Le Chiffre organizes a high stakes poker game. On the way to play in the game, Bond meets Vesper Lynd, an agent of the British Treasury. Naturally, a romance develops between the two as they attempt to foil Le Chiffre and bring him into custody.

Review: As the first film of the “current generation” of Bond movies, this movie was a great intro for the new Bond actor Daniel Craig. As a huge fan of all the Bond films, I was floored by this one. This is one of very few movies that can keep my attention every second of the way through. While the films have always been known to have almost constant action and the typical Bond girl, I think Campbell surprised everyone with this one. The relationship between Bond and Vesper is focused on really well and you can tell they do get very attached to each other. On top of that, I felt that there was a real sense of impending doom throughout the film. The entire setting just seemed a lot darker than any of the previous Bond films and I think that was a great direction to go. *Spoilers* By the very end of the film,  the way you see Bond’s character break down is really enthralling. It seems like in the previous movies, he was close to untouchable; that definitely isn’t the case here, he has feelings, especially sadness and regret. I just think it’s really refreshing to see a more “human” Bond character.



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