Sunday, November 19, 2006

Casino Royale

I went to see Casino Royale last night and very much enjoyed the idea and most of the execution in bringing the Bond franchise back to its roots, with an origin story and a young and untested Bond.

Daniel Craig was great as the young Bond and deftly plays the character as an intense and strapping agent, clearly skilled but learning his way and prone to arrogance and errors in judgment.

The film was a bit long and could have used some additional editing, but it was certainly the most enjoyable Bond film in recent memory and infuses the franchise with some desperately needed originality and charisma.

1 comment:

  1. CR's return to the cool, brutal sophistication of Flemming's original work fully demonstrates the Broccolis' under-rated genious in executing the Bond franchise as a whole. With Die Another Day, they took their own cliches and conventions -- cars, gadgets, girls and cartoon villians -- to their ridiculous conclusions. That diabetic's nightmare of a treat completely sated us fans of such lunacy, paving the way for the older-style film-making of the new piece. I couldn't have loved it more.