Review by Shamma M. Raghib
Director: Martin Campbell
Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino
Running Length: 2:24
MPAA Classification: PG-13
Campus Rating: 9/10
First of all, I did not know action movie remakes could be so hot. Secondly, neither did I think non-hi-tech action could actually be a part of an exhausting exhilarating movie. Bond fans should not worry about the new Bond Daniel Craig since he makes a fine hero. Instead of being the pretty-boy Bond hampered by gadgets and overconfidence, he gives us a taste of the original character as author Ian Fleming had conceived it! The rugged scoundrel type Bond makes his way to the box-office this winter!
Instead of picking up from where the last Bond film, this time, Casino Royale starts off with Bond on the verge of 007 status. Judi Denith is the current M…and there is no Q to be seen. There is no standard Bond music and no dancing girls I am sorry to say. On his first 007 mission, Bond follows the money of a terrorist weapons around the world. He foils a plot in the Bahamas, and he eventually finds himself in a high-stakes poker tournament where he must go head to head with the villain to thwart at $150 million.
It's got Bond girls (including the Italian beauty Caterina Murino, Ivana Milicevic and Eva Green). It's got fantastic cars. It's got eye-popping action. The only thing it's missing is the gadgets, but I was oddly at ease with this. Ultimately, Craig isn't a gadget Bond like Brosnan, he is more of the Bond who really gets hurt when hit! And that is realistic. In Casino Royale, you would see a man who is very much unrefined, slowly digesting that he is a high-paid jerk who is licensed to kill. The movie showed the constant emotional struggle of the man who has a job to do and also one who wrestles with getting involved with the Bond girls.
In this movie we get to know how Bond became the super spy he is today and how Bond first discovered his martinis shaken but not stirred, and then why he came to utter the famous line, “Bond, James Bond.”! Casino Royale is probably the bloodiest, most instinctive Bond film I've seen since “License to Kill.” From beginning to end, Casino Royale is filled with incredible stunts that are actually pertinent to the plot. Yet, amid the incredible action, it has the strong plot sensitivities found in the better Bond films, like “From Russia With Love.”
If you think I will give you spoilers, you are wrong, because it is a Bond film worth buying for watch and keepsakes. For those of you who can't wait, I say you get to the nearest DVD store today, but for those of you who want a real treat, I say you wait for the good copy due in a few weeks. Till next week...
(R) thedailystar.net 2006