Casino Royale

Casino Royale (2006) got a look in over my Christmas break, and rounds out my mission to watch all 21 official James Bond films in a year truly fitting for such an endeavour, 2-007!

This, the 21st Bond film, is the first to star Daniel Craig as James Bond who pulls off the role superbly – bringing a tough grittiness to the character.

In the film we are introduced to Bond before he achieves his “00” status following his first two assassinations. After foiling a terrorist attack at Miami airport, Bond is then tasked with preventing a banker by the name of “Le Chiffre” from winning a high stakes poker game at the Casino Royale in Montenegro and thus restoring lost funds for his terrorist clients…

Craig delivers a more serious Bond with less innuendo and gadgetry than the norm, but given that the film kicks off the saga, it actually works quite well. Other notable absences are Q (which also makes sense given he wasn’t in Dr No) and Moneypenny.

In lieu of gadgets to mention, here’s a few lines for ya,

M: “I knew it was too early to promote you.”
Bond: “Well, I understand double 0’s have a very short life expectancy… so your mistake will be short-lived.”

Bond: “The job’s done and the bitch is dead.” (!)

Bartender: “Shaken or stirred?”
James Bond: “Do I look like I give a damn?”

I thought the film rocked and is well worth a look. IMDB users rate it at 8/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a high 94% “certified fresh” rating. For more info and trivia, see Wikipedia.


About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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