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2000s, Action, Drama - Spies, OO7

Bond 21: Casino Royale

Released 2006 Rating 15 in UK
Director Martin Campbell Writer/s Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis
Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini
Source of story Casino Royale the novel by Ian Fleming (Apparently followed closely)
Elevator Pitch Bond is on the trail of a financier who uses terrorist activity to short stocks (See Trading Places for explanation), and ends up playing poker against him in a casino in Montenegro, assisted by a young woman who represents the UK treasury. He wins but is tortured by the villains who are attempting to reroute the money. He survives and he and the woman admit that they are in love. What else can go wrong?
Content Bond spends a lot of time running after people. There are a number of combat scenes in a variety of locations and just one car chase resulting in the destruction of Bond’s Aston Martin. Bond is tortured but survives and there are some non revelatory sex scenes.
A View This film sets the scene for the new more gritty Bond, and might be a good start for those new to the franchise. The drama is dramatic, the interaction between Bond and M is fun, and all the actors put their hearts into it. I am less enthusiastic about Daniel Craig’s later outings, but this one is fine. The use of the Bond theeme is particularly effective.

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