I re-watched Casino Royale (2006) this weekend and it is by far the best Bond film. I remember seeing this at the movies when it came out. (I can’t believe it’s 11 years ago, where did all that time go?) I remember being on the edge of my seat the entire movie, not knowing what was going to happen.
It’s something that you can only experience once. The first time you see a movie & you have no idea what to expect. I think that a great cinema experience like that is one to treasure. Making you forget your own life entirely and be transported to another world is something only very few movies achieve. Casino Royale is definitely one of them.
From the black and white start to the opening credits, you know you are in for a great movie. It’s a Bond who’s not yet quite sure of himself. While he’s still arrogantly charming, he’s not so sure about the killing that his job entails. Daniel Craig portrays this new-age Bond perfectly. He’s ruggedly handsome & does a great job bringing Bond into the 21 century.
I must say that Casino Royale really is a one-off. It’s a not just a Bond film; it’s an action film that has something for everyone. A fast-paced story line, great characters, stunning locations and a love story. Eva Green’s character Vesper Lynd, is not just a Bond girl, but the love of Bond’s life. What a different storyline for a Bond film.
But I have to say, the other films with Daniel Craig as Bond haven’t lived up to this one and I doubt that a Bond film will again. Casino Royale is pretty damn close to perfect.