James Bond 007 Retrospective: Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale (2006)
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright
Bond goes back to basics as we discover his first mission that earned him his 00 status. The super spy must go head to head with international terrorist financier Le Chiffre in a tense game of high stakes Texas Hold’Em poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro.
No, not the mish-mash that was the 1967 multi-directorial disaster, but of course the epic reboot that reinvigorated the long running, much loved spy franchise. Layer Cake and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo actor Daniel Craig was eventually chosen to slip into the tux as the 6th actor to play the secret agent and it’s through these Bond films that Craig was able to flex his acting chops, demonstrating to audiences around the world that he could handle those tough action scenes aswell as providing a magnetic screen resonance. He has also enjoyed considerable on screen success away from his stint as Bond, including a skit in 2012’s London Olympic opening ceremony sending up his 007 persona and appearing to parachute out of a helicopter with the Queen!
This rebooting of the series also benefits hugely from Martin Campbell’s return to the director’s chair, who after working wonders in relaunching the series with Pierce Brosnan’s debut as Bond, Campbell does it again with Casino Royale. Danish star Mads Mikkelsen is incredibly oily as Fleming’s central villain Le Chiffre whose physical defects may give Bond the upper hand at the poker table. Caterina Murino sizzles as love interest Solange but it’s Eva Green as the multi layered Vesper Lynd who delivers the most appealing performance in the film, portraying a character who beneath the tough exterior is almost as fragile as 007 himself.
Bond will return in…. Quantum of Solace.
Film: ***** Extras: ****