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Casino Royale
Casino Royale (2006)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Daniel Craig
Eva Green
Mads Mikkelsen
Judi Dench
Jeffrey Wright
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Drama
Director Martin Campbell
Producer Michael G. Wilson; Barbara Broccoli
Writer Paul Haggis; Neal Purvis
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 144 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 8.0
The most successful invigoration of a cinematic franchise since Batman Begins, Casino Royale offers a new Bond identity. Based on the Ian Fleming novel that introduced Agent 007 into a Cold War world, Casino Royale is the most brutal and viscerally exciting James Bond film since Sean Connery left Her Majesty's Secret Service. Meet the new Bond; not the same as the old Bond. Daniel Craig gives a galvanizing performance as the freshly minted double-0 agent. Suave, yes, but also a "blunt instrument," reckless, and possessed with an ego that compromises his judgment during his first mission to root out the mastermind behind an operation that funds international terrorists. In classic Bond film tradition, his global itinerary takes him to far-flung locales, including Uganda, Madagascar, the Bahamas (that's more like it), and Montenegro, where he is pitted against his nemesis in a poker game, with hundreds of millions in the pot. The stakes get even higher when Bond lets down his "armor" and falls in love with Vesper (Eva Green), the ravishing banker's representative fronting him the money.

For longtime fans of the franchise, Casino Royale offers some retro kicks. Bond wins his iconic Astin-Martin at the gaming table, and when a bartender asks if he wants his martini "shaken or stirred," he disdainfully replies, "Do I look like I give a damn?" There's no Moneypenny or "Q," but Dame Judi Dench is back as the exasperated M, who one senses, admires Bond's "bloody cheek." A Bond film is only as good as its villain, and Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre, who weeps blood, is a sinister dandy. From its punishing violence and virtuoso action sequences to its romance, Casino Royale is a Bond film that, in the words of one character, makes you feel it, particularly during an excruciating torture sequence. Double-0s, Bond observes early on, "have a short life expectancy." But with Craig, there is new life in the old franchise yet, as well as genuine anticipation for the next one when, at last, the signature James Bond theme kicks in following the best last line ever in any Bond film. To quote Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin, now I know what I've been faking all these years. --Donald Liebenson

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Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 993
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/29/2007
Links Amazon US
DVD Empire
Product Details
Edition 2-Disc Widescreen Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.40:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396148598
Release Date 3/13/2007
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
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Bond Girls Are Forever
Chris Cornell Music Video