Casino Royale

release year: 2006
genre: action/adventure
viewing setting: home Bluray 2/5/19 and home DVD 7/27/08

synopsis: In a sort of prequel/re-imagining, James Bond earns his "00" status and then goes after a corrupt banker.

impressions: New actor, less gadgets, more physical Bond. This Bond runs, jumps, fights, and bleeds more than any before him. He's very direct and efficient too. The high-stakes poker game sequence is excellent, although it has a couple of lethal intermissions. The plot is complicated and the next Bond movie is a direct sequel/continuation of this one.

acting: Daniel Craig is now James Bond, and he brings an angry, highly physical intensity to the role. Eva Green is the main Bond girl, who's also a Treasury agent and has some secrets. Judi Dench is nastily efficient as "M", the head of MI6. Mads Mikkelson is Le Chiffre, a thinking bad guy without much flash or flair like past Bond villains.

chases: parkour-type foot chase through construction site, foot and truck chase through airport

neat gadgets: bio-chip in Bond's wrist that allows his home base to monitor his vitals and diagnose things like poisoning

confirmed Bond kills: more than most past movies...probably several becomes difficult to tally when he's using a machine gun

confirmed Bond seductions: 2

obnoxious female name: none

defining Bond moments: 

Solange: "Why can't nice guys be more like you?"
Bond: "Well, because then they'd be bad."

M: "I would ask you if you could remain emotionally detached, but I don't think that's your problem, is it?"
Bond: "No."

final word: A different approach than past Bond movies, but good and full of action.

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