in about 100 words or less
US 144m, Colour
Director: Martin Campbell; Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright
As a re-boot to the Bond Franchise, this film is unmatched by previous efforts in most respects, beginning with the casting of Daniel Craig, the best Bond yet. In establishing a new time frame and origin for Agent 007, Casino Royale is a winner – in many of the same ways in which the re-imagined Star Trek (2009) was for that franchise. As the third screen adaptation of Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel of the same name, Casino Royale is surprisingly fresh, highly energetic and a lot of fun to watch, except perhaps, for the extended casino sequences. Despite the need for some editing, the film’s success has to do with Craig’s more credible performance as Bond – which broke the outdated suave and sophisticated stereotype and transformed 007 into a believable and gritty character (Klaus Ming January 2011).