Saturday, September 21, 2013

Casino Royale (2006)

Director: MartinCampbell
Writers:  Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis
Cast:      Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen

In a reboot of the franchise, Daniel Craig replaces Pierce Brosnan as James Bond who is more  of a 21st century version  in the mould of Jason Bourne. He has to defeat Mads Mikkelsen's Le Chiffre in a high stakes poker game to prevent him from getting away with $100 million and to bring him in. 

Coming after the Pierce Brosnan shitfest, Casino Royale would have seemed to be an Oscar winning film. Problem with the film is that during the poker game, which is kind of the center-piece of the film, some of the script is so poorly written that you have to cringe your way through the expositions. Then there is the product placement by Sony which is so obvious. Action scenes are well done and Daniel Craig is good as Bond but this is certainly not better than Skyfall. Story-wise Casino Royale had a better one, but Skyfall had the better Director. That ultimately is the difference between the two films.

Rating: 3/5