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Casino Royale-The Gather Review

“Casino Royale” — 2006. Published by Neil Purvis, Robert Wade & John Haggis. Based on Ian Fleming’s original book. Directed by Martin Campbell.

Daniel Craig is the new blonde Bond, back in this stripped down reinvention of the Great British franchise. In a surprisingly loyal difference of Ian Flemings Jago33 original Casino Royale (yes, they left the do it yourself bit in), the new movie bursts out of the checkpoints with a stunning opening chase sequence. From there it fortunately ticks off the typical Bond staples; fast cars, beautiful women, delicious locations and great action.

While a few have been disregarding Craig as the right look for Bond, anyone that’s seen Layer Cake will know he’s got the ability in spades. He exudes a don’t mess or arrogance from the off, that leaves you feeling he could do some serious damage if and when the occasions comes.

Some minor timing problems allow film down slightly and 20 min’s has been sliced completely. Yet, and it’s really a big one, the director and producers should be commended when planning on taking such a risk with this franchise, because the effect is fantastic.

It’s better than the Brosnan films (even Goldeneye) and even gives Mister Sean a run for his money. While it may be more Bourne Identity than usual Bond fodder, it’s a fantastic new direction to go in. Craig is hard as nails as the freshly promoted double I and the limited use of gadgets only help to drive the solid story forward in a far more realistic and convincing way. This is a Bond that makes mistakes, this is not always sure of the right thing to do and the result is a great film bringing a inhale of ticket as to the had be a tried formulaic series. “Bond will return” and if it’s more of this, then we can’t wait!

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