Going Bond in Time
Casino Royale
Review by Ross Anthony

This is quite a long Bond film. The action is spectacular and the acting (for the most part) pretty good, and often powerfully dramatic. Daniel Craig is very likable as the new 007. In card games and car chases - he's smashing (both literally and figuratively).

But when a love interest wants more than just a fast ride, well, the film just doesn't sell the chemistry or the promise. Not that it's an easy sell, what with the entire history of Bond and this, based on Ian Fleming's first book featuring 007. Nonetheless, attempts at that sell subtract from the entertainment value of the film.

As for the plot, it teeters on ridiculous. Still, I would have recommended the picture as a great time at the cinema, were it not for the fact that the romance and duration both go long. First half -- great, second half -- not so great.

The producers, in searching for the new Bond for this 21st installment, said, "When auditioning for the role of Bond, we ask actors to do the scene in From Russia with Love, where Bond meets Tatiana Romanova for the first time, that scene has everything you want to know about a potential Bond: drama, romance, and action."

Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, not so supportive of CGI, says, "I am passionate about the art of special effects, and I will fight tooth and nail to do something for real."

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  • Casino Royale. Copyright © 2006.
  • Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen.
  • Directed by Martin Campbell.
  • Screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis.
  • Produced by Mike Wilson and Barbara Broccoli at MGM/Columbia/EON

Grade..........................B (2/4)

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