A few years had passed since the 20th James Bond outing. Pierce Brosnan was done as 007 and it was time for another round of speculation and wishlists. Who was going to be the next James Bond? My personal choice was Clive Owen. When it was announced that Daniel Craig was going to be James Bond, i was incredibly apprehensive. The dude just looked weird. He was short, blond and he was just not anything that screamed English gentleman. Then came the announcement that EON Productions was going to be restarting the franchise, by taking James Bond back to his roots. They were going to show Bond before he got his 00′ status. I did not have high hopes for the movie. But then the reviews started pouring in around the internet. I started to get my hopes up. The trailers looked fantastic, but i still needed to see this dude as James Bond and i didn’t trust Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Vertical Limit).
Prior to seeing the movie, Stevi bought me an audio cd of the Ian Fleming novel. I had listened to it prior to seeing the film. Needless to say i was way too hyped up for the movie. I was following James Bond news sites and just building up this movie more than i should of. I was really setting myself up for a big letdown. There is no way that i would like the movie as much as i had hoped. I was wrong.
Any apprehension that i had went away real fast. Daniel Craig nailed it! Eva Green was amazing. Judi Dench was great and i loved the story. It was another successful reboot of the series. This movie was on par with OHMSS and The Living Daylights. It felt good watching James Bond going after something that wasn’t going to destroy the world. Everything about this movie was perfect. The runtime is a bit on the long side, but if i were to cut stuff out, it would definitely be the action. I guess that audiences feel that they need the action in a James Bond movie, which is true, and although the action is really exciting and well done, i felt that it didn’t serve the story that much. If you watch OHMSS, you will notice that all of the action takes place at the end of the film, i could see how the producers would not want to do the same here, seeing how OHMSS isn’t the most popular bond film.
In short, i love this film. I think that Martin Campbell did a great job. I felt that David Arnold’s score was the best of his 007 works. I really like all of the casting. I think that Le Chiffre could have been a little bit more exciting, but at least he wasn’t as lame as the majority of the Brosnan villains. I cannot love this movie any more than i do. Casino Royale is my favorite James Bond Film!
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