Sean Connery, you'll always be Bond in my eyes. But Daniel Craig, you've brought a new look and feel to the legacy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
They re-invented the 007 wheel with Daniel Craig. He telegraphs 'girth.'
I don't know how long Craig intends to play Bond, but the job is his for as long as he wants it.
| Original Score: 3/5
A muscular action film blissfully free of winking.
| Original Score: 4/5
The best Bond yet.
| Original Score: 8/10
They still have the bad guys and lots of action because you can't have Bond without all that, but you get more of a sense of the man behind the martinis.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The 21st Bond film is also the first truly worthy spin through the Bond universe since Roger Moore's goofy escapades of the late 70's/early '80s.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The new Bond understands loss, but focuses on revenge instead of grief. He's a hard body in a hard new world.
Daniel Craig is the best James Bond since Sean Connery in a movie that's sure to bring this franchise back to life.
Expertly directed, well acted, beautifully photographed.
| Original Score: 3/4
Is this the best Bond ever? No. But it is the most confident, expertly crafted and simply exhilarating since For Your Eyes Only. The reason for that is Daniel Craig.
A smartly written, tautly acted dramatic thriller, but it's so long that it feels like we've watched an entire trilogy.
You get your money's worth with Casino Royale. It has all the necessary ingredients plus a spanking-new Bond -- whom even M has a bit of a crush on.
...a pulsating actioner wedged in edginess and slick wit. Intense, provocative, complicated and daringly impish...all add that much to this hard-edged "Bond"-ing brouhaha.
In Craig, Eon has found a Bond they can safely hang a franchise on. I encouraged the naysayers to give the guy a chance when he was cast, and I echo that sentiment now.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
If you view the James Bond franchise as a train that's derailed, Casino Royale not only gets back on track, it then jumps over a canyon.
Ranks among the best Bond films produced over the past 44 years.
It has one element missing from almost every other action film being made today -- class.
...at a running time of 144 minutes (!) - a feat achieved primarily through the addition of needless action sequences - the movie can't help but come off as a relentlessly uneven piece of work.
| Original Score: 2.5/4