Casino Royale Reviews

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November 2, 2015
Unlike recent Bonds, whose kills had no more weight than the one-liners that generally accompanied them, Craig's tend to be intimate, bloody, and devoid of glamour.
November 2, 2015
Casino Royale takes us back to basics. To a leaner production and to a Bond who looks like he can do serious damage
November 2, 2015
Basically, Craig's Bond is a new and individual creation.
November 2, 2015
Craig brings beef, biff and a slightly lonely dimension to the character. He's a fine actor and he has some of the working-class bile of the young Michael Caine. A new James Bond has certainly arrived.
Top Critic
October 18, 2008
Bond as a human being? Who'd'a'thunk?
August 17, 2007
Casino Royale has the answers to all my complaints about the 45-year-old James Bond series, and some I hadn't even thought of.
June 29, 2007
I hope Craig finds more moments like that in Bond. And I hope he gets to wear that tuxedo again and again and again.
April 25, 2007
I consider Daniel Craig to be the most effective and appealing of the six actors who have played 007, and that includes even Sean Connery.
March 15, 2007
February 3, 2007
Craig is also the best Bond in the franchise's history.
November 22, 2006
Daniel Craig is a fair-haired, bare-knuckle antidote to Pierce Brosnan. On the action-adventure level, it hits the bulls-eye.
November 18, 2006
This, at last, is Bond stripped bare.
November 17, 2006
There's clearly life in the old dog yet.
November 17, 2006
Welcome to the new world of MI6's most storied agent.
November 17, 2006
Casino Royale is a step in the right direction for the Bond franchise. But it's a small, tentative step.
November 17, 2006
It's The Spy Who Came In From the Warmth.
November 17, 2006
[Craig's] portrayal feels grittier and more complex than previous 007s. This is also partly the result of a better script, by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Oscar winner Paul Haggis, as well as top-notch directing by Martin Campbell.
November 17, 2006
Gone or reshaped are most of the conceits that have made Bond movies seem like an exercise in parody and nostalgia.
November 17, 2006
It's not as bad as Die Another Day, and not up to the jolly mayhem of the best films in the series.
November 17, 2006
Casino Royale isn't perfect, but it's surprisingly entertaining, even exciting for long stretches, and Craig manages to find new dimensions to a character that had long ago become a tired caricature. Everything old is new again, indeed.
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