Watch and see what the world went ga-ga about in Casino Royale. Though Casino Royale is already in its third iteration, the first starring David Niven and the second Sean Connery, it marks the first time we see Daniel Craig as agent 007. In this role, we see James Bond still raw and green, just having earned his double zero status (or the license to kill). It gave the film a whole new dimension when the James Bond series was rebooted, giving it a new timeline that neither preceded nor succeeded any previous James Bond flick.
The story revolves around James Bond as he stops and bankrupts Le Chiffre, the world’s leading terrorist financier, from winning a high-stakes poker game. All the while, we see Bond smooching with the ladies. This time around, his love interest is Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green. Green played the character of Lynd as the treasury employee assigned to bankroll Bond.
Casino Royale was a huge box office success, garnering $600 million worldwide. Not only was it a hit to movie goers but the hard-to-please James Bond die-hards and critics loved it as well. The casting choice of Daniel Craig was met with a lot of controversy. But he more than proved his acting chops as he brought a new dimension to the character of the womanizing super MI6 spy. Two sequels have followed Casino Royale—proving that the James Bond franchise, under the able hands of Craig, is alive and well.
The movie opens with an action-packed Parkour scene that shouldn’t be missed. What’s surprising is the absence of Bond’s outlandish and out-of-this-world high tech gadgetry and their progenitor, Q (Q would re-appear in Skyfall). Though the action and the love scenes are the highlight of any Bond film, the scenes in the casino where the high stakes poker game takes place shine brightest. In these scenes you can truly see how Daniel Craig does justice to the 007 role. He is at his best when at the table, displaying the suave debonair Bond at his finest. Oh, and the torture scene will leave you squirming in your seat, but a joy of a scene to watch nonetheless.
The film, though packed with action, is cleverly plotted. The twist and turns it takes will surely leave you wanting more of Bond. It set the tone for its two sequels—Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. Casino Royale came out in 2006 but is still widely watched these days. Before the release of Skyfall in 2012, Casino Royale was the highest grossing James Bond film of all time. It’s easy to see why. The fresh take coupled with the superb acting and the action-packed spy adventure gave this movie a unique appeal. Watch Casino Royale and experience James Bond at his finest.
Casino Royale, released in November 2006, stars Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench and Mads Mikkelsen; directed by Martin Campbell under Eon Productions.