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Casino Royale (2006)

Preceded by: Die Another Day (2002)
Succeeded by: Quantum of Solace (2008)

Director:
Martin Campbell
COUNTRY
USA/Germany/United Kingdom/Czech Rep
GENRE
Action/Thriller/Spy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Casino Royale
RUNNING TIME
144 minutes
Producer:
Barbara Broccoli
Michael G. Wilson
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Ian Fleming):
Neal Purvis
Robert Wade
Paul Haggis


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
James Bond Daniel Craig
Vesper Lynn Eva Green
Le Chiffre Mads Mikkelsen
M Judi Dench
Felix Leiter Jeffrey Wright
Mathis Giancarlo Giannini
Valenka Ivana Milecevic
Call Girl Margaret Avery

 

Review

Say goodbye to the intellectual, suave, arch-British Bond and hello to the running, sweating and inexplicable romantic Bond with the ever-present diva-expression. It defenitely is a leap, maybe also because of the largely different subject matter the Casino Royale story touches. It should have been a good idea to bring Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) back into the director's chair, but his work here is inconsistent and weary. He makes the film come off as over-plotted and too serious. Pierce Brosnan's humour and confidence is sorely missed as Daniel Craig gives an energetic and appealing performance, but without knowing where to take his character. In the end, Casino Royale is too soft and unable to maintain the expected level of suspense.

Copyright 8.1.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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