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Casino Royale, a review by Tom




Title: Casino Royale
Year: 2006
Director: Martin Campbell
Rating: PG-13
Length: 144 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Daniel Craig
Eva Green
Mads Mikkelsen
Judi Dench
Jeffrey Wright

Plot:
CASINO ROYALE introduces JAMES BOND before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to "00" status. "M" (Judi Dench), head of the British Secret Service, sends the newly-promoted 007 on his first mission that takes him to Madagascar, the Bahamas and eventually leads him to Montenegro to face Le Chiffre, a ruthless financier under threat from his terrorist clientele, who is attempting to restore his funds in a high-stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. "M" places Bond under the watchful eye of the Treasury official Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together. Le Chiffre's cunning and cruelty come to bear on them both in a way Bond could never imagine, and he learns his most important lesson: Trust no one.

Extras:
Closed Captioned
Featurettes
Music Videos
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
I have mixed feelings about this movie.
One the one hand, I like the portrayal of the new bond and I like the direction they were going with the character.
But on the other hand the main plot leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion.
The first half an hour, Bond was chasing some guy for whatever reasons (apparently it was a bomb maker), which got him into trouble with M because he killed that guy on the ground of an embassy.
Then after some investigations he goes Poker playing. Seems the bad guy needs money and his plan is to win at a Poker game.
First Bond looses and almost dies because of poisoning. Then he gets another shot at the game. (How exciting watching Bond play poker... not).
Finally he has won the money. The bad guy is not happy and is now after Bond because of it.
After this is done, Bond decides that he is now in love with the girl he was with at the Poker game all of a sudden. Bond resigns from MI6 to be with this girl.
But then she deceives him with the Poker money because she needs it for the ransom for her boyfriend. Bond is now bitter and it seems now that this is the reason the filmmakers want us to give for why Bond never gets close to the Bond girls.

This time around I watching this movie with my brother and he almost fell asleep multiple times. And like him I really had the thought (after having re-watching all the other Bonds), that this movie just isn't Bond.

Final thought: The new Bond (character) has some promise, but the scriptwriting has to get better with the next movies.

Rating:


Note to Jimmy: You can replace my existing review link with this one. I have slighty re-written my existing review.

(From James Bond Marathon on June 20th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

The Lady Vanishes, a review by Dragonfire




During a transcontinental train trip in Europe, a young woman is alarmed to discover a passenger has disappeared. Starring Margaret Lockwood

My Thoughts

This one does start off slower while the various characters are introduced.  I was wondering briefly where the train was..lol.  Anyway, the movie has a unique group of characters and there are some humorous moments with some of them.  There is a good amount of tension and suspense throughout the movie, especially once the woman has vanished and everyone denies ever having seen her.  The mystery is decent and helps to make things interesting.  The explanations for what happened as well as why everyone denied seeing the woman ultimately work.  Many of the passengers have their own somewhat selfish reasons for denying seeing the woman.  There is decent chemistry between the main characters and their developing relationship is believable.

Overall, the movie is very entertaining and I enjoyed it.

 ;D

(From Alfred Hitchcock Marathon on June 10th, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

"Due South" marathon, a review by Tom


1.03 Manhunt (1994-10-06)
Writer: Paul Haggis (Created By), Paul Haggis (Writer)
Director: Paul Lynch
Cast: Paul Gross (Constable Benton Fraser), David Marciano (Detective Ray Vecchio), Beau Starr (Lt. Harding Welsh), Daniel Kash (Detective Louis Gardino), Tony Craig (Detective Jack Huey), Catherine Bruhier (Elaine), Leslie Nielsen (Buck Frobisher), William Smith (Harold Geiger), Cali Timmins (Julie Frobisher), Gordon Pinsent (Fraser Sr. (voice)), Conrad Bergschneider (Chuck), Donald Fleckser (Donald), Judith Scott (Head Nurse), John Carroll (Scow Captain), George Buza (Welker), Ernie Grunwald (Morgue Attendant)

Leslie Nielsen as Fraser Sr.'s old partner :)
It's nice to see Nielsen in a more serious role but still retaining a little of the typical Nielsen humor.

Rating:



1.04 They Eat Horses, Don't They? (1994-10-13)
Writer: Paul Haggis (Created By), Stephen Neigher (Writer)
Director: Timothy Bond
Cast: Paul Gross (Constable Benton Fraser), David Marciano (Detective Ray Vecchio), Beau Starr (Lt. Harding Welsh), Daniel Kash (Detective Louis Gardino), Tony Craig (Detective Jack Huey), Catherine Bruhier (Elaine), Al Waxman (Vince Leggett), Teri Polo (Stephanie Cabot), Kaye Ballard (Mrs. Vecchio), Ramona Milano (Francesca Vecchio), Domenic Cuzzocrea (Landlord), Paulina Gillis (Maria Vecchio), Vito Rezzo (Tony), Richard Moll (Zaleb Carney), Yanira Contreras (Mrs. Gamez), Francesco Figliomeni (Mario), Brooke Johnson (Adelaide), Robert King (Norm), Gary Hill (Auctioneer), Walker Boone (Crew Chief)

Teri Polo and Richard Moll guest star.
A fun episode. I always enjoy the scenes, when Fraser is visiting Ray's family. Especially Francesca is a riot.

Rating:

(From "Due South" marathon on June 28th, 2009)