addition to the action, there is the suspense of the poker table (Baccarat
in the original novel, most likely changed to fall in line with the
current popularity of poker). A proponent of Texas Hold’em myself
the poker is well done and although some cameo appearances may have
helped the final table it is thrilling nonetheless.
Dench returns as M, the head of MI6. Dench who first took the role (being
the first woman in the role) in the Brosnan film GoldenEye has always
played a good character, but this time around she comes across as being
a different type of M. This time she seems more like a worried-parent
character, who treats Bond as though he is a child, because she knows
he is not the Bond of legend at this point, and he needs guidance or
he shall never turn into the coolheaded super agent that we all know
addition to the action, sex and violence a superb soundtrack put together
by Chris Cornell [Soundgarden] and David Arnold give the film a sense
of departure from other Bond movies and update it for the 21st Century.
is one of the best entries in the James Bond franchise, there is no
denying that, but I do worry of how the Craig run will end. After Campbell
left Brosnan he got pulled down by scripts that relied too heavily one
gadgets and comic one-liners, and now I fear that Craig may end up being
weighed down from becoming overly serious. Regardless of whether or
not Craig's run ends on a good or bad note Casino Royale shall easily
remain one of the best James Bond films ever made. Campbell should stop
running off and stick to Bond, because it seems things start to go badly
when he leaves his Bond actor in the hands of the sponsors.