Casino Royale (2006)
Directed by Martin Campbell
I have to confess, I’ve never been that in to James Bond…to be fair, I don’t think I have the right amount of testosterone to really appreciate it. My problem is that they’re often so silly and stilted that I can’t take them seriously. They’re still fun and the action is always pretty great, but there’s not enough meat to make it stick with you. Casino Royale tries very hard to be taken seriously, and for the most part it succeeds. Bringing more depth to the character this Bond is darker, gritter, and…well…more Bourne-like. Yes, someone was taking good notes at the Bourne School of Spy Movies and while the changes do pump some new life into the series, it forgets to have fun with it. There are a few chuckles to be had, but overall it’s missing that nice little tongue-in-cheek sense of humor that makes the series different from every other action movie, which is exactly what Bond feels like now.
Craig does a decent job but Brosnan and Moore are still my favorites. I do love the addition of Eva Green, been a big fan since The Dreamers, despite some of her scenes with Craig feeling a tad forced. Overall I think it’s a good reboot for the series considering the direction they started to go with the last two Brosnan movies. Something drastic needed to be done, I just hope they remember to bring back the fun factor at some point.