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Welcome to the TFL.org approved fanlisting for the James Bond movie, Casino Royale (2006), starring the edgy Daniel Craig. If you're a fan of this riveting film, please, consider joining us!

The Film

After a great deal of discussion — on the part of fans and producers alike — over Daniel Craig's (Munich, Road to Perdition) suitability for the role of James Bond, he more than proves himself in this explosive revamping of the franchise.

Under the direction of Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro, Golden Eye) and with Paul Haggis (Crash) helping with the re-writes, this addition to the Bond canon manages to hold true to the essence of the stories — the villainous villains, the fabulous sets, the beautiful women, the fast-paced action — while updating the formula with subtlety and humanity.

Trading in the Cold War era for a new, post-9-11 landscape, the tale unfolds in locations that span the globe, including the Bahamas, Venice, and the Czech Republic. It opens in Madagascar, where Bond pursues a guerilla bomb-maker in one of the most breathtaking chase scenes ever — and it all takes place on foot.

Botching that assignment, Bond goes to Montenegro to square off against terrorist baddie Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), an international loan shark who gambles with the money of his equally dangerous clients. Beautiful British Treasury representative Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) supplies Bond's own funds, appearing on his arm in Montenegro, while M (Dame Judi Dench) keeps a close watch on the action from headquarters.

The extravagant poker game forms the center of the action, with Jeffrey Wright (Syriana, The Manchurian Candidate) putting in an intense appearance at the table; interrupting the game are dramatic events that keep the adrenaline pumping. The flirtation that unfolds between Bond and Vesper Lynd is only in keeping with the spy's M.O. as a ladies' man. What differs here, however, is what sets this Bond apart from the rest: the romance is taken seriously, and it exposes a vulnerability in Bond that he's never shown before.

This only makes him tougher, as Craig's Bond is darker, less campy, more brooding and mysterious, than his past incarnations ever were.

Cast

Critical acclaim

  • "There's one whopper of a reason why Casino Royale is the hippest, highest-octane Bond film in ages, and his name is Daniel Craig." — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
  • "Casino Royale, the most exciting Bond film since On Her Majesty's Secret Service, has everything you want in a pop entertainment: physical audacity, intrigue, romance, but also a charge of personality..." — Grade A: Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
  • "Mr. Craig's Bond looks as if he has renewed his licence to kill.... Ms. Green brings conviction to the film, as do Jeffrey Wright and Isaach de Bankole." — Manohla Dargis, New York Times