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Old November 20th, 2006, 11:37 PM   #16
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That was "Die Another Day" in 2002--with Halle Berry.
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Old November 20th, 2006, 11:41 PM   #17
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When I first heard Daniel Craig was the new Bond, I thought he was totally miscast for the role. To me, he looked more like a Bond villian than Bond. As the trailers came out, I started to think, maybe he can pull it off after all.
When the good reviews started to pour in, I was excited to see the movie.
I saw the film opening night. The opening credits were the most colorful opening credits I can remember for a Bond film. I thought Daniel Craig was actually very good in the role. The film, and his interpretation of 007, captured the flavor of the Connery Bond films for me.
Craig may not be the best looking, or most sophisticated Bond, but he is definately one of the most believable Bonds. His steely cold eyes make you believe he could kill without hesitation, yet he's just as believable making a quip, romancing a woman, or showing a vulnerable, tender side.
It took less time for me to get used to him as the new Bond then it has for me to get used to other actors who were just taking over the role.
I also like seeing a somewhat softer side of M in this film, as well.
My only real criticism is that the villian wasn't the most effectual villian you'll ever see in a Bond film and that the film seemed slightly anticlimatic - puttering out a bit at the last few minutes, that is, until the very last shot which was a like a sudden shot in the arm, that really closed the deal for me that Craig was now 007, and made me very eager for the next film in the series to come out. Still, it was a very good Bond film, and a great debut for Craig as the newest 007, and I think most Bond fans will really like it.
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Old November 21st, 2006, 04:55 AM   #18
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One of the last 2, not counting the new one.
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Old November 24th, 2006, 12:46 AM   #19
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...the film seemed slightly anticlimatic - puttering out a bit at the last few minutes...
I felt the same way and didn't find some of Bond's actions near the end believable, but overall I enjoyed the movie. Lots of twists and turns and action, and some good humor interwoven with grittier elements.

"A little to the left" will either make you laugh or wince after you see this film... :-)
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Old November 24th, 2006, 11:45 AM   #20
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A very stellar Bond and interesting that it is Martin Campbell again who jump-started the Brosnan series of Bond's with "Goldeneye", the only Bond of that era I would watch again.

I'm not a poker player so I was pretty lost in the second act but I guess it is only useful for the audience to know that someone is winning and someone is losing. But it never lost its keen edge throughout. Lots was happening and Daniel Craig really made Bond a human again.

The opening was truly thrilling and kept on going and going.

In the third act I lost the plot a bit but I was willing to forgive it because it was just so well made up to that point.
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Old December 13th, 2006, 12:37 PM   #21
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I'm sold on Daniel Craig and the direction the series now takes. I find it personally difficult to compare the new Casino Royale with any preceeding Bond movie only because today's younger audiences won't settle for anything less than a constant barrage of action. Just try to get a teen to watch "From Russia With Love." I bet he poo poos it. The old Bonds are for us old timers. :-)
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Old December 14th, 2006, 10:51 AM   #22
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First of all, Hugh your not that old, and I've seen them all. But I agree, this is going to be a new chaper in Bond world that is very good. Loved Daniel Craig as Bond! The movie was very well done and thought out.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 02:41 PM   #23
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I am old! I'm 35 with 9 years experience! That's old! Heck, I'm so old that at a restaurant when I order a three minute egg, the waiter makes me pay up front!

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