'Casino Royale' reviewed | The Moviegoer

Friday, November 17, 2006

'Casino Royale' reviewed

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2006 at 7:35 AM

Manohla Dargis, NY Times

. . . If Mr. Campbell and his team haven’t reinvented the Bond film with this 21st edition, they have shaken (and stirred) it a little, chipping away some of the ritualized gentility that turned it into a waxworks. They have also surrounded Mr. Craig with estimable supporting players, including the French actress Eva Green, whose talent is actually larger than her breasts.

Like Mr. Mikkelsen, who makes weeping blood into a fine spectator sport, Ms. Green brings conviction to the film, as do Jeffrey Wright and Isaach de Bankolé. Judi Dench is back as M, of course, with her stiff lip and cunning. But even she can’t steal the show from Mr. Craig, though a human projectile by the name of Sébastien Foucan, who leads a merry and thrilling chase across Madagascar, almost does.

Kenneth Turan, LA Times

. . . One aspect of the new Bond that works from first minute to last is the most important one, and that is Craig's performance. With Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan taking their places as Connery's key successors, the Bond franchise has always been fortunate in its choice of leading men, and Craig is one of their wisest picks yet. . .

Casino Royale is registering a 93% Cream of the Crop rating on rottentomatoes.com.


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