Saturday, November 18, 2006

Casino Royale - a welcome back...

I went for the opening day show to see what James Bond was all about before he started having his license to kill. Casino Royale, based on Ian Fleming's first Bond novel (1953), is a welcome back 007 movie. Daniel Craig, the new Bond guy, played his role to perfection. He is portrayed as a tougher guy than the other bonds we've seen. We know Bond is a composition of two parts - action and flirting. And, we've also noticed the character shift towards the latter from Roger Moore to Pierce Brosnan. But this new Bond, as I said is tougher and 90% action, perhaps because the novel was the first in the Bond series. Eva Green, the french woman who played the Bond girl Vesper Lynd, was just captivating.

This movie, in my opinion, goes back in style to the traditional bond movies of Sean Connery and Roger Moore. It is definitely a relief to see Bond as Mr. Detective than Mr. Gadgets. In all of Pierce Brosnan's Bond movies, I've seen a great focus on special effects and innovative gadgets. They were good, but leave those to Tom Cruise and his impossible missions! Why Bond? Here, Daniel Craig does full justification using just his knack and detective aptitude to disentangle himelf out his labyrinths - absolutely no Q-inspired gadgetry. Just a Sony Erricson mobile phone used throughout the movie! That's it!

Overall, a good movie. There will be a lot of critics for and against Daniel Craig's new assumption of the James Bond character. It's a big one! But I feel he brings a lot of toughness and edge long absent from the Bond franchise. They've brought the right guy in.

And yeah, the chase in the first few minutes is just terrific! Don't miss it!



Blogger Sasidhar said...

You need a break right now. Go and see The Prestige. :)

12:01 PM  
Blogger Padmanaban Kumar (paddu) said...

I just took a break. But got some Chinese food instead. There's this terrific Chinese buffet right here at Far West, Austin called The Shanghai River. Was a pretty neat one.

3:30 PM  

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