Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Martin Campbell (2006)

138min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Daniel Craig effortlessly makes James Bond his own as the 21st movie in the series goes back to basics for a resoundingly entertaining spy adventure. GoldenEye director Martin Campbell injects some Bourne-style grit into the proceedings, upping the violence content (the opening sequence, shot in grainy black and white, is particularly brutal). He also strips Bond of much of the slightly camp humour - thus no appearance from gadget-man Q. The plot is essentially an origins story, as a rough-around-the-edges Bond gains his two zeros (the two authorised kills he needs for his infamous licence) before tackling villain Le Chiffre (a splendidly thin-lipped Mads Mikkelsen) in a game of high-stakes poker. Craig's humanised, more flawed interpretation of the role balances Campbell's physical direction and co-writer Paul Haggis's sparing wit, while Eva Green provides an alluring love interest. Apart from a chaotic and overlong last act, this is a triumphant new beginning.

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Cast & Crew

James Bond Daniel Craig
Vesper Lynd Eva Green
Le Chiffre Mads Mikkelsen
Felix Leiter Jeffrey Wright
M Judi Dench
Rene Mathis Giancarlo Giannini
Solange Caterina Murino
Alex Dimitrios Simon Abkarian
Mr White Jesper Christensen
Valenka Ivana Milicevic
Villiers Tobias Menzies
Mollaka Sébastien Foucan
Steven Obanno Isaach de Bankole
Madame Wu Tsai Chin
Gräfin von Wallenstein Veruschka
Dryden Malcolm Sinclair
Chief of Police Michael G Wilson
Man at airport Richard Branson
Director Martin Campbell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Nov 2006
Drama