Re-Watch: Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale
Director: Martin Campbell
Writer: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis
Based on: Ian Fleming‘s James Bond novels
Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Isaach de Bankolé, Jesper Christensen

James Bond (Daniel Craig) is a special agent who just recently graduated to 00-status. And in his first mission, he has to take on Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), banker to the upper leagues of terrorism. Le Chiffre is about to play a high-stakes game of poker; and if Bond can beat him and take his money, they will have him cornered. So Bond’s boss M (Judi Dench) sends him and accountant Vesper (Eva Green) to Montenegro to win at poker.

Casino Royale is an extremely satisfying action movie that also holds up to second viewing. Daniel Craig is a cool bond and the whole thing is very entertaining.


Casino Royale is well-paced and has cool action scenes. I especially liked the parkours/free running chasing scene. Even though they are all over the place, I remember it was pretty new at the time and it is still a very tight scene.

But even better than the action in this film was the cast. Daniel Craig is fantastic as Bond. As usual, I can only sing the praises of Mads Mikkelsen and Judi Dench who are made of win and awesome and are generally great. As was Jeffrey Wright. Eva Green wasn’t bad either, but she just isn’t in the same league, acting-wise.

But I just love the story between Vesper and Bond. I love how it’s set up and how it plays out and how the two of them fit together. It’s heartbreaking, really. Though I still don’t really understand why she had to die in the end. It feels unnecessary.

The thing that doesn’t work that well, admittedly, is that Casino Royale lacks a bit of humor. It does make a couple of jokes, but a little lightheartedness probably wouldn’t hurt. As it wouldn’t have hurt if it had been a little more creative with the format itself. But in the end it’s a classic format very well dealt with.

Summarising: great action cinema.

7 thoughts on “Re-Watch: Casino Royale (2006)

  1. … I guess you had a re-watch because of Mads Mikkelsen?

    On a sidenote I’ve found out about the existence of christian patriarchy/ right wing christian movements. I’ve honestly never known that there are so many of them and that they are *that* weird. I’m appalled. In my eyes christians were all a relaxed bunch of liberals who think one should be nice and compassianate and graceful and one shouldn’t serve capitalism – their flaws being not admitting women to higher service and being a bit gluttonish (too many feasts and so on). I’ve always wondered why you are so critical with “the church” and now I know what you mean.
    … And I had just wanted to google cooking-recipes for large families. (And: Seriously: Taco salad as a meal?) :O … Can there honestly be people who think that birth control and education are oly the devil’s wickedness and that want a theocratic state, like muslim fundies, only christians? Omg, I’m so appalled. Are there people like that in Austria? :O

    • I rewatched it because of the new Bond movie – Mads Mikkelsen was just a bonus. ;)

      How could you not know about the right wing christians? I mean, they are so completely nuts and all over the place, I thought they were general knowledge.
      But yes, they really are everywhere. Also in Austria. And more disconcertingly, there are certain sections who are quite snug and close to the Vatican and the pope (who himself fits in more with the right wingers than with your vision of the church, imo).

      But maybe that’s something we should discuss in depth when I come to visit the next time. Or this will turn into a very, very long comment. ;)

  2. By all means we must discuss everything in person. :)
    Nope, they were not *my* general knowledge. I mean, yes, I knew about pro-life and Sarah Palin and creationism – but I thought they were just some unimportant weirdness that Americans tolerate. I never considered them a strong political movement that even influences mainstream.

    Concerning Austria: I’ve been thinking about it. I know 3 hyper-christian families like that. But they are not catholics but “evangelical”. But you certainly are right that the Pope is quite a right-wing guy.

    PS: Daniel Craig should alsways wear a tuxedo.

    • I love your comments – religion, fanticism, Daniel Craig’s hotness. ;)
      And he can pretty much wear whatever he wants or nothing at all, as far as I’m concerned.

      Evangelicals are another issue, but I think it doesn’t really matter which religion people come from – when they start taking thousands of years old texts completely literally, there are bound to be issues. And generally, absolutism rarely helps matters.

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