I’m The Only Juan’s review published on Letterboxd:
It should be said that this was my first Bond film, so saying it’s my favorite might be biased. But having watched every EON Bond Film leading up to this makes me appreciate Casino Royale MUCH more seen as an origin story basically, a darker, serious tone compared to the antecedents (especially the last one before this), makes this film memorable in the franchise, also earned because the story begs for it, Martin Campbell takes this film in a familiar direction at first glanced then a complete 180 by the end. Twist and turns throughout but old habits die hard when it’s still a James Bond picture and brings a welcoming class that still stands on the franchise. Daniel Craig for me is James Bond, and I admire the filmmakers for that decision.