Casino Royale

Casino Royale ★★★★★

I'm hard pressed to think of a better action from the aughties. And just as crucial, "Casino Royale" is a truly great Bond movie—with Daniel Craig giving the most three-dimensional portrayal of the character yet, both lethal and charming in equal measure. The script takes the essential qualities of Fleming's literary Bond and evolves them for our contemporary era. And since Craig's performance is evenly matched by Eva Green, we truly have that sense of Hitchcockian repartee between Bond and his love interest for the first time since the Sixties. Much praise should be heaped on the dialogue, the exquisitely staged setpieces, David Arnold's score—"Casino Royale" is truly the complete package and, for these reasons and more, is almost certainly my favorite 007 film.

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