Petter Huseby’s review published on Letterboxd:
I was very looking forward to see this! Then I realised that most things people are praising this movie for, dosen’t start before around 75 minutes into it. We have the bond girl, we have the most intense poker-game I have seen, and the villain makes you uncomfortable. Daniel Craig is a great 007, and presents as this cold person who is doing his job and then leaves, but he is also a guy who can think about his life as a agent who are supposed to terminate his target, no matter what.
But then there is the rest of the movie. A great opening chase scene, followed by some very boring stuff, and then a great airport-chase scene which is extremely fun to watch, and then we are getting to what people are praising the movie for. And then comes some more broing stuff in the end, the villain, played by Mads Mikkelsen, felt a bit wasted. He got his destiny, and I am thinking to myself:
“That’s it? Was that everything they had to offer?”
The story becomes slow and boring to many times, and I didn’t found the side characters interesting. I in the end, found Casino Royale to be overrated.