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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Casino Royale - GO SEE THIS MOVIE

I saw Casino Royale last night and was completely blown away. I've always kind of been a Bond fan since seeing a Friday night broadcast of "Thunderball" on ABC one night as a kid. The exotic locales, the espionage intrigue, and let's face it Sean Connery in his prime parading around in Bermuda shorts. As a long time fan I feel comfortable making the following statement:

This new Bond movie is the best one ever done.

Gone are the silly gadgets and stupid banter. There is no billionaire supervillain intent on world domination that must be stopped. This is gritty, realistic, and gripping human drama done extremely well. The movie opens in black and white as we watch Bond on his first kill (you must make two for "double 00" designation). From there we watch an immature and inexperienced Bond on his first assignment in the world of international espionage.

The new actor is Daniel Craig and to say he's a powerful screen presence would be the height of understatement. He sears his way into every scene with a remarkable range of depth and talent. Even Sean Connery tended to be a bit of a one dimensional "superman". Craig's bond is very human. Prone to error, sometimes ruled by emotion. Like all of us. Its extremely refreshing, to the point that you wonder why it took over 30 years to go in this direction with the franchise.

I could go on, but trust me if you are at all interested in an intelligent gripping well acted action film - go see Casino Royale.

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