|Casino Royale [Blu-ray]
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Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 13-MAR-2007
Media Type: Blu-Ray
The most successful invigoration of a cinematic franchise since Batman Begins, Casino Royale offers a new Bond identity. Based on the Ian Fleming novel that introduced Agent 007 into a Cold War world, Casino Royale is the most brutal and viscerally exciting James Bond film since Sean Connery left Her Majesty's Secret Service. Meet the new Bond; not the same as the old Bond. Daniel Craig gives a galvanizing performance as the freshly minted double-0 agent. Suave, yes, but also a "blunt instrument," reckless, and possessed with an ego that compromises his judgment during his first mission to root out the mastermind behind an operation that funds international terrorists. In classic Bond film tradition, his global itinerary takes him to far-flung locales, including Uganda, Madagascar, the Bahamas (that's more like it), and Montenegro, where he is pitted against his nemesis in a poker game, with hundreds of millions in the pot. The stakes get even higher when Bond lets down his "armor" and falls in love with Vesper (Eva Green), the ravishing banker's representative fronting him the money.
For longtime fans of the franchise, Casino Royale offers some retro kicks. Bond wins his iconic Astin-Martin at the gaming table, and when a bartender asks if he wants his martini "shaken or stirred," he disdainfully replies, "Do I look like I give a damn?" There's no Moneypenny or "Q," but Dame Judi Dench is back as the exasperated M, who one senses, admires Bond's "bloody cheek." A Bond film is only as good as its villain, and Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre, who weeps blood, is a sinister dandy. From its punishing violence and virtuoso action sequences to its romance, Casino Royale is a Bond film that, in the words of one character, makes you feel it, particularly during an excruciating torture sequence. Double-0s, Bond observes early on, "have a short life expectancy." But with Craig, there is new life in the old franchise yet, as well as genuine anticipation for the next one when, at last, the signature James Bond theme kicks in following the best last line ever in any Bond film. To quote Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin, now I know what I've been faking all these years. --Donald Liebenson
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- Is this supposed to be Bond?
What the hell is this? This movie does not resemble any James Bond I know. It is painful to watch as it is overly serious and sorely lacking in any sense of excitement, personality or fun.
Daniel Craig has no sense of suaveness, sarcasm or humour and physically more closely resembles Dumbo than James Bond. He is by far the worst James Bond ever. 0 stars!...more info
- Simply Awesome
This is a must-have. The movie itself is incredible as usual. The action sequences take it to the limit. Craig is better than expected as Bond. The disc itself is great - plenty of features - although I have not sampled that content as of yet....more info
- Darker Bond...but still just as good!
Daniel Craig stars as the new, re-imagined James Bond in the 2006 (non-spoof) version of Casino Royale.
After Bond foils the plans of the banker Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), who provides funding for the world's terrorists, Le Chiffre sets up a last ditch effort to win his money back in a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale. James Bond enters the game in order to destroy Le Chiffre for good. Bond teams up with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) who is assigned to keep an eye on him and how he handles the large amount of government money needed to enter the tournament. But as Bond gets more involved in the game, he becomes tangled in a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal.
Casino Royale is partially based on Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel. About the first third of the film is added to provide a background for Le Chiffre, but the poker game stays very close to the book. Although the film may not sound as action-packed as some of the others, trust me, the action is intense! This film has a deeper storyline than most Bond movies. Daniel Craig plays a colder James Bond that has a chip on his shoulder. The film definitely takes a darker and more serious tone to match. Casino Royale also lacks the humor of other Bond films (don't expect Sean Connery style one-liners or Roger Moore slapstick here). The film has a noticeable absence of gadgets, which I thought were becoming over-the-top after Die Another Day.
This stylistic re-boot to the Bond franchise is very well done! Daniel Craig is an excellent James Bond in his own unique way. Highly Recommended!
- Long but amazing.
An all around good flick gets a little drawn out at the end but jumps right back into the action....more info
- The most brutal and viscerally exciting James Bond film yet!
James Bond seemed dead, but along came Daniel Craig who brought the best in the business back, but giving us a lean, mean 007 that blows previous Bonds away. As well as giving the performance of his career in the process. Daniel Craig gives a galvanizing performance as the freshly minted double-0 agent. Suave, reckless, and possessed with an ego that compromises his judgment during his first mission to root out the mastermind behind an operation that funds international terrorists. There is also one of the best villains in recent years with Mads Mikkelsen as the cold blooded Le Chiffre. He heads an international cartel not so much bent on world destruction as on taking advantage of the chaos in which we live.
For longtime fans of the franchise, Casino Royale offers some retro kicks. Bond wins his iconic Astin-Martin at the gaming table, and when a bartender asks if he wants his martini "shaken or stirred," he disdainfully replies, "Do I look like I give a damn?" There's no Moneypenny or "Q," but Dame Judi Dench is back as the exasperated M, who one senses, admires Bond's "bloody cheek." It is also refreshing to see Bond have a real love interest in Eva Green, not the usual banter that rings hollow. Bond is not afraid to expose himself in this movie, revealing a much more vulnerable figure than we have seen before.
From its punishing violence and virtuoso action sequences to its romance, Casino Royale is a Bond film that, in the words of one character, makes you feel it, particularly during an excruciating torture sequence. Double-0s, Bond observes early on, "have a short life expectancy." But with Craig, there is new life in the old franchise yet, as well as genuine anticipation for the next one when, at last, the signature James Bond theme kicks in following the best last line ever in any Bond film. ...more info
- The NEW BOND
After the disappointing use of DIE ANOTHER DAY ( I would personally like to add that that was not a way for Pierce Brosnan to end as James Bond after all his other good ones) I was real skeptical to continue with the james bond franchise. My roommate had told me about Casino Royale but I was not interested. But then my friend of 5 years of college was telling me about it, and this was around the time that Quantum of Solace was coming out in theaters, so I decided to watch it, hoping that I was not disappointed.
I would like to point out that now I own Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. I like this new bond, Daniel Craig. I remember seeing him in the first Tomb Raider movie alongside Jolie, and when I was seeing the movie, I was thinking this guy looks familiar. But along with the movie. Well, those of you that are fans of the james bond franchise, you would know that the movies always start of with the gun barrel. Well, not this one. Keeping in mind that this is a reboot of the franchise, this movie is his very first mission. All throughout the introduction (opening sequence) I asked, "Where is the gun barrel?" and then a moment later, we see james bond picks up a gun, and the guy behind him tries to shoot james bond, but then the view shifts to the gun barrel and james bond shoots the guy. To this day I think that was the perfect use of the gun barrel. The rest of the movie is real good: see for yourself what happens. I think this is the best plot in the franchise, and fans will not be disappointed. ...more info
- Casino Royale-2 Disc Collector's Edition
The 2 disc is definitely is something worth waiting for.The video transfer is fantastic,not to mentioned the sound too.Everything is perfectly packaged.The 2nd disc provides a lot of insight on the making and James Bond history.Overall, it's simply awesome !!...more info
- Casino Royale (DVD, 2007, 2-Disc Set; Widescreen)
In my opinion this is one of the best James Bond movie made, I never had watched James Bond, until I meet my boyfriend he is a big fan of the series and has all of the movies , so we went to see this in the theater, and I was hooked right from the start, it is a great movie full of action, it keeps you locked in right from the start to the great ending, we couldn't wait to get this on dvd,and I even got him the books both are great, it is one movie you can watch over and over again never get bored, we just found out there will be a new movie out soon, we can't wait.
Casino Royale (2-Disc Widescreen Edition)...more info
- Casino Royale a Winner
This 007 movie is a winner. The new James Bond (Daniel Craig) is spectacular and compliments the prior 007 movies. A must see and must have movie...more info
- One of the best Bond pictures
I've been a fan of the Bond series since Sean Connery. I've seen them all, and Casino Royale is one of my favorites. This movie has it all with an interesting story, a grand and moving score, great action, intense drama, and heartfelt romantic scenes. From the opening moments I was hooked. I knew this was going to be a smart movie when they used the gun barrel introduction as part of the action. Outstanding!
Daniel Craig gives a good performance as Bond, and his range seems somewhat broader than some of the actors who've played Bond in the past. Frankly, I would have a difficult time believing some of the previous incarnations would be capable of falling in love. We also get to see the evolution of Bond from his heated and nieve beginning, to the complex and colder agent we all know. I think Craig was a wise choice, and I look forward to his future roles. I just hope the series continues to focus on story, and the more realistic elements of the Bond character.
The extras are nice including: Becoming Bond, James Bond: For Real, Bond girls are forever, and the Chris Cornell Music Video. If you're a fan of Bond, or just a great drama, pick up this DVD. ...more info
- Bond is back
Yes I love the Connery and even Moore Bonds. Brosnan was ok but Craig has nailed it. The people that don't like this but are Bond fans aren't watching with an open mind imo.
This blu ray version is well done. Sometimes you get a weak transfer (I'm looking at you Terminator 2) but this looks wonderful. Sound, picture, everything....more info
God is it boring! If I wanted to watch people play cards for an hour and a half... I WOULDN'T SPEND $30 TO DO IT!!! SHEESH! By the way, that's the plot, I just saved you an hour and a half of your life.
About Bond himself, how is it that this is supposed to be his first mission? He's got BLUE EYES AND BLONDE HAIR. Are we supposed to believe that he changed them? And why is it set in modern times(the 2000's)? IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE HIS FIRST MISSION, REMEMBER? Never mind Bond movies have made since the 60's, but come on!! Bring back Pierce Brosnan please!!...more info
The thing that stuck out most about Casino Royale to me above anything was the video quality. I have loved every blu-ray movie I've bought, but this one surpassed them all by a long shot in term of video quality. This is the first time I haven't doubted blu-ray, the picture is so perfect that it seems to jump off the screen at you and welcome you in to the scene. And this is with my 50" 720p tv that's about 2 years old, I can't even imagine what it looks like on a newer 1080p display. I don't have surround sound but just from my TV the audio was pretty good, I'm sure it's amazing as well if you have a theatre system. The movie itself is great as well, probably my favorite bond movie, although I'm biased towards the newer ones. It's exciting throughout, and there's always a new twist to every turn in the movie. My favorite blu-ray so far, it's def. worth the buy if you don't have it yet....more info
- Bourne or Bond: That Is The Question
What this film comes down to, in terms of whether it will appeal to you or not, is the simple question of which type of spy you prefer: classic Bond (Sean Connery, Moore) or that of Jason Bourne. Personally, I hated the classic Bond films with their portrayal of a spy who can supposedly save the earth but is so flabby and out of shape (not to mention has a drinking problem and smokes too much). I also detested the unbelievable villians and the chicks with genital names. Austin Powers really nailed exactly what the classic Bond films presented as our superspy and how silly it is that anyone would rely on this man.
Now, what about the new Bond? He looks pumped and conditioned, as one would imagine a superspy would be. He is cold and brutal, but with an emotional depth hidden right beneath the surface. Craig is amazing and delivers a fantastic performance (and don't bring up the hair. It's not as if the man were as blond as Flash Gordon, not the hair colour should matter).
The film itself is very fast paced and much more realistic than the early Bond films, with the villians' goals being global terrorism and destabilization of the markets. While not as flashy as taking over the world with a giant laser, it is much more believable. I understand that the early Bonds were closer to the author's original vision, but sometimes, very rarely, scripts are better than the material on which they are based. This is one of those times. To end, if you love the classic Bonds, you most likely will hate this. However, if you under 50 like me and loved the fast pace, kicking major derriere of the Bourne films, you will absolutely love this. Do you want a killer spy or do you want a cheesy pick up artist? The choice is yours....more info
- Casino Royale in Blu-Ray...I Love It!
This was the first ever movie I have watched in Blu-Ray and it did not disappoint. You won't find some technical review from me here, but I will tell you about my experience.
I invited a friend over, who was a little skeptical about the whole Blu-Ray thing. He just felt that it could not really be any better than an upconverted DVD on an HDTV. So, we popped in Casino Royale, which I had read was a pretty good Blu-Ray release. Just to give something to compare to, we watched a few minutes of something on Discovery Channel HD. I think it was Dirty Jobs. Anyway, then I started Casino Royale. I was impressed with the picture and sound, but what would my skeptical friend think? After about 5 minutes, my friend weighed in on his experience, "Ok, this is better than I thought. I looks so clear! Fine, Blu-Ray is better." And there you have it. I was open to the new format and was impressed. My friend was a skeptic and he was impressed. Casino Royale is an exceptional port to Blu-Ray, so if you have a Blu-Ray player and you are a Bond fan, this is a must have!...more info
- A NEW JAMES BOND WITH STEROIDS!
Critics gave the film a positive response, in particular Craig's performance and credibility. During production this had been subject to debate by the media and the public, as Craig did not appear to fit Ian Fleming's original portrait of the character as tall, dark, and suave. The Daily Telegraph compared the quality of Craig's characterization of Bond to Sean Connery's and praised the script as smartly written, noting how the film departed from the series' conventions. The Times compared the more assertive portrayal by Craig to Timothy Dalton, and praised the action as edgy, with another reviewer citing in particular the action sequence involving the cranes in Madagascar. Critics Paul Arendt of BBC Films, Kim Newman of Empire and Todd McCarthy of Variety all described Craig as the first actor to truly embody Ian Fleming's James Bond from the original novel: ironic, brutal, and cold.
The film was similarly well received in North America. MSNBC gave the movie a perfect 5 star rating. The film was described as taking James Bond "back to his roots", similar to From Russia with Love, where the focus was on character and plot rather than the high-tech gadgets and visual effects that were strongly criticised in Die Another Day. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an aggregate rating of 94%, the highest rating for a wide-release of the year. It is the fifth-highest rating for a Bond film on the site behind Goldfinger which received a 95%, The Spy Who Loved Me and From Russia with Love which both received a 96%, and Dr. No, with a 97% score. Metacritic gave the movie a Metascore of 81, signifying "Universal Acclaim." Entertainment Weekly named the film as the fifth best of the series, and chose Vesper Lynd as the fourth best Bond girl in the series. Some newspaper columnists and critics were impressed enough by Craig's performance to consider him a viable candidate for an Academy Award nomination. Roger Ebert gave the film a four out of four star rating, the first for any of the James Bond films he reviewed. Ebert stated that Casino Royale answered many of the questions he had begun to ask himself about the 45-year-old series, like why no character seems to have any real emotions. Ebert also felt that this was the first Bond film that got him to care about Bond, and the rest of the characters.
However, the film met several mixed reactions. Though American radio personality Michael Medved gave the film three stars out of four, describing it as "intriguing, audacious and very original... more believable and less cartoonish, than previous 007 extravaganzas", he commented that the "sometimes sluggish pacing will frustrate some Bond fanatics." Similarly, a reviewer for The Sun praised the film for its darkness and Craig's performance, but felt that "like the novel, it suffers from a lack of sharpness in the plot" and believed that it required additional editing, particularly the finale. Commentators such as Emanuel Levy concurred, feeling the ending was too long, and that the film's terrorist villains lacked depth, although he praised Craig and gave the film a B+ overall. Other reviewers responded negatively, including Tim Adams of The Observer who felt the film came off uncomfortably in an attempt to make the series grittier.
- The Best "Bond" Yet
Review of Albert Broccoli's Eon Productions "Casino Royale:"
As a dedicated fan of the entire James Bond franchise in my humble opinion Casino Royale is the finest Bond film made to date. Daniel Craig's portrayal of Bond is fresh and realistic as shown through a gritty and hard facet.
The storyline is not too complicated and again believable setting itself up for the sequel; in this case Quantum of Solace. In the beginning of Casino Royale Bond's backstory is revealed as to how he attained his "00" status and reveals "flaws" in his character. Bond's initial interaction with Vesper Lynd reveals even more of his background as an orphan,etc.
Reminiscent of a young Connery in "Dr. No," Craig in Casino Royale delivers the goods. Well done. Five stars + with no hesitation or reservation.
Jeffrey Peter Hauck
- Intime for christmas
said it would not get in tell jan. 6 but got it 10 day after order, very nice...more info
In this prequel-style instalment, a young James Bond is promoted to "00" status and deployed on various missions; some physical, some cerebral, some emotional.
To me, there's the first three Connery films - more thrillers than action films - all of them deserving credit. Then there's all the dated and boring entries spanning the ensuing 30 years, with only the very occasional exception. And then there's Daniel Craig and his Casino Royale. The real James Bond has kindly stood up.
There are at least two sequences that I will always remember from this film. The first precedes the opening credits, where Bond "earns his stripes"; the second is where he overcomes an attempt on his life whilst playing poker. I cannot go into these exquisite moments in any more detail because I'll ruin the film for those who haven't seen it.
Of course, for the explosion fanatics, there are plenty of heavy-duty action scenes worthy of note, especially one taking place at Miami airport. For the torture scene, I was hoping for the thing that the Chinese do with water droplets, but I wasn't let down too badly...
It's great to see they've trashed the "Q" and/or "R" characters, and Moneypenny, and that stupid character played by Robbie Coltrane, and given all such residual screen time to Judi Dench's "M" and the new Felix Leiter (played understatedly by Jeffery Wright). They've also eased-up on the mindless "nightcap" affairs. Instead, one core emotional encounter comes slowly into focus, and we finally get a glimpse at why Bond became the way he is.
Daniel Craig for Acting....more info
Thank God for Daniel Craig! James Bond lives on! Best James Bond actor ever, in my opinion. Daniel Craig is pure and real. Casino Royale is our introduction to the real James Bond from his beginnings. The story moves fast and there is plenty of intrigue. For those reviewers who bash the poker game, they're not noticing the nuances of the actors and their exchanges with each other. And I, personally, do not like card games either. My favorite scene involves Daniel Craig and Eva Green's characters meeting each other for the first time on a train. Excellent wit and clever dialogue. If you love the mystery behind James Bond or Jason Bourne -- you will be a fan of this movie, too. The added features bring further understanding to the James Bond franchise and the fabulous 2nd Unit stunts. Highly entertaining!...more info
- By the current count, the 1,268th review for Casino Royale
By adding my own review of Casino Royale to all these others -- making mine the 1,268th -- I expect to accomplish nothing more than to conjoin my voice to the chorus of praise for the best James Bond movie in years. Until this came along, I had written the franchise off. But I enjoyed this so much, I didn't mind buying it twice, first on DVD, then later upgrading to Casino Royale [Blu-ray]. The hi-def picture was absolutely phenomenal, and whenever I want to impress upon someone the difference Blu-ray makes, I pull this one out as the demo. From the retro grainy black-&-white introduction, thru sunny tropical locations, to the darker European countryside and luxurious interiors, a full range of textures and tones are sampled, making this engrossing story beautiful to look at, something to savor over multiple viewings. Daniel Craig's powerful performance makes it all the sweeter.
Selecting the actor to play Fleming's iconic character is Hollywood's equivalent to the Vatican picking a new pope. In the limbo between films, the people gather and wait. When the studio finally announced amidst the usual ¨¦clat that Craig had been chosen to fill the tuxedo, the surprising selection was a signal that something major was going down. It was a ballsy break with tradition, and it paid off. Craig owned that part, and his Bond will be what future generations will compare his successors to. Of course it helped that he had a topnotch script, which hews closer to the novel than any Bond film since around From Russia with Love, after which they became increasingly distracted with silly gadgets (excepting On Her Majesty's Secret Service). The stuff about the footrace and the tanker at the airport were added, along with the stuff on the boat with Vesper in the epilogue. But the salient points of the rest of the story have some basis in the novel. It distinguishes itself further with its emotional detail, beginning with a pre-credit sequence marked with a psychological gamesmanship that was maintained on some level throughout the rest of the film. It's tightly crafted, wasting nothing, slamming into Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name" through the barrel of the trademark gunshot and swirl, then moving through the locales, hewn seamlessly through great editing and strong musical cues of variations of the theme. The pacing gives the story enough time to breath, but never lingers. It flows. Even the card game itself to me was exciting, and I don't play cards.
I was prompted to write this review today because I ordered the Blu-ray edition of Quantum of Solace, and anticipating its arrival has got me appreciating all over again just how good Casino Royale was. At first disappointed that Quantum of Solace didn't have the same subtleties as Casino Royale, I've since come to see it as part two of this one great story. It should be here Saturday. In the meantime, I'll refresh the continuity by watching this one again.
- "Do I look like I give a damn?"
Anyone who has followed the James Bond series over the last four decades knows that the new Bond has changed... In "Casino Royale," 007 do not identify himself with the classic words, "Bond. James Bond," and instead of playing Chemin-de-Fer or Craps, he plays Poker and he doesn't care whether his vodka martinis are shaken or stirred nor he drinks a Smirnoff vodka, or a five-star Hennessey, or a Dom P¨¦rignon'52... He never pauses to take a finger of Caviar... He never enjoys a good cigar and is less preoccupied with matters of sex...
But he is a more trained Bond, a cold-hearted killer improvising, modifying, and overcoming, uttering to M in one decisive moment his most significant line, "So you want me to be half monk, half hit-man!"
In taking the part, Daniel Craig completely inhabited the character of the super agent 007... There is something empathetic about him and something human...He so lets you in behind his blue eyes and into his emotional life...
His opponent is the villain banker Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) who tries to get rich in supplying funds for terrorists... To continue doing so, Le Chiffre wants to win back his losses in a no-limit showdown Poker game with $115,000,000 in chips at Casino Royale in Montenegro...
Ivana Milicevic plays Le Chiffre's Bosnian bodyguard who nearly eliminates our hero... Valenka is harmful but not pure evil as her boss...
Simon Abkarian is the middleman Alex Dimitrios involved with Le Chiffre, who knew where to put his hands on weapons and people who could use them... He works with anyone who has money...
The Italian actress Caterina Murino (Solange) reveals her sexy side as the frustrated woman so upset in her marriage...
Jeffrey Wright plays the undercover CIA agent Felix Leiter 'bleeding chips at the poker tournament;' and Giancarlo Giannini plays the 'contact' Mathis...
Eva Green is Bond's love interest Vesper Lynd... Green and Craig have electric chemistry on screen together... Vesper's character seems ambiguous, impudent and complicated... One night--slumped in the shower fully clothed, radiating inner beauty--her quiet look is capable to melt Bond's cold heart and free his doubtful mind... In another, she disconcerts him with her pretty 'Algerian love knot.'
"Casino Royale" lacks the fundamental technology exhibition which plays an important part in any Bond films... The traditional "James Bond Gun Barrel Sequence" and the "James Bond Theme" disappeared... The only thin bit of continuity is Judi Dench's fifth return as the cool, scheming chief Lady M...
Directed by Martin Campbell, the movie has it all: spectacular locations from Prague, London, Miami and Nassau-- and amazing actions involving the superb Aston Martin DB5 coupe in a high-speed mountain chase; a rush to stop a fuel tanker at Miami Airport; a combat with an Ugandan terrorist; a pursue in a four-wheel bulldozer; a breathless foot chase across highest cranes; and an unexpected climax in one of the buildings on the canals of Venice...