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Casino Royale introduces James Bond before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous and with two professional assassinations in quick succession he is elevated to "00" status. "M" (Judi Dench) head of the British Secret Service sends the newly-promoted 007 on his first mission that takes him to Madagascar the Bahamas and eventually leads him to Montenegro to face Le Chiffre a ruthless financier under threat from his terrorist clientele who is attempting to restore his funds in a high-stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. "M" places Bond under the watchful eye of the Treasury official Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together. Le Chiffre's cunning and cruelty come to bear on them both in a way Bond could never imagine and he learns his most important lesson: Trust no one.System Requirements:Runtime: 144 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: PG - 13 UPC: 043396148598 Manufacturer No: 14859

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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  • 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
  • Intime for christmas
    said it would not get in tell jan. 6 but got it 10 day after order, very nice...more info
    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,[64] with another reviewer citing in particular the action sequence involving the cranes in Madagascar.[65] Critics Paul Arendt of BBC Films,[66] Kim Newman of Empire[67] and Todd McCarthy of Variety[68] 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.[69] The film was described as taking James Bond "back to his roots", similar to From Russia with Love,[70] 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.[68] 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%,[71][72] and Dr. No, with a 97% score.[73] Metacritic gave the movie a Metascore of 81, signifying "Universal Acclaim."[74] Entertainment Weekly named the film as the fifth best of the series,[75] and chose Vesper Lynd as the fourth best Bond girl in the series.[76] Some newspaper columnists and critics were impressed enough by Craig's performance to consider him a viable candidate for an Academy Award nomination.[77][78][79] 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.[80]

    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."[81] 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.[82] 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.[83] 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.[84]

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  • 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 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
  • Transaction was quick and easy.
    I purchased this DVD close to Christmas and it arrived just in time. The DVD is in perfect condition. Thank you....more info
  • Casino-Blu-Royale
    Really love this Bond movie, certainly one of the best. Craig is surprisingly great as Bond and Dench as M. Loved the action sequences, the script, and the sports car. It's great on blu-ray, video/audio quality - EXCELLENT !!!. Every Bond fans should own this movie. Highly recommend it. ENJOY !!!...more info
  • Not the old movie Bond, but not the book Bond either
    Set prior to the previous Bond movies, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is sent on a mission to partake in a high-stakes poker game with the aim of bankrupting Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), the banker to a major terrorist organization.

    There are two ways that you can look at "Casino Royale": as an entry in the James Bond series of movies or as an adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel of the same name. As a Bond movie, "Casino Royale" is in many ways a far cry from its predecessors. Gone are the clever quips and the gadgets, yet the makers of this film were smart enough to retain the action sequences (and lots of them), Bond girls (although Eva Green is by no means great) and Judi Dench as M, so there are enough parallels between "Casino Royale" and the earlier films to keep fans happy.

    As an adaptation of the novel, on the other hand, the success of "Casino Royale" is less clear. "Casino Royale" is far more faithful to its source than any of the Roger Moore Bond films, but not as faithful as the earlier Sean Connery films (in particular, "Dr No" - probably the most faithful of all of the Bond movies to its origins). The central elements of the story are taken from the novel, but a lot of extra scenes are added in around them. Almost the entire first hour of the film comprises original material. These extra scenes, however, are, more or less, in the spirit of the novel. The biggest departure from the novel is in the character of Bond himself. The Bond of this movie is an immature, disrespectful loose cannon, while Fleming's Bond is the exact opposite. Several scenes have Bond acting against the direct orders of M, which the Bond of the books would never do.

    As for whether Daniel Craig makes a good James Bond or not, that will largely depend on your personal tastes. In my opinion, Craig is not a bad actor, but he is nowhere near as effective a Bond as Sean Connery or even Pierce Brosnan.

    Overall, "Casino Royale" is worth watching, and I am glad that someone has finally made a proper film version of this novel (the earlier, David Niven film of the same name bears little resemblance to the book and is one of the worst films I have ever seen), but it doesn't quite live up to the high standards set by some of the earlier Bond films, in particular "Dr No" and "Goldfinger".
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  • Well Done, Mr. Bond
    A good flick! Daniel Craig may have been dubbed as some sort of non-dark haired, unorthodox James Bond portrayer, but his first excursion into the role is satisfying, sometimes intense, and suitably pleasing in the garb of the James Bond genre. I did miss the sometimes over-the-top sexual undercurrents, connotations, and double-entendres that have accompanied most of the previous Bond films, but I suppose the producers feel that those things have run their course and have phased them out. In attending the showing of this film when it was in theaters, I did not hear one single laugh in the entire course of the film........not even a good snicker. That was part of the charm of previous Bond characterizations by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Pierce Brosnan. That charm seems to be missing from Mr. Craig's portrayal, with more attention paid to his abdominal muscle definition than his humor. As long as you can accept the change in Bond's character and stomach the destruction of a beautiful Aston-Martin, this is a good adventure. ...more info
  • High Stakes
    Not too shabby if you're into English "eye-candy". More focus on the High Stakes Game would've given the plot even MORE substance....more info
  • 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
  • Casino Royal: Best opening chase scene ever
    Greatest opening chase scene I've ever seen. Better than all the other Bond films--which are all terrific. Beautiful locations At the One and Only Beach Club on Pardise Island, Montenegro, and Venice. Great action. The ending really blew me away....more info
  • 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
  • Different kind of Bond and different kind of Bond film.
    When was the last time you were wowed by a Bond film?

    Mine was the first Bond film I watched when I was 7 and it was The Spy Who Loved Me. Since then, I have watched all the Bond films, and none seem to have the depth nor character development usually required in a real film.

    This Bond movie is different. This is a different kind of Bond and a different kind of a Bond film.

    Daniel Craig plays a Bond with a actual psyche. Yes, Bond has feelings now! He even has psychological vulnerabilities!

    Vesper Lynd, played so skillfully by Eva Green, pokes at Bond's vulnerabilities by guessing, presumably correctly, "you are an orphan! did not come from money and your friends at Oxford never let you forget it!".

    The fight sequences has Bond getting hurt and even getting a few scratches on his face. Yes, Bond gets hit and gets hurt too. Whoever thought that was possible? Bond is far from mythical, he is all too human. And that makes him far more interesting than ever.

    Daniel Craig portrays Bond as an angry, almost psychotic, man willing to do anything to achieve his mission. Sometimes, he lets his anger get the better of his judgment and he even unravels.

    Did I also mention this is the best casino gambling film I have ever seen?

    Overall, this is a masterpiece that will be remembered by Bond fans for a long time to come. It will be hard to beat this one....more info
  • The new James Bond oh yeah!
    I like this James Bond. This DVD held my interest all the way through. ...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
  • Stunning
    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