Casino Royale

Casino Royale

DVD - 2007
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On his first mission as 007, Bond heads to Montenegro to stop a banker to the world's terrorist organizations from winning a poker match at Casino Royale.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2007]
Branch Call Number: DVD Adventure / Casin 3558
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 144 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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One of the better Bond films and the first time this one was made by the regular Bond filmmakers (the version starring David Niven and Peter Sellers was a spoof-ish drama by other filmmakers due to rights issues). Dark, gritty, and nasty. It's a very different Bond than what we're used to of recent outings.

plotline Dec 01, 2016

A Very Different Bond
"Utter one more syllable and I'll have you killed!"- M. to James Bond in CASINO ROYALE.

But this James Bond will not be dispatched easily.

This Bond is virtually impervious to pain. He is incredibly acrobatic. If he is on the run and you have just put up some drywall it had better be very thick drywall; he's likely to chase down a gas tanker truck also. When others fall to an explosion he escapes with minor cuts. And he heals quickly (far too quickly). He even cheats death (shocking, positively shocking!). Forget the "gentleman spy" who can turn to violence when needed; think: "soccer hooligan" straining to maintain a civilized demeanor.

Watching CASINO ROYALE you may ask yourself: is this really 007 or a very unrefined Bruce Wayne, dropping his cape and cowl for a new identity? Yet the renovation of the 53-year old Bond edifice (books and movies) by producer Barbara Broccoli and company succeeds despite the comic book heroics.

Daniel Craig's flaxen-haired Bond silences the pre-release complainers instantly. A look at his physique and you almost believe he could shrug off all those body blows. Size up his manner and style and he gets your complete attention.

Craig's Bond is cold and brutal with irresistible charm. Having a touch of Steve McQueen in his face and the swaggering gait of James Cagney (rather un-British) this Bond leaves you shaken and stirred. He renounces nearly all his forerunners....save for the animal ferocity and magnetism of Sean Connery. Indeed, the filmmakers labor to increase Connery's kill/kiss aura to the breaking point, pitting Craig's Bond against adversaries and women who match his physical and mental prowess every step of the way.

Martin Campbell's direction has little trouble with the fast moving plot and even as the film breaks with the past it pays homage to it: there are traces of John Barry in the music; an 1964 Aston Martin DB5 rolls into view; and there is some not exactly subtle wordplay: "I'm the money."/"Every penny of it."

Nice touches, even some subtle ones with the more obvious ones, amid all the bang-bang. And a nice start for Mr. Craig....er, Bond, James Bond...

Craig movies to borrow: LAYER CAKE ; THE MOTHER ; ROAD TO PERDITION

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Nursebob
Nov 29, 2016

The expected flash bang special effects are out in full force with an opening parkour chase through a construction zone that defies gravity to an airport runway rampage that defies belief to a novel take on "Titanic" played out on the Grand Canal. It’s all very thrilling to say the least especially with director Martin Campbell’s eye for widescreen mayhem, Stuart Baird’s hyperkinetic editing, and composer David Arnold’s hammering score to fill in the gaps. And Craig’s Bond is a refreshing departure from the suave sex machines of the 60s—here he plays Ian Fleming’s iconic good guy as a brooding conflicted egotist who seems to lose a bit of his soul with every shot he fires and whose relationship with his immediate superior, “M”, (a hard-nosed Judi Dench) is fraught with hostility and confrontation. But a hastily constructed side story involving an ill-advised office romance (enter sultry Bond Girl Eva Green) appears to have no purpose other than to stick a final pin in Bond and after watching Craig beat insurmountable odds over and over and over again—hails of bullets always seem to miss their mark and a ridiculous resuscitation scene commits medical sacrilege—you begin to wonder whether the writers were simply overzealous or did they really think we were that gullible. Still, once you get into the comic book mood of the whole thing it becomes oddly addictive viewing. Besides, watching a buff Daniel Craig saunter onto a Bahamian beach wearing nothing but a clingy bathing suit is even more exciting than watching bad guys blow up.

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JihadiConservative
Sep 02, 2016

Best action movie ever. Expertly choreographed fight scenes, amazing plot, epic soundtrack and women, guns, cars and explosions make this the best Bond movie up to date!

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donkeyhote
Jul 08, 2016

This movie promotes the body implant chip, using the popular Bond figure for a prop. Newer technologies are designed to lead us gradually toward total Central Control and slavery. The movie of Wil Smith titled: "Enemy Of The State" was in the VPL library catalog for 8 years and now it suddenly disappeared without a trace, both the Blu Ray and the Normal. This is a sign that the implant chip is coming at us soon and it will be the beginning of slavery. Read on the I-net the article: "Enslaving The Human Race With Microchip Technology." That article quotes a former article which appeared in the Toronto Star (author: Kevin Haggerty) on Dec.10/2006 with the title: "One Generation Is All They Need." But recently that article has disappeared from the Toronto Star's web page and it appeared on another site with the title slightly modified: "A Generation Is All They Need." Read that - it tells about plans of how Governments and Corporations will use coercion and trickery to put the chip into us to monitor and control us. That article even tells in advance how the Judges will decide in cases when human rights activists protest against the chip. It says: "Judges will decide the chip is ""reasonable infringement on privacy"". So it's decided in advance that the chip will be forced on us all, advancing by groups from the bottom up. Employers will require employees to have the chip, on always false pretexts. Cash will disappear in 2021, this was announced last year in our Media. And with it our freedom will end. Because the electronic system is controlled by somebody you don't even know - they can stop your chip's banking functions and without cash you are toast. They will even forbid barter trade, always on false pretexts. The present chaos of individual freedoms will end, using constraints, and those who want to live outside the controlled system will be outlawed and hunted down. Dr. John Coleman wrote this in his book "The Conspirators' Hierarchy" (1997) which, of course, recently was withdrawn from the collection of VPL, after 11 persons put holds on it. Things are speeding up, end game is starting.

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Monolith
Jun 12, 2016

Quite the Bond debut for the steely-eyed Daniel Craig, beginning with a power-packed intro chasing a bad guy (literally) on the run who just-so-happened to be amazingly proficient in parkour, scaling ANY obstacle in his path. 007's eventual means of stopping him is unethical, but extremely practical. Mads Mikkelsen and his cheek bones made an excellent nemesis, and Eva Green, a delicious piece of arm candy. What a difference to see Craig's anticipatory attitude toward the role here ten years ago in the special features, whereas he would now rather "slash his wrists" than continue with the character.

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LibraryUser53
Jan 29, 2016

If you're looking for a James Bond film that more or less matches the plot and feel of the original Ian Fleming 1950's spy novella, this is a good choice. The only significant difference is the setting, changed from 1950's France to current era Montenegro-Yugoslavia. As a tip of the hat to the Bond film genre, the first 20 minutes or so are the typically unbelievable chase scenes you'd expect in a Bond film; but after that the spy vs spy nitty-gritty goings- on gets very good. The film's ending 20 minutes of plot is done superbly, in fact better than the book's. For those who generally don't like Bond films because of the bevy of bizarre action scenes, just skip through the first 20 minutes, and you'll probably enjoy this one. . For spy-plot fans of any persuasion, definitely recommended.

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JOSEPH SARDO
Nov 12, 2015

Epic.

EuSei Aug 14, 2015

(This review is about the 2007 screen rendition of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale, not the book; I read all "James Bond" books, by the way.) Although I love Sean Connery (especially because he looks so much like my older brother), Craig is more like the Bond from the books by Ian Fleming. In Fleming’s books, Bond is a very cold agent. The book "Casino Royale" actually ends with Bond's call to M to say (in not so nice words) that Vesper was dead; a highly politically incorrect move that can’t be tolerated nowadays, so it was relegated to halfway through the story. By the way, there is not much of Hollywood in Casino Royale. 99% of the actors are not American. The director, Martin Campbell, is from New Zealand. Screen play was by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, both English and Paul Haggis, who is from Canada. The following were involved in the production of the movie: Eon Productions, which is British; Stilking Films, from the Czech Republic; Babelsberg Studio from Germany; the Government of the Bahamas; Danjaq (owned by Broccoli, EON), USA; and United Artists, USA. Also involved are Pineweood Studios (London), Soundelux (Hollywood), AFM Lighting (London), Air Lyndhurst (London), Arion (Denham UK), Barrandov Studios (Czech Republic), Birds & Animals Unlimited (USA), Bystrouska (Czech Republic), CE VideoAssist Rental (Czech Republic), Camera Revolution Ltd (UK), Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment (USA), De Lane Lea Sound Centre (London), Diving Services UK (guess where!), EXTRAfilms S.r.o. (Czech Republic), EXTRAfilms S.r.o. (Australia), Eurosafety (London), Fatts Post Production Scripts (UK), Flying Pictures (UK), Framestore CFC (London), Gearbox Sound and Vision (UK), Gentle Jungle (CA, USA), Guild of British Camera Technicians (guess where!), Interscope Records (CA, USA), La Perla (OH, USA), London Editing Machines Ltd. (guess where!), MoviePlacement.com (USA), Packair Airfreight (USA), Panavision (USA and Czech Republic), Production Copier Company (UK), Propshop (UK), Rattling Stick (London), Translux (UK), West Trend Apartments (London). Doesn’t look very much like a “Hollywood remake,” does it? PS: The Man from UNCLE was not released on August 12, but on August 14…

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StarGladiator
Aug 12, 2015

[Update: as usual, commenter EuSei is gravely mistaken: Fleming combined his hedonism with the abilities of Patrick Dal-Zell, half-Swiss and half-Scottish Royal Marine commando, who spoke many languages and was a military professional during WWII. Fleming and Dal-Zell were in the same Royal Navy unit to find and recover technical advancements of Nazi Germany. Viewed an advanced copy of the film, TMFU.]
Ugh, can't stand Craig as Bond; can't stand Judi Dench as M. I've liked Craig in other movies, but not as a suave, quick thinking and quick witted ultra-survivor/assassin. Just looks like a hokey, muscle-bound semi-sentient! Hollywood cannot do remakes. [No longer have that superior set designer either!] New Man from UNCLE film sucks, also.

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liya6
Aug 26, 2013

Sexual Content: kissing

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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iwasthewalrus
Oct 03, 2010

Sexual Content: It's James Bond! What do you expect?

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iwasthewalrus
Oct 03, 2010

Violence: It's James Bond! What do you expect?

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zorg
Apr 13, 2009

Violence: several shooting scenes (as much as any james bond film), but no particularly grotesque scenes.

lucky Nov 21, 2008

Violence: Shotting scenes.

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

Violence: People are shot, beaten, and killed.

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

Sexual Content: Not nearly as much innuendo as other Bond films.

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EuSei Sep 08, 2015

The job is done. The bitch is dead. (Bond to M)

EuSei Sep 08, 2015

Why should I need more time? The bitch is dead. (Bond to M)

Chaos1214 Feb 01, 2013

Bartender (After Bond has ordered a martini): Would like that shaken, or stirred?
Bond: Do I look like I give a damn?"

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

James Bond: Why is it that people who can't take advice always insist on giving it?

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

James Bond: So you want me to be half-monk, half-hitman.
M: Any thug can kill. I need you to take your ego out of the equation.

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rogerio
Oct 17, 2010

"The name's Bond. James Bond."

lucky Nov 21, 2008

"Oh, and Bond... Don't ever break into my house again."

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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iwasthewalrus
Oct 03, 2010

iwasthewalrus thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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zorg
Apr 13, 2009

zorg thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

lucky Nov 21, 2008

lucky thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

In his first mission, James Bond must stop Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorist organizations, from winning a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro.

lucky Nov 21, 2008

Bond has just been promoted double O status, and has been handed his first mission. But with relationships running deep, will he be able to take his feelings and ego out of the equation?

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