Wookiee Hut Movie Reviews presents:
Casino Royale

Movie Review by MaceVindaloo and Diasala

Director: Martin Campbell

Author/Creator: Ian Fleming

Screenplay: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis

Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, etc.

Rating: Super Star Destroyer

When the new actor to play James Bond was announced, my responce was like a lot of other 007 fans. "Who?" So I looked up Daniel Craig online and the response was still about the same. My problem was that I was sceptical of who they could find to replace arguably the best Bond ever. But that said, I still was not going to miss opening day viewing. What's more, this is a remake of the movie featuring Lazenby, about how bond earns his "00" status. A big challenge.

It was a little weird seeing the story of how James become 007 with characters we have already seen in previous Bond movies. That passed quickly though. The Director, New Zealander Martain Campbell, is no novice to the Bond machine. He also directed my favorite Bond movie, Golden Eye. Casino Royale lives up to the franchise of which it is a part. High action, twists in drama, semi clad bodies in fabulous jet setting locations ... Including Naboo ... That's right, Naboo — Where Vader got married.

As a promotion to the movie, a sweepstakes was being run in the United States that you could win the grand prize of traveling to every location that they used in the movie. That would be some trip. England, Madagascar, central Africa, Italy, Bahamas, Miami, Montenegro, Naboo ... Jet lag anyone?

My only whine against the New Bond, is that he is missing that sophisticated debonaire thing that Brosnan and Connery have (though he may have acquired it in his future). He is more of a "common man's" Bond. Okay, not my only whine ... I was shocked to see Bond driving — a one point — such a non-Bond car. Then later, back to not one, but TWO cars they used used in previous Bond movies. A little confusing for buffs, maybe.

Still, a most enjoyable movie (said in a distinctively understated manner, you know).



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