Casino Royale Review

20 Nov

Casino Royale Poster

Watch the Trailers Here

In a nutshell, one of the best Bond movies EVER

I just saw Casino Royale, and wow. That’s all I have to say. The movie blew me away from beginning to end. THIS is what James Bond is supposed to be. I saw myself shaking my head half the time thinking to myself, ‘Jesus Bond, what the fuck do you think you’re doing? Are you MAD???’. Basically…he’s reckless. He has a death wish. He doesn’t care about his own safety. He admits half the time that he knows he won’t live very long. 00 agents have a short lifespan, he says at one point in the film.

He doesn’t care about anyone. He barely bats an eye when he directly causes the horrible death of a beautiful innocent woman. He is asked how he wants his Martini, shaken or stirred, he replies ‘Does it look like I give a damn?’. The movie starts over from the very beginning, it’s Bond before he is Bond, it’s bond who has barely landed his license to kill. It’s bond without heavy gadgetry, it’s raw unbridled Bond, and I loved every minute.

The actions sequences were amazing, especially the beginning sequence in a Madagascar construction site. That damn well better win awards for the stunt men involved. I recognized the martial art used throughout that sequence. For those of you who do not know, it is called Parkour. It’s from France, and it involves ridiculously long and dangerous drops and jumps, amazing dexterity, agility, and cat-like balance. When you watch this sequence, be prepared to have your jaw drop as you watch Parkour at it’s finest. I am very happy they included this little-known Martial Art (some say it’s a physical discipline, but I prefer to think of it as a martial art) in the film. It really makes for an AMAZING chase sequence, one of the most beautiful ever recorded on film.

In addition to typical fighting sequences, there are some amazing car sequences. One in particular won a Guinness Book of World Record for most spins in mid-air. You can see some of that stunt in the trailer.

Watch a French Documentary on Le Parkour here

From Wikipedia article on Parkour:

Parkour is a physical discipline inspired by human movement. It focuses on uninterrupted, efficient forward motion over, under, around and through obstacles (both man-made and natural) in one’s environment. Such movement may come in the form of running, jumping, climbing and more complex techniques. The goal of parkour is to adapt one’s movement to any given obstacle.

According to founder David Belle, the spirit of parkour is guided in part by the notions of “escape” and “reach”, that is, the idea of using physical agility and quick thinking to get out of difficult situations, and to be able to go anywhere that one desires.

I got to briefly see Daniel Craig in person on the set of the motion picture “The Visiting”. He was VERY nice and very professional. He smoked like crazy. On the set we had heard he was the next James Bond, but we could not believe it since he was short and frankly kind of fat. I keep reading his height stated at 6 feet tall, and sometimes 5’11”. My guess is more like 5’10” or 5’9.5″, because I am 6’1.5″ and he was way shorter than me. It’s amazing what a year of physical training can do for you, they really got him in shape for the movie, although you can still see he has a bit of a gut in the film.

But he did an amazing performance and I look forward to his next Bond films. So rush out and see this film you won’t be sorry.

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2 Responses to “Casino Royale Review”

  1. asharak November 21, 2006 at 12:48 am #

    This is good news. Maybe I will see it in the theatres after all.

  2. elcapitane November 21, 2006 at 2:08 am #

    I couldn’t have put it better myself. I absolutely loved every second of the movie, and this was definitely Bond at his grittiest and most raw.

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