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Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale

Video from the James Bond 007 Youtube Channel

The 2006 version of Casino Royale and the first Bond movie with Daniel Craig has near constant action that grabs you from the opening sequence right to where he is trying to nab someone to interview. Except his suspect runs away forcing bond to give chase for several minutes until the suspect’s death in an explosion killing both the suspect and military troops. Bond uses said explosion to escapes and he later able to obtain information from the suspect’s cellphone to get the name of a banker who finances terrorists  Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) who finances terrorists.

However, Bond does not go directly to face Le Chiffre instead he must stop one of his hired terrorists who wants to blow up a plane. Once Bond accomplishes this he heads to Montenegro where he will take part in a poker game. His goal to prevent Le Chiffre from winning and making money for the terrorists he represents.

Bond gets help from Vesper Lynd who works for the Financial Action Task Force of Her Majesty’s Treasury(Eva Green), intelligence operative Rene Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini, and CIA man Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright). The poker game is tense and Bond nearly dies once during the hours long game.

As I wrote the film is near constant action, violence, and has an added romance between Bond and Lynd. I like the pace of the film, its very quick and the story is solid. It is not better than the original Casino Royale I think that one is better than this one but it is still good. And this story line does continue into the next film Quantum Solace.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale
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