08 December 2006

Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale

I went to see the new James Bond movie today Casion Royale before it is removed from the theater. What can I say? There was a time when well-built Bond girls emerged from the sea like Aphrodite. In Casino Royale, the latest 007 film, Daniel Craig himself does emerges from the sea the exact way so many Bond girls before him have.. Craig actually is the `Bond girl' in `Casino Royale'.

In 40-year plus this is the 22nd Bond film which makes it one of the longest running and most successful film franchises of all time. Daniel Craig becomes the sixth actor to take on the role of the famous MI6 British agent. When we compare Sean Connery ’60s. and ’70 than the ’70s and ’80s Roger Moore then the brief appearance of Timothy Dalton in the late ’80sand most recently Pierce Brosnan, I’d believe that Craig Daniel would be rated 3rd best, at 38, he's the youngest Bond since 1969.

`Casino Royale' is based on the book, in which Ian Fleming introduced the character to the world in 1953. The movie begins with James as just another government hack, and because this is a Bond prequel, we don’t see any of the old villains like Blofeld or Auric Goldfinger instead, a private banker called Le Chiffre (with a nifty ocular scar that bleeds bright-red tears) who is searching for a mere $150 million (a sum that’s a fair bit less than the cost of making and marketing a James Bond movie), not impressive at all.

In every other Bond film, there are fast cars, exotic locations, and an implacable enemy. There are also beautiful women. This time I am too disappointed:
(1) Not as many big explosions.
(2) This James Bond is blonde.
(3) No Q.
(4) No gadgets.
(5) Not enough hot cars.
(6) James Bond actually falls in love – with a ‘real’ woman.
(7) Bond plays Baccarat!
(8) Daniel’s Bond reminds me too much of an underwear model
When Bond starts to type his resignation letter on the boat in Venice he's wearing an Omega Planet Ocean watch with a black strap. When he finishes typing and closes the laptop he's wearing an Omega Seamaster with a silver strap - a completely different watch.

What about the Bond girls? The gorgeous Caterina Murino portrays a henchman's wife (Bond prefers his women married) a babe he takes back to his hotel room for a roll on the floor that causes serious rug burns, while Eva Green plays treasury agent Vesper Lynd, assigned to keep tabs on 007 and the government's stake money. Lynd manages something we suspect few if any women have succeeded at; cracking Bond, she is the one who finds a place in Agent 007's heart. Bond was actually willing to quit MI6 in order to sail around the world with her. Unfortunately the acting chemistry doesn't make it believable?!!!

If you haven’t read the novel you would find Vesper's last scene, underwater, a little ambiguous. She intentionally breath in water as a form of suicide, it's in the script. In the novel she takes pills!!!!!!!!!!

It was good, full of action. But I'm still not sure where it ended. Was it the torture scene, or final scene in the movie? It just seemed like they ended it, because they were running out of time. No charm, no class, no hot Bond girl, weak villain, awful fight scenes, no Q, no wit, no jokes, simply worth a matinee.

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