Casino Royale 2006

Critics score:
95 / 100

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Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Casino Royale isn't perfect, but it's surprisingly entertaining, even exciting for long stretches, and Craig manages to find new dimensions to a character that had long ago become a tired caricature. Everything old is new again, indeed. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: ... the Bond franchise has always been fortunate in its choice of leading men, and Craig is one of their wisest picks yet. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: It's not as bad as Die Another Day, and not up to the jolly mayhem of the best films in the series. Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: You who carped that the 007 films had devolved into a catalog of fresh gadgets and stale puns, eat crow. You who said that the Austin Powers superspy spoofs made James Bond irrelevant, behave. Read more

Tom Charity, There's clearly life in the old dog yet. Read more

Mark Rahner, Seattle Times: Now I'm glad they didn't euthanize James Bond, because Casino Royale is the best movie of the series in almost 40 years. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: A renewed sense of engagement informs director Martin Campbell's tough, absorbing adaptation of the 1953 Ian Fleming novel, the one that started the whole 007 business. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: I hope Craig finds more moments like that in Bond. And I hope he gets to wear that tuxedo again and again and again. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: Back to basics, is the idea. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: I consider Daniel Craig to be the most effective and appealing of the six actors who have played 007, and that includes even Sean Connery. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: The script updates Ian Fleming's first Bond novel to a post-9/11 world and scales back the silliness that always seems to creep into the series. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: It's The Spy Who Came In From the Warmth. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: The striking thing about Craig's performance is that he seems to have been able to tune out over 40 years of screen history and approach Bond as just another role. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: [Craig's] portrayal feels grittier and more complex than previous 007s. This is also partly the result of a better script, by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Oscar winner Paul Haggis, as well as top-notch directing by Martin Campbell. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Die-hard fans may miss Q and Miss Moneypenny or the boys-and-their-toys gadgets or even the smirky tone. But in their stead is a riveting picture that, for all its globetrotting glamour and eyepopping action, demands we take this new Bond seriously. Read more

Noel Murray, AV Club: Casino Royale is a step in the right direction for the Bond franchise. But it's a small, tentative step. Read more

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: The movie also travels the dark path of the book, which I won't detail here, but just know that Bond has to suffer for his art. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Let the purists squawk: In Daniel Craig, the Bond franchise has finally found a 007 whose cruel charisma rivals that of Sean Connery. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: What, no jet packs? No world-conquering supervillains orbiting the planet? No preference for shaken martinis? Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Casino Royale unveils Daniel Craig as the new James Bond and, excepting Sean Connery, he's the best. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: You don't need a weatherman to tell you the 21st installment in the franchise brings an invigorating chill to the air. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Casino Royale tries to have it both ways, moving toward the genuine while still grasping for the outlandish. The result is a film that's caught between caution and abandonment. And that's probably not a place where James Bond wants to be. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: In Casino Royale, Bond is still learning to tame his impulses into a style, and he's all the more dangerous because of it. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: This exceedingly clever reincarnation, reclamation and reinvigoration of a franchise that has had its ups and downs stands taller than ever. Read more

David Germain, Associated Press: Taking the world's greatest spy back to his roots as a raw, impressionable brute whose cockiness at times fails him and who can lose his heart to a woman was a keen stroke of intelligence. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: The tone isn't as cute or vapid as most installments; it's actually a little sinister compared with any recent Bond. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: If this franchise is indeed being reinvented (and it needed to be), it's going to be very interesting to see how Craig continues shaking and stirring his character's icy cocktail of baleful cruelty and suave assurance. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: Casino Royale, though half an hour too long, is the first semi-serious stab at Fleming, and at the treacherous terrain that he marked out, since On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in 1969. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Back are the virtues of the original Ian Fleming novels, seen only fleetingly in previous films. Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR: Bond as a human being? Who'd'a'thunk? Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: Fans of anyone other than Sean Connery who has played James Bond may want to look away, because admirers of Ian Fleming's 007 novels are almost bound to agree that Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: The latest James Bond vehicle finds the British spy leaner, meaner and a whole lot darker. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: Of course, we don't really go to Bond movies for the dialogue and the romance. We go for the action, and on that front Casino Royale delivers -- if, like everything else about the picture, in a refreshingly downsized way. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Welcome to the new world of MI6's most storied agent. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard Meet the new Bond, not the same as the old Bond -- and thank God for that. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Casino Royale has the answers to all my complaints about the 45-year-old James Bond series, and some I hadn't even thought of. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: There's one whopper of a reason why Casino Royale is the hippest, highest-octane Bond film in ages, and his name is Daniel Craig. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, This, at last, is Bond stripped bare. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: Martin Campbell (who also directed Pierce Brosnan's first outing as Bond in Goldeneye), has chosen to give us a Bond who's both metaphorically and literally stripped bare. Let me take this opportunity to thank him for both. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Daniel Craig is a fair-haired, bare-knuckle antidote to Pierce Brosnan. On the action-adventure level, it hits the bulls-eye. Read more

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic: Unlike recent Bonds, whose kills had no more weight than the one-liners that generally accompanied them, Craig's tend to be intimate, bloody, and devoid of glamour. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Now this is more like it. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Gone or reshaped are most of the conceits that have made Bond movies seem like an exercise in parody and nostalgia. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: This is a Bond with great body but no soul. Read more

Wally Hammond, Time Out: [Casino Royale] not only simultaneously acknowledges and confounds audience expectations, but also neatly confirms that Daniel Craig's intriguing and charismatic tyro agent is cut from quite different cloth to his Savile Row-tailored predecessors. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: Craig is also the best Bond in the franchise's history. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Casino Royale sees Bond himself recharged with fresh toughness and arrogance, along with balancing hints of sadism and humanity, just as the fabled series is reinvigorated by going back to basics. Read more

Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice: To say Casino Royale ranks among the best Bond offerings is not intended as backhanded praise. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: Half an hour too long and with too many villains we really can't place in the plot, Casino Royale nevertheless proves you seldom go wrong if you make a movie that leaves you stirred, not shaken. Read more