May 9 2008
Genre Criticism on Casino Royale
Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006) has revolutionized the Bond movie genre by being the best Bond film ever made. By using Daniel Craig as James Bond, having a naturalistic storyline for the film, and getting raid of all the unrealistic action the previous Bond films had.
I was incredibly hesitant about viewing Casino Royale because of the changing of the Bonds. I didn't know that it was going to be about "the beginning" of Bond as a “00.” When I saw photos of him, it didn't do him justice. I didn't know the script was going to be about a rugged, new, fresh out of the military kind of Bond. When I began watching the movie, I was blown away. From the opening foot chase stunt scene I knew that I had seen something very special. I also liked the location and it more realistically matched a Bond in the field. I always pictured Bond as a military field operative. I always wondered, how did he come about. This movie clearly answered that question. So, immediately I knew that he definitely could pull off the butt kicking side of Bond that I craved for so long. Daniel Craig makes a superb Bond. Leaner, more taciturn, less sex-obsessed, able to be hurt in body and soul, not giving a damn if his martini is shaken or stirred. He's a Bond for my generation.
Then I began to wonder about whether we had traded in the suave Bond for an action hero. Again, I was disturbed, but still was very much enjoying the show. Then, I saw Craig do the charming, suave, babe magnet thing that is so prevalent in all or most Bond films. I was like, dear God, he can really act! So when the Bond girl, Eva Green and he are on the train, in the back of the car, and all that, it was really a magical thing. The chemistry was there and I dare to say that they were, to some degree, genuinely attracted to one another. Needless to say it really went off well.
I couldn't imagine another Bond. I always...