Casino Royale was released here and I managed to watch it on the first day. Though I am not an avid fan of Bond, I do watch his movies when I get a chance. They will never bore. Now after his latest flick receiving rave reviews I did have some expectations.
First something on the latest Bond Daniel Craig. He has fit in perfectly atleast as per my view into Bond's shoes. Though he looks different from Pierce Brosnan he looks good in a different way. Brosnan had a stylish look. Craig looks stylish as well as muscular. He wears a tough guy look. To watch Casino Royale he alone can be one reason.
Now coming to the movie let me tell you before hand that I didnt understand the story. It was like me watching english movie when I was young. I just used to watch for the action scenes without understanding the movie. It was the same experience.
The movie starts in Czech Republic there is some bloody action in a toilet and I didnt understand what was happening and then the title comes in Bond style. Amazing graphic works. Then there happens a underground arms dealing in some place called Mbale. The villain is introduced here.
Then we move on to Madagascar where our bond is introduced again. There comes an amazing chase scene. Don't miss this. I vaguely understood why the chase happens and it ends in Bond style.
Then we move on to Bahamas where Bond zeroes in on the villain to beat him on a poker game. Before the poker game there is one more chase scene happens at the Airport where Bond tries to save an Aeroplane being hit with a bomb.
Now I dont know what these poker games are. All I know is Rummy. They spread some cards and every one bets some amount and finally we wait with bated breath when Bond opens his card. Few times he looses and wins at last. Bond is assisted by a beautiful accountant. He falls in love with the lady (Yes Bond falls in love). I found the movie to be very slow here.
The lost Villain abducts Bond and the accountant and beats the shit out of Bond to get the money back but Bond never buckles. Be ready for some violent scenes here. Suddenly the villain gets killed by someone and Bond and his girl friend are left alive. Bond moves to a remote place to live with his love. He also resigns his job as 007.
Then Bond hears the money he won in the game which is supposed to go back to British Intelligence hasnt gone there. Now he see's his own girl friend betrays him.Then there comes a big fight in Venice where a whole building collapses and his girl friend dies before his eyes as he tries to save her desperately. Bond sheds tears (Yes he does)
In the last scene he finds the actual villain and utter the famous "My name is Bond, James Bond" dialogue.
The movie is long. Slow at some place. Very differnt when compares to the Brosnan movies I have seen.
Daniel Craig looks great. You can watch it just for him.