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Casino Royale - James Bond's Best Movie?

Asking the question of who was the best James Bond - and which was the best Bond movie - is one that almost anyone is likely to have an opinion on. Until Daniel Craig made his debut in 2006's Casino Royale - which we will be discussing in this article - the majority of fans would likely have remained loyal to Sean Connery's classic depiction of the sophisticated and devilishly roguish spy. However over the last decade Craig has presented Bond in a very different manner, with his four outings having depicted a much rougher, yet also curiously more vulnerable secret agent.

While Casino Royale might have been the first Bond novel that Ian Fleming wrote, due to ownership issues surrounding the rights to a screenplay it was overlooked for the first 23 Bond movies. It's highly notable for the way Fleming described a far rougher around the edges character than the role became synonymous with in later incarnations; which Bond historians explain by the author having been posted by British Intelligence to West Germany at the time he wrote book.

When Craig was announced as taking up the role, it's fair to say the reception was mixed. He had little of the classic leading man features as typified by the likes of Connery, Moore and Brosnan in particular - with slightly grizzled features and a much darker air. It turned out to be a superb piece of casting, and a notable break in the series from the kitsch and rather far fetched character of recent releases which had seen the Bond franchise seemingly become quite simply rather tired.

As suggested in the title the Casino Royale is central to the storyline, and very much the kind of billionaire's casino you may well expect from a Bond movie. Much as Bond may like to enjoy some slots via http://www.allslotscasino.com/au/ in his downtime, you can be sure he makes the effort to look the part when settling into a session! All slots online casino has more than 500 games to offer including movies themed online slots and generous welcome bonuses of 1600$ and huge Jackpots.

Casino Royale set out from the start to break the mold. Rather than a sultry musical introduction - that frankly had been dated for decades - instead the film opens with a frankly brutal and cold blooded fist fight, with Bond showing no mercy in taking down his foe. Without wishing to give away the story line, it's this style of uncompromising and direct Bond - with very few in the way of the famous gadgets or one-line jokes - that sets the tone for the movie so well.

The principle themes of Casino Royale are ideally suited to this style - betrayal, brutality, and no little dispassion as Bond seeks down to destroy the plans of the evil Le Chiffre - who has similarly been considered to be one of the very best Bond Villains anywhere throughout the series. Brilliants supported by Eva Green who plays an unusually hard headed Bond Girl, this really is a movie that is capable of taking a classic story - written, remember for a 1950's audience - and transporting it into the modern day without compromising story line or character integrity.

Make no mistake there's been plenty of classic Bond movies over the years, but for one that is capable of taking all that is good about the series, completely refreshing it and making it genuinely integrated into a harder, crueler world it's difficult to see past Casino Royale as being the definition of the perfect Bond movie.

Published April 28, 2016

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