Went to Casino Royale on Thursday; dear god where did the great reviews
Casino Royale got great reviews. The best of any Bond movie. Last
Thursday me, my wife and some of our friends, 5 people total, went to a
Our verdict - Casino Royale missed the mark by miles. It is not
acceptable as a Bond movie. As a spy movie it is terrible.
Daniel Craig, while nothing personal against him, was completely devoid
of the special something that makes Bond. We were expecting
is to be Bond begins, unfortunately nowhere in Casino Royale does
Daniel Craig ever approach becoming Bond. The last moment of the movie
where he says the famous line, "Bond, James Bond", was dry and
unconvincing and made no sense in context with the rest of the movie.
'Real' and 'gritty' were over done, flirting with the ridiculous. There
were quite a few times where the character’s reaction to
was completely out of place. It felt like they went back and reworked
the script to include a developmental character moment. For instance,
when Daniel Craig was cleaning himself up after clumsily dispatching
two mercenary goons in the stairwell. It felt completely wrong. That
wasn’t Bond cleansing himself, realizing what he was
was Daniel Craig.
People have raved about the shower scene, we found it one of
weakest moments because of how Vesper was reacting. She was spouting
badly clichéd psychobabble about killing. If Vesper had
killed one of the assailants it might of worked. As it was here it was
over dramatized, preachy and contrived. Sean Connery or George Lazenby
in the right circumstances would have been amazing in a similar scene
with a traumatized weeping Bond girl.
Lots of little things were never explained. Winning of the classic
Aston Martin DB-5 was a contrived and worthless scene if there ever was
one. While I still don’t like Bond winning the car in poker
it could have been good if he had done more than drive the car in a
circle and had actually enjoyed the car. It feels like it was an after
thought added in post production. Only in the movie because Aston
Martin paid for it and almost feeding the myth the Daniel Craig
can’t drive. The new Aston Martin has a very short life,
a inexplicable crash. A spectacular crash, but it didn’t make
The product placements were way too obvious. The action would pause on
Daniel Craig did not have on screen chemistry with any of the leading
The Bond girls were lacking. There were two lovely girls who should
have been used more.
Eve Green was unconvincing as Vesper. She is very good in other movies,
but not here.
The dialogue was worse than corny. Serious moments were laughable.
Centering the movie around poker was a very bad idea.
The poison and the defib are one of the weaker moments in the history
The action at the airport was recycled and tired.
The knife fight at body works was underwhelming
The first chase sequence was amazing, however we were rooting for the
guy Daniel Craig was chasing. That guy was beyond
The first 2 kills are vastly different from the book and would have
been better left un-filmed.
Open titles were lame.
Theme song was awful
Too much is left unsaid and unexplained making for a very
unsatisfactory movie going experience.
Once or twice I thought I might have seen Ian Fleming’s Bond
starting to emerge only to be quickly sequestered. Daniel Craig
completely missed Fleming’s Bond, instead making his own. He
unconvincing as the lead actor, and never captured our attention.
The producers should have stuck to the book, at least Fleming explains
why things happened.
The curse of Casino Royale continues.