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Casino Royale 2006 Review

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spurgeonryan said:
Another interesting thing to know is that Keannu Reeves does it for me.

Another interesting thing to know is that I was infuriated about Craigs hair color, but actually do not care.
When you are done with the next movie you should review the books that we willnever read.


Are you kidding me?  I am not reviewing the books.  I hardly get enough responses in these threads. 

I  can see it now...  The Diamonds Are Forever book review with one response from Signalstar.



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Do you think the director was trying to make it like the book or do you think he was trying to make it like Jason Bournemouth? I know you said it was from Ian Fleming, but I cannot help thinking that they wanted some of that bourne action.



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We would not want reviews of books that were turned into movies. We want ...Oh! You could do the Mack Bolan books!



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spurgeonryan said:
Do you think the director was trying to make it like the book or do you think he was trying to make it like Jason Bournemouth? I know you said it was from Ian Fleming, but I cannot help thinking that they wanted some of that bourne action.

Bourne action?

I think that the Bourne movies were looking for Bond action or Indiana Jones action.  I never got the entire Bond is copying Bourne thing except for the shaky camera work (literally) in Quantum of Solace.  All the cool hand to hand combat stuff in the Bourne series was done years before by Connery and Lazenby.  If anything Bourne copied that.



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The problem with Q is that he doesn't work as well in a 21st century context (IMO). The souped-up Aston Martin in Goldfinger was classic, and the weird plane thingy in You Only Live Twice was amazing for its time. But when you try to implement futuristic gadgetry in the modern age, you end up with something like an invisible car. And the more raw, emotional side of Craig's Bond needed to be complemented with gritty, realistic fighting. A scene like the opening bathroom fight from Casino Royale was perfect, as was the stylistic crane/parkour fight in the construction site. Frankly, the gadgetry from the Brosnan era just highlighted how excessive the movies were becoming anyways.



 

 

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Did the director of the last two bourne films not collaborate on Casino Royale ? I think you miss the point. They may be copying as well, but they modernized it. Something that the Brosnan movies could not make happen.

The recent Craig Bond movies then copied that brutal modernization of the bourne movies. I am not good at verbalizing what I am trying to explain so maybe that explained it better.




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As for gadgety, I think the recent Mission Impossible movie proved that you are still able to bring believable futuristic gadgets to the big screen. The gecko gloves would be just one of my examples. But I will agree that they do not need the gadgets, its just customary at this point.



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MontanaHatchet said:
The problem with Q is that he doesn't work as well in a 21st century context (IMO). The souped-up Aston Martin in Goldfinger was classic, and the weird plane thingy in You Only Live Twice was amazing for its time. But when you try to implement futuristic gadgetry in the modern age, you end up with something like an invisible car. And the more raw, emotional side of Craig's Bond needed to be complemented with gritty, realistic fighting. A scene like the opening bathroom fight from Casino Royale was perfect, as was the stylistic crane/parkour fight in the construction site. Frankly, the gadgetry from the Brosnan era just highlighted how excessive the movies were becoming anyways.


I kind of agree about Q, as much as I'm excited that a new Q is going to be in Skyfall.  The problem is that now everyone has gadgets and it's hard to find something that will impress unless it goes along the lines of science fiction like the invisible car.  The problem with that movie wasn't the invisible car though IMO.  It was the invisible car and the beam using the diamonds shooting from space and the palace made of ice and lasers and the ring that's a sonic transmitter and...  What I'm getting at is if it were just the invisible car, that it wouldn't have been so bad, but they really went way too far and turned it into a corny sci-if movie which isn't what Bond is about at all.  See Moonraker.



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spurgeonryan said:
Did the director of the last two bourne films not collaborate on Casino Royale ? I think you miss the point. They may be copying as well, but they modernized it. Something that the Brosnan movies could not make happen.

The recent Craig Bond movies then copied that brutal modernization of the bourne movies. I am not good at verbalizing what I am trying to explain so maybe that explained it better.



No, the director of Casino Royale was Martin Campbell.  He was the same guy theat directed GoldenEye.  As far as I'm concerned, he should direct al of them now as he is much better than any of the other modern Bond directors.

I don't about the Bond movies copying brutality.  If you read the old Ian Fleming books, they are extremely violent and that's what influenced the films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.  The reason that I believe that the movies in the 60's and 70's were less violent and more humorous was because that was the only way that they could get away with the Bond character at the time.  In today's age you can get away with the gritty, brutal, and real James Bond.  As I said, it might not be the classic cinema Bond, but it's the classic literary Bond.  They tried to go along these lines before with Lazenby and Dalton, but people weren't ready for it as much as they are now for whatever reason.  I think that Licence To Kill is more violent than either of the Craig movies to underline my point.  



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Casino Royale is the best Bond movie I have seen. As a movie, anyway, maybe not for Bond as a Bond-type character . I was blown away when I saw this on the big screen, and my heart pounded.