Putting behind the outrageous stunts and action scenes that have made the Bond films worldwide favourites for over two decades, Casino Royale nevertheless offers a tense, gripping and entertaining film in which, perhaps for the first time ever, the fabled super spy is seen as bit of a human being. Arguably, it is the best Bond film ever.
Thirty-eight year old Daniel Craig, playing James Bond for the first time, shows that the reputation he had built in a handful of films including Steven Spielberg's Munich will continue to grow.
Casino Royale, which is very likely to continue Bond's enormous spell on the international box office, also offers a raft of fine performances. Judi Dench, the grand dame of the British theatre and a household television name, once again creates a commanding performance as Bond's boss.
Text: Arthur J Pais
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