So what do you do to a franchise when it has become old and boring? Hey why not go all the way back to the beginning and ignore the fact that 19 other movies came before you? The thats what has happened... Read morehere but the film is so much better off for it. Using Ian Flemmings first novel about the British superspy as the basis this remake (yes Casino Royal was made before but as a very poor Bond spoof back in the 60's). The new Band David Craig comes on board replacing Pierce Brosnan. Craig's Bond is much more edgier but still with that sly wit and of course t he penchant for women. Having just received his 00 status he is hot on the heels of an international arms dealer who has been gambling money of his clients. After Bond foils a plot to take advantage of a stock market gamble he sets up a high stakes winner takes all poker game at Casino Royal. Bond is brought in to make sure he doesn't win. Expect the usual Bond heroics and stunts but this film has a slightly darker edge to it as well as some great one liners. Yes there is an Aston Martin and Judy Dench returns as M but there is no Q and the usual array of Bond gadgets is decidedly absent however this actually makes the film more believable. One of the best Bond films in years and overall a great action flick.
Casino Royale introduces James Bond before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to '00' status. Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar where he is to spy on a terrorist, Mollaka. Not everything goes to plan and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6, in order to track down the rest of the terrorist cell. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Dimitrios and his girlfriend, Solange. He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre, banker to the world's terrorist organizations. Secret Service intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organization. 'M' places Bond under the watchful eye of the beguiling Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together and even torture at the hands of Le Chiffre. In Montenegro, Bond allies himself with Mathis MI6's local field agent, and Felix Leiter who is representing the interests of the CIA. The marathon game proceeds with dirty tricks and violence, raising the stakes beyond blood money and reaching a terrifying climax.