InSITE editor Sean Wyer gives his verdict on the latest Bond film, Casino Royale, starring the delectable Daniel Craig.
Bond is introduced to the plot whilst gaining 007 status after two professional assassinations. His first mission as 007 begins in Madagascar, where his brief is to spy on a terrorist. His mission does not run smoothly, and soon takes him to the Bahamas. Here, the plot thickens, and Bond becomes acquainted with a banker to terrorist organisations, who, it is revealed, is taking part in a poker game at Montenegro’s Casino Royale. 007 is assigned to play against him, in an attempt to destroy his organisation.
Quote: Thoroughly enjoyable film.
The plot is extensive, covering the trademark Bond scenes of car chases and Bond girls, but also revealing another side of 007, with his increasingly emotional attachment to the lustrous Vesper Lynd, from the Treasury Department assigned by ‘M’ to watch over him.
Bond is extremely well played by the versatile Daniel Craig, who perfectly captures Bond’s alluring charisma, and personal attributes that have helped the films become and remain a cult classic. Vesper Lynd, played by actress Eva Green, stays true to the image of the sensuous Bond girl, but keeping Bond enticed at a level previously unseen in other films.
Where the film leads Bond slightly away from the traditional character, it nonetheless contains all of the essential ingredients, plus a few plot enhancing new ones, making Casino Royale a thoroughly enjoyable film.