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Casino Royale

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United Kingdom, Czech Republic, United States · 2006
2h 24m
Director Martin Campbell
Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench
Genre Adventure, Action, Thriller

Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's evildoers, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond – on his maiden mission as a 00 Agent – to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning.

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Eddie Godino Profile picture for Eddie Godino

Craig’s first outing as Bond remains one of his best, and Mads Mikkelsen is the perfect antagonist to oppose him. Casino Royale is a suave, action-packed homage to the classic James Bond that also manages to reinvigorate the franchise for a new generation.

What are critics saying?


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

Craig has the courage to present a hollow man, flooding the empty rooms where his better nature should be with brutality and threat. His smile is more frightening than his straight face, and he doesn’t bother with the throwaway quips that were meant to endear us to the other Bonds.


Empire by Kim Newman

Contrary to pre-release nay-sayers, Daniel Craig has done more with James Bond in one film than some previous stars have in multiple reprises. This is terrific stuff, again positioning 007 as the action franchise to beat.


The Hollywood Reporter by Kirk Honeycutt

What a relief to escape the series' increasing bondage to high-tech gimmicks in favor of intrigue and suspense featuring richly nuanced characters and women who think the body's sexiest organ is the brain.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

The good news is Craig, who was riveting as a London pharmaceutical salesman in the recent Brit import "Layer Cake," is equally mesmerizing here.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

Relaunches the series by doing something I wouldn't have thought possible: It turns Bond into a human being again -- a gruffly charming yet volatile chap who may be the swank king stud of the Western world, but who still has room for rage, fear, vulnerability, love.


Village Voice by Robert Wilonsky

Craig, excellent in both art house endeavors (The Mother, Enduring Love) and blockbuster think pieces (Munich), has both a nasty streak and a soft side never before seen in the series; Fleming would recognize him as most like his literary creation: damaged goods in a tailored tux.


Variety by Todd McCarthy

Craig comes closer to the author's original conception of this exceptionally long-lived male fantasy figure than anyone since early Sean Connery.

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