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I recently saw the latest incarnation of James Bond in "Casino Royale" and was quickly converted from a skeptic to a fan.

The movie starts out with the usual collage of images, accompanied by a dynamite sound track.

The physical action in the movie is sustained and wild, and portrays Bond as a no-holds barred brawler instead of his usual white gloved distain for fighting. I was astounded by the athleticism of the stunt doubles in this film. The reliance on techno gagetry is much reduced from earlier films, and I don't miss it much.

This seems to be billed as a prequel, and this Bond is a little rough around the edges and quite "human". Judy Dench plays his supervisor perfectly. The scenery in the on location shots is stunningly beautiful and sumptuous. The plot line is believeable and doesn't get lost in the action. Bond has his usual share of romantic interludes, but has the class not to rely on a lot of T & A to keep viewers interested. There are interesting plot twists that bring out a far more complex and emotional personal side of Bond as well.


All in all, this is well up there for me in the favorite "Bond" list. I like the New Bond, and can see the line being carried on for some time to come. It's a refreshing evolution from the past films that too often made Bond just a little too perfect and a little too slick. This guy has to work for his money, and that works for me.

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Haven't seen Casino Royale yet and not sure if I will.

I do know that, for me, the quintessential Bond will always be Pierce Brosnan.

(Sean Connery was a much better actor post-Bond than he was when he was actually playing Bond.)

I'm still ticked that Brosnan got cheated out of getting the Bond role earlier in his career by NBC, resulting in two Timothy Dalton Bond movies being made, and also ticked that Brosnan was dumped by the producers before he was ready to leave the role.

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CraigInTwinCities wrote:

I do know that, for me, the quintessential Bond will always be Pierce Brosnan.


Haven't seen the Casino Royale. For all the Bonds, I think Pierce Brosnan is the best, except his last one with Hollie Berry. But that was mainly due to a real bad story.

Roger Moore was great for the first couple of Bond moives, but he had made way too many 007 movies. At the end, you could call him Grandpa 007. Timothy Dalton wasn't too bad, but Sean Connery was absolutely the worst Bond among all.

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Terry wrote:
CraigInTwinCities wrote:

I do know that, for me, the quintessential Bond will always be Pierce Brosnan.


Haven't seen the Casino Royale. For all the Bonds, I think Pierce Brosnan is the best, except his last one with Hollie Berry. But that was mainly due to a real bad story.

Roger Moore was great for the first couple of Bond moives, but he had made way too many 007 movies. At the end, you could call him Grandpa 007. Timothy Dalton wasn't too bad, but Sean Connery was absolutely the worst Bond among all.


Worse than George Lazenby?

No one's worse than George Lazenby...

Even George Lazenby Jr., in theory, would be better than George Lazenby.

Even his clone... (you get the idea...)

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