THE LATE LATE REVIEW: CASINO ROYALE

For this week’s Late Late Review Tom’s experienced Casino Royale — Daniel Craig’s debut outing as James Bond and this year’s Secret Cinema film.

Release Date: November 2006

Awards: Won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Sound. Most importantly, Daniel Craig was nominated for Best Actor for the part, making him the first actor to receive a BAFTA nomination for playing Bond.

Rating: 94% “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes

Right, I have to admit something. This is only the second ever Bond film I’ve seen. The other was Die Another Day and let’s just say the two were rather different. Me reviewing this movie was prompted by the fact that I saw it at Secret Cinema last weekend. If you haven’t done Secret Cinema, you need to get on it. This is not an advert, but it truly is an immersive and entertaining night out!

Let’s set the scene. Bond doesn’t have his licence to kill yet and we’re at the start of his career. He’s tasked with taking down a terrorist financier in a high-stakes poker game. No pressure.

Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench… Did someone say all star cast? There’s a lot of talent in this movie, and it’s all used spectacularly. Is there a villainous role Mads Mikkelsen can’t play?

There’s plenty of action and intrigue to keep everyone entertained. I’m not 100% sure the story wasn’t a little bit convoluted, but as I said, it was a very immersive experience, and I’d be lying if I said there weren’t martinis (but mostly beer).

There are moments in this movie which are so frustratingly predictable, and it’s not even like there’s the excuse of me having seen loads of James Bond films. That said, I appreciate that there are certain tropes in movies like this which have a tendency to repeat themselves.

On the plus side, this movie is a feast for the eyes and it doesn’t look like a single penny was spared on the look and feel of the movie.

As I understand it, filming is underway for a new Bond movie, and I’m happy to say that Casino Royale has got me interested in catching up on the others so that the new one makes sense if I watch it in the cinema. It’s worth checking it out if you haven’t ever seen it!

It also has that beach scene. You’re welcome.

Is there an iconic film or album you think I should have experienced by now? Let me know @MoveToTRASHUK #latelatereview

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