Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006)

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench

And with this, the recent reboot of the franchise, I’ve now reviewed every James Bond movie (until Skyfall, which comes out in October and I’ll probably get around to watching some year or other). Am I proud? No. Well okay, a little. I like completing sets of things more than I liked watching a dozen movies that were exactly the same in a row.

James Bond is the newest 00 agent in MI6, and he DOESN’T PLAY BY THE RULES!! After foiling a plan to blow up a plane so a rich guy could make money on shorting stocks, he participates in a high-stakes Texas Hold-Em poker game against the banker, Le Chiffre. Eventually, once the poker sequence finally ends, Bond gets betrayed by his lady companion who steals all the money, then drowns in a building.

There’s some pretty impressive filmmaking involved with this film. I’m not exactly sure how they did it, but they managed to fit a three hour long poker game in this two hour movie and still leave time for other stuff to happen. It’s the most boring, exhausting thing to watch, and of all the stupid games for James Bond to play it had to be Texas Hold-Em, the most boring and skill-free possible version of poker. This movie gets a second star from me only because the first action sequence is really cool (even if it was obviously inspired by, “what do the kids like? Parkour? Put some of that in there!”).

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