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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Casino Royale (2006)

Daniel Craig is extraordinary as James Bond. This is the most plausible if not realistic movie in the series since the first Connery outings. There is no Q branch or hi tech gadgets to take away from this amazing plot. Ever since the Dalton films the 007 franchise has excelled at far fetched stunts and wildly imaginative scenes. While thus said scenes were creative they always left you thinking “I don’t think so.” Casino Royale goes back to the original spy novels Ian Fleming wrote so many years ago. Casino Royale is actually the first novel written by Fleming and one of the most intriguing. Casino Royal depends on the sheer brilliance of 007. A trait lost as far back as the Moore films, where Moore’s acting abilities were far from excellent. While the Bond women have become increasingly smarter since the 90’s. None of them were as sexy as Vesper Lynde (Eva Green). Her blue eyes were like lasers to my heart penetrating deeper with each stare. While not the hottest Bond woman ever, she certainly is one of the most unforgettable. Daniel Graig is the darkest Bond yet. He is broodier and more cynical than any other actor to don the title of 007. His harsh demeanor and penetrating glare make him my favorite actor since Connery. He is rugged and manly and a welcome change to the role of 007. While my sister has a crush on him calling him “yummy”. I must admit I’m a little jealous to. He’s in great shape and being paid 7 figures to make out with Eva Green. The plot never gives up and draws you into the film in each scene. The final shot is a cliff hanger like closing where you are for the first time in the franchise awaiting a perhaps sequel. There will be none. The Quantum of Solace is due out in November and will not be continuing on where the closing scene left off. I enjoyed this film entirely and enthusiastically. I will watch it over and over again salivating till my next viewing. James Bond Is back and with a vengeance. I eagerly await the next film and hope that Graig can top his rookie outing. There is always room for improvement although I don’t see where after this movie masterpiece. Grade A

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm