“Casino Royale”: An Obituary for The James Bond Film Franchise

Ever notice how the screenplays, casting, and creative direction of the 007 films produced after “Goldeneye” seem to get worse and worse in terms of art and entertainment values? With “Casino Royale,” the franchise hits rock bottom. “Casino Royale” is, objectively, and to date, the worst James Bond film in the history of the 007 …

An impressively dark, engaging and exciting entry in the Bond series ? just what it needed after Die Another Day

Right from the start, it is evident that the James Bond making his debut in ‘Casino Royale’ bears small, if any, resemblance to his predecessors. Gone are the gadgets, the gimmicks, the one-liners and general good-natured silliness. James Bond, shortly to receive the fateful designation of 007, as portrayed by Daniel Craig, is brutal (see …

The best Bond? No The best since the 60s? Yes!

First off, the negative. Casino Royale is both too long and too short. Like OHMSS, there are moments when the running time feels its length and others where you think something’s missing because they suddenly tried to trim the running time by not shooting bits. At times you’d be grateful for a little bit of …