||Casino Royale review by Tiff
This movie did not live up to what I expected based on the
critical and public reviews I had read. I think the producers
attempted to take it from one genre (fantasy, tongue in
cheek, action/spy movie) to another, (gritty, serious,
action/spy movie) and left it somewhere in limbo.
Most of the action, though gadgetless, was still so over the
top as to be unable to create any tension for me. The card
games were more gripping. Some realism was achieved with
the violence but some of that seemed a bit gratuitous.
I liked the idea of making Bond a bit more rounded and
giving him extra dimensions but exchanging suave action-
man for violent thug was not all that appealing to me. I liked
the emotional involvement with the woman of the piece
played by Eva Green but was less than convinced by Daniel
Craig’s portrayal of it. In the romance area I thought Daniel
Craig seemed a bit matter of fact about this bolt out of the
blue love. I kept thinking of a couple of other actors who
could have brought everything to this Bond that Daniel Craig
did, plus a bit more intensity to his feelings, being tall and
dark, and just a little bit suave in a nice suit. Daniel Craig just
did not have the presence required for any version of Bond in
my opinion. For me Clive Owen stands out above all others as
being currently suitable for James Bond.
I found some events and characters a bit confusing while
watching it and when it was all explained, it all seemed a bit
of a weak story.
I quite like Gerard Butler but I don't think he is right for this
Bond. The only other one besides Clive Owen who grabs me
for this Bond is probably an unexpected choice in Julian
McMahon. Although his acting ability can leave a little to be
desired at times, I think he could do the look and the
personality of this Bond and some previous versions quite
By the way, when watching the movie, I figured out what my
problem was with Daniel Craig's body- building efforts. He
had built his body up too much for his slight frame, and his
head is rather pixie like anyway and looked too small for his
Overall it was ok, but a bit of a disappointment. Even though
Pierce Brosnan looked like Bond for me, I always found him
rather bland and though this Bond character as written was
more interesting than the one written for Brosnan, I didn’t
feel Daniel Craig met the requirements of it.
I have no problems with the need to make James Bond
tougher, grittier and even grungier looking, but he has to be
at least tall and dark.
And he MUST be at least 6 ft pleeease!