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Casino Royale: A Retrospective Film Review


This Bond flick is a film unlike its predecessors for many reasons: this Bond won’t buy you a drink with the raise of an eyebrow. He’ll smash your head into a sink and wouldn’t even bat an eyelid.

This dark, grittier take follows a trend in modern cinema to become harsher, more tactile and more impactful. Gone are the laser watches, exploding pens, and invisible cars. This time we see Bond using more conventional weapons and strategy to root out his foe. 

Bond here isn’t the impregnable spy but a rather a more emotional, human figure. This Bond feels less like a James of the past but more like a Jason Bourne character of the present. Although staggeringly different franchises, the similarities in cinematography and style are there. However,this is not a bad thing; Bond has often been left lavishing in the misogyny of the past and now he finally sees the light (for how long however is left to be said). 

This Bond is modern in every way. From his slim fit suit, to his Aston Martin and his meterosexual ways, Bond is finally truly a Modern Man. The film is propped up by an amazing backing cast with Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd turning the traditional role of the Bond girl on its head - she is as smart as Bond, and at many times more capable but still deeply human, a trait that underpins the whole movie.

The film features some of the most exact writing of the franchise to date and will certainly go down as positive turning point in Bond’s history.

Casino Royale is available for purchase or streaming through the following links:

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/casino-royale/id561902712

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Casino_Royale_2006?id=deA2fR9iFZw&hl=en_GB

Written by Harry Lye

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