We have a new Bond, James Bond. Not just a new actor in Daniel Craig, but a new character. He’s grittier. I miss the wry sense of humor and the air of elegance. This Bond seems much more American than British. Craig is good in the role, it just takes some getting used to this new persona. Some say this is more the Bond from the books – but I didn’t read the books, and I’ve seen every movie. I think there are a lot of fans out there, like me, who expect a certain performance.
Part of the reason this is so different is because this version of “Casino Royale” is written in part by Paul Haggis, an American. Haggis is brilliant, and has the awards to prove it. And his writing helps make the film a really good one! It’s just that this is not the James Bond we are accustomed to. For example, when Bond orders a martini, the bartender asks: “Would you like that shaken or stirred?” and Bond replies: “Do I look like I give a damn?” Yet in another scene he orders a very specific cocktail, and names it after his lady love – nice touch.
The Bond women in this film are strong and smart… and of course they’re gorgeous, too. Judi Densch reprises her role as “M” – but there are no fancy gadgets to be had.
Tons of action, a fun chase scene on foot, a couple of great cars. Let’s just call this our first introduction to the new style. Not bad.