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Casino Royale (2006)
James Bond: Why is it that people who can'ttake advice always insist on giving it?
It is the 15th anniversary of the film that made me start caring about James Bond movies -- Martin Campbell's Casino Royale came out on November 17th 2006 and zapped that franchise back to super-powered life via the electricity of ten thousand blue speedos all bursting like fireworks at once...
THIS MOMENT IS 15 YEARS OLD TODAY pic.twitter.com/76FQ7jo5XV— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) November 17, 2021
In all seriousness (and apologies to Sean Connery) but Daniel Craig is for me the best Bond, Eva Green is for me the best Bond Girl, and Mads Mikkelsen is for me my favorite Bond Villain. Casino Royale remains a rip-roaring action humdinger here a full fifteen years on. I think it's pretty much a perfect action film and a heart-swelling sexy romance to boot. Is it perfect? It might be perfect. I think it's perfect!
I do love you, Vesper Lynd! I do, I do! Every one of Craig's films that came after knew her shadow hung over every moment in the series, right up through the grand finale No Time To Die this year whose entire plot was set off by James going to visit her tomb to say goodbye. (If you missed my review of NTTD read that here.) And Rami Malek's simpering drip of a villain isn't worth one drop of blood from Mads' eyeball. Perfect movie.