Holy Shit. I've never seen a truer return to form with a franchise/series than with the latest James Bond film, Casino Royale. I've been a Bond fanatic since I was a young lad, in fact, the first Bond film I saw in the theater was The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - 31 years ago. I was seven at the time. My friend Mike's father had a Betamax and recorded a lot of Bond movies from the telly - so we had it made. I've enjoyed the whole series - unquestionably. I did like the Moore era, I was fine with Dalton, I enjoyed Brosnan - I like BOND - period. But, wow, I did not expect Casino Royale to impress me as much as it did. I was late getting to it, I missed it in the cinema (which hasn't happened in decades) and was waiting for the price to drop on the DVD. Well, I watched it last night and it FLOORED me. Amazing. Please, check it out. Daniel Craig is simply fantastic and so is the movie. If only they had done the same thing to the Superman franchise. Superman Returns: what a missed opportunity that was - a film completely ashamed of itself. Well, Casino Royale is NOT ashamed, the film wears its cultural heritage proudly, as a badge of honor. Not since On Her Majesty's Secret Service have we had such very honest, real, and plausible emotional responses to situational narrative. I LOVED this film. Bravo Lads.
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