Tuesday, November 28, 2006


I saw "Casino Royale" over the holiday weekend. I've been reading a lot of posts about Daniel Craig in the role of the new blond Bond. I felt that he was right up there with Sean Connery in portraying 007. He could play him cold and emotionless and compassionate when it worked for him to be compassionate. Suave. James Bond always has to be suave, and Daniel Craig did not disappoint (especially in the swim trunks). I felt all of the actors did a good job in portraying their various roles. I especially enjoyed Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre (guy with the bleeding eye). Maybe that's in part because he reminds me of Freddie Mercury.

Maybe I just find the game of poker to be rather boring, but I didn't enjoy the story of this movie. I'll have to read the book now to see how it compares with the film, but anytime I'm looking at my watch during a movie, it's not a good sign. The first 45 minutes moved very quickly as it was all action and little dialogue, but most of the story did not engage me and the end of the show could have been wrapped up better. I'll watch Daniel Craig in the next Bond film, but I won't watch "Casino Royale" again. What was it about "Casino Royale" that you liked?


Blogger Melissa Marsh said...

I actually LOVED the poker game. I felt they did a great job of breaking it up with the action sequences.

Daniel does an excellent job of portraying Bond in every sense of the word. Yeah, he's number two on the Bond list - Sean Connery will always be first.

The movie reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, which is great considering there was a website devoted to boycotting the movie because they cast a blond Bond.

(BTW - I am EXCEEDINGLY eager to hear about your new love!!!)

12:16 PM  
Blogger Robin L. Rotham said...

Thank you, Diana! That was actually my biggest problem with the movie -- the whole plot hinged on a card game, and I just couldn't get into that. (I see enough of that around here -- Mr. Robin watches poker every night, sigh.)

But sorry -- the bloody-eyed guy totally squicked me out, which I guess is what he was supposed to do, but...no. :D

10:07 PM  
Blogger Diana Celesky said...

I was impressed with the Danish actor because he gave me the heebie jeebies. As good as Daniel Craig is in the film, I felt the Danish guy was even more memorable because he was so creepy. I went to imdb.com and found some more photos of the guy and saw that he's actually really easy on the eye. And he's a family man, too, married to the same woman for almost 20 years.

5:54 AM  

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