Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray] £7.98 delivered @ Amazon
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Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray] £7.98 delivered @ Amazon

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Found 10th Nov 2009Made hot 10th Nov 2009
The most successful invigoration of a cinematic franchise since Batman Begins, Casino Royale offers a new Bond identity. Based on the Ian Fleming novel that introduced Agent 007 into a Cold War world, Casino Royale is the most brutal and viscerally exciting James Bond film since Sean Connery left Her Majesty's Secret Service. Meet the new Bond; not the same as the old Bond. Daniel Craig gives a galvanising performance as the freshly minted double-0 agent. Suave, yes, but also a "blunt instrument," reckless and possessed with an ego that compromises his judgment during his first mission to root out the mastermind behind an operation that funds international terrorists. In classic Bond film tradition, his global itinerary takes him to far-flung locales, including Uganda, Madagascar, the Bahamas (that's more like it) and Montenegro, where he is pitted against his nemesis in a poker game, with hundreds of millions in the pot. The stakes get even higher when Bond lets down his armour by falling in love with Vesper (Eva Green), the ravishing banker's representative fronting him the money.

For longtime fans of the franchise, Casino Royale offers some retro kicks. Bond wins his iconic Aston Martin at the gaming table, and when a bartender asks if he wants his martini "shaken or stirred," he disdainfully replies, "Do I look like I give a damn?". There's no Moneypenny or "Q," but Dame Judi Dench is back as the exasperated M who, one senses, admires Bond's "bloody cheek." A Bond film is only as good as its villain, and Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre, who weeps blood, is a sinister dandy. From its punishing violence and virtuoso action sequences to its romance, Casino Royale is a Bond film that, in the words of one character, 'makes you feel it', particularly during an excruciating torture sequence. Double-0s, Bond observes early on, "have a short life expectancy". But with Craig, there is new life in the old franchise yet, as well as genuine anticipation for the next one when, at last, the signature James Bond theme kicks in following the best last line ever in any Bond film. To quote Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin, "now I know what I've been faking all these years". --Donald Liebenson

7 Comments

...when's the Quantum of Solice coming down in price, I have this one and want to watch them back to back!!

...saw QoS going for £35 in HMV the other day...absolutely ridiculous!

...£15.99 ain't exactly cheap though is it. This film has been out a while and by most accounts isn't that good, you'd have thought it would have featured in one of the sales by now...maybe Christmas eh!

Awsome Movie. Very Cheap Considring It's A Deluxe edition & Blu-Ray. Rep Added.

Krinkle;6844492

...£15.99 ain't exactly cheap though is it. This film has been out a … ...£15.99 ain't exactly cheap though is it. This film has been out a while and by most accounts isn't that good, you'd have thought it would have featured in one of the sales by now...maybe Christmas eh!



Not that good :?, I thought this was the best bond movie for decades (must just be)

justageezer;6846881

]£7.97 @ Tesco Entertainment



8% quidco aswell

adsldave;6846646

Not that good :?, I thought this was the best bond movie for decades … Not that good :?, I thought this was the best bond movie for decades (must just be)



suspect Krinle was meaning Quantum mate.
Which paled in comparison to Casino Royale imo..
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