Summary: Casino Royale is one of the most perfect Bond films out there, and I include the previous entries into the franchise in this statement. It has memorable characters, explosive action (including an opening chase scene that shows that the franchise is in no way slowing down,) a relevant plot, and a chilling villain. It also ushers in the Daniel Craig era of a new, more serious and ruthless Bond.
Excerpt: I have to start by saying I thought the previous film was awful. It was like a cheeseball pastiche of all the worst elements of the worst Bond films; overly formulaic with ludicrous gadgetry, lame innuendo and cliched, two dimensional characters. Casino Royale is similar in that it also takes a lot of cues from the previous films (especially from Russia with Love and On Her Majesty's Secret Service), except it takes all of the BEST elements of the BEST Bonds and distills...
Summary: The plot was alright. It was sometimes slow. The choreography in the fight scenes was brilliant. The movie overall was ordinary. The only thing that stood out were the fight scenes. However, the rest of the movie was not as good as I had hoped. I would skip this movie unless you are a die hard Bond fan. It was entertaining to a certain degree.
Excerpt: The films consists of Daniel Craig (an egoistic but humane James Bond), Eva Green (Vesper Lynd, the witty and attractive agent from Treasury), Mads Mikkelsen (A poker aficionado banker who funds terrorists, Le Chiffre) and the legendary Judi Dench (the passionate Head of MI6, M). Like other Bond films, James is given missions to accomplish. Unfortunately we don’t see the suave manner of completing a task assigned to him.
Summary: There is very little in this movie that doesn't impress, from the opening title sequence to the witty repartee, the characters and the great job of casting them, the clothes, the cards and the cars (especially when they flip 7 times) The torture scene was way too much, but that is my only complaint. The movie is so smart, it is elevated above a mere action flick. I rewatched it immediately.