Daniel Craig stars as “007” James Bond, the smoothest, sexiest, most lethal agent on Her Majesty’s Secret Service in “Casino Royale.” Based on the first Bond book written by Ian Fleming, the story, which has never been told on film until now, recounts the making of the world’s greatest secret agent.
James Bond’s first “007” mission leads him to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), banker to the world’s terrorists. In order to stop him, and bring down the terrorist network, Bond must beat Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game at Casino Royale. Bond is initially annoyed when a beautiful British Treasury official, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), is assigned to deliver his stake for the game and watch over the government’s money. But, as Bond and Vesper survive a series of lethal attacks by Le Chiffre and his henchmen, a mutual attraction develops leading them both into further danger and events that will shape Bond’s life forever.
“Casino Royal” takes us back to see how Bond became Bond. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised that there was little actual blood but then most of the older 007 movies were fairly tame in this sense. The action was ever lasting accept for a longer than needed poker game and the language is only slightly above our acceptability level.
What makes this movie different than the previous ones is that this Bond is not just a “Secret Agent” but frequently exercises his “License to Kill,” and I do mean frequently. One similarity however, is that his caviler attitude toward casual sex with women is about the same as it always was. Due to the content discussed above, this film cannot be approved for the family.