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Douche Baggins
11-08-2006, 09:43 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6116286.stm

Daniel Craig's performance as James Bond has been hailed as "terrific" and "simply brilliant" in early reviews of his 007 debut in Casino Royale.

The first verdicts on Craig - who was a controversial choice to play the spy - have been gushing.

The Daily Mirror said he was seen "oozing the kind of edgy menace that recalls Sean Connery at his best".

And the Daily Telegraph wrote that he "steps with full assuredness into Sean Connery's old handmade shoes".

Connery, who appeared in seven Bond films, was recently voted the best 007 of all time.


But when Craig was picked to replace Pierce Brosnan last year, a small band of disapproving fans called for a boycott of Casino Royale.

In the new film, Bond makes a break from the super-slick, stereotyped spy of the past, the UK newspaper critics said - but all declared the end result a triumph.

"It's Bond, but not as we've known it," according to the Telegraph.

"The guns and action are there... the girls are certainly there... but the clonking double entendres of the old days are gone - in their place is a much more teasing, smartly written prospect."

'Unpredictable and vulnerable'

Daniel Craig had a face "like an Easter Island statue" and makes "a terrific debut", it added.

"He manages to exude not only danger and unpredictability and wit - but also, and this is a first, some vulnerability."

The Times declared: "Craig is up there with the best - he combines Sean Connery's athleticism and cocksure swagger with Timothy Dalton's thrilling undercurrent of stone-cold cruelty."

Craig's impressive physique makes him "a far more plausible Bond than many of his predecessors", it added. "But his main asset quickly becomes evident. He can act."

The action was "edgy", the paper said, with stunts that were more physical and violence that was more raw.

The Mirror said the James Bond rule book had been "well and truly torn up" for the 21st official film.

'More human'

"From the start you can tell this isn't your average Bond film," its critic wrote, adding that it was "easily the best film since GoldenEye".

Based on Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, Casino Royale begins with a brutal black-and-white fight scene in a bare bathroom.

Since Craig was chosen, the actor and film-makers have promised a more human and gritty character.

Casino Royale reaches cinemas on 17 November.

KurtCobain
11-08-2006, 10:00 PM
I wont be seeing it. Promised myself.

thedude
11-08-2006, 10:29 PM
Hes a got a modern sexy edge. And Chris Cornell is doing the theme, count me IN! hopefully better than the last couple of pieces of junk they have done.

Frazod
11-08-2006, 10:49 PM
I've actually been fairly impressed by the commercials. Craig doesn't radiate snooty English girlie-man like most other Bonds. Hell, I may actually go see this one, and I haven't seen a Bond movie in a theater since I was a kid.

ChiefsFanatic
11-08-2006, 10:50 PM
I thought he was going to be terrible, but after seeing a few of the trailers, he really looks good in the role.

And since this film starts at the beginning, he can play Bond any damn way he wants.

Demonpenz
11-08-2006, 11:08 PM
bourne idenity was a good flick alot smarter than the bonds. I think this one will be more like bourne

jspchief
11-09-2006, 07:35 AM
Based on just looks alone, I like the new Bond. He seems to have a hard edge.

That being said, the movies have been sorely lacking since the end of Roger Moore.

siberian khatru
11-09-2006, 07:39 AM
Agree with frazod and Fanatic.

I've long felt that the Bond franchise erred the last decade or so trying to outdo other action flicks. In the 60s and 70s it was THE action franchise, but by the 80s you had Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Arnold, Rambo and a bunch of other action movies that kept raising the bar (True Lies especially comes to mind). Bond kept trying to keep pace with action, stunts and special effects and lost sight of what the franchise was about -- James Bond.

I've believed that instead of upping the ante each movie, they should've scaled back and just done hard-edged spy movies, like the original Connery ones. Yes, the Bourne Identity is a good template for that (although I simply liked the first and didn't really get into the 2nd one).

This Craig version looks promising to me. He LOOKS like an icy killer, which is what Bond originally was.

Cochise
11-09-2006, 07:47 AM
I think from the trailers it looks very good. I liked Roger Moore as Bond at least before he got too old (a view to a kill) even though his Bond sometimes played up the playboy cornball aspect more than the others. But I will be interested to see this character, supposedly he is closer to the one Flemming wrote into the novels.

Good to have a worthy film back in the franchise if the reviews are correct, IMO the last good one was Goldeneye and before that, how long had it been?

Baby Lee
11-09-2006, 08:17 AM
I am uber-hyped to see this. Hard, dark and gritty is a good update to Bond's legacy of suave and unflappable.

Oh, and know how I know I'm straight. Saw that beefcake shot of Craig coming out of the surf in his teeny shorts, and my immediate thought was "dude, if I looked like that I'd be rolling in pussy."

trndobrd
11-09-2006, 08:22 AM
I am uber-hyped to see this. Hard, dark and gritty is a good update to Bond's legacy of suave and unflappable.

Oh, and know how I know I'm straight. Saw that beefcake shot of Craig coming out of the surf in his teeny shorts, and my immediate thought was "dude, if I looked like that I'd be rolling in pussy."


errr....yeah :spock:

jynni
11-09-2006, 08:23 AM
I am uber-hyped to see this. Hard, dark and gritty is a good update to Bond's legacy of suave and unflappable.

Oh, and know how I know I'm straight. Saw that beefcake shot of Craig coming out of the surf in his teeny shorts, and my immediate thought was "dude, if I looked like that I'd be rolling in pussy."
Heh. I wasn't all that interested in the movie until I saw that particular shot.

This looks like a good one.

Baby Lee
11-09-2006, 08:27 AM
Yes, the Bourne Identity is a good template for that (although I simply liked the first and didn't really get into the 2nd one).
The original Bourne was genius in the vein of the original Terminator, in that the small notes are about the lead being a machine. Ahnold was a literal machine. Bourne a trained machine. For instance the scene with Bourne asleep on the park bench, then springing to action, field stripping the pistol drawn on him in an instant was jaw dropping in what it revealed about the character.

Frankie
11-09-2006, 08:45 AM
I'm a devout Connefry Bond fan and have been longing for Bond movies to step out of the cartoon and become gritty again. That part I like about Casino Royale. But I absolutey consider Daniel Craig wrong for the role. Too short, too blonde and somewhat ugly. Love his voice though. But I could live with most of that if the producers hadn't turned this story into "Bond's first assignment." That is hard to accept.

Raiderhader
11-09-2006, 09:02 AM
I'm a devout Connefry Bond fan and have been longing for Bond movies to step out of the cartoon and become gritty again. That part I like about Casino Royale. But I absolutey consider Daniel Craig wrong for the role. Too short, too blonde and somewhat ugly. Love his voice though. But I could live with most of that if the producers hadn't turned this story into "Bond's first assignment." That is hard to accept.


Bond's first assingnment, with Judi Dench as M, when it was established in GoldenEye that Bond was there before she was.

I'm still stoked to see this though. I've learned that these little things are just a part of Hollywood and my movie watching experience.

Frankie
11-09-2006, 09:34 AM
Bond's first assingnment, with Judi Dench as M, when it was established in GoldenEye that Bond was there before she was.
Exactly. :shake: That's pretty stupid. At least they could cast a GUY looking reasonably like the original M. It's not like there's a shortage of middle aged British actors who could fit that description.

Halfcan
11-09-2006, 09:41 AM
He could be the next Damon Huard.

TN_Chief
11-09-2006, 11:39 AM
Y'all should check out Daniel Craig in his first "big" movie. Head down to Blockbuster and rent Layer Cake (the label is L4yer Cake). Good flick, and he's excellent in it.

FYI, he was also one of the assassins in Munich.

Cochise
11-09-2006, 11:58 AM
I'm a devout Connefry Bond fan and have been longing for Bond movies to step out of the cartoon and become gritty again. That part I like about Casino Royale. But I absolutey consider Daniel Craig wrong for the role. Too short, too blonde and somewhat ugly. Love his voice though. But I could live with most of that if the producers hadn't turned this story into "Bond's first assignment." That is hard to accept.

I think Casino Royale was the first book written. So maybe you could look at it in a prequel sort of way.

Brock
11-09-2006, 12:01 PM
This is the smartest move they could have made. This guy is great.

FringeNC
11-09-2006, 12:04 PM
At first, I wasn't sure about the move. Then I saw the trailer, and it looked good...

I've always thought that the first Timothy Dalton Bond was the last real James Bond movie. The Brosnan ones were okay, but completely different.

I recently read that Dalton's Living Daylights was the last Bond based on a Fleming novel, so that probably has something to do with it.

Will definitely catch this one...

Fire Me Boy!
11-09-2006, 12:09 PM
Keep ****ing doubting George Lazenby!

yeti
11-09-2006, 12:18 PM
Y'all should check out Daniel Craig in his first "big" movie. Head down to Blockbuster and rent Layer Cake (the label is L4yer Cake). Good flick, and he's excellent in it.

FYI, he was also one of the assassins in Munich.

L4yer Cake was a great movie. I really liked especially since I just picked it up hoping that it might be good. I am just having a hard time seeing him as Bond.

JBucc
11-09-2006, 12:18 PM
It looks cool. I still wish they would have dyed his hair. I think someone described the character as sort of a more womanizing British Jack Bauer.

Frankie
11-09-2006, 01:38 PM
It looks cool. I still wish they would have dyed his hair. I think someone described the character as sort of a more womanizing British Jack Bauer.
And therein lies the problem. Bond is supposed to be an original and a trend setter. Not an imitation.

Deberg_1990
11-09-2006, 02:43 PM
Keep ****ing doubting George Lazenby!


Ironically, "On Her Magestys Secret Service" is actually a very good movie....

But Lanzeby does suck....hard to explain???

keg in kc
11-09-2006, 02:50 PM
I can't wait to see it.

I like the way they're rebooting the whole thing. The only Bond films I really dig were made in the 60's and early 70's anyway. The trailers have all been terrific, and I think it looks like a more modern, believable retelling of the story. I figure there's two ways to do it: this way, or make them period pieces if you want to be really true to the source material. In the end I think this'll work, and bring some life to a franchise that's been pretty floppy for the better part of 30 years.

chagrin
11-09-2006, 03:17 PM
Hes a got a modern sexy edge.


Dude, you've been in California waaay too long

scott free
11-09-2006, 09:03 PM
The very first trailer i saw, i knew i would be giving it my $7, havent said that about a Bond film since i was maybe 12 or 13 when i didnt know shit from apple butter.

Raiderhader
11-09-2006, 09:16 PM
Y'all should check out Daniel Craig in his first "big" movie. Head down to Blockbuster and rent Layer Cake (the label is L4yer Cake). Good flick, and he's excellent in it.

FYI, he was also one of the assassins in Munich.



He was also in The Road To Perdition as Paul Newman's son.

Miles
11-09-2006, 09:26 PM
The previews look great and I think I will really enjoy Craig in the role. I really don't see many movies in the theater much less opening weekend. Think I will deal with the crowds on this one.

Frankie
11-11-2006, 06:59 PM
ROFL
The new Bond had Penis doubles!

http://www.pr-inside.com/daniel-craig-had-penis-doubles-for-his-sex-scenes-in-casino-royale-r25295.htm