While in New York yesterday afternoon, my family and I decided to go see the new James Bond film Casino Royale. The first shock was traffic at 4 p.m. in New York City on our way to the theater. It was gridlock. We made it to the theater in time, however, to find out that a ticket cost $12 and a tub of popcorn was $7!
This movie introduced Daniel Craig, the new James Bond. The director, Martin Campbell, borrowed the concept of Batman Begins and Superman Returns as he tried to bring forward elements of the former Bond movies while remaking and reestablishing the Bonds' character with Daniel Craig as the new Bond. I would say he was successful. I asked my wife what she thought and, while she generally liked it, she thought it was too violent. (There is lots of blood.) My daugther thought it was good, but I was the one who guessed the plot twist that they introduced as the movie progressed.
I won't give away any of the plot or special effects except to say that I think our new Bond is here to stay for as many movies as he cares to make. There hasn't been a James Bond like him since Sean Connery. So if lots of high tech action and some secret agent beatings and killings don't bother you, I would recommend you see Casino Royale and let my readers know what you thought on the site where this entry is posted.