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Casino Royale – A Hero Recreated

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Continuing with the theme of film reboots established in the previous essay, I will give an in-depth look into the world of James Bond and his newly revamped character in the 2006 film “Casino Royale.” The 007 film franchise began in 1962 with “Dr. No.” Starring Sean Connery, the film generated a new following in the 1960’s with the advent of the spy genre. The success of the movie called for additional movies to be funded and after 40 years and 20 motion pictures, the tried and true formula that had made the series a hit (established with the 3rd film in the series “Goldfinger”) wore thin with viewers. The power players at MGM were at an impasse. They couldn’t possibly consider ending this long running mainstay in cinema history, but they couldn’t keep putting out the same thing. The decision was to start from scratch. Tell Bond’s store from the beginning, something audiences have not seen before. The studio brought in Martin Campbell, whom had directed the 1995 Bond film “GoldenEye,” to present the character as a newly minted Double-0 agent. A man who is rough around the edges, bursting with raw talent but has no refinement as to how to handle his assignments. Played with brutal perfection by Daniel Craig, who amazingly doesn’t appear to talk as much as the other Bond actors. The film also gives us something we have not seen since 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Bond falls in love. It was quite refreshing to see Bond as a man who actually opens his heart and shows his vulnerabilities. To hear him speak to his lover Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green shows that the film’s producer can create a character with depth and emotion and not just a string of one liners. “Casino Royale” received critical and commercial acclaim from critics and audiences worldwide. The long-running James Bond franchise was reborn for both its fans and for a new group of movie watchers who wish to see more development of this immensely popular cinematic character.


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