Why Casino Royale is still the best bond movie of all time


The famous (and fictional) British secret service agent, James Bond first appeared in 1953 in the novel Casino Royale by Ian Fleming and has since appeared in twelve Fleming novels and two short stories as well as numerous television, radio, comic book, video game and film adaptations.

Most are familiar with the film adaptations of james bondwhich began in 1962 with Doctor No and starred Sean Connery as spy 007. Fast forward to today and there have been a total of twenty-seven Obligation films, which naturally raises the question: what is the best james bond film?

Of course everyone will have a different opinion but here at DMARGE we think Casino Royale, the 2006 film that introduced Daniel Craig to the series, is the best Bond film. Whether it’s getting a supervillain to scratch his itch or making witty remarks like “that last trick, nearly killed me,” Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale is truly unbeatable. The ultimate 007 movie, if you will.

Of the twenty-seven Bond movies, we’d say Casino Royale is the best. Image credit: Sony Pictures

Well, Casino Royale completely rebooted james bond franchise and not only did it provide us with the first blonde Bond – something that was controversial in 2005 when Craig was first announced as the new 007 – but it provided us with a Bond that was refreshingly realistic, practical and, at times, vulnerable.

There was also a witty x factor some of the latest Daniel Craig Obligation movies were missing, including the latest installment (and Daniel Craig’s last) No time to die.

Like a Reddit user says (speaking of the line “Oh, I’m sorry, that last hand almost killed me”): “It was that kind of playful energy that Sam Mendes movies lack, especially Spectrum.”

Additionally, Craig’s Bond in Casino Royale had the strongest romantic plot of any film. While Casino Royale‘Bond girl’, Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green, had a typical ‘damsel in distress’ role, she was a complex and deep character. In fact, we’d say Bond and Vesper’s romance was the strongest Bond relationship ever portrayed on screen overall. Obligation franchise (and also explained many of his later actions in follow-up films).

Casino Royale also had a powerful, strong and simple plot (and we mean that as a compliment here). It wasn’t contrived, didn’t have very strong henchmen, and didn’t rely too much on action scenes to carry the film. It was also a thought-provoking departure from Pierce Brosnan’s former gimmick. Obligation movies. And everyone – especially Craig and Mads Mikkelsen – gave nearly flawless performances.

This moment of Casino Royale gone viral. Image credit: Sony Pictures

The film also gave us some truly iconic moments. For example, the scene where Bond emerges from the water wearing nothing but “brief” style light blue swimmers – a viral moment if there ever was one. Or when Bond gets tortured by Mikkelsen’s Cipher, he jokes, “Now the whole world will know you died scratching my balls,” – a classic one-liner.

Of course, as we mentioned earlier, not everyone will agree with our Obligation Evaluation. Dr Bruce Issacs, associate professor of film studies and director of the film studies program at the University of Sydney, admits Casino Royale is a fantastic film.

Casino Royale has wonderful sequences and just a stunning performance from Craig in his very first attempt at Bond, [it] still baffles me how he fits the role so perfectly the moment he appeared in this prologue.

“No, no…right! Image credit: Sony Pictures

But ultimately, Dr. Isaacs believes that celestial fall should probably be considered the best Obligation film.

“I would say that celestial fall is the best Obligation Craig-era film, and perhaps the greatest Obligation movie of all time. In my opinion, for its experimentation with story and action, it’s the Obligation movie that really elevated the franchise to cinematic art, and sadly, they never came close to it again!

We admit that both Casino Royale and celestial fall are phenomenal Obligation movies, so excuse us while we make ourselves martinis – shaken, not stirred, of course – and rewatch the two Obligation film now…

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