Casino Royale (DVD)

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 June, 2007, 12:00am

After Pierce Brosnan, the new 007 comes as a much-needed break from absurd plots and stale characters.

Daniel Craig is not 'Brosnan material', but he plays a smarter, cooler and much more calculating James Bond in Casino Royale. His character, who is constantly torn between his duties as a ruthless killer and his new-found emotions for the female lead, conveys a depth that his predecessor lacked.

The movie begins with Bond's initiation as the new 007, as he calmly assassinates a double-agent. After the introduction of Bond's new opponent, terrorist financer

Le Chiffre, 007 embarks on a series of missions. For the first time, the consequences of Bond's all-or-nothing tactics are revealed. After a bungled shoot-out at an embassy in Madagascar, Bond is severely reprimanded by his superiors.

The plot quickly culminates in a high-risk poker game between Bond and Le Chiffre. Amid the twists and assassinations, the film keeps the audience on the edge of

their seats.

The movie doesn't actually end; rather it is set up nicely for a sequel. And considering Craig's performance in Casino Royale, we can be sure that it will be a good one.