C A S I N O (0|0|7) R O Y A L E Synopsis: James Bond is born in the prequel to the whole series starring Daniel Craig as the suave British spy in the latest entry to the Bond franchise. Bond has just achieved double-o status and is sent to a high stakes poker game to prevent a terrorist banker from winning it all. There are NO spoilers in this review, so do not give any yourself! Overview I was very, very surprised with this film and had to see it another three times just to satisfy my need for it. I walked into the theater, unsure what to think of the new movie. After reading the summary of the movie and seeing pictures of Daniel Craig, I wasn't too sure the formula would be a winner. Then I started hearing reviews, really good reviews. I knew I had to see it for myself. As my friend and I walked out of the theater, we recited a few great one-liners Story - 9 - A poker game? May sound a bit odd for a Bond movie. It doesn't seem like much action could come from it but trust me it does. The story flows and gets deeper until the very end. It may take more than one viewing to fully understand the plot, but it's nothing too hard to get. Acting - 9.5 - Daniel Craig was a big surprise for me. He did a great job of playing a rookie James Bond, a rough, tough, and confident man. His performance as Bond is right up there with Connery's. The one thing that really got me was how human James Bond was this time around. He actually falls for a woman, gets the living daylights beaten out of him and guess what? He bleeds! That's right folks, 007 is made of flesh! Effects - 10 - Flawless, as usual. Bond films are infamous for their great sense of style in their special effects and it shows. Overall - 9.5 - Bond is back and even more badass than before. By introducing a Bond that can take a beating and a Bond that actually gets a bit dirty, the film achieves a higher level of greatness. There are almost no fancy gadgets in the movie (well, the car has a neat one) but they aren't needed because the film is covered in poker motiffs. Tells, bluffs, lying, hiding and playing your hand well, all of these give a great "gambler" feel to the film as well. If it's still in theaters near you, I highly reccommend a viewing or two . . or three. All tickets are worth it.