Okay, went to see Casino Royale last night. Holy cow! Now granted, die-hard fans may miss Q and Miss Moneypenny or the boys-and-their-toys gadgets or even the smirky tone. But in their stead is a riveting picture that, for all its globetrotting glamour and eyepopping action, demands we take this new Bond seriously.
The action has a toughness and sadism balanced with a touch of humanity that makes it all the better. Daniel Craig plays leaner, meaner and a whole lot darker. Let the purists squawk: In Craig, the Bond franchise has finally found a 007 whose cruel charisma rivals that of Sean Connery.
And do you remember when, as a kid, you came out of a movie wanting to be that character. Well, for the first time in decades, I left the theater with the distinct reaction that I wanted to be James Bond. Sounds like a movie review. I was that impressed. Go see it. It’s 2 hours and 24 minutes short. And I can’t wait till the next one.