The latest James Bond is a hottie. The movie, Casino Royale (*** good), is less playful than previous bonds... fewer puns, no naked ladies in the credits, no hit song in the credits (music over credits is a nicely arranged, familiar Bond theme). NY Times doesn't list it as a critic's pick, but viewers give it thumbs up.
We were tired of waiting for The Queen to come to Chico, so this was the choice for our viewing pleasure during the holidays.
Daniel Craig plays Bond well, and he's a better actor than previous bad boy Bonds. You can see on his face what he is feeling. He has an emotional life and feels badly when the women he seduces are killed. He even falls in love with one of them.
Dame Judi Dench is again superb as a tough, strong ruler of MI6.
There is no "Q" character, but our boy does receive an Aston Martin from "M". The glove compartment has a nice collection of toys - even a blood testing kit that allows him to get medical help from HQ while he's in the middle of a poker game.
I get the feeling that this is supposed to be a setup movie which shows his beginning as the famous Bond, James Bond. His very first kills and subsequent promotion to 007 are shown at the beginning of the movie.
I recommend it.