Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Bond is back

Saw Casino Royale with Resto Manager today, after a lovely dinner at Klee, a new little place on the west side. Daniel Craig is a superb James Bond. He's dark, ruthless & sexy - the perfect bad boy. I love that they followed Ian Fleming's original vision of 007 as a focused killer instead of the wealthy playboy he was becoming. Don't get me wrong, Pierce Brosnan was great, but I like Bond with a little discipline & viciousness. & the women... mmmm. Caterina Murino (Solange Dimitrios) & Eva Green (Vesper Lynd) are gorgeous & so are their dresses.

The story makes a lot more sense than the last few movies have, though admittedly that's not saying much. Bond has just earned his 00 status with 2 very messy kills, & now he's after an amoral financier. In the course of tracking him down, he becomes part of a very select, high-stakes poker game, the eponymous Casino Royale. MI6 sends the lovely but icy Vesper Lynd to watch over their money. I don't want to give away too much, so I'll just warn that there's a bizarre torture scene later. Shades of Hostel... although I think perhaps it was just an excuse to show off Daniel Craig's truly amazing physique. Blue eyes, handsome face, hard muscle everywhere & a nice tight ass make R.D. a happy woman. *cough* Ah, so it is a very good movie with an engaging story & lots of action & eye candy - definitely worth seeing in the theatre.

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