Casino Royale

Casino Royale ★★★★

This was much better than I remembered. It's got a very strong character arc for Bond, quite possibly the best in any single film in the franchise, the action is intense, and it handles its hefty runtime well. You can also see parts of this as borrowing and improving upon some of the slightly more ambitious and interesting, yet brief, ideas introduced to the franchise in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, while still ultimately arriving in a new direction. If you ask me, Martin Campbell's Casino Royale is easily one of the very best films that this franchise has seen in its long history.

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