November 6, 2006


Craig slays critics as 007 (Reuters, November 6, 2006)

"It's a terrific debut," wrote the Daily Telegraph's Sinclair McKay, summing up a weekend of praise from British newspapers eager to get their reviews out early.

"From the very start, he steps with full assuredness into Sean Connery's old handmade shoes."

The Times' Wendy Ide appears to take a swipe at some of Craig's five predecessors in the role by concluding her review: "His main asset quickly becomes evident. He can act".

Ide also points out that Bond had met his match in other, younger screen spies Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer, who "share Bond's initials but little else".

Casino Royale takes viewers back to the beginning of Bond's life as a spy, allowing director Martin Campbell to introduce character changes most have welcomed.

"This Bond is far more vulnerable than his predecessors," said David Edwards in British tabloid the Daily Mirror. "Not only does he have his heart broken, he also winds up almost dead after a beating."

Several reviewers noted one joke that deliberately breaks a Bond tradition. When asked if he wants his vodka martini shaken or stirred, Craig replies: "Do I look like I give a damn?"

Casino Royale is described as darker and more raw than previous films in the series and less reliant on the gadgets that have helped Bond out of countless scrapes.

It comes as a real shock if you read the books only after seeing a few movies just how vulnerable Ian Fleming made the character.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2006 8:05 AM

Daulton and Moore were the worst Bonds. I think Brosnan could have played a grittier Bond, like Craig, if given the right script. The one movie I wished they would redo and stay truer to the book is, "The Spy Who Loved Me". It portrays a smaller more personal Bond who only really saves one person, but I think it would make an excellent movie.

Posted by: Pete at November 6, 2006 2:23 PM

I read all the Bond books by Ian in the 60's, and saw all the most enjoyable Connery "007" movies during pretty much the same period.
Remember movies better than books thanks to TV, but do remember thinking at the time, "cool movie, but it's not the book"!
Looking forward to "Casino Royale", it was one of the best of Ian's books.

Posted by: Mike Daley at November 6, 2006 9:09 PM