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Casino Royale remains my favorite of his Bond movies, and probably my favorite Bond movie overall (although I have to admit to not seeing them all, and not fully remembering many I have seen, especially pre-Brosnan). It freshened the franchise after the disaster that was Die Another Day, and it made following James Bond compelling again. Even though the followup, Quantum of Solace, was a hiccup that took them four years to recover from, they did so with the very-good Skyfall.
Michael Coate from The Digital Bits has compiled interviews that he did with several people that are much more familiar with the Bond movies than I will ever be. They reflect on the movie by answering a series of questions, with their answers presented in a roundtable format. It is good reading, even if none of the people were involved directly with any of the movies.
Following are some excerpts from the article:
Michael Coate (The Digital Bits): In what way is Casino Royale worthy of celebration on its 10th anniversary?
John Cork: Casino Royale saved Bond. The safe thing to do after Die Another Day would have been to make another Brosnan film, stick to that formula which pleased a lot of viewers, but like with the Roger Moore films in the 1980s, that was a path of diminishing returns.
Bill Desowitz: Casino Royale is pivotal not only because it was the franchise holy grail to finally adapt Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, but also because it introduced an origin story and a character arc. After 40-plus years, the focus was finally on Bond, and Daniel Craig humanized and demystified him, delving into his troubled psyche and providing a rare glimpse into the “taciturn mask.”
Lisa Funnell: Much like GoldenEye in the 1990s, Casino Royale helped to reignite interest in the Bond franchise in the 2000s after a four-year hiatus. The film not only updates but also recalibrates many key elements of the Bond brand while introducing the iconic superspy to a new generation of filmgoers.
Lee Pfeiffer: Casino Royale is a vitally important film in the James Bond canon. Although the series was still very popular, the 2002 entry Die Another Day turned off purists and hardcore fans with its over-the-top plot devices, some surprisingly shoddy special effects and a return to the kind of silly humor we hadn’t seen for a couple of decades. Royale reinvented the formula in a very bold manner.
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