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Looking Back on "Casino Royale" 10 Years Later

Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 10:01 PM

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Movie PosterDaniel Craig debuted in his role as James Bond in Casino Royale in 2006; 10 years ago today. Since then, there have been three more installments, with the most recent, Spectre, in 2015.

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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