The edgy remake of Casino Royale was the first outing for Daniel Craig as Bond, who represented a dramatic character shift and a reboot for the long-running franchise. It was darker, grittier and leaner, relying more heavily on the script than spy gadgetry and visual effects – making Bond a convincing rogue rather than a smooth-talking player.
This realistic revamp gave 007 more impact and less cheese, making this steely-eyed espionage action thriller and dark horse turning point possibly the best James Bond film ever. While it’s never been able to repeat this surprising success story, it’s worth revisiting to see where the new Bond began.
This hard-hitting deconstructed Bond movie is showing under the stars at The Galileo Open Air Cinema.