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Casino Royale Essay

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Daniel Craig’s new James Bond in Casino Royale breathes fresh life into what had become, in my opinion, a rather tired and worn out concept - a striking achievement, considering Casino Royale was Ian Fleming’s first novel in the series, written in 1953.

We encounter Bond as a fledgling British agent, yet to gain MI6 double-0 Status, with its ‘licence to kill’. The film strikes me as being more violent than previous Bond films, showing him cleaning up after the action - indeed, some of his injuries as portrayed were genuine, according to The Ticket, November 2006. He is less ‘superhuman’, too, than in the other films; for example, he’s not as adept at ‘free-running’ as his adversary. The new less-than-perfect Bond (he upsets M by killing an agent rather than capturing him) illustrates the new realism and his vulnerability, as we see later when he loses his heart to Vesper Lind, and is devastated by her apparent suicide. Plot-wise, this seems a somewhat ludicrous outcome, but certainly adds to the drama. A classic Bond-film cliché, however, is when she betrays him (in order to save his life, as it turns out) at one point, saving his life a second time by helping to administer the antidote to his Le Chiffre-poisoned drink in one of the film‘s most thrilling scenes.

In contrast to Lind and Bond, Le Chiffre is the stereotypical Bond villain of this film, being cold, foreign and has a particular trait- crying blood as opposed to tears, a classically bizarre Flemming touch. He is banker for an international terrorist ring, and contrives to play poker with Bond in the Casino of the film’s name. He not only shows himself to be ruthless and cunning like most bond villains, but also very desperate in some parts of the film,...

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