Although “Casino Royale” follows the same basic structure of most James Bond films, (007 finds himself entangled in various international incidents and eventually comes out on top) it’s much different than what you might be used to from the series.

We see a much different side of Bond as he first rises through the ranks to become an elite “Double 0” agent.

Bond, played very well by Daniel Craig, is not your typical pretty boy. He’s handsome, but in a rugged sort of way. But the differences don’t stop there. This Bond seems much more human, showing more emotion and being more physically vulnerable to his adversaries’ attacks.

However, Craig does continue to portray the character in the standard Bond style of cockiness, quick wit and the never-ending lady’s man.

Leading lady Eva Green plays Vesper Lynd, a brilliant, and of course beautiful, employee of the British Treasury. Like Craig, her acting is very strong and well suited to the role.

The essence to the film deals with an attempt to stop a man known for his reputation of financing terrorist activities. Through him, Bond hopes to get information that could lead to the capture of many of his clients. But of course, nothing is that simple.

With several twists and turns, the plot thickens like quick drying cement. And the only major drawbacks are a few absurd stunts with a lack of a feel of reality.

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