Due to my work schedule, rarely do I get out of the house to trek to the theaters these days. Yesterday, I nearly knocked the door off the hinges in my determination and rush to see Casino Royale.
Daniel Craig, a wonderfully talented actor, withstood an angry (read: ugly) out cry from avid Bond fans when announced as the next 007. It had nothing to do with talent and everything to do with looks. At the time, I had recently viewed Craig in Layer Cake. In addition to being a powerful actor, the man had 'It', that undefinable essence, charisma, sex appeal. You know. It. I knew he'd rock as James Bond. And boy, does he ever.
Bartender: Shaken or stirred?
James Bond: Does it look like I give a damn?
That just about sums up the new Bond. *g*
I'm not going to offer a review here. I agree with most of the on-line reviews by movie critics. What they said, except I don't think it was too long. It was, however, complicated. The intrigue kept me guessing even as the credits rolled. Like Syriana, I need to see Casino Royale again to fully understand the plot. Not that I'm complaining. I hope to catch this riviting movie again on the big screen and I will own the DVD for multiple viewings. Yes, I liked it that much. Screenwriters Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, Director Martin Campbell, and Actor Daniel Craig have breathed new life into Ian Fleming's James Bond. I was not only entertained, but inspired! Thank you. I needed that.
Bond and his leading lady were multi-layered characters, playing on the angle that no one is all good or all bad. Although the movie was packed with heart-racing action sequences, there were plenty of heart-racing 'real' moments. My favorite was the shower scene (pictured above). In my opinion, simultaneously the sexiest and most tender scene in the movie. Moments like those are what inspire me to write romantic fiction. It was also a reminder that a scene does not have to be graphic to be sexy. I believe it was Nora Robert's who said, "It's not in the motion, but in the emotion." That thought and the heart and complexity of Craig's Bond have me attacking my WIP with renewed energy. All I can say is, wow.