Jackpot! "Casino Royale" Has A Tomatometer!

by | November 9, 2006 | Comments

With "Casino Royale" opening next week, the movie now has its first salvo of reviews and its own Official Tomatometer. What do the critics have to say? At 100%, they’re all stirred and shaken.

There has been no shortage of controversy to the new James Bond flick, from the color of Daniel Craig‘s hair, to the absence of fan favorite characters like Q and Miss Moneypenny, to how Craig got his teeth knocked out during choreographed stunt fights. But did any of this matter to the first Tomatometer critics who reviewed the 21st James Bond flick?

Naturally, the first few reviews come from Bond’s native country, where the first sneak screening got the blogosphere in a tizzy. BBC‘s Paul Arendt praises the tough action sequences and Craig’s tough portrayal of Bond:

"Craig is the first actor to really nail 007’s defining characteristic: he’s an absolute swine. Following his example, Martin Campbell’s film hits the ground running with a breathless chase through a building site, a sequence so impressive that the rest of the action struggles to trump it. Bond takes a tremendous battering throughout the movie. He’s beaten senseless, thrown off ledges, poisoned and tortured."

Empire Magazine‘s Kim Newman has an off-hand lament that there’s no great theme song in "Casino Royale." Otherwise Newman has no complaints:

"This has almost everything you could want from a Bond movie, plus qualities you didn’t expect they’d even try for. It does all the location-hopping, eye-opening stunt stuff and lavish glamour expected of every big-screen Bond, but also delivers a surprisingly faithful adaptation of Fleming’s short, sharp, cynical book with the post-WWII East-vs.-West backdrop persuasively upgraded to a post 9/11 War on Terror."

Chris Tookey over at Daily Mail takes a more moderate view, somewhere between Newman’s Arendt’s, wishing for more motivation to Bond’s actions, but still lavishing on the accolades at the end:

"The big strength of the film is that it takes us further inside Bond’s head than ever. Despite showing us his sensitive side, Craig looks a far more convincing killer than any 007 since Connery."

But what do the Yanks across the pond have to say? They’re equally impressed. Emanuel Levy is in agreement with his cross-Atlantic peers, and goes even further to praise the rest of the cast:

"Martin Campbell, who had introduced Pierce Brosnan in his Bond debut in the 1995 "GoldenEye," has shrewdly cast all the roles with accomplished actors that form a truly international ensemble, consisting of Italian Giancarlo Gianni in the crucial role of Mathis, Bond’s associate, and the very American Jeffrey Wright, as Felix Leiter, a mysterious CIA agent who offers to help Bond buy back into the poker game."

And with Variety‘s review, the one to push "Casino Royale" over the top and give it its 100% Tomatometer, Todd McCarthy sums it up what the filmmakers were going for when the movie was first announced:

"’Casino Royale’ is the first Bond in a while that’s not over-produced, and is all the better for it."

"Casino Royale" opens in theatres everywhere on November 17.

Tag Cloud

TIFF dragons Comedy Central elevated horror APB Awards Crunchyroll Black Mirror USA Network dramedy Stephen King YA diversity Peacock sequel Binge Guide screenings critics Box Office films YouTube Premium fast and furious cooking Discovery Channel Lifetime DGA justice league TCA 2017 Food Network Fall TV TNT cinemax NYCC transformers Set visit aliens screen actors guild Amazon Prime Funimation TV Land TruTV Disney streaming service Country Television Academy YouTube Red Family GIFs IFC Films Turner Cosplay war Apple TV Plus indiana jones American Society of Cinematographers Marvel Television San Diego Comic-Con halloween crossover zombie Photos obituary Character Guide Walt Disney Pictures The Walking Dead E3 Winter TV cancelled Amazon Studios Winners Christmas streaming Trivia Disney Channel witnail spain 2019 SXSW Britbox Infographic BBC One cancelled TV series directors cartoon Hulu Shondaland Ovation dc 45 Amazon Trophy Talk biography Rock Turner Classic Movies hispanic RT21 spider-man kids Video Games Mary Poppins Returns Emmy Nominations zombies LGBTQ Ghostbusters CW Seed Polls and Games Drama indie Cartoon Network festivals social media Sneak Peek 71st Emmy Awards romantic comedy Awards Tour Brie Larson game show Pirates Red Carpet Marvel Studios Mystery what to watch joker Vudu PlayStation Amazon Prime Video movies Classic Film Premiere Dates WGN Hallmark news renewed TV shows LGBT foreign Film anime 72 Emmy Awards composers television Apple Freeform Nickelodeon MTV independent Baby Yoda 2017 The Witch FXX Thanksgiving Dark Horse Comics spinoff TCM mutant technology series Extras Acorn TV canceled TV shows PBS Mary Tyler Moore Women's History Month Mudbound Showtime Opinion Year in Review science fiction Tubi doctor who child's play Rom-Com south america cancelled television See It Skip It CBS All Access ABC Family ghosts video crime hist robots theme song travel Masterpiece book Summer award winner Pixar discovery BET Rocky space superhero binge HBO Go stoner thriller die hard comic Adult Swim game of thrones Trailer ABC singing competition IFC criterion Shudder 20th Century Fox romance Emmys Star Trek Arrowverse Quiz Election Reality Spectrum Originals Captain marvel slashers twilight green book Hear Us Out Podcast Logo tv talk documentary National Geographic disaster Superheroe FX Mary poppins crime drama laika Paramount Network zero dark thirty ITV 2016 Chernobyl anthology sports based on movie History sitcom canceled President Black History Month Interview Animation nbcuniversal Biopics OneApp First Reviews Disney Plus stop motion christmas movies Writers Guild of America political drama docudrama Schedule Bravo 2020 007 Song of Ice and Fire Pop versus name the review 2018 Calendar adventure vampires talk show Star Wars TCA TCA Winter 2020 Watching Series Pet Sematary supernatural Crackle Elton John DC streaming service Hallmark Christmas movies adaptation Anna Paquin TBS parents Lifetime Christmas movies psycho TV sag awards Fantasy GLAAD BBC hollywood mockumentary Toys best free movies Action Sundance Now Countdown ratings strong female leads A24 Academy Awards Comic Book Super Bowl TCA Awards VICE Ellie Kemper Superheroes politics classics nature El Rey Heroines dark rotten movies we love GoT MCU Marathons Valentine's Day blaxploitation worst CMT Certified Fresh SundanceTV Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comedies asian-american toy story Disney comiccon Horror Musicals mission: impossible HBO Max all-time concert Reality Competition AMC Apple TV+ harry potter BBC America Spring TV golden globes Netflix Christmas movies medical drama Pride Month Nominations Pop TV comics DC Comics blockbuster scary movies PaleyFest richard e. Grant The Purge Spike Cannes latino SDCC universal monsters TLC The Arrangement Sundance Endgame chucky Netflix Tomatazos revenge facebook TV renewals Music quibi Rocketman dceu BET Awards Holiday Universal NBC CNN Columbia Pictures VH1 jamie lee curtis natural history satire Oscars breaking bad historical drama franchise Best and Worst Grammys cats cults cars X-Men 2015 CBS Syfy HBO First Look Teen 24 frames children's TV reboot casting werewolf FX on Hulu cancelled TV shows Nat Geo ESPN stand-up comedy Sci-Fi Film Festival Mindy Kaling Comics on TV Fox News period drama Sony Pictures cops crime thriller DirecTV Lionsgate YouTube Musical Marvel OWN Travel Channel police drama WarnerMedia Sundance TV documentaries Creative Arts Emmys Avengers USA Tarantino Lucasfilm batman finale teaser spy thriller Martial Arts video on demand Paramount Television Critics Association unscripted 21st Century Fox VOD rotten movie Epix A&E DC Universe RT History spanish language a nightmare on elm street true crime New York Comic Con emmy awards Starz animated Comedy Kids & Family The CW Tumblr 4/20 Western MSNBC dogs miniseries FOX boxoffice serial killer Warner Bros. Disney+ Disney Plus BAFTA psychological thriller E! Esquire reviews Holidays