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Martin Campbell United Kingdom, 2006

Richmond Hill's rating of the film Casino Royale

It captures - or perhaps recaptures - the vicious streak inherent in the novels but rather lacks their cocktail hour elan, instead trading on modern day par-of-the-course slam dunk action for sensation. It’s not worth debating too greatly what is milked each time from this particular cash cow, except to say the film delivers a much needed kick up the britches to the series albeit a few kicks too many elsewhere.