8:00 PM, 5th March, 2007
In a grim black and white opening sequence, we watch as agent James Bond earns his 00' status- by eliminating a corrupt bureaucrat in the department and his contact. From here, the newly appointed agent 007 begins his first mission. His task is to track a terrorist in Uganda. This leads to an unfortunate incident at a nearby embassy, but puts Bond hot on the trail of the terrorists' cell. Further investigation takes Bond to the Bahamas and puts him on the trail of Le Chiffre, a terrorist financier and mastermind who also fancies himself (and rightly so) as a high stakes poker champion. In an effort to bankrupt Le Chiffre and thwart his activities, Bond takes him on in a high stakes poker tournament at the titular Casino Royale amidst a hive of terrorist activity.Casino Royale is a spectacular comeback for the James Bond franchise. The formula has been tweaked a little, but it is for the best. The action is big and spectacular. The story is gripping and a lot more plausible than many of the Bond adventures of late. EON Producers have struggled since the decline of the cold war to put together a plot that could really be taken seriously, but have hit the nail on the head with Casino Royale (Perhaps thanks in part to the fact this is the first film based on a Fleming Novel since The Living Daylights in 1987). Forget how you've felt about James Bond in the past; Casino Royale is a bold new awakening.'