A cryptic message from Bond's past, sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. Martin Campbell, who also made ' Goldeneye', was an excellent choice and, for me, is one of the best Bond directors.
While M battles political forces to keep the Secret Service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind S. What gives this the lead over recent Bonds is the more realistic feel: the exotic locales, fast cars, spectacular action, beautiful women and many other Bond hallmarks are all here but gone is the campy tone that marred, say, Die Another Day.
The tone is much edgier and nastier than the Brosnan movies, harking back more to Dr. The action sequences are brilliantly shot and edited for maximum impact and are some of the best out of any Bond movie.
I saw this at a cast and crew screening in London last weekend: I'm not a huge Bond fan, but I do enjoy them on a purely popcorn level and this was definitely one of the best in recent memory.
But if Bond defeats Le Chiffre, will he and Vesper Lynd remain safe?
Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis and having Vesper pose as his partner, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career.
The boss of MI6, known simply as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning.
He is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market.
Yes, the whole franchise is based on an entirely ridiculous and cartoonish notion but the more serious and harder-edged tone works really well here.
In this context, Daniel Craig gives an excellent performance as Bond.
I'll be the first to admit that I raised an eyebrow when I heard he was cast but he really makes it his own.
It's hard to say whether he's better than any of the other Bonds: Connery and Brosnan felt right for the style of Bond movies they were in.