After the explosion at Pinewood Studios on the Bond 25 set, the movie and all it represents was blown (pardon the pun) back into the spotlight, especially as it came on the heels of Daniel Craig injuring himself resulting in minor surgery on his ankle.
In fact, the movie has been beset with all types of setbacks none bigger than when Danny Boyle quit from the director’s role.
For many lovers of the suave spy, waiting for details of the newest movie to be leaked is much like waiting for the details of a new smartphone to be leaked, and whilst we wait, we can fill up on speculations ad rumors – we can also look back over past movies and readjust our list of the very best.
“Remakes can either flop spectacularly or receive rave reviews…”
A great movie has the ability to stand the test of time. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) was actually poorly reviewed, yet it has aged well. As Rogers Moore’s second outing as Mr Bond. The Man with the Golden Gun is set among the energy crisis that beset the 70’s and viewers were treated to one of the best villains played by the late, great Christopher Lee, Scaramanga, known not only for his Golden Gun but also for his third nipple.
Fans of Mike Myres (Austin Powers) will have an infinity with Thunderball (1965). Staged around the evil organization SPECTRE which steals not one but two atomic bombs holding NATO to ransom this fun film takes place mostly in the Bahamas with a finale that takes place underwater. Thunderball and Sean Connery as 007 worked perfectly, his dry sense of humor endeared him to many movie goers and with lines like ‘it just so happens that I like conch chowder’ who could not resist.
Remakes can either flop spectacularly or receive rave reviews, there just doesn’t seem to be a middle ground and when Daniel Craig was named as the new Bond for the remake of Casino Royale (2006) there was a lot of dissension from the diehard Bond fans.
What Craig actually did (even if he was fair haired) was a James Bond who was cunning and elegant playing the newly promoted to the 00 section perfectly, reinventing the MI6 agent with skill and finesse.
Casino Royale turned out to be the perfect remake, all the glitz and glamour that we love about James Bond together with all the glitz and glamour of the casino and a high-stakes poker game sees our hero thwarting the villain Le Chiffre, the accountant and financier to almost every international terrorist.
Casino Royale is the 21st James Bond film and where 007’s preferred game of Baccarat is replaced by no-limit Texas Hold’em poker with the last poker hand in tournament sees James beating Le Chiffre grabbing a cool $115 million.
The casino is a perfect setting for Bond as it encapsulates everything that we have come to see as synonymous with our beloved agent. Filled with tension, excitement and action, maybe that is why casino games whether they are set in Montenegro or are played at one of the new casinos found at NewCasinosFinder.co.uk are so very popular.