Casino Royale

Daniel Craig’s orig­i­nal, iconic take on 007

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With Spec­tre look­ing as if it may be the last time we see Daniel Craig play James Bond, it’s worth look­ing at where it all started for him. In his first foray, Craig (who put on 20lb of mus­cle for the role) has a meaner take on the iconic se­cret agent. Re­boot­ing the se­ries, this is a stunning adap­ta­tion of Ian Flem­ing’s de­but 007 novel in which Bond takes on a terrorist banker (Mads Mikkelsen) in a deadly card game. Judi Dench is ex­cel­lent once again as M, and Eva Green plays the haunted Bond girl, Ves­per Lynd. Un­til he had read the script, Craig wasn’t in­ter­ested in the part be­cause he felt the se­ries had turned stale and for­mu­laic, but he be­came the first ac­tor play­ing Bond to earn a BAFTA nom­i­na­tion. Dir: Martin Camp­bell 2006, 12, 170min

Blue-eyed Bond: Craig

Put a ring on it: Reynolds and Bul­lock

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