The new Bond movie, Casino Royale, is a good movie. But is it a good Bond movie?
Charismatic Bond: The new guy isn't bad. But Pierce Brosnan was definitely better. Also, I can maybe believe women seeing Pierce Brosnan in a Speedo and at least not being repulsed, but the new guy is gritty (ugly) and creepy, and there's no way those hot beach chicks would have been checking him out... 6/10.
Attractive female characters: Pretty good in this department, but no Halle Berry either. 8/10.
Awesome gadgets: Bond has some incredible (and Sony-branded!) technology at his disposal, such as phones that can send and receive text messages and email, and a GPS system to help him find places while driving. Wow! It's like I'm gazing into the future! The only cool gadget that even comes to mind is a phone attachment that lets Bond send a blood sample to MI:6 for analysis over the internet. There's not even a Q. I've seen documentaries about the Amish showing off more cool tech. (Well, not really.) 2/10.
Explosions and action: But of course. Well done in this category. 8/10.
Ridiculous supervillians: WHAT? Not even one supervillian? 0/10.
Ridiculous superweapons: WHAT? Not even one superweapon? 0/10.
Ridiculous storyline: They dropped the ball here too. The story wasn't actually that bad. Definitely a good spy movie. 3/10, because it wasn't very ridiculous.
Anyway, it's a good spy movie and a dubious Bond movie. I'm glad that I went in with the knowledge that this one's a bit different and not like a typical "Bond movie," because I think I would have been disappointed if I were hoping for another Die Another Day. Definitely worth seeing... just don't expect any lasers.