My wife decided to introduce our kids to Bond movies with Casino Royale this evening. I’ve seen it many times but watching it with two first time Bond viewers caused me to watch it with a bit of different eye. This movie is really very very good. I realize that many fans of the franchise felt it left behind some of the Bond trademarks, but its really hard for me to not see this as the best Bond movie. It’s over 15 years old now and still holds up quite well. And it functions as a real, complete, self-contained story; not a continuation of a previous story meant to be an episode before the next episode. It really had no business being this good and I’m amazed it exists. Imagine a Star Wars movie coming out right now that is better than eps 4 or 5. I like Goldeneye but it is nowhere near as good as this movie and, as far as I’m concerned, the franchise was on life support when this came out.