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Casino Royale

I’m excited about Casino Royale opening at the movies today. I don’t think I’ll see it this weekend, but hope to see it by the end of next weekend.

I read the book last weekend. I happened upon a copy of it at the “store closing” sale at the bookstore at the outlet mall last week. I have a couple others that I inherited from my Grandfather, but I had never read one of the books in its entirety even though I’ve seen most of the movies many, many times. I recommend the book to fans of the Bond movies.

You may be aware from the movie publicity that Casino Royale was the first novel Ian Fleming wrote in the Bond series. Here are some reasons to give it a read:

  • You get to read Bond going to see M for the first time.
  • Yes, that means Miss Moneypenny.
  • You get to read Fleming’s original dialog of Bond ordering a martini. Yes, it’s vodka. No, it’s not your average vodka martini. Yes, it’s shaken, but no, he doesn’t utter the words “not stirred.”
  • You get to find out just what SMERSH was.
  • And yes, Vesper Lynd is the original Bond girl.

Check it out.

Commentary Movies

Summer Movie Round-up

It’s almost Labor Day, and I’ve been thinking of doing a wrap-up of Summer movies I’ve seen, so here goes:

  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
    Yeah, it’s dark. But didn’t it need to be to set the table for A New Hope?
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
    I often don’t even like Brad Pitt or his movies, but he was good here and it is a good movie.
  • Batman Begins
    We arrived late and ended up sitting in the front row, which definitely detracted from the experience. I never knew Batman was a Jedi Knight. The story was most certainly crafted by someone very familiar with Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand too. Michael Caine was brilliant as Alfred.
  • Wedding Crashers
    Another good turn by a guy whose films I don’t usually care for, this time Owen Wilson. I laughed “MAO.” Dana was practically rolling on the floor laughing too. I have never seen her laugh so much or hard. Vince Vaughn was excellent. We probably should have gone to see it again to catch the jokes we missed the first time around because of all the laughter.
  • Must Love Dogs
    Diane Lane and John Cusack (two of my favorites) among others do romantic comedy very well. Perhaps not the laugh fest of Wedding Crashers, but it hit the mark.