Casino Royal - After the hot trash that was Die Another Day this must have been revelation. I like that Daniel Craig (like Connery who was a body builder) helooks like someone who could actually smash your face in. Pierce Brosnan always looked like a twig little 5 foot guy and Roger Moore? Well. It's Roger Moore. Timothy Doltan wasn't exact a big guy but he at least he had a deadly earnestness.
Movie itself is slightly overrated imo. The pacing really drags, especially during the Casino section, and after that a whole segment with Vesper, it's just too much. The death of Vesper was somewhat eh. Partly because well... Bond is a sociopath in this one, where as in "In Her Majesties Secret Service", he was far more empathetic.
The final action scene itself is pretty meh, the movie really blows it's load in the first half with a fantastic chase sequence and a killer (literally) opening.
Le Chiffre's death is a let-down as well. His death is spectacularly unspectacular. There isn't really any mystery behind it either, as to anything with even a basic knowledge will know it's Spectre.
I get they were trying to move away from the campy ridiculousness of Die Another Day, but they kind of went too far in the opposite direction. I enjoy Skyfall alot more and even Spectre, which sort of does have the perfect balance of serious and fanatic - albeit with it's own problems
Love the credit sequence, good tune as well.