CASINO ROYALE (2006)
The greatest James Bond movie ever made. Ultra serious, intense, with a strong script and a great cast. Bond is back and I've haven't been this excited about the character in eons. Surprisingly, Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Connery. It also contains the most stunning action scene in the franchise: the opening chase on foot. Simply jaw-dropping. The way the film opens and concludes, perfectly establishes Bond's character arc. The length of time spent on the card game retains the classy and sophisticated attitude of 007. After all, what makes him so appealing is that he's so damn smart. Judi Dench is perfectly cold, and both the Bond girl and villain are brilliantly developed. Ultimately, it's leaps and bounds above all other 007 films. The final shot, line and musical score is masterfully poetic.
Director: Martin Campbell