Bond’s satisfaction at being bankrolled by the British government is evident – and infectious: this was the last time that Craig was allowed to be truly relaxed and charismatic in the role.Its star’s excellent performance aside, the true hero of Casino Royale is Martin Campbell, a steady directorial hand dating back to 1994’s No Escape, a dystopian prison break thriller shot on his home turf of the Seventh Continent, and subsequently on most of the Hollywood genre fare he was offered after Golden Eye. As the director behind two effective series reboots, Campbell surely deserves a little monument in some corner of the Fleming-verse, but where Golden Eye revelled in old-school cartooniness, Casino Royale was calibrated for (relative) seriousness from the get-go – a tone very much in vogue in the mid-2000s after the critical and commercial success of Batman Begins.
He cut a dash as he darted through the paved streets of Dublin's Temple Bar in a sweeping overcoat yesterday.I mean,there's still a lot of action, but it was quite unusual for Bond. You will understand her in the second Bond, maybe -- why she did that and that.So I just flew the next day to Prague and auditioned straight away, and then I got the part. It was quite good to have [longtime Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli on the set because she was kind of like a director in a way, she's very passionate. I'm not going to say, oh my God, the most challenging thing was the action. I don't have a lot of stunts, but I have a stunt double in the staircase, because it's quite tricky to jump in high heels ... Despite your initial trepidation, what ended up being your favorite thing about being a Bond girl? It was a great experience, because when we think about Bond we think about the Bond family, and it really exists.Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco) came out as Bond’s most compatible match thanks to her calmness in dealing with tricky situations and her willingness to let Bond take the lead – necessary qualities when coping with the secret agent’s hectic lifestyle.Her warmth and capacity to care are complimentary characteristics to 007’s more stoical nature, making her more likely to form a lasting bond with Bond.