11/26/2006 10:55 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

HuffPo Mini-Review: Casino Royale

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Casino Royale

James Bond bleeds. He gets both shaken and stirred. Casino Royale, the 21st installment in the spy franchise goes back to the beginning in more than one sense: Using the first of Ian Fleming's novels for a down-to-earth franchise restart - think a Batman Begins for double-oh-seven - the film maps out how the young Bond earns his license to kill. The precise nature of the villainy is often secondary in Bond films, but it is happily so here because bagging the baddies is less important than - gasp - character development, and that's good news for the franchise and its gritty new face.