The "live" quality of the show makes it all that much more enjoyable; the spontaneity of the lines spoken and the fact that the actors are working with an actual time limit makes for a show in which the flow is constant and consistent, the interest is kept to an expected level, and the characters are more realistic. These are qualities which cannot be replicated in some 20 overly planned and rehearsed later Bond films - but this only makes Casino Royale different - not better.
It is certainly entertaining, to say the least, to watch the original characterization of "Jimmy" Bond - a fast-talking American agent - and compare it to the amazingly developed cool-headedness of today's 007. What a difference 45 years can make!
usually go for the action/adventure type movies, so I wasn't too eager to see it. Yet, I realized that this movie had a little bit of everything, which would be able to please everyone. It had comedy, drama, action, etcetera. Two thumbs up to Culkin, who really surprised me with his superb acting ability. As for Gillian Anderson (of course, I'm going to mention her,): I expected her to be more of a Scullyish character. But she turned out to be an excellent choice for Loretta Lee. I loved the expression on her face when she opened the door for the first time! A+