After decades of declining quality, the Bond franchise was rebooted by director Martin Campbell with CASINO ROYALE, a gritty, brutal spy thriller that deservingly made Daniel Craig a world-famous star. Known for his successful and acclaimed action films, including the 1995 007 entry, GOLDENEYE, Campbell gave the franchise a much-needed grounding in realism, making CASINO ROYALE hit hard both in its violence and emotionality. Filled with muscular set pieces and stellar supporting performances from Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green, this film completely reshaped the beloved franchise and influenced countless subsequent films, including its direct sequels.
Martin Campbell is a filmmaker best known for CASINO ROYALE, THE MASK OF ZORRO, GOLDENEYE, THE FOREIGNER, and EDGE OF DARKNESS, among many others. He won a BAFTA for his TV series, EDGE OF DARKNESS, and was nominated for another for CASINO ROYALE.