Casino Royale (2006)
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Written by: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Paul Haggis
Based on: Casino Royale (1953) by Ian Fleming
Why it’s better: For all its ups and downs, the James Bond film series has left a much more lasting impression than Ian Fleming’s novels. Bond is a cinematic icon — and he’s at his best in this quasi reboot, which allows for a more complex iteration of the character. In particular, Bond’s (Daniel Craig) reaction to the death and duplicity of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) is more honest and relatable onscreen.