I have been reluctant to unseat Goldfinger as the #1 Bond movie. It’s a sentimental favorite. But Casino Royale expertly ushered in the Daniel Craig era of Bond. And with Skyfall legitimizing that era, I feel like Casino Royale can finally lay claim to that top spot. Hopefully future Craig Bonds will take as many chances as successfully as Casino Royaleand Skyfall did. If so, Craig will no doubt be remembered as the best Bond. Something I would not have thought possible before Casino Royale cast him as a broody, thuggish government assassin.