Casino rationale behind the best Bond movie

We here at Showbiz Tonight suspected we’d raise some eyebrows by ranking “Casino Royale” #1 in our countdown of the best James Bond movies ever (the countdown was part of our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the first Bond movie, “Dr. No”). But judging by the reaction of some of our viewers you’d think we’d handed 007 a martini that had been stirred. While many of you applauded our selection of Daniel Craig’s 2006 Bond debut, some of you were downright scandalized that we chose it over such established classics as “Goldfinger” or “From Russia With Love.”

Well, we here at Showbiz Tonight don’t make tough calls that we’re not prepared to back up. So here are the four factors that led us to name “Casino Royale” as the best of Bond.