Most of the James Bond movies are fun, action-packed romps with goofy one-liners and far-fetched gadgets, but the franchise also has a handful of subversively dark and gritty entries that offer a nice counterpoint to the traditional silliness. Timothy Dalton
’s Bond, for example, was particularly violent.
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The most well-known example of a darker Bond movie is 2006’s Casino Royale
, whose gritty realism was a direct response to the Austin Powers movies’ lampooning of all the tired 007 tropes, but there are a few other great examples.