Casino Royale

Casino Royale

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Director: Val Guest, Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath

Cast: Val Guest, Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath


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Peter Sellers and an all-star cast are featured in the James Bond spoof Casino Royale. The film is presented in a great-looking 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. There are bright, bold colors among the dark black levels, making the image almost dreamlike with its 1960s feel. While there are some instances of dirt and…  See more details below


Peter Sellers and an all-star cast are featured in the James Bond spoof Casino Royale. The film is presented in a great-looking 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. There are bright, bold colors among the dark black levels, making the image almost dreamlike with its 1960s feel. While there are some instances of dirt and grain in the picture, overall this is a great transfer by MGM. The soundtrack is presented in a newly created Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround remix in English. Because the original recording wasn't in the best of shape, this 5.1 mix is limited -- the biggest boost comes in the form of composer Burt Bacharach's catchy music score. Otherwise the bulk of this track is focused in the front and center speakers. All aspects of the mix are mostly free of any excessive hiss or distortion. MGM has thrown on a few fun extra features, starting with the original 1954 TV movie of the same name (presented in black-and-white full-frame version). 007 fans will be thrilled to get this first-ever filmed version of the movie that was originally broadcast live. A 20-minute featurette on the making of the film hosted by Val Guest gives viewers a few juicy tidbits to chew on, including the alleged feud between stars Sellers and Orson Welles. Finally, there is a theatrical trailer for the film presented in non-anamorphic widescreen.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
While ostensibly based on the 1953 Ian Fleming novel that introduced readers to British secret agent James Bond, 1967’s Casino Royale eschewed the derring-do of the concurrent Sean Connery films and opted instead for madcap, revisionist farce. A lavish, sprawling production with multiple subplots, it was directed (in stages) by John Huston, Ken Hughes, Robert Parrish, Joseph McGrath, and Val Guest, and sports an all-star international cast including Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, David Niven, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Joanna Pettet, William Holden, Deborah Kerr, Charles Boyer, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Huston himself. Niven plays James Bond as an aging spy eager to relinquish his exalted position in Her Majesty’s Secret Service to his younger but ineffectual nephew, played by Sellers. Welles appears in an extended cameo as Le Chiffre, the villain of Fleming’s novel, but his machinations have little bearing on the principal story line. Colorful and kinetic, Casino Royale has the "mod' sensibilities of its era and at times resembles a mating of typical Bond films with episodes of Laugh-In. Blessed with a bouncy Burt Bacharach score that yielded "The Look of Love," this lighthearted romp is really something of a muddle, but it’s extremely easy on the eyes and is certain to entertain if not taken seriously. The DVD includes an informative "making of" featurette hosted by Val Guest, and a 1954 made-for-TV adaptation of Fleming’s novel, starring Barry Nelson as James Bond.

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Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

New digitally enhanced 5.1 Surround audio; Making-of featurette hosted by Val Guest; Original Casino Royale made-for-TV movie; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Evelyn Tremble
Ursula Andress Vesper Lynd
David Niven Sir James Bond
Orson Welles Le Chiffre
Woody Allen Jimmy Bond/Dr. Noah
Joanna Pettet Mata Bond
Daliah Lavi The Detainer (007)
William Holden Ransome
Charles Boyer Le Grand
John Huston McTarry
George Raft Himself
Jean-Paul Belmondo French Legionnaire
Terence Cooper Cooper
Barbara Bouchet Miss Moneypenny
Angela Scoular Buttercup
Gabriella Licudi Eliza
Tracey Crisp Heather
Jacqueline Bisset Miss Goodthighs
Anna Quayle Frau Hoffner
Derek Nimmo Hadley
Ronnie Corbett Polo
Colin Gordon Casino Director
Tracy Reed Fang Leader
Duncan MacRae Inspector Mathis
Graham Stark Cashier
Richard Wattis British Army Officer
Percy Herbert First Piper
Alexandra Bastedo Meg
Geoffrey Bayldon Q
John Bluthal Casino Doorman
Richard Burton Cameo
Bernard Cribbins Taxi Driver
Kurt Kasznar Smernov
Deborah Kerr Lady Fiona McTarry
John Le Mesurier Driver (uncredited)
Chic Murray Chic
Peter O'Toole Piper (uncredited)
Jeanne Roland Captain of the Gurads
Vladek Sheybal Le Chiffre's Representative
Elaine Taylor Peg
John Wells "Q's" Assistant

Technical Credits
Val Guest Director,Screenwriter
Ken Hughes Director
John Huston Director
Joseph McGrath Director
Robert Parrish Director
Burt Bacharach Score Composer
Ivor Beddoes Art Director
Jerry Bresler Producer
Lionel Couch Art Director
Hal David Songwriter
Charles K. Feldman Producer
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Joseph Heller Screenwriter
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
John Howell Art Director
John Law Screenwriter
Tutte Lemkow Choreography
Bill Lenny Editor
Wolf Mankowitz Screenwriter
Terence Morgan Set Decoration/Design
Nicolas Roeg Cinematographer
Michael Sayers Screenwriter
Terry Southern Screenwriter
Michael Stringer Production Designer
John Wilcox Cinematographer
Billy Wilder Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Lions [5:40]
2. Taking the Black Rose [6:20]
3. The Hair-loom [3:42]
4. A Bath With Buttercup [3:37]
5. "Good Night, Ladies" [2:24]
6. A Friendly Ball Game [6:15]
7. Target Practice [8:57]
8. Firing Squad [3:21]
9. Finding the New 007 [3:54]
10. "The Look of Love" [7:51]
11. Playing Dress-Up [4:23]
12. Q's Spy Gadgets [4:45]
13. Mata Hari's Daughter [6:57]
14. Teacher & Flunky [8:23]
15. The Art Auction [5:37]
16. Miss Goodthighs [6:34]
17. A Magical Performance [12:08]
18. "Torture of the Mind" [5:13]
19. Kidnapped! [4:04]
20. Trapped in a Maze [2:53]
21. The Crazy Dr. Noah [5:42]
22. Spiked Champagne [4:33]
23. Royale Pandemonium [5:07]
24. End Credits [2:27]

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Casino Royale 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before you might think ''Casino Royale'' is a straight Bond film, think again! ''Casino Royale'' is a complete parody on James Bond. Others might pan this film and call it a waste of time or a huge mess of a picture. That's not true at all. People might also be confused at what happens in the picture and how it doesn't all fit together. See this movie for yourself and pay attention to it. I can't guarantee you'll like it because it is one of those films where it might be pure entertainment for some, and a waste of time for others. It is not a terrible picture, and it is not a dumb film. Five different directors worked on the film for different sequences of the picture. Yet they do relate to each other in a montage way. All of what is in this picture works in a crazy and funny way. It is a funny film, but not funnybone-tickling funny. You might here it has no plot, actually it has five different plots. Like I said, they all relate to each other, and they should if they all relate to the zany climax ending. ''Casino Royale'' is an enjoyable film despite popular opinion. Sure it's not a milestone of a film, but it's a great spoof just for laughs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Casino Royale, although not official is very good. David Niven plays a good James Bond and it is interseting to see other members of the bond family, such as Mata, and Jimmy. A must-have for any Bond film collector.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago