Casino Royale

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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 ...
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/1992
  • UPC: 043396606302
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Format: VHS

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 Cribbens 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 II 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Casino Royale'' is the ultimate spoof!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Casino Royale (1967)

    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.

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