Casino Royale

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Overview

Retired after years of international espionage, Agent 007 is lured back into action to battle the evil spy organization SMERSH in this notoriously incoherent parody of the James Bond films. David Niven portrays the aging Bond, who atypically rejects the advances of a variety of women, and agrees to battle SMERSH's hold on the lavish Casino Royale only after organization head M is murdered. Also mixed up in the affair are several other secret agents, all named James Bond, played by everyone from Peter Sellers and ...
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Overview

Retired after years of international espionage, Agent 007 is lured back into action to battle the evil spy organization SMERSH in this notoriously incoherent parody of the James Bond films. David Niven portrays the aging Bond, who atypically rejects the advances of a variety of women, and agrees to battle SMERSH's hold on the lavish Casino Royale only after organization head M is murdered. Also mixed up in the affair are several other secret agents, all named James Bond, played by everyone from Peter Sellers and Woody Allen to a chimpanzee. Despite a star-studded cast, a large production budget, and a hit score by Burt Bacharach, the film was universally panned as a muddled, overlong failure, with the occasional amusing sequence lost in the unintelligible surroundings. The participation of several screenwriters and five different directors, including John Huston, only adds to the confusion.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with James Bond historians Steve Jay Rubin and John Cork; The making of Casino Royale - a thrilling, behind-the-scenes documentary in five parts; Original theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • UPC: 883904230175
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:11:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 19,190

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
Deborah Kerr Lady Fiona McTarry
Kurt Kasznar Smernov
Elaine Taylor Peg
Alexandra Bastedo Meg
Bernard Cribbens Taxi Driver
John Bluthal Casino Doorman
Geoffrey Bayldon Q
John Wells Q's Assistant
Chic Murray Chic
Vladek Sheybal Le Chiffre's Representative
Jeanne Roland Captain of the Gurads
John Le Mesurier Driver (uncredited)
Peter O'Toole Piper (uncredited)
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
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Jerry Bresler Producer
Lionel Couch Art Director
Hal David Songwriter
Charles K. Feldman Producer
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Hayes Musical Arrangement
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good God, what a mess...

    The second-ever film adaptation (of three to date) of Ian Fleming's first Bond novel was one of those star-laden filmmaking disasters where the "making of" story was more fascinating than the movie itself. What started out as a straight-up parody of the official Bond series starring Sean Connery quickly ballooned out of proportion as directors and actors were fired, scripts rewritten, and the budget exploded into the $12 million range (an enormous sum in 1966-67).

    In an effort to smash SMERSH, Sir James Bond (David Niven) is brought out of retirement to head MI6. His first act is to have all field agents (regardless of gender) take on the name "James Bond 007," so as to confuse the enemy (and the audience). Professional baccarat player Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers) is then recruited to challenge Le Chiffre (Orson Welles) to a high-stakes game at Casino Royale. Apart from this bit of plot, the film bears almost no resemblance to the Fleming novel. Instead, we get a parade of people calling themselves "James Bond" (including Sellers, Ursula Andress, Daliah Lavi, and Woody Allen), about five or six different plotlines, and some really bizarre comedy that isn't quite funny.

    "Casino Royale" suffers from a legion of cooks stirring the pot, and it's a miracle that the film comes as close as it does to borderline coherence. None of the performances stand out as being terribly good, bad, or anything other than "meh," though the cast does seem to have a lot of fun. In fact, the music is the best thing about this film (and was deservedly nominated for an Oscar). Burt Bacharach's theme for the movie, performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, is bright and peppy; the song "The Look of Love," sung by Dusty Springfield, was good enough it could have been used in a real Bond film.

    I honestly can't recommend this film. It's something that can only be seen to be believed, but why willingly subject yourself to it?

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