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Too many cooks spoil the dish in ‘Casino Royale’ (1967)

4 November 2015 6:07 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Casino Royale

Directed by John Huston, Val Guest and co.

Written by Wolf Mankowitz, John Law and co.

U.S.A., 1967

With the mad success of the James Bond films as produced by partners Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and (Canadian) Harry Saltzman, which had run from 1962’s Dr. No to 1965 Thunderball, it was only natural for the Hollywood system to create a great number of other spy genre pictures. After all, like it or not, copycats make for good business, oftentimes regardless of the quality of the films themselves. Without the shadow of a doubt, the most curious imitator of them all, one that has earned, for both right and wrong reasons, a cult status throughout the decades, was the brainchild of producer Charles K. Feldman. Determined to cash in on the 007 craze, Feldman did not just make a copycat of Bond, he tried to make a Bond film, albeit one »

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