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Casino Royale (1967)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 April 1967 (USA)
In an early spy spoof, aging Sir James Bond comes out of retirement to take on SMERSH.

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Storyline

After the death of M, Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH and Le Chiffre, Bond thinks up the ultimate plan. That every agent will be named James Bond. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of baccarat, but all the Bonds get more than they can handle. Written by simon

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Comedy

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Release Date:

28 April 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charles K. Feldman's Casino Royale  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(archive footage: Keystone Cops)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released two months before You Only Live Twice (1967), in which Burt Kwouk and Terry Richards also appeared. This was the first of two times that two "James Bond" films were released in the same year. It occurred again sixteen years later with Octopussy (1983) and Never Say Never Again (1983). See more »

Goofs

When Lady Fiona McTarry enters Bond's bedroom a crew member can be seen in the mirror on the far wall. He disappears later in the shot. See more »

Quotes

Le Chiffre: Don't worry about that chair with a hole in the middle. It's merely waiting to be reupholstered.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credit animation by Richard Williams parodies illuminated manuscripts with cartoon-style calligraphy. It sets the tone for the film as a psychedelic "knight's tale" of Sir James Bond. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Legend (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Have No Fear, Bond Is Here
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Mike Redway
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User Reviews

What can you say about a film with 5 directors and 10 writers?
21 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Occasional fun for the 60's lover, but completely incoherent as entertainment. I should confess that as a young kid I did love the film, just as I loved _What's new Pussycat_, and when I got a little older I became a guilty admirer of _The Blues Brothers_ and _1941_. So I am sucker for the comedy epic/ celebrity ensemble.

However, _Casino_ is simply over the top at being over the top. It seems impossible to create a successful film with 5 directors and 10 writers (not including Ian Fleming, but including Ben Hecht, Joseph Heller, Terry Southern and Billy Wilder !!). The story lacks even a real protagonist; Niven and Sellers trade places in that role. When they run out of story, pie fights emerge, or fusillades of bullets, or tremendous explosions.

The film is certainly not without its merits. Like _What's New Pussycat_ they did manage to corral some of the most beautiful women of the time together in the same film. When Andress is not speaking, as in the "Look of Love" sequence or in Seller's "shampoo" dream she's truly breathtaking. Allen is always funny, and Welles does a pretty good turn as le Chiffre. The Bacharach score and Herb Alpert open and closing sequences are memorable.

As a DVD extra, the American dramatic version of _Casino Royale_ (1954) is included on the DVD, which predated Connery by 8 years!!


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