Climax! (1954–1958)
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Casino Royale 

American spy James Bond must outsmart card wiz and crime boss LeChiffre while monitoring his actions.


(as William H. Brown)


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Episode cast overview:
Eugene Borden ...
Croupier (as Jean DeVal)


American Combined Intelligence Agency spy James Bond aka Jimmy Bond arrives at the Casino Royale in Monte Carlo, Monaco but is shot at whilst entering. He meets up with British Secret Service secret agent Clarence Leiter (this character was called Felix Leiter in the original Ian Fleming novel). He briefs Bond about his mission then Bond runs into old flame Valerie Mathis (she is an amalgam of the Vesper Lynd and Rene Mathis characters from the novel). She introduces him to Le Chiffre who is the Chief Soviet Agent in the area and is nearly always accompanied by three henchman called Basil, Zoltan and Zuroff. Le Chiffre has been gambling with the Soviet funds of his employers and he's down several million francs. Bond's mission is to beat him at a high-stakes card game of Baccarat so Le Chiffre will be ruined. Written by Jamie Skinner

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Release Date:

21 October 1954 (USA)  »


Box Office


$25,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Le Chiffre's three henchmen were called Basil, Zoltan and Zuroff. Due to missing and/or incomplete credits on most available prints and copies, it is not commonly known who played the third henchman, Zuroff, in this tele-film. See more »


The sound of the second shot at Bond sheltered behind the column (third shot overall) is markedly delayed apparently due to the prop gun being fired too slowly. The other ones are not very well in sync either. See more »


Zoltan: [Directly behind Bond] My cane is in your back, but it is a gun, not a cane, and can blow this space in your spine without a sound. You will appear to have fainted. I shall be gone. Before I count ten, you will accompany me to the office and give me the money. If you call for help, I shall fire. One... two... three... four... five... six...
[Bond suddenly knocks the cane out of Zoltan's hand]
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Crazy Credits

Character name Leiter is misspelt as Letter in the closing credits. See more »


Featured in Everything or Nothing (2012) See more »


Prelude for Piano, Op. 28, No. 24 in D Minor (The Storm)
by Frédéric Chopin
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Interesting but not actually that good.
23 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is a bit of an oddity. It was a live TV play, made a decade before Sean Connery appeared in Dr No. It's nothing like the Bond films we all know and love - anyone expecting action set-pieces will be disappointed as the whole play/film takes place on 2 sets.

THE GOOD POINTS: 1. A rare little gem, bringing James Bond to the screen for the first time. 2. One of the closest adaptations of Ian Fleming's works. 3. Peter Lorre - very good villain.

THE BAD POINTS: 1. Renaming James Bond as "Card-Sense Jimmy Bond". Oh. My. God. 2. Making Bond a Yank. Americans seem to have this need to take credit away from the Brits for everything (Don't even get me started on U-571). 3. They made Felix Leiter a Brit and renamed him Clarence. Sigh...

Anyway, gripes aside it IS worth seeking out if you're a fan. It's available in 2 versions as far as I am aware. The version I have is about an hour long, but there are rumours of a longer version which continues from where the other left off in which the villain returns from the dead to carry on the fight a bit more.

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