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Casino Royale (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 28 April 1967 (USA)
In an early spy spoof, aging Sir James Bond comes out of retirement to take on SMERSH.

Directors:

Val Guest, Ken Hughes (as Kenneth Hughes) | 4 more credits »

Writers:

Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay), John Law (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Evelyn Tremble (James Bond - 007)
Ursula Andress ... Vesper Lynd (007)
David Niven ... Sir James Bond
Orson Welles ... Le Chiffre
Joanna Pettet ... Mata Bond
Daliah Lavi ... The Detainer (007)
Woody Allen ... Jimmy Bond (Dr. Noah)
Deborah Kerr ... Agent Mimi (Alias Lady Fiona)
William Holden ... Ransome
Charles Boyer ... Le Grand
John Huston ... McTarry (M)
Kurt Kasznar ... Smernov
George Raft ... George Raft
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... French Legionnaire (as Jean Paul Belmondo)
Terence Cooper Terence Cooper ... Cooper (James Bond - 007)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

CASINO ROYALE . . . the greatest JAMES BOND! 007 show on earth ! [Australian Daybill Movie Poster] See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Release Date:

28 April 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charles K. Feldman's Casino Royale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,744,718, 31 December 1967

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,744,718, 31 December 1967
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage: Keystone Cops)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was originally intended to be released on Christmas in 1966, but because the shoot ran several months over schedule it was not released until April of 1967. See more »

Goofs

When Bond (Niven) and Moneypenny are trying to escape the secret SMERSH base, we suddenly cut back to them and see that Mata Bond and Cooper have wordlessly joined them. Although Mata Bond was put in the same base earlier, Cooper was last seen much earlier in the film safe at MI5, and his presence in the base id never explained. See more »

Quotes

Buttercup: I'm testing the temperature of the water. As I always did for my Daddy. He used to call me his little thermometer. Well, get in!
Sir James: Get in?
Buttercup: Get in!
Sir James: [Gets in the bathtub] You're sure I'm not crowding you?
Buttercup: Get in! Ah, don't you want your back scrubbed?
Sir James: Thank you. What is your name, my dear?
Buttercup: Buttercup.
Sir James: How old are you?
Buttercup: Seventeen.
Sir James: Do you go to school?
[...]
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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 »

Alternate Versions

A short version of "Casino Royale" is regularly shown on Swiss television. This cut, approx. 93 minutes long, is reformatted in 1.85/1 ratio. In this shorter version, many scene have been cut, like the car chase between David Niven and the girls. The scene between Peter Sellers and Ursula Andress has been shortened. The "look of love" part is not in this version, like the "dreaming scene" when Peter dreams that he makes love to Ursula. In the Berlin sequence too, the version of "What's New Pussycat?" that the protagonist hears when they open the sewer is different. See more »

Connections

Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Ochi chernye
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russian folksong, written by Florian Hermann
(played when the camera briefly shows East Berlin)
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"Too many cooks spoil the broth".
5 October 2005 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

What a mess of the royal proportions - such a great cast (Peter Sellers, David Niven, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Deborah Kerr, and Jean-Paul Belmondo), the James Bond's story, plenty of beautiful (and I mean it) girls, the music by Burt Bacharach, most famous sets - but the movie is almost totally unwatchable. It started funny enough - at Sir James Bond's (David Niven) home where he was approached by four international agents that forced him to come out of retirement and head up the operation against the evil organization SMERSH. His mission is to destroy Topple LeChiffre (Orson Welles} at the baccarat tables where he never loses and wins a lot of money to supply SMERSH. Then, the movie becomes silly, stupid, pointless, and (what is the worst) not funny. Only Woody Allen, (as Bond's incompetent nephew, Jimmy Bond) brilliant as usual has appeared in two scenes and made them silly and hilarious. I think that "Casino Royale" (the way it was made) illustrates the fact that bigger is not always better - overlong and overblown, written and directed by five or more writers and directors, it brings to mind an old saying, "Too many cooks spoil the broth".

OT: the abbreviation SMERSH really existed during the WWII. It means "Death to the Spies" in Russian.


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