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Casino Royale (1967)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 April 1967 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is the only James Bond movie to feature two US Top 40 chart-toppers. The "Casino Royale" Theme by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass went to #27 on the Billboard chart. "The Look of Love" by Dusty Springfield, with music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David, went to #4, and was nominated for a Best Song Oscar. See more »

Goofs

When Evelyn Tremble looks at Q's video wristwatch, it shows a clip of Vesper Lynd. This was a post-production error. It was supposed to show Bayldon, who stands in the background looking at the face of a complimentary wristwatch. This mistake caused a joke to be lost: Tremble says, "This is amazing, it's like you're in the same room" because Bayldon is indeed in the same room. See more »

Quotes

Sir James: My dear, Miss Lynd.
Vesper Lynd: Who are you, sir?
Sir James: I am Sir James Bond.
Vesper Lynd: But, I thought you were retired, Sir James?
Sir James: The whole world believes that you were eaten by a shark, Miss Lynd.
Vesper Lynd: That was no shark. That was my personal submarine. But enough of this polite conversation. What is the purpose of your visit?
Sir James: I desperately need your help.
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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

In the Region 2 DVD, in the French audio track, the music bit before end credits is dubbed in French. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Peyton Manning/Carrie Underwood (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Casino Royale
Music by Burt Bacharach
Performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
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The Royale Treatment
19 April 2004 | by majikstlSee all my reviews

CASINO ROYALE is one of the truly great bad movies of all time. It is a wonderfully weird, bold, funny and incoherent mess of a movie. What should stink of embarrassing desperation, instead proves to cheerfully insane, unpredictable and remarkably free of common sense.

The film was intended to be the ultimate spy spoof, an attempt to out-Bond the James Bond movies and their innumerable imitators. To this end, the untold number of writers and directors involved have opted to take the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to storytelling, mixed with a cut-and-paste style of editing. It is obvious that no one gave the slightest thought to creating a genuine spy film and instead approached the film with a devil-may-care attitude. As far as the actors are concerned, CASINO ROYALE seems to be little more than an excuse to have a multimillion dollar party at the studio's expense. As a satire of Bond films, CASINO is adequate; as a satire of the then trendy-swinging-cool-hip-with-it-now youth films of the era, it succeeds beautifully.

Basically you have a whole bunch of big name stars -- past their prime, but still with box office credibility -- ridiculing the very youth market that was squeezing them off the theatre marquees. Yet, the film has no malice; it is as bright and breezy as a screwball comedy with just a touch of British absurdity. It is amazing that a film that is so overblown, over produced and over budgeted can still be so light and airy. Despite a chaotic recipe, the film has a lot of really great ingredients. The cast is slumming in style (where else can you find Orson Welles, John Huston and Woody Allen hamming it up in the same film or Peter O'Toole, George Raft, Charles Boyer and Jean-Paul Belmondo dropping in for fleeting cameos?) And you have one of the best soundtrack albums ever, including Herb Alpert's title track and Dusty Springfield's sexy, sultry rendition of the Bacharach and David classic "The Look of Love." Plus, you get Woody Allen as an evil genius out to take over the world and Deborah Kerr dangling from the drain pipe of a Scottish castle.

And, to some extend, the film gets Bond right. As the legit James Bond series grinds on, getting ever more pompous, humorless and heavy-handed, CASINO ROYALE sees the whole genre for what it is: an absurdist lark. Indeed, if CASINO ROYALE has a soul mate, it is not GOLDFINGER, but the "Batman" TV series, another pop culture phenomenon designed to deflate pretense with overblown villains, outrageously silly situations, off-the-wall cameos and a tongue placed firmly in the cheek.

What's not to love?


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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Release Date:

28 April 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,324
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70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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