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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.

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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

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Plot Keywords:

spy spoof | 007 | spy | parody | spoof | See All (424) »

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

Official Sites:

MGM

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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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

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Ransome: But why, why at the height of his powers did Bond decide to retire?
Le Grand: Mata Hari, my dear friend.
Ransome: What's the connection?
Le Grand: The woman in his life.
Ransome: I don't get it?
Le Grand: It was his painful duty to lure her across the Spanish frontier to France - where he stood her in front of a firing squad.
M: He really loved - that woman.
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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 »

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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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An Unfolding Moment
25 February 2002 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

It helps if you're able to live in Kierkegaard's unfolding moment if you want to enjoy this movie. Or in Fritz Perl's "here and now", to switch hoaxes in midstream.

It's pointless to compare "Casino Royale" to any of the other "straight" Bond films. There is no "plot" worthy of the name. The five disparate directors saw to that, to the extent that the writers didn't. It's a succession of gags, puns, and visual effects taking place in spectacularly designed settings, spoofs of German expressionism, psychedelic imagery, and all that. Some of the gags miss the mark. A British soldier who has been practicing karate chops on wooden boards comes to a stiff attention when his superior approaches and snaps a quivering Brit-style salute, knocking himself out with his own hand. Ha ha.

Such silliness abounds and at times the movie drags a bit, but there is always another joke around the corner. Orson Welles, with his fat cigar at the card table, performing magic tricks with flags and scarves amid flashing lights while everyone whistles and applauds. Peter Sellers trying on different costumes for Ursula Andress, including one of a gruff old general, "There's nothing wrong with the British Ahmy -- that a damned good swim won't cure."

You really can't look for logic in all of this. Listen to the score and watch the performers squeeze the most possible laughs out of their situations. Too bad the movie loses steam at the end so that what should be a climactic pulling together of all the accumulated lines of narrative and jokes is, instead, just plain silly -- clapping seals, parachuting Indians. Ridiculous, but not funny. Writers who have trouble ending absurd movies like this seem to think that a few minutes of chaotic slapstick will serve. "What's New, Pussycat" had the same problem, with people running frantically from room to room in a hotel, a Feydeau farce without laughs. "Sex and the Single Girl" thrust everybody into vehicles and sent them racing down a California freeway with nothing to say. Just about all of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" was an attempt to substitute destruction and speed for wit.

I saw this movie when it was released and laughed from beginning to end. I don't find it quite so funny now, (I don't find ANYTHING quite so funny anymore) but I watch it when I can. It's an opportunity to live in the unfolding moment.


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