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

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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

Cameos by Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, and Barbra Streisand were planned. See more »

Goofs

M tells his companions that Sir James had to lure Mata Hari, his true love, across the Spanish frontier into France. Of course, this never happened, and the real Mata Hari never entered France by crossing the Spanish frontier. Mata Hari was last in Spain in November 1916. She was arrested in Paris in February 1917 after the Germans exposed her deliberately to the French as a double-agent because the intel she was providing them was deemed useless (she was recruited by France to seduce Crown Prince Hohenzollern; the French believed mistakenly that he was a commander in his father's army). However, neither the French or the British could produce definite evidence of her spying for Germany at her trial. 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

Contemporary reviews of this film mention an opening sequence that spoofs the Bond films' "gunbarrel" opening, only instead of us hearing a gunshot, we hear a popping cork. Perhaps it was thought to be too similar to the opening of the regular Bond films, because TV and video prints instead use a short Peter Sellers sequence from the middle of the film as the "teaser." See more »


Soundtracks

What's New Pussycat?
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Music by Burt Bacharach
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How Many 007s Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb?
18 April 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Eon Production's DR. NO was a great hit in the early 1960s, and Eon quickly snapped up the rights to the rest of Ian Flemming's novels about super spy James Bond--except for the CASINO ROYALE, which had already been purchased earlier by CBS for a 1950s television adaptation. When the property wound up at Columbia Pictures, they decided to create the satire to end all satires with a host of writers, five famous directors, and an all-star cast led by Peter Sellers. Unfortunately, Sellers' ego reached critical mass during the production and he was fired mid-way into filming--and suddenly roles that were originally envisioned as cameos had to be expanded to finish the project. The result is one of the most bizarre films imaginable.

The story, such as it is, finds James Bond (David Niven) called out of retirement to deal with the sudden disappearance of secret agents all over the world. In order to confuse the unknown enemy, Sir James orders ALL secret agents to use the name James Bond--and before you can blink there are Bonds aplenty running wild all over the globe. Eventually all the Bonds, including (through the magic of editing) Peter Sellers, wind up at Casino Royale, where they confront the evil agents of SMERSH and a diabolical mad man with a plot to rule the world.

The plot is absolute chaos, but that doesn't prevent the film from being a lot of fun to watch. The entire cast runs wild with some marvelous over-the-top performances, and whenever the writers can jam in a gag or a weird plot turn they do precisely that: Bond (Niven) is attacked by decoy ducks; counter-agent Mimi (Deborah Kerr) swings from a drain pipe; Bond's daughter by Mata Hari (Joanna Pettet) is kidnapped by a UFO; double agent Vesper (Ursula Andress) hides bodies in the deep freeze. And that's just for starters.

At one point Niven blows up the locked door of a psychedelically decorated dudgeon with lysergic acid--better know as LSD--and in a way this is indicative of the entire film, which was made at the height of the 1960s ultra-mod movement: the whole thing has the feel of a blow-out acid trip, right down to flashing multicolored lights and swinging 60s fashions. It is visually arresting, to say the least. And then there is that famous Burt Bacharach score, easily one of the best of the decade, sporting Herp Albert on the main theme and Dusty Springfield's legendary performance of "The Look of Love." On the whole, the film is one of the most entertaining hodgepodges of talent and weirdness I've ever encountered, and it never fails to amuse. I've found that viewers tend to have extremely different reactions to this film--they either love it or hate it, so you may want to rent this one first. But it's one of my favorite guilty pleasures, and I recommend it for fans of the unexpectedly odd.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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