American Combined Intelligence Agency spy James Bond (Barry Nelson) arrives at the Casino Royale in Monte Carlo, Monaco, but is shot at while entering. He meets up with British Secret Service Secret Agent Clarence Leiter (Michael Pate) (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 (Linda Christian) (she is an amalgam of the Vesper Lynd and Rene Mathis characters from the novel). She introduces him to Le Chiffre (Peter Lorre), 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.
21 October 1954 (USA)
See more »
See more on IMDbPro »
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
See full technical specs
Did You Know?
"Le Chiffre" are French words which translate into English as "The Cypher" or "The Number". Other translations in different languages include "Die Nummer", "Herr Ziffer", and "Mr. Number". The first reference to Le Chiffre is by Leiter, when Leiter refers to him first as "Herr Ziffer", when he tells Bond "You know you're here to deal with Herr Ziffer....Le Chiffre, he's the same fellow." See more
Camera shadow is visible several times in the final scene. See more
[On telephone to Clarence Leiter. Hangs up
[Pointing gun at James Bond
Maybe. Maybe you'll talk to him tomorrow. But only if you've given us that check.
Took me long enough to win it. Take you longer to get it back.
I don't think so. I honestly don't think so.
[Zuroff pulls out rope
It's about time we stopped joking, huh? I... I think he's ready for the bathtub
[Basil and Zuroff manhandle James Bond away to the bathroom
Character name Leiter is misspelt as Letter in the closing credits. See more
Originally broadcast as an episode of "Climax!" (1954). Most prints retain the original Climax opening credits. The DVD release (as a bonus on the DVD for Casino Royale (1967) has added the MGM lion logo to reflect the fact the production is now owned by MGM. See more
Prelude for Piano, Op. 28, No. 24 in D Minor (The Storm)
by Frédéric Chopin See more