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)
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CBS purchased the rights to the Ian Fleming
novel for one thousand dollars. John Shepridge negotiated the sale of the movie and television rights in 1954. See more
The sound of the second shot at Bond sheltered behind the column (third shot overall) is markedly delayed apparently due to the prop gun being fired too slowly. The other ones are not very well in sync either. See more
And perhaps we can go together.
Well if you don't mind going through a barage of bullets. Right now I'm not a very good risk.
So it was you those men were shooting at. But why ?
Maybe they needed the practice.
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
Referenced in Inside 'Dr. No'
Prelude for Piano, Op. 28, No. 24 in D Minor (The Storm)
by Frédéric Chopin See more