American Combined Intelligence Agency spy James Bond aka Jimmy Bond arrives at the Casino Royale in Monte Carlo, Monaco but is shot at whilst entering. He meets up with British Secret Service secret agent Clarence Leiter (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 (she is an amalgam of the Vesper Lynd and Rene Mathis characters from the novel). She introduces him to Le Chiffre 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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played the first ever Bond ally and screen incarnation of Felix Leiter but named Clarence Leiter instead. See more
As Bond walks Valerie to the elevator, the shadow of the boom mic is visible at the top of the screen. See more
All right. See this tool Mr Bond. It's very handy little tool. Serves all sorts of purposes. Oh. my little friend - you remember the one that had a gun that passed for a cane. Oh he was an expert with this. Huh. Unfortunately he's gone but I've learned a few of his tricks
[Moves closer to James Bond and puts the pliers in his face
Now Mr Bond are you going to tell me where that check is?
[Snigger. No response
You won't, huh?
[Moves pliers away. James Bond looks away
[Moves to end of the bathtub
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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