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Casino Royale 

American spy James Bond must outsmart card wiz and crime boss LeChiffre while monitoring his actions.

Director:

William H. Brown Jr. (as William H. Brown)

Writers:

Ian Fleming (novel), Antony Ellis (written for television by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Barry Nelson ... James Bond
Peter Lorre ... Le Chiffre
Linda Christian ... Valerie Mathis
Michael Pate ... Clarence Leiter
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Chef de Parte
Jean Del Val ... Croupier (as Jean DeVal)
Gene Roth ... Le Chiffre's Henchman
Kurt Katch ... Le Chiffre's Henchman
William Lundigan ... Himself - Host
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Storyline

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. Written by Jamie Skinner

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1954 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (original broadcast)| Black and White (surviving kinescope prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the shortest of all the James Bond movies ever made. See more »

Goofs

As Bond walks Valerie to the elevator, the shadow of the boom mic is visible at the top of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Valerie Mathis: [Tied up]
Le Chiffre: [Untying Valerie] Oh pardon me beautiful. I... I didn't mean to neglect you. No. Who knows maybe... maybe you can persuade him, huh?
[Laughing]
Le Chiffre: Basil. Hey Basil
[Basil enters]
Le Chiffre: Take her in and ah, but if she screams, at her first scream, he's dead
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Crazy Credits

Character name Leiter is misspelt as Letter in the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Real Casino Royale (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude for Piano, Op. 28, No. 24 in D Minor (The Storm)
by Frédéric Chopin
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Interesting but not actually that good.
23 June 2002 | by JonTheGodSee all my reviews

This film is a bit of an oddity. It was a live TV play, made a decade before Sean Connery appeared in Dr No. It's nothing like the Bond films we all know and love - anyone expecting action set-pieces will be disappointed as the whole play/film takes place on 2 sets.

THE GOOD POINTS: 1. A rare little gem, bringing James Bond to the screen for the first time. 2. One of the closest adaptations of Ian Fleming's works. 3. Peter Lorre - very good villain.

THE BAD POINTS: 1. Renaming James Bond as "Card-Sense Jimmy Bond". Oh. My. God. 2. Making Bond a Yank. Americans seem to have this need to take credit away from the Brits for everything (Don't even get me started on U-571). 3. They made Felix Leiter a Brit and renamed him Clarence. Sigh...

Anyway, gripes aside it IS worth seeking out if you're a fan. It's available in 2 versions as far as I am aware. The version I have is about an hour long, but there are rumours of a longer version which continues from where the other left off in which the villain returns from the dead to carry on the fight a bit more.


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