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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received three offers for the film rights to his "Casino Royale" novel during 1954. Producer and Director Gregory Ratoff
bought the rights to the novel in May 1954 for $600. It was a six month option and Ratoff took this to CBS whom produced and broadcast this one hour episode for Climax!
(1954)[See: Climax!: Casino Royale
(1954)]. CBS purchased the rights to the Ian Fleming
novel for $1000. John Shepridge negotiated the sale of the film and television rights in 1954. Before the sale, the "Casino Royale" novel had not been successful, and was even retitled and Americanized for its paperback issue. Fleming also needed money. Twelve months later, and after the TV screening, Ratoff bought "Casino Royale" outright in perpetuity for an additional $6000. Both sales including the option and the buy-out are considered to have been sold too cheaply and were two sales that Ian Fleming
later regretted. With the money from the larger sale, Ian Fleming
bought a Thunderbird car at the cost of £3000. Gregory Ratoff
passed away on 14 December 1960. His widow in 1961 sold the rights to Charles K. Feldman
for $75,000. Feldman would go on to make the James Bond parody, Casino Royale
(1967) and it would not be made as an EON Productions film until Casino Royale
(2006). See more
Shadow of the boom mic is visible on the wall behind James Bond as he's explaining the rules of Baccarat to Leiter. See more
[Sitting on end of bath
You leave me no choice, I... I cannot let you destroy me.
I've already destroyed you.
[Having his cigarette lit by Zuroff
You think so, huh?
I'm no hero, I don't like pain. But I can tell you one thing right now. You won't get anything out of me. Pain and killing's part of my job.
And of mine too Mr Bond.
Huh huh - I bet you love it.
How did you find that out, huh?
Oh - you're an obstinate man, Mr Bond!
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