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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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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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Trivia

The majority of the production was filmed at the casino set at Hollywood's Television City. 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: [James Bond opens door to other room in his hotel suite, looks then closes door] Did you expect your room to be searched?
James Bond: No - I don't know what anyone would find. It's just you can't be too careful.
Valerie Mathis: You live dangerously?
James Bond: Dangerously? Gambling?
Valerie Mathis: Depends on how and where.
[James Bond walks over to turn up the volume of the radiogram. It is playing the music of Chopin]
James Bond: [James Bond walks back to centre of room and holds Valerie and kisses her. Le Chiffre and his henchmen listen in the room upstairs] ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Featured in Everything or Nothing (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude for Piano, Op. 28, No. 24 in D Minor (The Storm)
by Frédéric Chopin
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5 July 2014 | by mifanyukSee all my reviews

So, the first film about the famous British spy James Bond was not the "Dr. No". The first actor who played the 007 was not Sean Connery. First studio picture starring pro elegant mi6 agent is not Eon Productions. In 1954, CBS director Gregory Ratoff Ian Fleming buys the film rights to the first novel of the famous series, in 1000 dollars, and the money at the time were not low.

After watching this television plays, 50 minutes long, I still have mixed feelings. Watch the first movie about the 007 was my old dream, but I will not say that I am very pleased seen. After all the action games that show recently, hardly somebody to watch the drama began 50 years ago, even the most about James Bond, except that loyal fans Bond as I am.

The role of the main character in this film takes Barry Nelson. On it remains ambiguous impression. Outwardly, he is not like any one of the actors performing the role of an agent later with two zeros in the official films. "His face was a rustic" said my friend, who like me is a fan of James Bond. Since it is hard to disagree - in appearance he is not like Bond, but as most of acting, then there is another matter. 007 appeared before us in such a way and it described Fleming - glamorous spy ironically cracking down with any task, always knows how to defuse his subtle humor, people coming out of the water dry in the most seemingly difficult situations.

Watch or not watch your work. I would recommend this movie for those who enjoys watching a film about the legendary spy. And if you look James Bond films only when nothing else to watch on TV, then you should refrain from watching this movie, and then you just go bad impression about the 007!


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