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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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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The majority of the production was filmed at the casino set at Hollywood's Television City. 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
[James Bond opens door to other room in his hotel suite, looks then closes door
Did you expect your room to be searched?
No - I don't know what anyone would find. It's just you can't be too careful.
You live dangerously?
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 walks back to centre of room and holds Valerie and kisses her. Le Chiffre and his henchmen listen in the room upstairs
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
Featured in Everything or Nothing
Prelude for Piano, Op. 28, No. 24 in D Minor (The Storm)
by Frédéric Chopin See more