Casino Royale (1967) [Blu-ray]
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Finally this comedic take on the James Bond series makes its way onto DVD, and for completists and fans of James Bond this 2002 DVD promises not only the 1967 version of Ian Flemings first 007 novel but also an edited down version of the very first James Bond movie, the 1950s CBS TV movie that starred Barry Nelson as James Bond (thats right, Sean Connery was NOT the first actor to portray 007). Made for an American audience, the character of James Bond is a CIA agent in that show and Leiter is the British intelligence agent. That movie, which is listed as a special feature on this DVD, also starred Peter Lorre as the villain Le Chiffre. Made in the days of live television this entertaining oddity is worth watching for the bloopers alone.
Years later, the rights to "Casino Royale" made it into the hands of another movie producer who, convinced that any attempt to make a serious version of "Casino Royale" would be doomed without the talents of Sean Connery, decided to make the remake as a comedy instead. With Peter Sellers playing James Bond and Orson Welles taking on the role of Le Chiffre everything seemed to be going fine until a script dispute caused Sellers to walk out on the project. Left with half a movie the producers were in trouble and they scrambled to save their production.Read more ›
The plot is absolute chaos, but that doesn't prevent the film from being a lot of fun to watch. The entire cast runs wild with some marvelous over-the-top performances, and whenever the writers can jam in a gag or a weird plot turn they do precisely that: Bond (Niven) is attacked by decoy ducks; counter-agent Mimi (Deborah Kerr) swings from a drain pipe; Bond's daughter by Mata Hari (Joanna Pettet) is kidnapped by a UFO; double agent Vesper (Ursula Andress) hides bodies in the deep freeze. And that's just for starters.Read more ›
Nonetheless, it's one of my favorite movies ever. I rarely watch a movie more than once, and I'm drawn to watch this from time to time. It's absurd, silly, and serious all at the same time. The first time you see it, your reaction is going to be more "Huh?" than "Wow!" but it sticks with you. A week later you'll laugh at something you remember. A month later, you'll remember something and grin. The next time you see a "serious" Bond movie, you'll think of some twist in it that was done much better in Casino Royale. After you've safely forgotten it, you'll be reminded of it and -have- to see it again.
It's both truly mediocre and one of the best movies ever made. I have no idea why it's so compelling, but it is.
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The "humor" is about on par with 60s TV variety shows...it doesn't hold up today. I really wanted to like the movie, but I only really like the theme song by Herb Alpert &... Read morePublished 21 days ago by D. Shawn McCann
I bought this being a fan of James Bond and figuring it was worth seeing. It was just awful. It's a shame everyone in the movie isn't dead yet.Published 1 month ago by dave hole
I remember the movie as a kid. I'm happy to own it a funny movie!Published 1 month ago by Jerry Regalado
A must have if you are a bond fan.... All star cast that puts a spin on the James Bond worldPublished 2 months ago by Teanna
Silly at times but fun to watch once. After all, it is only a spoof.Published 2 months ago by Greg S.
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Producer Chas K. Feldman owned the rights to the first Bond novel, CASINO ROYALE, but failed to make a film out of it. In the early 60's, Broccoli and Saltzman picked upt the rights to the other Bond novels and the rest is history. Meanwhile, Feldman still had the rights to the first Bond book... Read More
Apr 16, 2012 by Brian K. Hamilton | See all 4 posts
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