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Welcome to Casino Royale, the ultimate psychedelic secret agent satire! Packed with girls, guns and gags galore, this "very funny picture" (The New Yorker) delivers "laughs all the way"(Cue)! Starring Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, David Niven, Joanna Pettet, Orson Welles, Daliah Lavi, Woody Allen, Deborah Kerr, William Holden and others, and with an original score from Oscar® winner* Burt Bacharach, this groovy spy movie is "even farther out" (LA Herald-Examiner) than all other spoofs combined! British Intelligence is waning in every possible way! When the diabolical SMERSH begins killing off Her Majesty's Secret Service, super-agent James Bond (Niven) recruits six more "James Bonds" to confuse and conquer their enemies. But it won't be easy. They'll have to face an army of irresistibly sexy female operatives, exploding robotic fowl, parachuting Indians and a germ that makes all women beautiful but kills all men over 4'6"! *1981: Original Song (with Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross, Peter Allen), Arthur; 1969: Original Song (Lyrics by Hal David), Score, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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"This Blu-ray probably looks like the film Casio Royale and it advances beyond the last DVD editions in several key areas - notably detail and colors. Depth is far more evident than the SD renderings and Bacharach's lively score via Herb Alpert is intoxicating in lossless. Let's not forget Dusty Springfield singing "The Look of Love". Both tracks are worth the price of the disc alone. There are multiple foreign language DUBs as well as subtitle choices signifying this to be a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide. Extras : we get the DVD commentary by James Bond Historians Steven Jay Ruben and John Cork filling in plenty of Bond references for us as well as the more serious Making of Casino Royale over 40-minutes and 4 chapters worth of looking at the franchise. There is also a theatrical trailer in 1080P." from dvdbeaver review
This is about as silly as one could conceive.
It is a comedic tour de force for both David Niven and Deborah Kerr. David Niven is the 'original James Bond'. it is one of Peter Sellers worst performances; he seemed to have a vision of his role which is at odds with the intention of the film (silliness and satire).
Structurally, it's a mess. The best and most coherent part is at the beginning up to the point where Peter Sellers gets involved, then all of the scenes involving David Niven or his character's (and Mata Hari's) daughter, Mata Bond, played by Joanna Pettet.
Woody Allen makes his on screen film debut, but comes across as stiff and uncomfortable, even beyond the parameters of the role. Ursula Andress is convincing as the money obsessed Vesper Lynd. By this point in her career, her English is quite good and she seems comfortable in front of the camera. Barbara Bouchet as Miss Moneypenny (introduced as the original Moneypenny's daughter) is excellent. Orson Wells is a lot of fun as Le Chiffre, a baccarat player who does magic tricks, which apparently irritated Peter Sellers no end. The character Cooper, played by Terence Cooper (no relation?) is very good. There are lots of others interesting performances scattered throughout the film; John Huston, for instance, is terrific as the ill-fated 'M'.
Fortunately, Peter Sellers walked off the picture before he completed his scenes. The downside of that is the fragmentation of the rest of the film.
This is a film that makes most sense to those of us who survived the 1960s. Music is by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Any more, folks are only vaguely aware of Herb Alpert from his music label A&M (Alpert & Moss). He was enormously popular in the mid-ish 1960s. I think I still have a couple of his LPs somewhere.
This is funnier if you have already seen the more contemporary 'Casino Royal'. If you see that film after this one, as I did, you will find it's weird how many parts they have in common. Of course reality is changed to confuse the innocent.
The cast of actors are worth watching, The cast of directors which was as large as it's cast in some ways is something to behold.
This has become a classic calamity and will always have a cult following.
The extras on this film are very good and informative.
David Niven as Sir James Bond, the retired spy is great, Peter Sellers is always very funny. You should also see, What's New Pussy Cat, because some of the actors are the same and it referenced in this version of Casino Royal, when Mata Bond lifts a man hole cover in Berlin. I would recommend this movie.
If you like the odd and the bizarre with your Bond, then look no further! You'll surely hit the jackpot!