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Casino Royale

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1967
  • John Huston
  • 125 mins
  • PG

Summary

James Bond spoof, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers and Ursula Andress. Agent 007, whose exploits on behalf of his country have resulted in a knighthood, is now enjoying his retirement to the full. But when "M" is killed, Bond is called back into active service to halt the threat of the cash-strapped SMERSH organisation.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

It is perhaps wise not to think of this unwieldy spy caper as a James Bond movie at all. Though nominally based on Ian Fleming's first 007 novel (originally dramatised in a 1954 TV show starring Barry Nelson and remade in 2006 with Daniel Craig), it is in actual fact an Austin Powers-type spoof, in which David Niven's retired Bond recruits assorted 007 agents (among them Ursula Andress and Peter Sellers) to avenge the death of "M" (John Huston). A surfeit of screenwriters (eight, including Billy Wilder) and directors (five, including Huston) lends the whole a chaotic, disjointed air, but there is much fun to be had along the way. In the all-star cast, Orson Welles plays villain Le Chiffre and Woody Allen appears as James's neurotic nephew, Jimmy.

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Credits

Cast

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Sir James BondDavid Niven
Evelyn TremblePeter Sellers
Vesper LyndUrsula Andress
Le ChiffreOrson Welles
Mata BondJoanna Pettet
The DetainerDaliah Lavi
Jimmy Bond / Dr NoahWoody Allen
Agent Mimi / Lady Fiona McTarryDeborah Kerr
RansomeWilliam Holden (2)
Le GrandCharles Boyer
McTarry / MJohn Huston
French legionnaireJean-Paul Belmondo
George RaftGeorge Raft
MoneypennyBarbara Bouchet
Scotch piperPeter O'Toole
"Q"Geoffrey Bayldon
"Q"'s assistantJohn Wells
British army officerRichard Wattis
PoloRonnie Corbett
Taxi driverBernard Cribbins
Miss GoodthighsJacqueline Bisset
HadleyDerek Nimmo
ButtercupAngela Scoular

Crew

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DirectorJohn Huston
DirectorKen Hughes
DirectorVal Guest
DirectorRobert Parrish
DirectorJoseph McGrath

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Released on
1967-04-23
Languages
English | German | Japanese | French | Scottish Gaelic
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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