July 30, 2014

Films

Casino Royale – 1967 | 131mins | Action, Thriller | Colour

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Plot Synopsis

Casino Royale

Long before Austin Powers spoof of the British spy film genre came James Bond parody Casino Royale, a glorious and incoherent mess based on the only Ian Fleming novel Albert Broccoli never obtained the rights to. The use of five different directors merely exaggerates any semblance of plot in this muddled, leaden comedy that boasts a stellar cast including David Niven, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Peter Sellers and Ursula Andress. One pleasing feature throughout the two hours of psychedelic TechniColour madness is Burt Bacharach’s splendid score, including the Oscar-nominated ‘The Look of Love’.

Things are looking decidedly bleak for British Intelligence. SMERSH have begun to sabotage global stability and no less than eleven agents have been lost. “M” (John Huston) and the heads of the CIA and KGB have one alternative left to them assist them; the legendary secret agent Sir James Bond (David Niven). After the death of “M”, an ageing Bond is lured out of retirement to re-establish himself as the world’s greatest spy. Bond is given command of MI6, and finds himself pitched against SMERSH’s arch-villain Le Chiffre (Orson Welles). Bond launches his brilliant plan to confuse the enemy by employing several agents – all of them named James Bond. He instructs Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers), an incompetent author on card games, to enter Casino Royale and engage in a showdown against master card player and adversary, Le Chiffre. After more witless vignettes, some funny, others tedious, Bond finally learns that the real villain is none other than sex-obsessed Dr Noah – who turns out to be Bond’s own inept nephew, Jimmy (Woody Allen). Jimmy’s plan for world domination involves making all women beautiful and annihilating all men taller than four-foot-six!

Production Team

Val Guest: Director
Ken Hughes: Director
John Huston: Director
Joseph McGrath: Director
Robert Parrish: Director
Ivor Beddoes: Art Direction
Lionel Couch: Art Direction
John Howell: Art Direction
Jack Hildyard: Cinematography
Julie Harris: Costume Design
Paco Rabanne: Costume Design
Guy Laroche: Costume Design
Bill Lenny: Editing
Neville Smallwood: Makeup Department
Joan Smallwood: Makeup Department
John O’Gorman: Makeup Department
Burt Bacharach: Original Music
Jerry Bresler: Producer
Charles K Feldman: Producer
Michael Stringer: Production Design
Michael Sayers: Script
John Law: Script
Wolf Mankowitz: Script
Chris Greenham: Sound
Bob Jones: Sound
Richard Langford: Sound
John W Mitchell: Sound
James Shields: Sound
Sash Fisher: Sound
Terry Southern: Uncredited
Billy Wilder: Uncredited
Peter Sellers: Uncredited
Ben Hecht: Uncredited
Val Guest: Uncredited
Woody Allen: Uncredited
Joseph Heller: Uncredited

Cast

Peter Sellers: Evelyn Tremble (James Bond-007)
Ursula Andress: Vesper Lynd
David Niven: Sir James Bond
Orson Welles: Le Chiffre
Joanna Pettet: Mata Bond
Daliah Lavi: The Detainer
Woody Allen: Jimmy Bond (Dr Noah)
Deborah Kerr: Agent Mimi
William Holden: Ransome
Charles Boyer: Legrand
John Huston: McTarry
Jean-Paul Belmondo: French Legionnaire
Barbara Bouchet: Moneypenny
Jacqueline Bisset: Miss Goodthighs
Derek Nimmo: Hadley
Ronnie Corbett: Polo
George Raft: Himself
Bernard Cribbins: Taxi Driver/Capt Carlton Towers FO
Geoffrey Bayldon: \’Q\’
Graham Stark: Cashier
Richard Wattis: British Army Officer
John Le Mesurier: M\’s Driver
Stirling Moss: Driver
Peter O’Toole: Piper



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