Casino Royale (1967)
If you were born in the 60's like I was, then you probably grew up on Roger Moore. So as a Bond fan, your probably waiting with excited anticipation for the new Bond film to be released later this week. Ian Fleming's first novel was spoofed in 1967. Psychedelic mindblower of a film. Here's the soundtrack with Burt Bacharach writing the music.
Has cameos from practically every British star of the time, has a Spaceship full of Woody's duplicate World Leaders...it has everything. What can I say, if you like the '60s you'll love this if you possess that '60s Psychedelic Consciousness that is.
Casino Royale is a 1967 surreal comedy film. Ostensibly a spoof of the James Bond film series and the spy genre, it is very lightly based on Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, which was published in 1953. It features Orson Welles as the villain Le Chiffre, battling James Bond in the guises of Sir James Bond (David Niven) and six other James Bonds: Terence Cooper (nick-named Coop), Woody Allen (as Bond's nephew Jimmy Bond), Joanna Pettet (as Mata Bond, the illegitimate daughter of Mata Hari and James Bond), Daliah Lavi (as The Detainer), Ursula Andress (as Vesper Lynd) and Peter Sellers (as card-sharp Evelyn Tremble, impersonating Bond at Casino Royale to play baccarat against Le Chiffre).
Prior to the release, producer Charles K. Feldman had acquired the film rights and attempted to get Casino Royale made as an official James Bond movie (i.e. one made by EON Productions); however, the producers of the official series, Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, turned him down. Believing he couldn't compete with the official series, Feldman then adapted the novel as a spoof of not only James Bond, but also the entire spy fiction genre; the Sellers–Welles segment is the only portion based upon the novel.
Casion Royale was the first of two non-EON Bond films produced (the second was 1983's Never Say Never Again). Despite being based (albeit loosely) upon a Fleming novel, and the fact that the film is now distributed by MGM (the company that distributes the official Bond series), Casino Royale is not considered an official James Bond film based on (a) the fact it was not produced by EON Productions and (b) this film is openly a parody, featuring a plot that is not even consistent with itself.
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Posted by wino at Monday, November 13, 2006