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Casino Royale [Blu-ray] [1967] [Region Free]

David Niven , Peter Sellers , Ken Hughes , John Huston    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Joanna Pettet
  • Directors: Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Val Guest
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DD0IP0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,041 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Even avid Bond completists would probably concede that the first film take on Casino Royale is a film with its fair share of problems. Starring Peter Sellers, Woody Allen and with David Niven as James Bond, it was released in the late 1960s as a comedy, and even though it’s an uneven film, and far from a classic, it is an enjoyable one.

It’s also a film of random madness, a million miles away in tone from the eventual second pass at the source novel, which saw Casino Royale return to the screen with Daniel Craig in the lead role.

The Blu-ray release gets a lot right. The presentation of the film, for starters, is strong. Appreciating the age of the materials being worked with here, there’s been real and appreciated effort made to ensure the visual and audio work is brought across well. Burt Bacharach’s music is a particular beneficiary.

With regards extra features, there’s a welcome and interesting making of documentary, which digs into the story behind the making of the film. It doesn’t dig particularly deep, certainly, but it covers the many assorted problems, and brings in contributions from those involved at the time. There’s also a really interesting commentary track from 007 historians, which offers plenty of things you more than likely were unaware of.

Casino Royale may not be an essential Bond film, and it may not be an essential disc. Yet it’s a good release, with interesting content, and perfect for both the curious and the completist. --Jon Foster

Product Description

When secret agency chief "M" (John Huston) is killed, Sir James Bond (David Niven) is thrust out of spy retirement to help smash SMERSH, the band of hitmen who are likely responsible. And to protect his real identity, Bond’s name is given to numerous other agents, including Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers) and Bond’s neurotic nephew, Jimmy (Woody Allen). With five directors, a cast of Hollywood icons that also includes Ursula Andress, Charles Boyer, Peter O’Toole, Jacqueline Bisset and Orson Welles, a soundtrack by Burt Bacharach, and a frisky, farcical script, Casino Royale is Bond. Psychedelic Bond.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A parody of not only Bond films but on film itself, Casino Royale nods and bows to all sorts of the genre, from sci-fi to westerns and everything between.

Think of this over-budget, swinging '60s design overindulgence as a pre- Austin Powers and you're halfway there. Peter Sellers is more Pink Panther than Sean Connery. David Niven, more like the granddad from UNCLE.

It's seldom outright hilarious but rattles off gag after gag and silly stunt after, well, you know, by now. Add some pretty cool special effects - a spaceship taking off from Trafalgar Square - as well as many cameos as you'd care for. Female beauties who adorn the sets and then turn nasty. Ronnie Corbett as you've never seen him.

I watched this during a spell of wintry illness and it cheered me immensely.
Most of it is pure nonsense, but always in an interesting 'doesn't matter if you don't get it' sort of offbeat way. Yes, it's often crass, sexist and all the things that Bond was renowned for and ultimately criticised for and then some, on top.

The DVD looks good though and plays in widescreen nicely.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars casino royale 16 Aug 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
You will be pleased to know that this UK release has ALL the extras on it as the american issue, full audio commentary with James Bond historians,plus the gem for me the making of Casino Royale in 5 parts great stuff loads of info about the film from the crew who worked on it!! runs over 40 mins plus the full cinema trailer.None of this is noted on the back of the box unbeliveable!! The film looks brill in hi def, and not forgetting that great Burt Bacharach score and Dusty Springfield singing The Look Of Love the whole thing will whisk you back to the swinging sixties YEH BABY!!!! Mark, Wallasey, Wirral.10/8/12
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It seemed like a good idea at the time... 12 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Oh, the pain, the pain of the first 45 minutes and the last 25 of the 1967 epic spoof version of Casino Royale, which try too very hard to be wacky and with it and funny to be anything other than execrable. Two or three jokes sort of work, but probably only because you're desperate for something, anything to work - and then suddenly the Peter Sellers-Joanna Pettet sections kick in and suddenly the film seems almost good. It even starts to look like a real movie instead of an over-decorated Christmas tree, with a particularly stunning bit of slo-mo in the Look of Love scene, and some genuine wit in Q's scene, set in the basement of Harrods. It's a shame that Sellers walked off the picture, because the gaps are often all-too visible and horribly papered over. And then, after an hour of not bad, Sellers is gone and it suddenly goes straight back to overproduced Hell for a painful and redundant finale. Still, at least Burt Bacharach's score is a lot of fun and a joy to listen to: if only it graced a worthier film.

While the PAL UK DVD only includes a trailer and a teaser, the original US NTSC disc included both a trailer (though not the teaser trailer) and the 1954 live TV version of Casino Royale, with an uncomfortable Barry Nelson as Jimmy Bond of the CIA, Michael Pate a wildly unconvincing Leiter of British Intelligence, don't ya know, and a very good Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre. The plot is boiled down to a 50-minute running time but it's not without interest and while it may spare Bond the carpet beater it doesn't completely cop out on the torture scene.

However, the TV version isn't present on the subsequent 2008 NTSC special edition DVD with a new documentary on the making of the film.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unofficial Premium Bond 28 Jun 2009
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Released in 1967, Casino Royale started life as a serious Bond film, designed to rival (and capitalise on) the successful Eon series. When these plans came to nothing, the film was instead touted as a spy spoof, to star Peter Sellers in the Bond role, but due to Sellers' unprofessionalism (leaving before his scenes were finished) and various other production nightmares, the movie gradually mutated into the overblown tribute to 1960s' pop culture that we all know, but don't necessarily love. However, despite its reputation as an unfunny, overblown disaster of a film, the fact is that Casino Royale is actually quite an enjoyable movie; the only real issue with the film is Sellers himself, as many of his scenes lack any real shape or point, he looks visibly uncomfortable in the sequence playing opposite Orson Welles (unsurprising given his petulance and paranoia where Welles was concerned), and his habit of dropping into supposedly funny `ethnic' accents is indulged far too often.
Holding the whole thing together with his customary charm and good humour, the great David Niven (playing the `original' James Bond) deserves the lion's share of the credit for the movie remaining at least watchable; when Niven starts saying lines like `be careful, that's my loose kneecap' and `it's depressing that the words `secret agent' have become synonymous with `sex maniac'', you can't help but buy into the film, and laugh with it, rather than at it. Barbara Bouchet, playing Miss Moneypenny, is one of the most attractive women I have ever seen, and the film features a veritable parade of gorgeous sixties' starlets wearing very little indeed. Welles, John Huston, and William Holden do great (if largely pointless) cameos, and Woody Allen, back when he was funny, has some good lines as Niven's nephew Jimmy Bond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my husband loved it
Published 8 days ago by R. Higgs
5.0 out of 5 stars aaa
Excellent old picture there is some grain on the screen the sound is very good tops so bye top a+
Published 1 month ago by paul block
4.0 out of 5 stars Great MAKING OFF documentary
As I already had the film on DVD I bought this solely to get the great MAKING OF documentary thats included, fascinating stuff. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. D. gray
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Candidate for Worst Movie Ever.
Yes, this really is one ghastly, unwatchable film. Just tried it again to make sure before I chuck out the DVD. Utter bilge. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars 007 Gets The Girls and the Laughs!!!!!!!!!
If you like James Bond and a bloody good laugh, then this is the film for you!!!! Plenty of girls, gadgets and giggles!!!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre film
Saw it on TV and just had to have a copy. Taking the rise out of 007, not a bad thing in my book and quite trippy at times. A good watch and highly enjoyable.
Published 3 months ago by john ormerod
5.0 out of 5 stars Casino Royale [Blu-ray] [1967] [Region Free]
Casino Royale [Blu-ray] [1967] [Region Free] With gadgets, gaming and girls galore, this camp classic is not only the coolest of the spy films, but it's also a brilliant parody of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable film
Loved the film, all the stars at the time, the music i loved, Herb Alpert, Dusty Springfield The Look Of Love, a film i can watch again and again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Worst Film Ever Made
The Film: It's crazy, bonkers, irreverent nonsense, but I absolutely adore it. It is definitely a Marmite film. Love or hate it, there's not much inbetween. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jazx68
3.0 out of 5 stars Casino Royale Blu-ray
The movie is reasonably forgettable and corny which makes it the perfect yarn for Sunday afternoon viewing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve
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