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Casino Royale [DVD] [1967]

David Niven , Peter Sellers , John Huston , Joseph McGrath    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Joanna Pettet
  • Directors: John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Ken Hughes, Richard Talmadge, Robert Parrish
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, Billy Wilder, Ian Fleming
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2001
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B1N4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,226 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Five directors and an all-star cast spoof the James Bond films in this comedy, very loosely based on Ian Fleming's first Bond novel. Sir James Bond (David Niven) is about to retire, but is called into battle with the evil organisation S.M.E.R.S.H. after the assassination of 'M' (John Huston). Bond's bungling nephew Jimmy (Woody Allen) becomes involved, and chaos ensues when Bond calls in other 007s to assist (including Peter Sellers, Terence Cooper and Ursula Andress, who starred in the first genuine Bond outing, 'Dr No').

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John Huston was only one of five directors on Casino Royale, the expensive, all-star 1967 spoof of Ian Fleming's 007 lore. David Niven is the aging Sir James Bond, called out of retirement to take on the organised threat of SMERSH and pass on the secret-agent mantle to his idiot son (Woody Allen). The amazing cast (Orson Welles, Peter Sellers, Deborah Kerr and others) is wonderful to look at, but the film is not as funny as it should be, and the romping even starts to look mannered after a while. The musical score by Burt Bacharach, however, is a keeper. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com


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12 of 12 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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars casino royale 16 Aug 2012
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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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unofficial Premium Bond 28 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's too much for one James Bond! 4 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
The idea of more than one actor playing the role of James Bond would have seemed very whacky when this film was made - as Sean Connery was seen my many to actually BE James Bond. However, when this movie came out during Sean Connery's final 60's Bond adventure going head to head with 'You Only Live Twice' it became apparent that even without Connery the Bond brand still had box office potential. Without 'Casino Royale', it is possible that the best Bond movie 'OHMSS' would not have been made. Today of course we have had seven actors playing the role of Bond and the character changes his face almost as regular as that other bastion of Britishness a certain TV Time Lord. Therefore Casino Royale can be considered as remarkably prescient in casting almost every character in the movie as a 'James Bond' - during the climax a number of performing seals and a Typhoo Tea chimpanzee dressed in a tuxedo and wearing a toupee are identified as 007 - I am not sure about the seals but the chimp has always struck me as a rather nasty but hilarious visual gag at the expense of Mr Connery. This film has had for me a fascination bordering on obsession for details regarding the production, the editing and the missing scenes and what was contained in the original screenplay before Peter Sellers left. Finally, the 40th Anniversary Edition DVD is my dream come true as it features an comprehensive documentary detailing the making of the film, and also features interviews with some of the directors and actors and actresses who participated in it. There are some real gems of anecdotes both in the documentary and on the commentary track. My only disappointment is that the deleted scenes were not included on the DVD - but it appears they have long been destroyed. Read more ›
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