As a total experience, Casino Royale promises much but delivers little. A sprawling mess that proves a big budget, star names (Sellars, Allen, Andress, Welles and Niven) and a collection of quality directors (Guest, Hughes and Houston) can still result in little more than a minor note in the history of cinema. It really is a film that generates strong feelings; you either love it or hate it.
One of the few redeeming features is the combination of Burt Bacharach's amazing score and Hal David's lyrics. Dusty Springfield sings The Look of Love while Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass play one of the most enduring themes in cinema history. The recurring brass sound that appears throughout the film is simple but memorable - fitting drama, comedy, action and chase scenes alike.
Bacharach is the only man who could produce appropriate music for scenes in which an ageing James Bond fights off airborne robot grouse bombs, armed with only a set of braces and a homing device, aided by an ex-paramour who will soon take holy orders.
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