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It's too much for one James Bond!,
This review is from: Casino Royale [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (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. I had often heard that there was a spoof gun barrel scene with a champagne bottle cork popping but this too is missing. There are those who hate this film, but there are also those who like me absolutely adore it as a work of post-modern genius. The bold primary colours, the massive and imaginative sets - the classic and unsurpassed soundtrack by Bert Bacharach, the casting of Peter Sellers, David Niven, Woody Allen, Orson Welles etc make this a must see movie for any fan of cinema. This is a Bond film whether you like it or not it just TOO MUCH FOR ONE JAMES BOND!
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Initial post: 3 Jun 2012 17:02:45 BDT
P. Stark says:
Anyone with the 2002 region 1 DVD import should keep it for the extras including Casino Royale (1954) with Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre. This was the crazy version where James Bond is American and Leiter is British.
Avoid the featureless non-anamorphic Region 2 UK DVD.
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