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Casino Royale

Wacky comedy extravaganza, Casino Royale is an attempt to spoof the pants off James Bond. The $12 million film is a conglomeration of frenzied situations, 'in' gags and special effects, lacking discipline and cohesion. Some of the situations are very funny, but many are too strained.

Cast:
Peter Sellers Ursula Andress David Niven Orson Welles Woody Allen Joanna Pettet

Wacky comedy extravaganza, Casino Royale is an attempt to spoof the pants off James Bond. The $12 million film is a conglomeration of frenzied situations, ‘in’ gags and special effects, lacking discipline and cohesion. Some of the situations are very funny, but many are too strained.

Based freely on Ian Fleming’s novel, the story line defies sane description. Sufficient to say that the original James Bond (David Niven), now knighted and living in eccentric retirement, is persuaded back into the Secret Service to help cope with a disastrous situation.

Niven seems justifiably bewildered by the proceedings, but he has a neat delivery of throwaway lines and enters into the exuberant physical action with pleasant blandness. Peter Sellers has some amusing gags as the gambler, the chance of dressing up in various guises and a neat near-seduction scene with Ursula Andress.

1967: Nomination: Best Song (‘The Look of Love’)

Casino Royale

UK - US

Production: Famous Artists/Columbia. Director John Huston, Ken Hughes, Val Guest, Robert Parrish, Joseph McGrath; Producer Charles K. Feldman, Jerry Bresler; Screenplay Wolf Mankowitz, John Law, Michael Sayers; Camera Jack Hildyard, John Wilcox, Nicolas Roeg; Editor Bill Lenny; Music Burt Bacharach;; Art Director Michael Stringer

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 131 MIN.

With: Peter Sellers Ursula Andress David Niven Orson Welles Woody Allen Joanna Pettet

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