Dec. 19, 2008, 4:50 a.m. CST
Dec. 19, 2008, 5:37 a.m. CST
The tone was so dull, Sellers wasnt funny in this. Niven (and I too love the guy) was a walking zombie. Quint is right that it is a mess but I wouldnt say a fascinating one. Woody Allen though was a riot. But still not enough for me to want to watch the whole film again
Dec. 19, 2008, 6:02 a.m. CST
....the very funny and sexy Angela Scoular, who climbs into a tub with Niven to...uh...test the water temperature...several years later she turns up as one of Blofeld's 'Angels of Death' in OHMSS...gently lulled to sleep by the voice of Telly Savalas...telling her to love the flesh of chickens! (...you gotta love 60's Bond-o-mania, there'll never be anything like it again)
Dec. 19, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST
was in (at least) two other Bond films. His intervention saves Bond from THAT laser in Goldfinger (the same year as A Shot In The Dark)and his one of the SPECTRE heirarchy in You Only Live Twice. That is all.
Dec. 19, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST
Angela Scoular is married Leslie Phillips too. Ding Dong!
Dec. 19, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST
Dec. 19, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST
"This gun is broken...I just shot myself!"
Dec. 19, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST
A truly bad movie. Only movie that makes me wish the swinging sixties never happened.
Dec. 19, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST
C'mon his uberBond rocked. The women, the rock throwing. Fuck it is Nivens movie then Sellars.
Dec. 19, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST
it's like saying HEAD sucked because you didn't understand the psychedelic.
Dec. 19, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST
Mostly due to horrendous ammounts of re-writes and Peters Sellers stepping out before shooting all of his scenes (he wanted the movie to be more serious, and he was jealous of Orson Welles). Good things about this film: about 50% of the Peter Sellers sequences, Orson Welles (the best Le Chiffre ever!), and the first Woody Allen scene (classic early Woody Allen). The rest is an absolute mess, totally incoherient. Almost unwatchable as a movie itself, you have to see it more like a audio-visual experiment. Oh, and the Peter O'Toole cameo is a bit amusing, as well.
Dec. 19, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST
Really a startlingly bad movie. Especially the last 30 minutes.
Dec. 19, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST
This was something trying to approximate psychedelic from borscht belt geezer producers, whereas the Monkees' HEAD really was made by people on shitloads of acid.
Dec. 19, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST
You can just imagine a bunch of Hollywood suits in their forties and fifties obviously deciding to make a psychodelic movie to 'get with it, Daddy-o'.<p>Appalling. A waste of celluloid and a waste of a couple of hours of your precious life. If you haven't seen it, don't.
Dec. 19, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST
Never liked the fucker...
Dec. 19, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST
My copy of Casino Royale has a bonus feature of the 1954 B&W TV version starring American actor. Barry Nelson as Bond and Peter Lorre as La Chiffe. It was closer to fleming's original story than the David Niven spoof, which today, seems almost like an Austin Powers flick. The commentary on Casino Royale mentioned that early in the filming, the main director dropped out, so the remaining sequences were filmed by fill-in directors which explains the hodge-podge look of the movie. One more thing, in Ian Flemings bio, he claimed that James Bond was actually based on himself, and David Niven most closely resembled his version of 007.
Dec. 19, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST
by John Maddening
...within 12 hours. I was sick one day, and thought it would be fun.<br><br> Let me tell you, though, mix those three in a row with some cold medicine was a bit odd.<br><br> The best line was in the 1954 version: "Mr Bond, I heard you were shot!" "No, I was missed."
Dec. 19, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST
by bingo the clown
It has an excellent score by Burt Bacharach, played by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, plus the song "The Look of Love". And there are a lot of hot women.
Dec. 19, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST
cant be any worse that that last POS movie. i also remember a time where i watched a james bond movie to look at the hot women, what happened now? where are the women?
Dec. 19, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST
In addition of Ursula Andress, also worth mentioning is Dahlia Lavi as well as Joanna Pettet in the Mata Hari outfit.
Dec. 19, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST
... I would hear Ursula Andress compared to Michael Caine. Fantastic.
Dec. 19, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST
by Barrymore Yorke
It's a mess, but I love this movie. Nothing else like it exists. It's the movie version of Oscar Zeta Acosta, as Hunter S Thompson put it: "One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die." The only other '60s films that stand in the same league of weirdness are Head and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
Dec. 19, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST
"I've been framed. This gun shoots backwards. I Just killed myself!" (I think that's how it went, not sure) I wonder if that was an allusion to another movie. I think, but am not sure, that in "In Like Flint" there is a backwards-shooting gun. Hrm. But In Like Flint came out a month or so later than Casino Royale, so maybe it was a coincidence.<p>As a child, every time Casino Royale was like a holiday for me for whatever reason. I think I must have been enthralled by the title music and animated title sequence. Which I believe was animated by the person who also worked on Raggedy Anne and Andy, which explains why they both have wacky animated titles. He also worked on Roger Rabbit.<p> Casino Royale spoiler * Evelyn Tremble's death and Ursula's character's assent to heaven seemed like an outrageous miscarriage of justice to me through the years. Then I learned Peter Sellers quit / was fired so he had to be written out during production.
Dec. 19, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST
Supposedly, the claims of jealousy of Sellers against Welles stem from an on-set visit from Princess Mararet, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II. When she arrived she met with Welles FIRST instead of Sellers (who maintained a self-claimed romantic entanglement with her). Sellers then locked himself in his dressing room to pout before promptly abandoning the lot altogether, having the production scramble with its hastily assembled armies of writers, directors, and cast to attempt to complete a barely half-finished film.
Dec. 19, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST
by Coma Baby
It's a complete mess, in addition to being corny, odd, and utterly unique. I love it. Quint, I get what you're saying about David Niven's performance, but for some reason I like his scenes the best - esp. the weird scottish manor bits - the boulder toss game, the absurdly hot daughters tempting him everywhere, the suspenders slingshot. For some reason all that stuff makes me laugh. I also love how the unexplained stutter he has in the beginning, suddenly goes away, with the offhand, "I don't have time for that now!" Most of the other bits work for me too - it's almost like an anthology movie, complete with sketchy, ridiculous linking story. Grampageezer - I agree, the 50s version that comes with the DVD that I have is a great bonus - played straight-up and sort of noirish.
Dec. 19, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST
it being said that Sellers was banned from the set; one of the producers refused to allow him to come back after an incident. It may be Sellers walked off and then was told not to come back. Either way, for me, the only obvious problem with Sellers not being on set was a bad cut - Bond hops into his car then the next shot is him being held prisoner by LeChifre. I thought my DVD had skipped a scene or two. <p>I didn't see the rest as Sellers' fault. 5 directors doing their own thing being cobbled together in an attempt to make a coherent film is going to make an uneven picture.
Dec. 19, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST
She had th whole MILF thing going on and a Scottish accent which I found sexy.
Dec. 19, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST
and has, without a doubt, the best theme song of all the bond films
Dec. 19, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST
They were obviously 007 parodies, but I did not realize how much Meyers had taken from THIS spoof. Burt Bacharach (sp?) and Austin's glasses just for clear starters
Dec. 19, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST
I've tried to watch this movie twice and just couldn't do it.
Dec. 19, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST
...have people from the original movie? I remember there was an Exorcist spoof with Linda Blair in it....I think it's called Repossessed. Anyone know of others?
Dec. 19, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST
loved that tune when I was a kid.
Dec. 19, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST
Because it also is a main inspiration for Austin Powers films. "The Look of Love" was written for CR (1967), and Austin's "Do you wanna shag" is a play off of Mata Hari's line "Do you wanna drag."<p>This film is truly bizarre. There was so much chaos behind the scenes, the guys in the editing bay messed up and nobody noticed it until the prints were struck.-----later-----m
Dec. 19, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST
Dec. 19, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST
by Alan Scott
There are some laughable moments in this movie, but on the whole it's really bad. I doubled it up recently with "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World" and it was like night and day. "Casino Royale" is completely crippled by how all over the place it is, a function I am sure of the producer's intent to do a "Psychedelic Movie". In their attempt to capture the feeling of the time they produced a terrible movie. Whereas "...Mad World" feels of it's own time and also timeless, with a cast of true professionals all under the steady hand of a single director. Again, the only link between these two, as far as I know, is that I happened to cue them on Netflix at the same time. But I think there is a similar quality they share. One of them just does a much better job of it. Watching the bonus feature interview with the Coordinating Director of Casino Royale was very revealing, with his stories of directors having no idea what the others were doing at all. As hard as this is to say given where the franchise eventually went, I feel Austin Powers was a remarkably better send up of these conventions than "Casino Royale".
Dec. 19, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST
Interesting film, but to be honest the best thing about it was the wonderful Robert McGinnis poster of the tattoed girl.
Dec. 19, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST
Was the only five seconds in this film worth watching.
Dec. 19, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST
Was the only five seconds in this film worth watching.
Dec. 19, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST
This image for me (then a pre-adolescent), right on the cusp of a hormone hootenanny, corrupted yours truly for a lifetime. Lavi is an underrated bombshell.
Dec. 19, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST
the women plus I might have laughed at some of the jokes, a glorious mess-but I own it and put it with the Bond Films - just remembered I saw Ursula Andress in The Sensuous Nurse at 12- wooo -Never mind about ever seeing Casino Royale as a yoot. Friday After Dark did rule.
Dec. 19, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST
my god this film has some AMAZING girls in it. the film is worth watching for that. smoking hot 60's cool styled babes. just hot hot hot hot chicks.
Dec. 20, 2008, 2 a.m. CST
the one from the 50s i think was the best one, better than the explosion-filled blockbuster that just came out 2 years ago.
Dec. 20, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST
by Hikaru Ichijo
I think it needs clarifying that this is a good "Bad Movie". I was under the impression that there were multiple directors. In any case, this flick is SO disjointed, and not altogether too funny. The weirdness and variety of sexy women save it, as do certain comedy bits, like the scots. I would recommend this for date night with that pothead you've been meaning to undress.
Dec. 21, 2008, 3:52 a.m. CST
If you're doing Christopher Plummer, could Silent Partner be far away?
Jan. 9, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST
THE HORROR , THE HORROR!!!
May 8, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST
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