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Casino Royale (1967)

July 14th, 2008 by Rebecca Harper Editor

Long before Mike Meyers spoofed 007 as the psychedelic, oversexed Austin Powers, there was 1967’s Casino Royale. Not to be confused with the 2006 version starring Daniel Craig, this satiric romp through Ian Fleming’s spy stories comes courtesy of an all-star cast: Orson Welles, Peter Sellers, Deborah Kerr, Ursula Andress and Woody Allen, with David Niven as the aging James Bond.

Bond is forced out of retirement when several of his spy colleagues are killed off, and soon enough, he’s battling the mysterious forces of SMERSH. The master plan: to create several James Bonds to confuse the enemy and then bankrupt the evil organization. And what better way to stop the bad guys than by taking out Le Chiffre, their baccarat-winning bankroll?

Like the Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman-produced Bond films, this adaptation of Fleming’s Casino Royale features a lot of location hopping, sexy female operatives and spy gadgets galore, but there’s also plenty of shtick from Sellers and Allen, and an atomic hiccup of a conclusion.

In all, Casino Royale is a campy, silly take on Bond. But what’s also fun is the groovy, ’60s-fabulous Burt Bacharach soundtrack. It’s credited with providing some inspiration for the Austin Powers movies. (Bacharach even makes cameo appearances in all three.)


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  • Niff says:

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  • JoJo says:

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  • Dawn says:

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    If I have it right, the rest of the week will be:

    July 16th: Fiddler on the Roof
    July 17th: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 3
    July 18th: The Rundown

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  • Katie says:

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