Casino Royale (1967)

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Critic Consensus: A goofy, dated parody of spy movie clichés, Casino Royale squanders its all-star cast on a meandering, mostly laugh-free script.


Movie Info

This James Bond spoof features the hero coming out of retirement to attempt to fix some problems for SMERSH, while a multitude of other subplots unwind about the central figure. David Niven stars, while a host of well-known actors populate the screen.

Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , , , , , ,
Written By: Wolf Mankowitz, John Law, Michael Sayers, Billy Wilder, Joseph Heller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2002
Runtime:
Columbia Pictures

Cast


as Sir James Bond

as Evelyn Tremble

as Vesper Lynd

as Le Chiffre

as Jimmy Bond

as Mata Bond

as Agent Mimi, Lady Fi...

as The Detainer

as Ransome

as Le Grand

as McTarry

as Smernov

as Himself

as French Legionnaire

as Moneypenny

as Scotch Piper

as Buttercup

as Heather

as Frau Hoffner

as `Q's' Assistant

as British Army Officer

as Inspector Mathis

as Taxi Driver

as Casino Director

as Cashier

as Fang Leader

as Miss Goodthighs

as First Piper

as 1st Piper

as Casino Doorman

as Le Chiffre's Represe...

as Captain of the Gurad...

as Driver (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Casino Royale

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7)

Poor 007 is now lost in a hall of distorting mirrors.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Out of five directors -- only McGrath manages to connect with this brontosaurian James Bond parody.

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The few good aspects of this farce are vastly outweighed by the bad.

Full Review… | November 5, 2006
ReelViews
Top Critic

Even less amusing than the more 'serious' Bond films.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's the sort of reckless, disconnected nonsense that could be telescoped or stopped at any point.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Casino Royale

20/07/2012 (ONLINE)

EightThirty
EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Okay, I've only rated one film on this website at 0.5 stars, and that was "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." In my opinion, it's the worst mainstream film ever made. This film is a close second. For those of you who are confused by the idea of a "Casino Royale" film in the 60s, here's a brief history. Basically, 2 production companies had the rights to different Bond books to adapt to the screen. One was run by Albert Broccoli who made "Dr. No" and cemented Sean Connery as a sexy sexy man. The other was still in the process of developing "Casino Royale" and seeing that they couldn't directly compete with Sean Connery, decided to make their film into a spoof of Bond. The result is this disaster that manages to star some of the most talented minds in Hollywood (Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, and ORSON WELLES) and ended up being a money blackhole. So, what exactly is wrong with it? IT'S THE MOST INCOHERENT THING I'VE EVER SEEN (And I'm a fan of Terry Gilliam). It feels like 5 different movies stitched into one film (which it essentially is, considering it had 5 different directors, most who went uncredited at the fear of the film's reputation destroying there careers). Speaking of uncredited crew, you ever heard the expression "Too many cooks spoil the broth?" This film is the embodiment of that. Only 3 writers receive credit. The other SIX didn't want to be associated with the film. You read that right. This film had NINE writers during its development, including Hollywood legend Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard and a million other movies in the 50s and 60s). Some people really think this is funny considering the time period. This isn't an excuse. "The Silencers" was a James Bond spoof released one year after this film and its infinitely funnier. In fact, it has one gag that had me on the floor laughing. "Casino Royale" only made me laugh twice during its TWO-AND-A-HALF-HOUR RUNTIME. "The Silencers" was an hour shorter, and infinitely funnier. In total, this is one of the worst films I've ever seen. Only watch it as a retrospect on how badly the development of a film can go.

Jacob Ethington
Jacob Ethington

Super Reviewer

½

Bizarre madcap comedy that isn't really that funny, but has a great taste. In the vein of later comedy masterpieces like Blazing Saddles, but with none of the humor. The cast is fantastic and everyone gives great performances, but the film itself just isn't very good.

FilmFanatik
Tim Salmons

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