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Casino Royale (1967)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 24

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

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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

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Retired after years of international espionage, Agent 007 is lured back into action to battle the evil spy organization SMERSH in this notoriously incoherent parody of the James Bond films. David Niven portrays the aging Bond, who atypically rejects the advances of a variety of women, and agrees to battle SMERSH's hold on the lavish Casino Royale only after organization head M is murdered. Also mixed up in the affair are several other secret agents, all named James Bond, played by everyone from

Oct 15, 2002

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

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Out of five directors -- only McGrath manages to connect with this brontosaurian James Bond parody.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The few good aspects of this farce are vastly outweighed by the bad.

November 5, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Even less amusing than the more 'serious' Bond films.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's the sort of reckless, disconnected nonsense that could be telescoped or stopped at any point.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Proponents of this dreadfully indulgent cabaret, which thumbs its nose at coherence, have called its nigh-impenetrable plot the sincerest form of satire. That's like citing the indecipherable nature of Zapf Dingbats as a foremost send-up of language.

November 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
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A magnificent mess, it's either the greatest argument against LSD or the worst.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Silly 007 spoof tamer than Austin Powers.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Despite being not officially a Bond film this is good solid, entertaining action.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Chaotic and astonishingly unfunny.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
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Surrealisticly bad

February 12, 2008 | Comments (2)

A mess. Casino Royale is two hours and eleven minutes of non sequitur.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Now Craig assumes the mantle, and you know, he does OK.

November 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (5)
Sacramento News & Review

No less than five directors, including John Huston, and eight writers, including Billy Wilder and Ben Hecht, tried to salvage this lengthy, laden all-star Bond spoof--to no avail.

November 11, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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It's cheesy, cheesy, cheesy.

November 5, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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...only a very small minority of those acquainted with the more arcane aspects of 1960s cinema are going to have some appreciation for CASINO ROYALE.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Watching this movie is a serious drag.

March 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Even more awful considering the wasted talents.

October 30, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for Casino Royale

Casino Royale is an eclectic mess of unfathomable nonsense and poor attempts at spoof. Spoof comedies have changed a lot over the past few decades, not always for the better but you can always date them. Casino Royale has 1960's experimentation all over it. I've heard people say that Austin Powers was a much better spoof of James Bond but surely it spoofed Casino Royale just as much as 007's serious side. It's production issues are now quite famous, how do you put a film together that has been directed by 6 different people? It's not without its successes though, I actually loved the final scene and Sellers, Allen and Niven are on top form. It's a bizarre example of cinemas experimental but hectic history, in many ways I'm probably quite upset that we'll never see this kind of film again although why the studios would want to avoid such a repeat experience is quite clear and probably for the best.
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July 20, 2012
EightThirty

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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.
February 28, 2012
Jacob Ethington

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    1. Jimmy Bond/Dr. Noah: My doctor says I can't have bullets enter my body at any time. [Woody Allen as Jimmy Bond]
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