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Casino Royale (1967)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 32,861



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.

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


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Critic Reviews for Casino Royale

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (24) | DVD (13)

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
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
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

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.

Full Review… | November 11, 2012

A magnificent mess, it's either the greatest argument against LSD or the worst.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
Total Film

Silly 007 spoof tamer than Austin Powers.

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Empire Magazine

Chaotic and astonishingly unfunny.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008

Surrealisticly bad

February 12, 2008

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

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | November 16, 2006
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.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006

It's cheesy, cheesy, cheesy.

Full Review… | November 5, 2006

...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.

Full Review… | June 26, 2005

Watching this movie is a serious drag.

Full Review… | March 22, 2005
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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

20/07/2012 (ONLINE)

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


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.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Casino Royale Quotes

Jimmy Bond/Dr. Noah:
My doctor says I can't have bullets enter my body at any time. [Woody Allen as Jimmy Bond]
– Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)

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