Casino Royale is a 1967 film adaptation of Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel and was only loosely based on the novel of the same name. It was the second screen adaptation, the first being a 1954 television movie. The 1967 Casino Royale is not considered part of the regular James Bond series franchise as it is one of the few films not produced by Eon Productions as Ian Fleming had sold off the filming rights to his first novel to Gregory Ratoff several years earlier.
Casino Royale featured a huge ensemble cast and directors and was intended as a lampoon spoof of the original material. Legal rights to the novel remained tied up for years until Eon Productions finally released their own modernized adaptation, Casino Royale in 2006.
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- David Niven as James Bond
- Peter Sellers as Evelyn Tremble
- Ursula Andress as Vesper Lynd
- Orson Welles as Le Chiffre
- Woody Allen as Dr. Noah/Jimmy Bond
- Barbara Bouchet as Miss Moneypenny
- Deborah Kerr as Agent Mimi/Lady Fiona McTarry
- Jacqueline Bisset as Giovanna Goodthighs
- Joanna Pettet as Mata Bond
- Daliah Lavi as The Detainer
- Bernard Cribbins as Carlton Towers
- Ronnie Corbett as Polo
- Anna Quayle as Frau Hoffner
- John Huston as M
- Charles Boyer as LeGrand
- David Niven was actually Ian Fleming's first choice as the actor to play 007.
- A huge personality clash erupted between Peter Sellers and Orson Welles while shooting the film. It developed to the point where neither man could tolerate being in the same room with the other. As a result, several scenes where they were interacting across from each other had be shot twice; with one actor doing his lines to a stand-in and the next day, the scene would be reshot with the other actor performing his to another stand-in. These clashes grew to the point where it was decided to let Sellers go even though he hadn't actually finished some of his scenes which required the later parts of the script to be rewritten to account for his absence.
- A number of actors who were hired for this movie weren't even aware that this would not be a "true" James Bond film rather than a spoof movie. Reputedly, Peter Sellers frequently tried to rewrite his scenes for a more serious tone.
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