Casino Royale (1967)February 20, 2018
Release year: 1967
James Bond: David Niven
Directed by: Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Val Guest, Richard Talmadge (uncredited)
Produced by: Charles K. Feldman, Jerry Bresler
Casino Royale is a 1967 spy comedy film originally produced by Columbia Pictures starring an ensemble cast of directors and actors. It is loosely based on Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel. The film stars David Niven as the “original” Bond, Sir James Bond 007. Forced out of retirement to investigate the deaths and disappearances of international spies, he soon battles the mysterious Dr. Noah and SMERSH.
- David Niven as Sir James Bond 007 – A legendary British secret agent forced out of retirement to fight SMERSH.
- Peter Sellers as Evelyn Tremble – A baccarat master recruited by Vesper Lynd to challenge Le Chiffre at Casino Royale.
- Ursula Andress as Vesper Lynd – A retired British secret agent forced back into service in exchange for writing off her tax arrears.
- Orson Welles as Le Chiffre – SMERSH’s financial agent, desperate to win at baccarat to repay the money he has embezzled from the organisation.
- Woody Allen as Dr. Noah/Jimmy Bond – Bond’s nephew and head of SMERSH.
- Barbara Bouchet as Miss Moneypenny – The beautiful daughter of Bond’s original Miss Moneypenny. She works for the service in the same position her mother had years before.
- Deborah Kerr as Agent Mimi/Lady Fiona McTarry – A SMERSH agent who masquerades as the widow of M but cannot help falling in love with Bond. Kerr was 46 when she played the role and was the oldest Bond Girl in any of the James Bond films.
- Jacqueline Bisset (credited as Jacky Bisset) as Giovanna Goodthighs – A SMERSH agent who attempts to kill Evelyn Tremble at Casino Royale.
Also, as an extra who stands behind Le Chiffre at the casino.
- Joanna Pettet as Mata Bond – Bond’s daughter, born of his love affair with Mata Hari.
- Daliah Lavi as The Detainer – A British secret agent who successfully poisons Dr. Noah with his own atomic pill.
- Terence Cooper as Coop – A British secret agent specifically chosen, and trained for this mission to resist the charms of women.
- Bernard Cribbins as Carlton Towers – A British Foreign Office official who drives Mata Bond all the way from London to Berlin in his taxi.
- Ronnie Corbett as Polo – A SMERSH agent at the International Mothers’ Help who was in love with Mata Hari and expresses the same feelings for Mata Bond.
- Anna Quayle as Frau Hoffner – Frau Hoffner is Mata Hari’s teacher, portrayed as a parody of Cesare in the German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (her school is modelled on the film’s expressionist decor).
- John Huston as M/McTarry – Head of MI6 who dies from an explosion caused by his own bombardment of Bond’s estate.
- William Holden as Ransome – A CIA agent who accompanies M to persuade Bond out of retirement, then reappears in the final climactic fight scene.
- Charles Boyer as LeGrand – A Deuxième Bureau agent who accompanies M and Ransom to see Bond.
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