Casino Royale

Casino Royale

DVD - 2002
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Sir James Bond is persuaded to rejoin Her Majesty's secret service and head an operation to smash SMERSH.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780792853749
0792853741
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE CASIN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (Not rated)(137 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
optical
Laser optical
Notes: Suggested by the novel by Ian Fleming
Originally issued as a motion picture in 1967
Widescreen

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white_cobra_21
Jun 29, 2017

The premise is potentially hilarious: James Bond is actually a monogamous man with a great deal of respect for women, but he retired and MI6 didn't want to be seen as weak without their prime agent, so they replaced him with another 007, a guy who turned out to be the womanizing James Bond we know from the movies. Turns out, the real James Bond has to come out of retirement to save the world from SMERSH. Such a possibly GREAT set up. Alas, this film is a disaster. I did not know it was directed by multiple people who each helmed a portion of it. As I watched, I kept thinking, it's like a bunch of writers had all these different bits or ideas for a Bond spoof, but didn't have a good enough screenwriter to make a coherent script so they loosely mashed these different bits together. Turns out, not only was the movie a mash up of incoherent skits, but some of the original directors dropped out before finishing and a writer (Val Guest) had to take over and finish those parts as Director. What was supposed to be an 8 week job, turned into 8 months. In the extras, Val Guest says John Houston said to him, "You know, this could turn into a load of crap, couldn't it?" Yep, it did turn into that... If you're looking to enjoy a spy spoof, for my money, watch Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me instead.

mcmurray777 Aug 03, 2015

This 2:17 monstrosity is 2:16 too long.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

A 007 spoof which is not really that funny despite a slew of in-jokes and an impressive budget. When the evil SMERSH organization sets in motion a plan to take over the world, international leaders convince a reluctant James Bond (David Niven) to come out of retirement by blowing up his country estate. Once on the case however, the staunchly celibate super sleuth finds himself inundated with scantily clad double agents, bumbling accomplices, and a whole lot of high-tech tomfoolery. But with time running out and evil SMERSH leader Dr. Noah about to unleash armageddon, James must use every trick at his disposal in order to save the world without compromising his own newfound virginity. A snappy musical score by Burt Bacharach keeps things lighthearted while some outrageous set and costume designs—a mod mix of German expressionism and Laugh-In psychedelia—practically defines retro kitsch. It’s too bad time has deflated most of the jokes and the sight gags look as if they were inspired by Benny Hill including a supremely silly casino showdown between good guys and bad guys…and cowboys and Indians…and busty models and kilted Scotsmen…and Frankenstein…and trained seals. A cold war schtick doesn’t even come close to Dr. Strangelove while a cast of comedy mainstays, gorgeous leading ladies, and surprise celebrity cameos elicit little more than a smile and a nod—Woody Allen, playing Bond’s inept nephew Jimmy, ends up getting all the best lines anyway. A fluffy bit of nostalgia for those so inclined. As an aside, apparently a psychotic Peter Sellers hated co-star Orson Welles so much that he refused to act alongside him prompting the need for stand-ins and some clever editing.

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rslade
Jul 10, 2014

I recall it as being hilarious, but it hasn't aged well ...

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

This is one of the most bizarre and incomprehensible movies I've ever seen. Don't even try to follow the story, because this is "psychedelic cinema". There were a few times here and there where I actually laughed out loud, and there are some sequences in which Burt Bacharach's lush score and the colorful imagery swirl together in a very hypnotic way, but overall I just don't know what the hell is going on here.

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MadisonParkMilo
Feb 01, 2014

The goofiness alone throughout the entire movie is a classic. However, it eventually becomes Very Tiring! Anybody who is hooked on James Bond movies HAS to watch it in any case.

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jimg2000
Nov 14, 2013

A ground breaking spy spoof in psychedelic 60's fashion and sound. Goofy skits with lots of bells and whistles worthy of the James Bond legacy.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 11, 2013

Don't be mistaken, this is not the 2006 Daniel Craig Bond movie. This is an unofficial Bond adaptation; a clusterfrack of a movie, with numerous directors and writers and a huge cast, including Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Deborah Kehr, Orson Welles and David Niven. Fans of goofy, shagadelic 60s cinema will enjoy the trippy visuals and campy humor, while those with less patience for kitsch may find it irritating and uneven. A few drinks might help. The song "The Look of Love" is featured in it.

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sdelao
Jan 05, 2013

I LOVE Peter Sellers...he's so funny! Great Bond film! Recommend!

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stagxy
Dec 29, 2011

Great soundtrack, at least for we of a certain generation

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