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Casino Royale (1967) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Val Guest , Kenneth Hughes    Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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John Huston was only one of five directors on this expensive, all-star 1967 spoof of Ian Fleming's 007 lore. David Niven is the aging Sir James Bond, called out of retirement to take on the organized threat of SMERSH and pass on the secret-agent mantle to his idiot son (Woody Allen). An amazing cast (Orson Welles, Peter Sellers, Deborah Kerr, etc.) is wonderful to look at, but the film is not as funny as it should be, and the romping starts to look mannered after awhile. The musical score by Burt Bacharach, however, is a keeper. --Tom Keogh


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By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
VIDEO:

Casino Royale (1967) arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.34:1 encode. The bit rate was actually quite high at AVC 36 MBPS on a BD-50 disc. Consider the age of this movie, the picture actually looks very smooth and film-like. Black levels are excellent, especially in all the scenes in the casino with all the gentlemen in their tuxedos, or the Berlin sequences, with its many dark interiors. Detail is generally quite good, but the image is somewhat soft, which maybe due to the original design of the photography. (4/5)

AUDIO:

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless track sounds terrific. The beautiful music of Burt Bacharach floats in the air and never intrudes into the action of the movie. I still own the original motion picture soundtrack vinyl album, which was considered as an audiophile collector's item in the past. Of course, listening to Dusty Springfield's rendition of The Look Of Love is also worth the price of admission. This song, by Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics) was nominated for an Oscar as Best Original Song, but lost to the song Talk To The Animals from the movie Doctor Dolittle. (4/5)

MOVIE:

With gadgets, gaming and girls galore, this movie is a brilliant parody of - itself. The outstanding part of this movie is the casts, including David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Joanna Pettet, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Deborah Kerr, William Holden, Charles Boyer and John Huston.

TRIVIA:

It has a budget of $12 million, but grossed $41 million worldwide, which is considered outstanding at that time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Casino Royale [1967] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Aug. 11 2014
By Andrew C. Miller TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Casino Royale [1967] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] With gadgets, gaming and girls galore, this camp classic is not only the coolest of the spy films, but it's also a brilliant parody of - itself!

Will the real "James Bond" please stand up? When secret agency chief "M" [John Huston] is killed, James Bond [David Niven] is thrust out of spy retirement to help smash SMERSH, the band of hit men who are likely responsible. And to protect his real identity, Bond's name is given to numerous other agents, including Evelyn Tremble [Peter Sellers] and Bond's neurotic nephew, Jimmy [Woody Allen]. With five directors, a cast of Hollywood icons that also includes Ursula Andress, Charles Boyer, Peter O'Toole, Jacqueline Bisset and Orson Welles, a soundtrack by Burt Bacharach and a frisky, farcical script, Casino Royale is Bond. Psychedelic Bond.

FILM FACT: Burt Bacharach's musical score was praised, earning him an Academy Award nomination for the song "The Look of Love."

Cast: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Deborah Kerr, Barbara Bouchet, Jacqueline Bisset, John Huston, William Holden, Ronnie Corbett, Charles Boyer, Kurt Kasznar, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Angela Scoular, Elaine Taylor, Alexandra Bastedo, Anna Quayle, Derek Nimmo, Colin Gordon, Bernard Cribbins, Tracy Reed, John Bluthal, Geoffrey Bayldon, John Wells, Duncan Macrae, Graham Stark, Richard Wattis, Vladek Sheybal, Percy Herbert, Jeanne Roland and Daliah Lavi

Directors: John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Ken Hughes, Robert Parrish, Richard Talmadge (uncredited) and Val Guest

Producers: Charles K.
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Great movie! Sir James Bond played by David Niven is forced back into espionage after his hedonistic lifestyle is so rudely interrupted by a British army 81mm mortar team who proceeds to blow up his perfectly splendid castle. Bond prefers a life of luxury to the dangers of espionage but alas, it's back to the good old Walther PPK 7.65mm and the cloak and dagger for 007. As Dr. Michael Lim the Travelling Gourmet, I too appreciate the finer things in life. I think all fans of Bond do too. The music is remarkable. This is THE movie where that immortal and hauntingly seductive song, by Burt Bacharach, "The Look of Love" reaches deep into your libido and psyche, especially when you hear it for the very first time. My old friend, the late Derek Nimmo (of BBC's Just a Minute) fame is in this movie too as a would be Bond under the tutelage of Sir James himself. If you see the current Austin Powers movies you'll see where the scipt writers got many of their ideas from. Beautiful and seductively voluptuous women abound as in all 007 movies. In those days, men were men and women were not pale, anaemic anorexic skin and bone creatures but lovely, curvaceous and meaty damsels. Bring back the real women I say to Hollywood film makers! This spook spoof will put a smile on your lips and cheer you up no end. Certain scenes like when Sir James demonstrates how things should be done are really hilarious. Above all, the classic British ideal of stiff upper lip, always remain calm and unruffled no matter what, and carry on regardless...comes through all the antics, bombs, blondes and bullets. David Niven comes a very close second to Patrick Macnee (The Avengers) when it comes to playing cool, calm and collected English gentlemen. And so, what's next? As Austin Powers would say, "Yeah, Baby, Yeah!!!" By Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet ENJOY!
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice looking blu-ray for cultists
Though not a great movie, Casino Royale is still worth viewing for its many big names and several entertaining segments. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl
2.0 out of 5 stars Pas royale
Je ne me souvenais pas de ce film, je trouve qu'il a mal vieilli , beaucoup d'acteurs connus qui s'amuse à parodier les premiers films de James Bond.
Published 11 months ago by Leduc Pierre
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of dumb!
This movie was not really worth watching. Certainly wasn't your normal James Bond movie. Didn't even finish watching it. Can't reommend it.
Published 16 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Drôle...
Drôle!!!

Une histoire bizarroïde de James Bond!!!

Le VRAI James Bond est vieux et le MI6 a créé plein de James Bond!!! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Was a dud
it was not worth the time or definitely not worth the money. It was not even close to a Bond movie!
Published 18 months ago by Lorraine Wright
1.0 out of 5 stars It was not useful in PAL format
It was incompatable with my DVD player which only plays the NTSC format and unfortunatly the fact it was in PAL format was not clear in the description.
Published 19 months ago by Robert Armstrong
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst but also corniest.
This has got to be the worse movie I have sat through in a long time. It was so corny that it was actually funny in spots but still pretty bad. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Deb Bryan
2.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad and (well) Forget-it
I previously had this movie on DVD [2002 edition]. First thing I did notice was the packaging was different. Read more
Published on May 13 2012 by Gis A. Bun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great spoof !
This is a very entertaining spoof of the spy genre...it's a comedy ! Those that are looking for the "real" James Bond 007, look elsewhere.
Published on April 30 2012 by Asa Quon
1.0 out of 5 stars blu-ray will not play
I can't review this disc as it won't play in my only 16 month old Toshiba blu-ray player. Amazon was kind enough to send me a replacement disc but the second disc wouldn't play... Read more
Published on March 20 2012 by timmer
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