Casino Royale details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Peter Sellers, William Holden, Daliah Lavi, Woody Allen, Joanna Pettet, Ursula Andress, John Huston, David Niven|
|Directors:||Val Guest, John Huston, Ken Hughes, Val Guest|
|Run time:||2 hours 5 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Oct 2012|
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proto-Powers for a cold war generationBy nicola6 from Cambridgeshire , 11 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Mike Myers may have produced a more polished Bond spoof, and one that actually makes some narrative sense, but he didn't have Peter Sellers, did he? Or Orson Welles, Bernard Cribbins and Ursula Andress come to think of it.
With a plot that seems to have emerged from a long and drunken game of 'consequences', "Casino Royale" isn't the easiest movie to follow. But multiple dream sequences involving lady bagpipers are no bad thing, and the ending is everything that "Dr Strangelove" wasn't. Bonkers. But good bonkers.
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Dated but amusing in placesBy Bassman71 (696 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 11 Sep 2013Late Sixties James Bond spoof which has its funny moments amongst the stiff upper lip, psychedelic weirdness, hippy chick vibe and far out man visuals. It took me a while to get into the film as I found the humour very dated and its not until about half way through that it finds its feet. It is very tongue in cheek and doesnt take itself too seriously in the process although the last twenty minutes is all over the place. Big cast with Sellars, Niven and Allen in fine form, good support from the lovely Joanna Pettet and plenty of cameos to make it interesting although the music gets a bit annoying. Its certainly a very influential film which spawned Austin Powers and Mel Brookes definitely had a few nods to it in his work.
Four directors, three too manyBy rolandjeffery (5 reviews) from London, UK , 23 Jan 2013A portmanteau film by four directors needs a strong theme and solid plot if it's to hold together. This doesn't have either. Just Bond gimmicks of treacherous women and gizmos. Everybody who was anybody seems to be in it - with cameos performances for which they were presumably paid well. Peter Sellers brought a smile to my face but that was not enough to redeem an overlong, repetitive and silly film.
Dreadful 'comedy'By Chrisaljack (415 reviews) from Hellingly , 03 Nov 2012I remembered this from fifty years ago as being quite funny, but tastes have obviously changed dramatically as my re-watch was a huge disappointment. The acting (despite the film's stellar cast!) is dreadfully hammy and the script awful. Only Burt Bacharach's superb score kept me watching - but I wish I hadn't bothered!!!
The high rating is just for BurtBy Harveyadam (4 reviews) , 26 Oct 2012There's only one highlight of this bloated, unfunny James Bond spoof and that's Burt Bacharach's wonderful score. I recommend you buy the soundtrack album and save yourself a couple of hours
Casino Royale - a so called spoof version.By Diogenes (19 reviews) from Sussex , 04 Sep 2011This is a complete load of rubbish and not worth watching, even for the presence of Sellers. It's a typical bit of the weakest kind of anarchic, trying to be sophisticated, stuff that Britain produced in the 1960s. We could do zany things well then - as in the excellent Avengers, which George Melly once refered to as stylish and poetic, but this is not in that class. I recently rented Neil Simon's very funny spoof on the detectives of fiction in Murder is Death. Now that is spoof at its true and intelligent best and worthy of a Sellers appearance. Go rent that and you will end up with aching sides at the end of the viewing, with this one you may not even be awake.