Photo by MGM
In April 14 1967, was released one classic movie of all time, ‘Casino Royale’. The movie is about James Bond being called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH, after the death of M, Sir. In order to trick SMERSH and Le Chiffre, Bond thinks up the ultimate plan. That every agent will be named James Bond. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of baccarat, but all the Bonds get more than they can handle.
Stars: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress
Director: Ken Hughes, John Huston
To celebrate the 50th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- Peter Sellers and Orson Welles hated each other so much that the filming of the scene where both of them face each other across a gaming table actually took place on different days with a double standing in for the other actor.
- In 1999 MGM paid Sony $10 million for the rights to this film.
- The scenes with Woody Allen were shot in London. Producers delayed his final day of shooting so many times that out of frustration Allen left the set, went directly to Heathrow Airport and flew back to New York City without changing out of his costume.
- Although the conflict between Peter Sellers and Orson Welles has become legendary, it was reportedly Sellers who suggested Welles for the role of Le Chiffre.
- Among the many inside jokes in the movie is Stirling Moss’ cameo as a man who is instructed to “follow that car” and runs after it on foot. Moss is one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.
- Apparently, when the majority of the stars were cast, most of them were not aware when they signed on that this was a comedy-spoof and not a straight James Bond movie.
- This movie was aired for the first time in Guatemala on the night of 3 February 1976, only hours before the devastating earthquake that rattled the country and killed thousands. The movie is known in Guatemala as “The Movie of the Night Before the Earthquake”.
- Orson Welles attributed the success of the film to a marketing strategy that featured a naked tattooed lady on the film’s posters and print ads.
- Peter Sellers often caused interruptions by leaving the set for days at a time.
- In his first scene David Niven is seen bouncing up and down in a chair whose seat is fixed to what appear to be accordion bellows. This is a “chamber horse”, a home exercise machine that was popular in 18th-century Britain.
- Woody Allen called the production “a madhouse”. To this day, he regrets taking part in the film.
- Capucine, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor and Shirley MacLaine turned down the role of Vesper Lynd.
- Stanley Baker, Laurence Harvey, William Holden and Peter O’Toole were considered for James Bond.