Friday, July 17, 2015

Casino Royale (1967)

Director(s): Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Richard Talmadge. Cast: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Woody Allen, Orson Welles, William Holden, John Huston, Deborah Kerr, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jacqueline Bisset. 131 min. UK/USA. Comedy/Action.

It's inherently cruel to write bad reviews for 50-year-old films; you're not living in the time, so you don't know the circumstances of the movie's era. But this movie was horrible. Carrying the name of Ian Fleming's first James Bond title and containing an incredible ensemble of comedic talent, it must have been innovative as the first Bond spoof of numerous to come (actually, Austin Powers is a remake of this). But it was made by five directors (it shows), and includes six characters named James Bond. Okay, Woody Allen was funny. Meanwhile, I fast-forwarded the entire last scene.

Trivia: David Prowse, the actor who embodied Darth Vader, plays the Frankenstein monster here. Yeah ... that bad.

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