Joanna Pettet ended up portraying the sexy daughter, Mata Bond. Whatever the system, Casino Royale certainly has the largest of any cast of beautiful women. Three famous Bond girls. Perhaps the biggest problem behind the scenes was Peter Sellers.

Sellers marriage was on the rocks and he was chasing after her every weekend in order to save it. He refused to listen to any production assistant who was in-charge of getting him to the set and reportedly was late to the set daily or would not arrive at all.

Sellers ego would be his Achilles heel, he would really be annoyed if people did not pay attention to his needs as an actor. On one occasion, Leo Jaffe, the executive vice president of Columbia, visited the set and made a mistake by thinking Woody Allen was Peter Sellers.

Reportedly ignoring Sellers. Welles, who played the part of Le Chiffre, gave a sarcastic comment to Sellers concerning his tardiness and causing the film to go over budget.

This made Sellers so irate that he insisted that his scenes with Welles be done with a stand-in. Because of this on-set rivalry only one shot is shown during the entire scene with both Sellers and Welles in the same frame.

Sellers eventually lashed out against his long time friend Joseph McGrath and literally disappeared for weeks forcing the production to come to a halt.

According to Val Guest, Feldman was furious and decided to terminate Sellers contract, firing him from the picture.

Then he put plan two into operation and began rewrites and building of newer sets at Pinewood Studios and Elstree Studios. Richard Lester was also asked to join but turn down the offer because he was friends with both Sellers and McGrath.

The film would now be directed in four parts "Our concept for this film includes not only multiple stars, but also multiple directors," said Feldman in the March 2, edition of Variety.

The situation was too much for McGrath. He left the unfinished film after he completed his contractual agreement. Sellers eventually came back to film other scenes, but kept calling his friend McGrath and begging him to return.

Charlie will give you a Rolls Royce if you come back. He gave me one! McGrath did not. John Huston was fresh off of finishing the epic film The Bible before he was invited to direct a sequence of Royale.

He was asked how did he get from King James to Ian Fleming? Feldman then offered Huston a painting if he would play the part, so he did, bald and with a Guards mustache.

However, he preferred to be paid not by a painting but by a Greek bronze head, which he recently fallen for. Ironically, it turned out to be worthless.

John Huston directing a scene at M's castle and Deborah Kerr as a converted double agent. Actress Deborah Kerr found herself in Royale by accident. She dropped by to visit her friend, John Huston, and was given a choice guest part that grew from ten days into two months of work.

Her part became so outrageous that in the end she had converted to being a Catholic nun. Harris, one of the many unsung heroes behind-the-scenes, added that Ursula Andress, who plays Vesper Lynd, was excited about a circus scene where she would be riding atop an elephant.

She had Harris create a shocking pink Elephant Boy outfit with pink-blue feathers. Peter Sellers changed the scene where he and Ursula Andress are riding an elephant and made it into a dream sequence with kilted Highlanders.

The Elephant Boy costume can be seen worn by Ursula in the spy control room. Unfortunately, Peter Sellers had one of his nightly prophetical dreams where his mother was saying not to do the scene because it was dangerous.

So the circus scene went away and kilted Highlanders was born. Ursula was so upset that Feldman created another scene where she could wear the Elephant Boy outfit while prancing around her spy control room with David Niven.

An expensive solution, but one must feel sorry for the elephant owner when he arrived with his five-toed pachyderm at the Shepperton Studio gates, only to be told from a disgruntled security guard that he was at the wrong studio.

Director Robert Parrish replaced McGrath and was perplexed when he was greeted with a huge, bare, white, cylindrical set. But then Peter came up with his dream sequence and those damn pipers.

Feldman paid him a case of champagne for his brief cameo role. Director Val Guest said in a Scarlet Street interview, "I went on under contract for eight weeks, and I was still under contract nine months later.

Feldman was a madman. There were days when you could hug him, and then other days when you could throttle him!

Guest was in charge of directing the scenes with Woody Allen as the evil Dr. Allen was quoted as saying he would have to leave in the middle of a sentence if this film went on much longer.

By the time he actually started work he was on overtime. Then this stuff was never heard from again, in any form whatever. Allen demanded a signed confession from Feldman that he, Woody, did none of the writing, although he tried.

Take good care of old Ken, Feldman said. Noah's island hideout from this deleted scene. Legendary stuntman and director Richard Talmadge, was in charge of the second unit.

His contribution to the film is the final chaotic battle scene inside Casino Royale. The entire scene took six weeks to film and featured actors and extras. Insurance firm, Lloyds of London, was so worried about this scene that they suspended the insurance during this portion of the film.

The main reason was due to Talmadge, who had directed the train wreak scene in How the West Was Won , when one of the stuntmen was crushed under fallen timber. He suffered a heart attack during the production, which he blamed on Sellers.

Everyday a new crises with people who have reached a certain point, good or bad, in their careers. Stars are no real insurance for the success of a picture, you know, except possible for the performance they give.

In my grave. Columbia Pictures announced that Casino Royale would open no sooner than Christmas Any form of a competing Bond film would spell disaster at the box office.

Three more deleted scenes - Top: Vesper is found dead on top of the roulette table. Right: Moneypenny evades Dr. Noah's guards by disguising herself in a wetsuit and fake duck homage to Goldfinger's pre-credit segment.

Noah's psychedelic maze. By early January, John Huston walked away from the film with scenes still not filmed. He told a surprised Val Guest that he would be shooting his remaining scenes.

Guest was now left alone to finish the monstrosity. For his dedicated commitment, Feldman offered an additional credit in the form of Coordinating Director. Guest barked, "This is coordinated?

Heavy publicity followed in the months leading up to the premiere. Movie theaters hung huge posters depicting the actors and a nude, tattooed covered lady.

Terrence Cooper and Barbara Bouchet work overtime to save the free world. With all the negative morale during the production, Feldman was convinced he had a sure winner and proceeded to prove to the world that his film was the ultimate crowd pleaser.

He unveiled a 62' x ' sign of the classic tattooed lady and served Hebrew National hot dogs and champagne. Also in attendance was 60's pop icon Twiggy, shown viewing the trailer to Casino Royale.

Unfortunately, Feldman was unable to complete the film in time for the festival. Legend has it that the film almost did not make it to its April 13, premiere at the London Odeon Leicester Square theater.

Apparently a final cut was being prepared inside the projection room. The U. According to the report, several thousand persons were denied admission to a 4am screening of Casino Royale. The theater manager, John P.

Sullivan, decided to run the movie two hours earlier because the crowd, mainly youths, had grown to an estimated 15, Before order was restored three hours later, some 30 persons had been injured, several stores looted and cars smashed.

Fifteen persons were arrested on charges ranging from drunkenness to unlawful assembly. As policemen converged on the mob outside, the capacity crowd inside the theater also became unruly.

They were fighting in the aisles every time someone left his seat," Dubrawsky said. I never dreamed that this situation would have resulted.

To this date, debate continues whether Feldman's film actually did damage to future Bond films. There is no doubt that the 60s spy craze was fading and underground films such as Easy Rider and Billy Jack were becoming popular.

Bond films such as 's Live and Let Die were still attracting audiences, but not as good compared to Goldfinger or Thunderball a decade earlier.

For it would not be until 's Moonraker when Bond would break new U. By the late s the LP record could fetch up to several hundred dollars.

The reason behind this was the way the recording studio processed the record. By increasing the volume to near over-modulation, the sound gave most stereo sound systems a run-for-its-money. On May 25, , Charles K.

Feldman died of cancer. Unfortunately it would not be a rating blockbuster the network was hoping. The film would eventually fall into syndicated broadcast oblivion for the next two decades.

To Bond fans worldwide the version was a confusing mess. However, in the Director of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Robert von Dassanowsky, wrote a very compelling article on the artistic values of Casino Royale.

For years after , the film rights to Casino Royale hanged in limbo. One question was asked about the fate of Casino Royale and whether Eon owned the rights. It's a very heavy story in a way.

To fall in love with a woman who is a double agent and be completely misled after all Bond has been through with her is tough.

Then have her commit suicide and have Bond feel good about it - that's kind of a heavy film. Wilson shared the forum with Bond fan and future writer of the official novels, Raymond Benson.

Anyway, Glidrose paid me and then they submitted the play to a British theatrical agent. She recommended that the play not be produced. The films had Bond in a monopoly and there was no way a play could compete.

I disagreed, but it was their property. A claim that could yield McClory and Sony millions, if not billions, and the control of the cinematic rights to James Bond.

The thought of undermining the series away from the Broccoli family, who has made it successful for over 35 years, was pathetic in the minds of fans all over the world.

Faced with a negative ruling from a Los Angeles judge, Sony decided to drop the suit and settle out of court which in turn gave MGM the distribution rights of Casino Royale.

Now Eon Productions had control of all the Bond theatrical titles. Their entire library of the best loved musicals, comedies and dramas would now be controlled by the rival studio.

The fate of the James Bond franchise was in question and delayed the start of Bond 21 until Fans could not have been happier except that there was no mention if Pierce Brosnan, the current actor to play OO7, would return.

Other actors such as Dougray Scott, Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, Clive Owen and Eric Bana were potential contenders for the role but on October 14, , the world was in for a bigger surprise than expected.

Arriving in a military speed boat, actor Daniel Craig click here for video , the sixth official actor to play OO7, made his grand entrance in front of the world press. Craig would later reveal that he was not interested in the part but was persuaded by producer Barbara Broccoli to reconsider.

After several months and a revised script by Paul Haggis, Craig was more than satisfied. According to Premiere magazine November issue , while in Baltimore, Maryland working on his latest film with Nicole Kidman called The Invasion , Craig was picking up laundry detergent in the Whole Foods Market aisle when his cell phone rang.

On the other end, and literally on the other side of the Atlantic, was Barbara Broccoli. He obviously did not need to shake it, he already was himself.

He gave his mother a call to tell her the news and to keep it quiet until after the press conference. Unfortunately, one tabloid reporter called his mother and said, "The news has broken.

What do you think about your son becoming the new OO7? A cheap trick that anyone would have fallen for it. Unfortunately, the Royale curse continued and now had Craig in its grasp.

He looks more like a villain than a hero. On the website Absolutely James Bond one disgruntled fan said: "My god, don't the producers have any brains?

Craig is not Bond material. Bond must be tall, dark and handsome. Or at least two of the three, and he isn't even one! Perhaps the biggest news was not Daniel Craig but the website danielcraigisnotbond.

A site endorsed by approximately 50 disappointed fans who feel that Pierce Brosnan is the only actor who can play Bond. This immediately attracted the attention of the press and before the cameras began rolling, Craig was the most unwelcome Bond actor since the early days of George Lazenby.

Negative rumors continued to flood the Internet on a day-to-day basis. Anything from Daniel Craig being unable to drive a car with a clutch, to having his front teeth knocked out during a staged fight scene.

Both stories are untrue. Craig, being raised in England, obviously can drive a clutch and the teeth incident was merely a capped tooth that had come unglued.

The headlines obviously disturbed Craig, but the results were more positive. He approached the role more serious and more determine than any other role he had played. He worked closely with the script and suggested that a scene with a suicide bomber be dropped because the people who do that for real are divided on religious and political grounds.

Daniel Craig becomes the sixth actor to play OO7. As the months rolled on however, photos and news clips would leak onto the Internet showing a very buff and muscular Daniel Craig, who would spend three hours a night working out in the gym.

By late-summer the majority of fans and non-fans were beginning to warm up to Daniel Craig as OO7 as the official trailer made its way onto the Internet.

The trailer began in gritty black and white as a young Bond earns his OO agent status. The rest of the trailer is in color and sets up the story in modern times as Le Chiffre is the big investment banker for the world's terrorists.

Bond, with the aid of Vesper, must defeat Le Chiffre in a winner-take-all poker game at Casino Royale. By the end of the trailer, the majority of Bond fans world-wide were completely satisfied.

Still some fans however have voiced their concerns about the grittiness of the film and whether it will be too much compared to the rest of the series. Mads Mikkelson said to Premiere magazine, "We're talking grittiness compared to the other Bond films.

That's what we're talking, of course we're not talking gritty gritty. That would be a no-go. The task is to bring this magical universe — it's still a fairy tale, he's still Superman, I'm still the baddie — into That's the kind of grittiness we're talking about.

Unfortunately when one gambles long enough lady luck is sure to turn, on July 30, , Pinewood Studios largest stage, The Albert R. Broccoli OO7 Stage, burned to the ground click here for video.

Inside the stage was the remains of a Venetian set. Fortunately the crew had finished filming and production staff were in the process of dismantling the set. This is the second time this stage burned down.

The first time was in during production of Legend. Fortunately, no one was hurt in either accident. The song was met with mediocre results since it lacked a Bondian tune.

However, by mid-October a newer version showed up at Cornell's website with full orchestration. The results were better than the initial release and set the tone for the November 17th premiere.

Co-Producer Barbara Broccoli sums up the main reason why Eon finally filmed Casino Royale , "It was always an ambition of theirs Cubby and Harry Saltzman to be able to make this story but, sadly, they were never able to.

So, when it finally became available to us, we leapt at the chance. I like to think that I'm doing this for my Dad. However, this film is more about how James Bond became the agent we all know and love than simply about his relationship with Bond-girl Vesper Lynd.

On the other hand, the Feldman version is the opposite. It depicts an aging Sir James Bond, forced out of retirement to fight his greatest nemesis - his nephew.

Only to be blown up with the rest of the world in the final moments of the climatic battle. This will no doubt reverberate from the silver screen at the end of Casino Royale when the words 'James Bond Will Return'.

Open Daily All Rights Reserved. Writers: Charles Bennett adaptation Anthony Ellis adaptation more. TV Series: "Climax! Genre: Drama more. Plot Synopsis: This plot synopsis is empty.

Add a synopsis. User Comments: Jim Bond, old-time American-style more. Barry Nelson Valerie Mathis Jean Del Val Zoltan Peter Lorre Host Michael Pate Clarence Leiter Gene Roth Basil more.

Parents Guide: Add content advisory for parents. Country: USA. Language: English. Color: Black and White. Sound Mix: Mono. Company: CBS Television more. Trivia: The only James Bond movie which is scoreless and without a soundtrack.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: A prop gun went off accidentally right at the beginning of the show. Four shots are heard but only three gunshot markings are seen on the casino building.

Quotes: James Bond : [ James Bond in bathtub. Zuroff is tying rope on him. Look Mr Bond, as you should know by now I I'm quite without mercy and if you continue to be that obstinate, I I'll have to torture - - - you'll be tortured to the edge of madness.

Believe me. You have no hope whatsoever. You hear. Let's enter a dim, bygone alternate universe where James Bond was an American agent, strolling through a low-budget TV production adaptation of the Ian Fleming novel.

Age 29, he was the youngest actor to play the character and he is the only Bond to received a Golden Globe nomination.

Roger Moore is the longest running James Bond, having spent 12 years making seven films in the famous franchise.

He took over from Sean Connery in and made his debut in Live and Let Die and retired from the role in He was expected to continue the role but after a five year gap between making his two films, he officially left in Daniel Craig became the sixth actor to win the role of James Bond in and his debut was in Casino Royale.

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Reportedly ignoring Sellers. Welles, who played the part of Le Chiffre, gave a sarcastic comment to Sellers concerning his tardiness and causing the film to go over budget.

This made Sellers so irate that he insisted that his scenes with Welles be done with a stand-in. Because of this on-set rivalry only one shot is shown during the entire scene with both Sellers and Welles in the same frame.

Sellers eventually lashed out against his long time friend Joseph McGrath and literally disappeared for weeks forcing the production to come to a halt. According to Val Guest, Feldman was furious and decided to terminate Sellers contract, firing him from the picture.

Then he put plan two into operation and began rewrites and building of newer sets at Pinewood Studios and Elstree Studios. Richard Lester was also asked to join but turn down the offer because he was friends with both Sellers and McGrath.

The film would now be directed in four parts "Our concept for this film includes not only multiple stars, but also multiple directors," said Feldman in the March 2, edition of Variety.

The situation was too much for McGrath. He left the unfinished film after he completed his contractual agreement. Sellers eventually came back to film other scenes, but kept calling his friend McGrath and begging him to return.

Charlie will give you a Rolls Royce if you come back. He gave me one! McGrath did not. John Huston was fresh off of finishing the epic film The Bible before he was invited to direct a sequence of Royale.

He was asked how did he get from King James to Ian Fleming? Feldman then offered Huston a painting if he would play the part, so he did, bald and with a Guards mustache. However, he preferred to be paid not by a painting but by a Greek bronze head, which he recently fallen for.

Ironically, it turned out to be worthless. John Huston directing a scene at M's castle and Deborah Kerr as a converted double agent. Actress Deborah Kerr found herself in Royale by accident. She dropped by to visit her friend, John Huston, and was given a choice guest part that grew from ten days into two months of work.

Her part became so outrageous that in the end she had converted to being a Catholic nun. Harris, one of the many unsung heroes behind-the-scenes, added that Ursula Andress, who plays Vesper Lynd, was excited about a circus scene where she would be riding atop an elephant.

She had Harris create a shocking pink Elephant Boy outfit with pink-blue feathers. Peter Sellers changed the scene where he and Ursula Andress are riding an elephant and made it into a dream sequence with kilted Highlanders.

The Elephant Boy costume can be seen worn by Ursula in the spy control room. Unfortunately, Peter Sellers had one of his nightly prophetical dreams where his mother was saying not to do the scene because it was dangerous.

So the circus scene went away and kilted Highlanders was born. Ursula was so upset that Feldman created another scene where she could wear the Elephant Boy outfit while prancing around her spy control room with David Niven.

An expensive solution, but one must feel sorry for the elephant owner when he arrived with his five-toed pachyderm at the Shepperton Studio gates, only to be told from a disgruntled security guard that he was at the wrong studio.

Director Robert Parrish replaced McGrath and was perplexed when he was greeted with a huge, bare, white, cylindrical set. But then Peter came up with his dream sequence and those damn pipers.

Feldman paid him a case of champagne for his brief cameo role. Director Val Guest said in a Scarlet Street interview, "I went on under contract for eight weeks, and I was still under contract nine months later.

Feldman was a madman. There were days when you could hug him, and then other days when you could throttle him!

Guest was in charge of directing the scenes with Woody Allen as the evil Dr. Allen was quoted as saying he would have to leave in the middle of a sentence if this film went on much longer.

By the time he actually started work he was on overtime. Then this stuff was never heard from again, in any form whatever. Allen demanded a signed confession from Feldman that he, Woody, did none of the writing, although he tried.

Take good care of old Ken, Feldman said. Noah's island hideout from this deleted scene. Legendary stuntman and director Richard Talmadge, was in charge of the second unit. His contribution to the film is the final chaotic battle scene inside Casino Royale.

The entire scene took six weeks to film and featured actors and extras. Insurance firm, Lloyds of London, was so worried about this scene that they suspended the insurance during this portion of the film.

The main reason was due to Talmadge, who had directed the train wreak scene in How the West Was Won , when one of the stuntmen was crushed under fallen timber. He suffered a heart attack during the production, which he blamed on Sellers.

Everyday a new crises with people who have reached a certain point, good or bad, in their careers. Stars are no real insurance for the success of a picture, you know, except possible for the performance they give.

In my grave. Columbia Pictures announced that Casino Royale would open no sooner than Christmas Any form of a competing Bond film would spell disaster at the box office.

Three more deleted scenes - Top: Vesper is found dead on top of the roulette table. Right: Moneypenny evades Dr.

Noah's guards by disguising herself in a wetsuit and fake duck homage to Goldfinger's pre-credit segment. Noah's psychedelic maze.

By early January, John Huston walked away from the film with scenes still not filmed. He told a surprised Val Guest that he would be shooting his remaining scenes.

Guest was now left alone to finish the monstrosity. For his dedicated commitment, Feldman offered an additional credit in the form of Coordinating Director.

Guest barked, "This is coordinated? Heavy publicity followed in the months leading up to the premiere. Movie theaters hung huge posters depicting the actors and a nude, tattooed covered lady. Terrence Cooper and Barbara Bouchet work overtime to save the free world.

With all the negative morale during the production, Feldman was convinced he had a sure winner and proceeded to prove to the world that his film was the ultimate crowd pleaser. He unveiled a 62' x ' sign of the classic tattooed lady and served Hebrew National hot dogs and champagne.

Also in attendance was 60's pop icon Twiggy, shown viewing the trailer to Casino Royale. Unfortunately, Feldman was unable to complete the film in time for the festival. Legend has it that the film almost did not make it to its April 13, premiere at the London Odeon Leicester Square theater.

Apparently a final cut was being prepared inside the projection room. The U. According to the report, several thousand persons were denied admission to a 4am screening of Casino Royale.

The theater manager, John P. Sullivan, decided to run the movie two hours earlier because the crowd, mainly youths, had grown to an estimated 15, Before order was restored three hours later, some 30 persons had been injured, several stores looted and cars smashed.

Fifteen persons were arrested on charges ranging from drunkenness to unlawful assembly. As policemen converged on the mob outside, the capacity crowd inside the theater also became unruly.

They were fighting in the aisles every time someone left his seat," Dubrawsky said. I never dreamed that this situation would have resulted.

To this date, debate continues whether Feldman's film actually did damage to future Bond films. There is no doubt that the 60s spy craze was fading and underground films such as Easy Rider and Billy Jack were becoming popular.

Bond films such as 's Live and Let Die were still attracting audiences, but not as good compared to Goldfinger or Thunderball a decade earlier. For it would not be until 's Moonraker when Bond would break new U.

By the late s the LP record could fetch up to several hundred dollars. The reason behind this was the way the recording studio processed the record. By increasing the volume to near over-modulation, the sound gave most stereo sound systems a run-for-its-money.

On May 25, , Charles K. Feldman died of cancer. Unfortunately it would not be a rating blockbuster the network was hoping.

The film would eventually fall into syndicated broadcast oblivion for the next two decades. To Bond fans worldwide the version was a confusing mess. However, in the Director of Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Robert von Dassanowsky, wrote a very compelling article on the artistic values of Casino Royale.

For years after , the film rights to Casino Royale hanged in limbo. One question was asked about the fate of Casino Royale and whether Eon owned the rights.

It's a very heavy story in a way. To fall in love with a woman who is a double agent and be completely misled after all Bond has been through with her is tough.

Then have her commit suicide and have Bond feel good about it - that's kind of a heavy film. Wilson shared the forum with Bond fan and future writer of the official novels, Raymond Benson. Anyway, Glidrose paid me and then they submitted the play to a British theatrical agent.

She recommended that the play not be produced. The films had Bond in a monopoly and there was no way a play could compete. I disagreed, but it was their property.

A claim that could yield McClory and Sony millions, if not billions, and the control of the cinematic rights to James Bond.

The thought of undermining the series away from the Broccoli family, who has made it successful for over 35 years, was pathetic in the minds of fans all over the world.

Faced with a negative ruling from a Los Angeles judge, Sony decided to drop the suit and settle out of court which in turn gave MGM the distribution rights of Casino Royale.

Now Eon Productions had control of all the Bond theatrical titles. Their entire library of the best loved musicals, comedies and dramas would now be controlled by the rival studio.

The fate of the James Bond franchise was in question and delayed the start of Bond 21 until Fans could not have been happier except that there was no mention if Pierce Brosnan, the current actor to play OO7, would return.

Other actors such as Dougray Scott, Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, Clive Owen and Eric Bana were potential contenders for the role but on October 14, , the world was in for a bigger surprise than expected.

Arriving in a military speed boat, actor Daniel Craig click here for video , the sixth official actor to play OO7, made his grand entrance in front of the world press.

Craig would later reveal that he was not interested in the part but was persuaded by producer Barbara Broccoli to reconsider.

After several months and a revised script by Paul Haggis, Craig was more than satisfied. According to Premiere magazine November issue , while in Baltimore, Maryland working on his latest film with Nicole Kidman called The Invasion , Craig was picking up laundry detergent in the Whole Foods Market aisle when his cell phone rang.

On the other end, and literally on the other side of the Atlantic, was Barbara Broccoli. He obviously did not need to shake it, he already was himself. He gave his mother a call to tell her the news and to keep it quiet until after the press conference.

Unfortunately, one tabloid reporter called his mother and said, "The news has broken. What do you think about your son becoming the new OO7?

A cheap trick that anyone would have fallen for it. Unfortunately, the Royale curse continued and now had Craig in its grasp. He looks more like a villain than a hero. On the website Absolutely James Bond one disgruntled fan said: "My god, don't the producers have any brains?

Craig is not Bond material. Bond must be tall, dark and handsome. Or at least two of the three, and he isn't even one! Perhaps the biggest news was not Daniel Craig but the website danielcraigisnotbond.

A site endorsed by approximately 50 disappointed fans who feel that Pierce Brosnan is the only actor who can play Bond. This immediately attracted the attention of the press and before the cameras began rolling, Craig was the most unwelcome Bond actor since the early days of George Lazenby.

Negative rumors continued to flood the Internet on a day-to-day basis. Anything from Daniel Craig being unable to drive a car with a clutch, to having his front teeth knocked out during a staged fight scene.

Both stories are untrue. Craig, being raised in England, obviously can drive a clutch and the teeth incident was merely a capped tooth that had come unglued.

The headlines obviously disturbed Craig, but the results were more positive. He approached the role more serious and more determine than any other role he had played.

He worked closely with the script and suggested that a scene with a suicide bomber be dropped because the people who do that for real are divided on religious and political grounds. Daniel Craig becomes the sixth actor to play OO7.

As the months rolled on however, photos and news clips would leak onto the Internet showing a very buff and muscular Daniel Craig, who would spend three hours a night working out in the gym. By late-summer the majority of fans and non-fans were beginning to warm up to Daniel Craig as OO7 as the official trailer made its way onto the Internet.

The trailer began in gritty black and white as a young Bond earns his OO agent status. The rest of the trailer is in color and sets up the story in modern times as Le Chiffre is the big investment banker for the world's terrorists.

Bond, with the aid of Vesper, must defeat Le Chiffre in a winner-take-all poker game at Casino Royale. By the end of the trailer, the majority of Bond fans world-wide were completely satisfied.

Still some fans however have voiced their concerns about the grittiness of the film and whether it will be too much compared to the rest of the series.

Mads Mikkelson said to Premiere magazine, "We're talking grittiness compared to the other Bond films. That's what we're talking, of course we're not talking gritty gritty.

That would be a no-go. The task is to bring this magical universe — it's still a fairy tale, he's still Superman, I'm still the baddie — into That's the kind of grittiness we're talking about.

Unfortunately when one gambles long enough lady luck is sure to turn, on July 30, , Pinewood Studios largest stage, The Albert R.

Broccoli OO7 Stage, burned to the ground click here for video. Inside the stage was the remains of a Venetian set. Fortunately the crew had finished filming and production staff were in the process of dismantling the set.

This is the second time this stage burned down. The first time was in during production of Legend. Fortunately, no one was hurt in either accident.

The song was met with mediocre results since it lacked a Bondian tune. However, by mid-October a newer version showed up at Cornell's website with full orchestration.

The results were better than the initial release and set the tone for the November 17th premiere. Co-Producer Barbara Broccoli sums up the main reason why Eon finally filmed Casino Royale , "It was always an ambition of theirs Cubby and Harry Saltzman to be able to make this story but, sadly, they were never able to.

So, when it finally became available to us, we leapt at the chance. I like to think that I'm doing this for my Dad. However, this film is more about how James Bond became the agent we all know and love than simply about his relationship with Bond-girl Vesper Lynd.

On the other hand, the Feldman version is the opposite. It depicts an aging Sir James Bond, forced out of retirement to fight his greatest nemesis - his nephew.

Only to be blown up with the rest of the world in the final moments of the climatic battle. This will no doubt reverberate from the silver screen at the end of Casino Royale when the words 'James Bond Will Return'.

Open Daily All Rights Reserved. Writers: Charles Bennett adaptation Anthony Ellis adaptation more. TV Series: "Climax! Genre: Drama more. Plot Synopsis: This plot synopsis is empty.

Add a synopsis. User Comments: Jim Bond, old-time American-style more. Barry Nelson Valerie Mathis Jean Del Val Zoltan Peter Lorre Host Michael Pate Clarence Leiter Gene Roth Basil more.

Parents Guide: Add content advisory for parents. Country: USA. Language: English. Color: Black and White. Sound Mix: Mono. Company: CBS Television more. Trivia: The only James Bond movie which is scoreless and without a soundtrack.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: A prop gun went off accidentally right at the beginning of the show. Four shots are heard but only three gunshot markings are seen on the casino building.

Quotes: James Bond : [ James Bond in bathtub. Zuroff is tying rope on him. Look Mr Bond, as you should know by now I I'm quite without mercy and if you continue to be that obstinate, I I'll have to torture - - - you'll be tortured to the edge of madness.

Believe me. You have no hope whatsoever. You hear. Let's enter a dim, bygone alternate universe where James Bond was an American agent, strolling through a low-budget TV production adaptation of the Ian Fleming novel.

In footage nearly lost, reflected in the muddy black-and-white presentation, we witness an historic first - the first TV or film incarnation of James Bond.

Yep, we've definitely entered a Twilight Zone-type warped version of the Bond mythology. It's typical, however, of the limitations of the live television format from the fifties: two or three different small sets rooms are used for the entire show; the action is slow, driven mainly by dialog, and it has the feel of a stage play, in three acts.

What brief fight scenes there are, towards the end, are somewhat crude and awkward, not surprising since it is a live broadcast. The script follows Fleming's premise: Bond's mission is basically to outplay the main villain at cards baccarat, in this case and take his money; this remained the major plot point of the new film version in Filmmakers always seem to despair when given the task of making a card game exciting on film, but the potential is there - "The Cincinnati Kid" 65 is a good example and the version of "Casino Royale" also did a good job.

Here, though a static game of cards seemed suitable for a TV episode, the solution was to make the scenes as short as possible. Bond Nelson gains the upper hand over Le Chiffre Lorre after only a couple of hands in the 2nd act and it's all over.

In , Barry Nielsen played Bond in the series called Climax! Sean Connery and Roger Moore have both played James Bond seven times — a number which is yet to be beaten by any other Bond actor.

He first appeared in Dr No, which became an instant success and led to more Ian Fleming novels from the series being adapted. Age 29, he was the youngest actor to play the character and he is the only Bond to received a Golden Globe nomination.

Roger Moore is the longest running James Bond, having spent 12 years making seven films in the famous franchise. He took over from Sean Connery in and made his debut in Live and Let Die and retired from the role in He was expected to continue the role but after a five year gap between making his two films, he officially left in

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Retrieved 28 May With 7 movies, he currently holds the record for playing James Bond the most times in the official EON series he would be tied for 1st place with Sean Connery if Never Say Never Again was counted as official. Keep those Bond movies coming. American Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom. Second would be Daniel Craig, who after a long search by the movie industry to find a replacement found him. Talk of the Town. See the Bond Brand shoot upwards once again. Macintyre, Ben Hi, this is a great post!

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Who played the first bond Entertainment Networks, Inc. Sietse on 7 November at Fandom Mi6-HQ. They are both smart and good in acting…. Archived from the original on 28 October Ian Fleming 's James Bond.

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Thanks Reply. Who played the first bond Radio 4. Ajit continue reading 28 December at In Yeffeth Roger Moore played in seven movies, and went up to Retrieved 2 December

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