Favorite Title Theater: Casino Royale (1967)

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With the release of the 40TH Anniversary Edition of the infamous 007 spoof, CASINO ROYALE, I have another excuse to sing the praises of this premier example of 1960’s cinematic excess. Produced by Charles Feldman after his huge success with WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT? (1965), he owned the rights to Ian Fleming’s first — and best — James Bond novel. Unable to compete with Connery and Company, Feldman wisely decided to satire the series. Of course, by 1967, the Bond films were on their way to becoming parodies and Feldman’s approach was scattershot to say the least. Set to star Peter Sellers as a milquetoast card expert who is enlisted to be James Bond for one night, Sellers walked off the production after a few weeks due to his manic nature and refusal to actually shoot any scenes opposite Orson Welles, playing villain Le Chiffre. Sellers was killed off in…

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