Reviews: Casino Royale 1967

Jameygamer's oh so terrible Rotten Tomatoes Casino Royale 1967 review.

The Nostalgia Critic once said to review a bad comedy is one of the toughest things to do because you can only go, "That isn't funny", so many times before you get up and leave the theater.

Before I get into the review, I have to give this movie a special stance called [[Echo Synth]] THE WAGGING FINGER OF SHAME [[end echo mod]]. If you watched Ebert & Roeper's review of the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror, you would know that they awarded this to movies that the studios were too embarrassed to screen in advance for film critics. This wasn't.

The opening scene of the movie feels disjointed. Bond is one of the most famous womanizers in every other movie, but this spoof turned him into an old prude and drastically altered his character. This is Bond in name only; even Austin Powers makes a better 007.

The main imposter Bond, Evelyn Tremble, gets himself into Casino Royale and his game with the only major villain from the book, Le Chiffe, played by Orson Welles. This version of the character is a way-too affable magician and not a spy, or gambler.

Eventually, the bad guys kidnap Bond's daughter, bringing the real Bond to the casino; The Big Bad is poisoned with a pill that will blow the place, and, while the good guys are actually leaving, a brawl that turns into a ridiculous Cowboys and Indians game. Stops. Them. Cue 400 burps, cue the building blowing up and wiping out the cast. An anticlimatic and ridiculous way to end the whole thing.

This movie is filled with all the cliches of the Bond series and just devolves into an insane concoction of action right out of Tex Avery. Makes you wonder what drugs the makers were doing.

There are a few good things about this film. The title track from Herb Albert is pretty catchy. The rest of the film is a Frankenstein's Monster of scenes, and one thing that should tip you off to this being bad: there are 5 directors credited; this version of Casino Royale is an enjoyment-free dead zone.

I cannot recommend this one at all; it makes no sense, and it's shoddily edited and directed. It's a very poor version of one of the Roger Moore films. I just know, when The Nostalgia Critic gets to Bond movies, this movie will be one of the movies he reviews.