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"...a definitive example of what can happen when everybody working on a film goes simultaneously berserk."

The one that's a complete parody.

The second adaptation (after the 1954 Climax! episode) of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale, released in 1967. It was originally planned to be a straight adaptation of the one novel that Eon Productions (at the time) didn't have the rights to, but producer Charles Feldman instead decided to mount it as spoof of James Bond and spy films in general. Unfortunately, a Troubled Production ensued.

Sir James Bond (David Niven) is forced out of retirement to investigate the deaths and disappearances of various British Secret Service agents, which turn out to be the work of the spy organization SMERSH. Organizing the recruitment of a new team of agents, he also plans to confuse SMERSH by naming all of them "James Bond" — even the women. The film proceeds to jump back and forth between the misadventures of the faux-007s before most of them are brought together for the climax. They are:

  • Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers): A baccarat expert sent to challenge SMERSH operative Le Chiffre (Orson Welles) at the titular casino, in the one plot thread that is derived from the original book. He is recruited and assisted by...
  • Vesper Lynd (Ursula Andress): A former colleague of Sir James Bond who's gone into high finance.
  • Mata Bond (Joanna Pettet): Sir James's swinging daughter, the product of his tragic affair with Mata Hari. She's sent behind the Iron Curtain to investigate a SMERSH fundraising auction.
  • Cooper, aka "Coop" (Terrence Cooper): His specialty is resisting the advances of women, a vital skill given that the dead agents were all seduced to their dooms by SMERSH's roster of female spies.
  • The Detainer (Daliah Lavi): "The new secret weapon" of the group.
  • Jimmy Bond (Woody Allen): Sir James's "disappointing" American nephew.

The music was done by Burt Bacharach.

Eon Productions (owners of the main James Bond franchise) acquired the rights to the novel in 1999, and eventually produced a serious, Truer to the Text (and expanded) adaptation in 2006, which should not be confused with the 1967 spoof.

Tropino Royale:

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adaptation Expansion: The film actually plays out the original novel's story, after a fashion, but that only took up about a tenth of the running time, the rest of it going off in several bizarre tangents.
  • Affably Evil: Dr. Noah. His grand plan does certainly spring from pettiness and is threatening genuinely destruction — he intends to kill off all men taller than him — but it's also him standing up for the little guy, after a fashion (since goofy guys like him will now get their choice of women, who will all be turned beautiful by the same device). He seems to treat his many, many underlings well; the only one he kills is Le Chiffre, who's Faux Affably Evil anyway. He does hold the Detainer as a captive in his quarters, but tries to convince her to get in on his scheme and the new world order rather than forcing her into it. In fact, his affability is key to his downfall, as she is able to trick him into swallowing his own bomb pill.
  • All in the Eyes: Done with Le Chiffre.
  • Alternate Continuity: The film has no connection to the standard Bond continuity... or does it?? It is made specifically clear in this film that after the retirement of the original Bond, his name became nothing more than a codename for new spies - and a subtle reference is made to Sean Connery's Bond as one of his namesakes. Also keep in mind that the last Bond movie with Connery, You Only Live Twice, came out the same year, and it was clear that another actor would have to take over as Bond.
  • Ambiguous Ending: Possibly, depending on how much of the Gainax Ending you take seriously, especially given that many characters had apparently escaped from the casino before the explosion yet still appear to be dead.
  • Americans Are Cowboys: The American army is apparently composed of Cowboys and Indians.
  • Anachronism Stew: It's mentioned Sir James Bond had been awarded the Victoria Cross at Mafeking, a siege that took place in 1899-1900. David Niven is in his late 50s here, but this would date Bond as around 85 at least. Bond had an illegitimate daughter by Mata Hari, who was executed in 1917. The daughter is played by a 25-year old Joanna Pettet, but she would have to be 50 at least. But then, this movie is not at all logical or linear.
  • Animated Credits Opening: By Richard Williams, no less.
  • Anyone Can Die: It's the only movie (before No Time to Die) where James Bond dies. All seven of them. Many at the same time.
  • Arsenal Attire: Taken to the point of absurdity — Q has just developed a vest with one hundred different (and painfully obvious) functions.
  • Artistic Title: The film has animated titles that can be best called psychedelic medieval illuminations.
  • Auction of Evil: La Chiffre sets up an "art auction" between the US, USSR, and Great Britain to sell a set of compromising photographs, culminating in a hilarious scene where each country believes that they are under attack.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Sir James Bond is a holdover from an earlier, more genteel age of espionage, and underscores it by wearing a series of smart Edwardian suits.
  • Backwards-Firing Gun: It kills George Raft.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: Vesper steps out of the casino and two waiting thugs throw a bag over her and carry her off. Evelyn steps out a moment later, looking for her.
    Evelyn: [to doorman] You haven't by chance seen a young lady in a green dress, have you?
    Doorman: Now let me see, sir...would that be a lady with a black bag over her head being manhandled by two unsavory gentlemen?
  • The Baroness: Parodied with Frau Hoffner—she runs a finger over a facial scar as she purrs to Mata Bond "You are even more fascinating zan your mother!"
  • Big Bad: Dr. Noah.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The French Legionnaire translates "merde" when he hits his hand as "ouch." It actually means "shit".
  • Bizarrchitecture: The West Berlin spy school is depicted this way, in the spirit of German expressionism.
  • Bonnie Scotland:
    • Much of the first act takes place here when Sir James Bond has to bring M's personal effects back to his ancestral estate (M was short for McTarry). SMERSH has beaten him there and filled the estate with spies who play up every single Scottish stereotype (and their accents) to extremes — haggis, kilts, bagpipes, etc. It's implied that none of them are actually Scottish themselves; M's "widow" is actually a Frenchwoman named Mimi, as are several of her underlings.
    • The Scots theme continues, including Tremble suddenly encountering bagpipers, and his French police contact Inspector Mathis (one of the few characters from the source novel) being played by a Scots actor with accent (which is even Lampshaded.)
  • Brick Break: Evelyn is introduced to an agent who breaks a cinderblock with a karate chop... and accidentally knocks himself out saluting Bond. Earlier in the film, Bond cracks a boulder in half with a karate chop while showing off following a successful caber toss.
  • The Bus Came Back: Ransome in the final scene.
  • The Cameo: Even in a movie chock full of them Peter O'Toole as a bagpiper during Tremble's Mind Screw at Le Chiffre's hands stands out.
  • Camp Gay: Fordyce, Q's assistant at outfitting Evelyn Tremble.
  • Cast as a Mask: Dr. Noah is pretty much a spoof of this trope. He's voiced by Valentine Dyall, radio's "Man in Black", until The Reveal that he's actually Jimmy Bond — Woody Allen's character.
  • Cast Full of Writers: The film falls into this category - largely because the actual script was such a mess that producers had to get the cast (who included experience writers such as John Huston, Orson Welles and Woody Allen) to try and make some sense of it. Peter Sellers, the nominal star, also wrote a lot of his own material.
  • Casting Gag: Among the many pinside 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.
    • A more conspicuous example is casting Ursula Andress - the inaugural "Bond girl" - as one of the James Bond proxies.
  • The Cavalry: played for laughs in the climax, with the arrival of cowboys, Indians and the French foreign legion.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The original novels describe Bond as looking like a cross between Hoagy Carmichael and David Niven.
  • Celibate Hero: Niven's Bond, following having to double-cross the love of his life, Mata Hari (yes, that Mata Hari), and have her executed. And then he kisses Moneypenny's daughter. Yeah.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Early on, Bond is visited by a host of intelligence heads, and while talking with them goes through no less than three costume changes. Later on, Evelyn leaves the casino in a tuxedo and is suddenly in full formula racing gear to give chase to the bad guys.
  • Comforting the Widow: Lady Fiona McTarry is a SMERSH agent impersonating M's widow - at M's ancestral home she enters Bond's bedroom, demanding to be comforted (and ruin his Celibate Hero image). When he politely declines, she takes it as an insult to her honor.
  • Cool Car: Bond drives a suitably old-school Bentley roadster.
    • Interestingly, despite its parody status, this is the only film to feature a Bentley similar to what Fleming originally portrayed Bond as driving.
  • Cover Drop: During the opening credits, notice the images of explosions and several characters as angels. These will make sense at the very end.
  • Cowboys and Indians: The American reinforcements in the climax are these.
  • Cunning People Play Poker: Bond, who could be the Trope Codifier, has him at one point playing poker against either the Big Bad and/or their Number Two. His cunning nature and other skills always guarantees that he wins.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Jimmy Bond sputters not-very-intimidating woodyallenisms at a Banana Republic firing squad:
    You do know of course that this means an angry letter to the Times?
  • Daddy's Girl: Mata Bond is touchingly close with her father, despite their limited contact, and Jumped at the Call to come help him during MI6's hour of need.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Dr. Noah, pathologically jealous of his uncle Sir James Bond, has his face printed on a punching bag. He takes a punch at it, and gets punched back as it recoils.
  • Death by Adaptation: Turns out to be James Bond himself!
  • Door Roulette: Sir James and Moneypenny end up in a hall with many doors which all look alike.
  • Downer Ending: A rare Played for Laughs version. Most of the cast gets blown up with Casino Royale at the end.
  • Dutch Angle: This type of shot is used extensively in a sequence with Mata Bond in Berlin, appropriately in a German Expressionist-style set.
  • Eat the Bomb: The film ends with Jimmy Bond tricked into swallowing his pill-size bomb, and blowing everyone up.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: Once Sir James Bond becomes head of MI6 after the previous M gets offed, the very first thing he does is rename ALL his agents, male AND female, James Bond 007 as a ploy to confuse the enemy.
  • "Everybody Dies" Ending: Jimmy Bond is tricked into eating an explosive pill, which blows up the casino at the end with every main character in it. However, all the good guys are seen in heaven, strumming harps. Even the villain, until "Six of them went to a Heavenly spot, the seventh one is going to a place where it's terribly hot."
  • Everyone Join the Party: In the finale, all Hell breaks loose when the Big Bad's casino is invaded by Ransome and an army of secret agents (apparently) sent to assist James Bond, consisting of a French Foreign Legionnaire, George Raft playing himself, stereotypical Cowboys and Indians, chimpanzees, and even seals. And then everyone else in the casino joins in on the action. No one is safe, especially when the whole casino explodes at the end, killing everyone inside.
  • Everything's Louder with Bagpipes: Vesper uses a bagpipe/machine gun on a corps of pipers attacking Evelyn, and then on him. Early in the movie, agents playing M's widow and daughters try to corrupt Bond at a funeral fling with piping, drinking, and dancing, but he ends up the last person standing.
  • Evil All Along: Certainly Jimmy Bond, who turns out to be the Big Bad, and possibly Vesper Lynd.
  • Evil Plan: Pretty much the same as the book, except Le Chiffre is working for SMERSH and his double-dealings are a side-plot to SMERSH's master plan, which involves murdering spies all over the world (like the Real Life SMERSH, a Soviet counter-intelligence agency) and to fill the world with a biological agent at the behest of Doctor Noah aka Jimmy Bond. The agent will kill all men over 4'6" (his height) and make all women beautiful; in other words leaving him as the "big man" who gets all the girls.
  • Expy: Terence Cooper's character, "Coop" (a.k.a. James Bond), is the only Bond in the entire film to resemble the Bond of the EON film series (even though he is closer in appearance and personality to the later Roger Moore Bond).
  • Face–Heel Turn: While Le Chiffre is torturing Evelyn, Vesper Lynd arrives to save him — only to kill him for the money, apparently. (That said, it's possible that this is a case of Evil All Along rather than this trope.)
  • Fake Shemp: Peter Sellers dropped out of the picture midway through filming. Because of this, Evelyn Tremble, in the final scenes of the movie, is played by a cardboard cutout of Peter Sellers. In later versions, this cardboard cutout is replaced by previously shot footage of Sellers, dressed in Highland garb.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Le Chiffre's a jolly gambler, but at the same time he has no qualms with blowing up the auctioneer via telephone when the auction is ruined by Mata Bond or torturing Evelyn Tremble after Evelyn wins the game.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Marta Bond, the illegitimate daughter of Mata Hari and James Bond, is this trope played for maximum silliness.
  • Final Speech: Parodied - SMERSH agent Mimi, after her Heel–Face Turn, gets a little bit of shrapnel in the chest and coughs out a big impassioned goodbye to Sir James, followed by a big kiss.
    Sir James: Madam! Are you quite sure you're dying?
    Mimi: Not dying...but moving on to a better place. ...there's a convent over the next hill!
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven and Fire and Brimstone Hell: Spoofed in the final scene. "Six of them went to a heavenly spot, the seventh one is going to a place where it's terribly hot."
  • Follow That Car: Spoofed, with race car driver Stirling Moss in a cameo as the running chauffeur.
    I'll use Fangio next time, idiot!
  • Footsie Under the Table: SMERSH attempts to destroy Sir James Bond's Celibate Hero image through almost certain temptation - at M's castle at a funeral dinner, two female agents flanking him drape their legs over his.
  • Gainax Ending: The last few minutes of the film have to be seen to be believed. Cowboys ride their horses across the plains before barging into Casino Royale, a pair of seals fight each other, bubbles swarm the area as chaos ensues, then Indians parachute from a warplane into the casino. Someone calls the police, then we see policemen driving a vintage car in greyscale…except that there are so many of them that they can't fit into the car! Later on a seal with a "007" tag claps its flippers at Indians dancing around a burning teepee-shaped structure. That's not even the entire list of weird moments that occur during the ending, and suffice to say they don't really make sense.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Evelyn Tremble. Vesper Lynd asks him straight off if that isn't a woman's name. ("...No, it's mine, actually.") Of course, there was also the writer Evelyn Waugh.
  • Generation Xerox: Miss Moneypenny's daughter, who looks just like her and has the same job as her mother.
  • Gendercide: Jimmy Bond has developed a strain of bacteria that, when released, would turn every woman beautiful and destroy every man over four foot-six (or taller than him).
  • Genre Savvy: Although its Played for Laughs at first, The Detainer deciding to go down the drainpipe rather than pass through Casino Royale turns out to be this given the wild fight that breaks out and makes it hard to escape out the door.
  • Good Old Ways: Bond considers spying to be a noble calling and expresses contempt for the current breed exemplified by his namesake.
  • Haggis Is Horrible: At M's wake, Fiona, the enemy agent posing as his widow, details the preparation of the haggis traditionally made for the occasion; Sir James incredulously gulps " it?"note 
  • Hiccup Hijinks: Jimmy Bond is tricked into swallowing an aspirin that makes him hiccup 1,000 times and then explode. The explosion destroys the Casino Royale and kills pretty much the entire cast.
  • I Am Spartacus: The original Bond gives orders that all the newly recruited agents are to be called James Bond 007.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Burt Kwouk, Peter Sellers' costar in The Pink Panther series, makes a cameo as a Chinese General. Alas, they don't share any scenes.
  • In Name Only: The film bears only a slight resemblance to the source novel.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Bond describes Mata Hari with the words "great little dancer, terrible spy" and their daughter Mata Bond as a "terrible dancer". From that he deduces that she "might be a great little spy" and thus the right person to infiltrate SMERSH.
  • Instrument of Murder: Vesper uses the old machine-gun-in-the-bagpipes trick.
  • Insult Backfire: The Detainer is held captive by Jimmy Bond:
    The Detainer: You're crazy! You're actually crazy!
    Jimmy: They called Einstein crazy.
    The Detainer: That's not true; no one ever called Einstein crazy!
    Jimmy: Well, they would have if he'd carried on like this...
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: During the AFSD training scene, Cooper says "sayonara" to a Chinese woman.
  • Karma Houdini: Oddly, Vesper Lynd actually makes it to Heaven with the other James Bonds and stays there, unlike Jimmy Bond.
  • Kinda Busy Here: Done in a makeshift foxhole with military telephones.
    British General: I'm sorry, dear, but I shan't be home in time for dinner... well, apparently a war has broken out.
  • Large Ham: Deborah Kerr devours the scenery as a Scottish lady.
  • Last Request: Jimmy Bond is in front of a firing squad, and requests a last cigarette, which is a bomb he throws at the firing squad. This distracts them which allows him to climb over the wall behind him. Of course, behind that wall is another firing squad performing another execution at that very moment.
  • Levitating a Lady: Le Chiffre levitates and vanishes an assistant, played by Penny Riley.
  • Love Father, Love Son: James Bond comes out of retirement, walks into his office, and bumps into Moneypenny. Exclaiming that she hasn't aged a day, he kisses her full on the mouth... only for her to reveal that she's actually Moneypenny's daughter. Bond looks appropriately abashed and keeps his hands off her for the rest of the film.
  • Man in a Kilt: James Bond goes up against a bunch of Scotsmen, while Evelyn is hallucinated into a hostile Highlander marching band.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: There's a bit of background business at Q Branch where a prisoner is being brutally beaten in an interrogation...the tea cart comes around moments later and he's amicably drinking with his interrogators.
  • Mistaken for Dying: Agent Mimi, after her Heel–Face Turn, helps Sir James Bond and gets injured. She goes on in a melodramatic dying scene fashion and requests a last kiss.
    Sir James: Madam! Are you quite sure you're dying?
    Mimi: Not dying - but moving a better place. There's a convent over that hill!
  • Mood Whiplash: When Vesper Lynd recruits Evelyn Tremble, the film suddenly becomes considerably less wacky, though still heavy on comic Double Entendre; it's where "The Look of Love" comes in after 40+ minutes of slapstick. Most of Peter Sellers' scenes come as this compared to the rest of the film, in part because he plays his role mostly straight — reacting to the strange world he's in rather than being just another wacky resident of it. This is because Sellers was cast when the movie was intended to be a straight adaptation, and he apparently considered the final script a bait-and-switch. He either refused to deliver the comedic lines as scripted and ad-libbed, or may have even out-and-out rewrote his scenes with the collaboration of an outside screenwriter to make them hew closer to the original conception he had been promised. Accounts vary.
  • Mythology Gag: The sequence focusing on Evelyn Tremble and Le Chiffre has a recognizable reference to the torture scene from the novel — not only in that something like that happens, but there's a chair in the middle of the room Tremble wakes up in and Le Chiffre tells him not to worry about it.
    • Woody Allen plays Jimmy Bond, James' American nephew. The very first adaptation of Casino Royale in 1954, for the CBS series Climax!, made James an American and called him Jimmy.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Evelyn is at a training center preparing to take the role of James Bond. He's shown gadgets for the field, including a pen that sprays poison gas. He tells the obligatory 'poison pen letter' joke, and his instructor wearily finishes the sentence with him, pointing out that all new recruits say that. Some years later, Roger Moore as 007 says it, but gets a free pass (apart from Q's usual peevish reaction.)
  • Not Enough to Bury: Played for laughs - Sir James Bond survives a mortar bombardment of his home but M doesn't. He visits M's widow carrying a small box containing all that's left of him.
    Sir James: ...Should it be given a Christian burial? Just how personal is a toupee?
    Lady Fiona: It can only be regarded as a heirloom.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Vesper Lynd speaks with Ursula Andress' native Swiss-German accent.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Jimmy Bond's introductory scene has him nervously trying to talk a firing squad out of shooting him ("You do realize this means an angry letter to the Times?"), but he successfully pulls off a distraction when they're about to fire and scales the wall behind him to escape...although it turns out that there's another firing squad about to shoot someone else on the other side and he barely escapes that. This foreshadows Jimmy turning out to be Dr. Noah, the Big Bad in the late going.
  • Obligatory Joke: Q is outfitting Evelyn with spy gadgets, including a fountain pen that shoots a stream of poison.
    Tremble: It must be very useful when writing —-
    Q: — a poison-pen letter, yes. All our new agents say that.
  • Offhand Backhand: A nice dual example with Sir James and Ransome during the climactic fight scene, with no break in their conversation.
  • One Last Smoke: Jimmy Bond has a last cigarette in front of a Latin American firing squad ("I'm gonna give it up any day now") - it's an impact bomb he throws at the squad. He climbs the wall laughing in triumph - and lands on the other front of another firing squad.
  • One-Steve Limit: Sir James Bond spearheads a campaign against SMERSH - he gives all his agents (men and women alike) the name James Bond, to keep the enemy confused.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Inverted: Agent Mimi, played by the Scottish Deborah Kerr, impersonates M's widow, but upon witnessing the prowess of Bond, doesn't lapse back into a native French accent, but starts singing his praises in orgiastic French.
  • Overt Operative: MI-6 formally gives the codename "James Bond 007" to every single one of their agents— including the women—in order to confuse people.
  • Phlebotinum Bomb: Jimmy Bond is devising a weapon that will make all women beautiful and kill all men who are taller than he is.
  • Planet of Steves: Sir James Bond, now heading the secret service, assigns all his agents the name and number of James Bond 007 to confuse the enemy. Previously, when he had resigned, his superiors had assigned his name and number to the 007 we all know for agency morale purposes.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: It's unclear how the increasingly zany plot was conceived. The best guess is that even though Charles Feldman had the right to make a straight James Bond entry, he feared that he would not be able to compete with the official Bond movies, and he directed each writer who came along to make the film more and more of a parody. As mentioned above, however, Peter Sellers had been hired while the film was still intended to be a serious Bond movie, and he saw it as a way to broaden his acting portfolio. He was not amused when the film veered towards a wacky parody during the filming process, and after many fights with the producers, the director and his co-stars, including/especially Orson Welles, Sellers either was fired or quit. After that, Feldman, scrambling for a replacement story, decided to go all-out and pack the film with seven Bonds, and also hired a different director for each act of the film, resulting in its extremely disjointed feel.
    • The above account is not supported by the "making-of" documentary on the DVD release, which, while it does support that Feldman originally intended to do a serious Bond, goes on to claim that the multi-Bond/multi-director approach had always been planned. What is known is that Sellers left the production prematurely, forcing the filmmakers to incorporate an outtake of Sellers and use creative editing in order to finish his part of the film.
  • The Reveal: Dr. Noah is actually Jimmy Bond.
  • Reverse Polarity: Self-inflicted when a henchman with a crude battery-powered pacemaker is unplugged by Mata Bond. He frantically reconnects himself and gets the leads wrong, running backward at high speed.
  • Rule of Funny: Much of the movie runs on this, with the climactic fight the most elaborate example.
  • Running into the Window: Dr. Noah, in his underground lair, meets up with his uncle James Bond, and lowers a big sheet of invisible glass between them. When James sums up his plans for world domination as compensation for his feelings of sexual inferiority, Noah angrily steps forward — forgetting about the glass and smashing it to bits.
  • Saying Too Much: Parodied when Mata Bond is looking for information on Le Chiffre:
    Frau Hoffner: Come along, child. The auction is about to begin.
    Mata Bond: Auction?
    Frau Hoffner: Tonight we are selling one of the finest art collections in Europe.
    Mata Bond: Le Chiffre's collection?
    Frau Hoffner: Who?
    Mata Bond: Le Chiffre.
    Frau Hoffner: Who is Le Chiffre?
    Mata Bond: The man who owns the collection.
    Frau Hoffner: What collection?
    Mata Bond: The collection that's about to be auctioned.
    Frau Hoffner: Who said anything about an auction?
    Mata Bond: You did.
    Frau Hoffner: Who am I?
    Mata Bond: Frau Hoffner.
    Frau Hoffner: Never heard of her. You are insane, my child, quite insane.
    Mata Bond: I think she's right!
  • Sexbot: Jimmy Bond has made robot doubles of all the world leaders, and several opposition agents, including The Detainer. He sheepishly explains "I copied her down to the last...the two of us have had some...profoundly moving religious experiences."
  • Sexy Secretary: Played with - an out-of-retirement Bond enters his office and tells Moneypenny "You haven't changed a bit!". After a long smooch, she informs him that she's Moneypenny's daughter.
  • Shoe Phone: James Bond is an old-school gentleman spy who, meeting with the secret service heads of the superpowers, contemptuously ridicules the gadgetry concealed on their persons.
  • Shot at Dawn: Jimmy Bond is in front of a Banana Republic firing squad. He gets away using a concussion grenade hidden in his last cigarette, jumps the wall - and lands in front of a firing squad in the neighboring country.
  • Significant Birth Date: Jimmy Bond plots to replace all the world's leaders with his robotic doubles on April Fools Day, his birthday.
  • So Long, Suckers!: Jimmy Bond is at a Latin American firing squad - his last cigarette is a concussion bomb he throws at the shooters. He climbs the wall chuckling "So long, suckers!" - and lands on the other side in another country, in front of a firing squad for another guy.
  • Speech Impediment: The original James Bond has a tendency to stutter — until he returns from Scotland. Back at MI-5 he asks an underling if he's stuttering; when he's told he's not, he says that's good because he "doesn't have time for that now."
  • Spoiler Opening: The title sequence contains shots from the ending sequence.
  • Stage Magician: Le Chiffre does a few magic tricks during the poker scene. This is because magic-loving Orson Welles was allowed to do them to keep him happy as the shoot dragged on. They're reportedly all genuine illusions, with no camera tricks.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: The Cosmopolitan Council believes that bombs are being dropped. The American representative rushes to the phone yelling "Get me the President!" while the British representative merely calls his wife and calmly explains that he won't be home for dinner because "it seems a war has broken out."
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Jimmy Bond has the Detainer strapped naked to a cot (with wide, strategically placed metal straps). His intentions are strictly lustful.
    Detainer: And is this how you treat the women you desire?
    Jimmy: Yes! Yes, I remove their clothing and tie them up, yes. I learned that in the Boy Scouts.
  • Strongly Worded Letter: Jimmy Bond threatens to write an angry letter to The Times, as he's stood before a firing squad.
  • Take That!:
    • Niven's Bond calls Sean Connery's Bond a sex maniac who dragged the James Bond name through the dirt, and takes his fellow spies to task for relying on gadgets.
    • Peter Sellers was fired/quit midway through the shoot due to chronic absences and miscellaneous poor behavior, so the filmmakers making up for this by having his character shot to death by the suddenly turncoat Vesper can be seen as this as well.
  • The Taxi: Mata Bond has to leave London for Berlin, so naturally they flag a taxi. When it's specified to be West Berlin, the driver's okay with it.
  • Television Portal: Le Chiffre is anxiously watching two of Doctor Noah's enforcers (who have come to kill him) over a security monitor. One of the men walks right up to the camera, reaches his gun hand up and then smashes through the screen and shoots Le Chiffre dead.
  • Tomboyish Name: Inverted Evelyn Tremble. Evelyn as a male name wasn't completely unknown in the mid-20th century (most obviously, Evelyn Waugh), but it was pretty uncommon.
  • Too Many Cooks Spoil the Soup: Five directors working on it wouldn't lead to good results.
  • Video Phone: Sir James Bond calls Vesper on the video Shoe Phone while she's getting dressed. She indignantly covers the camera until she hears Bond signing off, only to remove her hand to see Bond looking downwards expectantly.
  • Violent Glaswegian: A bunch of tough Scotsmen who challenge Bond to a game of catch with stone cannonballs, a Highland marching band that roughs up Peter Sellers in a programmed hallucination, and Scots henchmen in Jimmy Bond's underground lair. Also, French police officer Mathis speaks with a Scots accent, which worries him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The end title theme says that there are 'seven James Bonds.' Actually, there are eight in the film — David Niven (Bond himself), Peter Sellers (Tremble, codenamed James Bond), Terence Cooper (Cooper, codenamed James Bond), Woody Allen (Jimmy Bond), Daliah Lavi (Lady James Bond), Joanna Pettet (Mata Bond, codenamed James Bond), Barbara Bouchet (Moneypenny, codenamed James Bond), and Ursula Andress (Vesper, codenamed James Bond). However, the scene that accompanies this song, with the 'seven James Bonds' in Heaven, is lacking Terence Cooper, who apparently somehow DIDN'T die in the casino explosion...? Or they may mean Lady James Bond, aka The Detainer; she was last seen before her attempted escape from a second-story bathroom window. Given the extended period of time between her entering the bathroom and the explosion, it can be assumed that she either fell to her death (the first floor IS rather tall), or that she was still trying to descend the drain-pipe during the explosion.
    • Actually they're all there. All eight of them. The one that the 'seven James Bonds' song doesn't acknowledge is Sellers, since he died in an earlier scene and so he's not among the seven James Bonds that died at the Casino, he was already in the afterlife. Notice how all seven of the just deceased ones are dressed like angels but Sellers stays in the same Scottish garments he died in.note 
    • The presence of Vesper is an example of the trope being taken in another direction as she leaves the story well before the explosion, and thus her presence in the afterlife is left unexplained.
  • What Song Was This Again?: When the film was translated into French and German, it was considered a good idea to also record dubbed versions of Dusty Springfield's "The Look Of Love". Mireille Mathieu not only sang the French version "Les jeux d'amour", but also the German version "Ein Blick von dir". In 1970, she and Dusty re-recorded the English original, by the way.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Jimmy Bond is the Big Bad, intending to conquer the world as revenge against his famous, and infinitely more stylish and sophisticated, uncle.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: Jimmy Bond turns into a bomb after being tricked into swallowing his own explosive pill.
  • Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: "Seven James Bonds at Casino Royale. They came to save the world and win a gal at Casino Royale. Six of them went to a heavenly spot. The seventh one is going to a place where it's terribly hot."
  • With My Hands Tied & Feigning Intelligence: Jimmy Bond tries to show to the Detainer that he's just as manly as his uncle Sir James Bond - he sits down at a piano and masterfully plays some Debussy (a passionate pursuit of Sir James), then goes all "Look, one hand!" - then hastily hammers the piano off when it keeps playing without him.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: As pointed out in the recap by The Agony Booth, if Mata Bond really is the daughter of Mata Hari, she should be at least fifty years old.
  • You Have Failed Me: Le Chiffre detonates a minion in a phone booth, remotely.
  • You're Insane!:
    Detainer: You're crazy — you're actually crazy!
    Jimmy Bond: They called Einstein crazy!
    Detainer: That's not true; no-one ever called Einstein crazy!
    Jimmy Bond: ... well, they would have if he'd carried on like this.


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Le Chiffre

Le Chiffre detonates a minion in a phone booth, remotely.

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