James Bond 007 Casinò Royale attore dvd8 1967 comico
Regia: John Huston, Kenneth Hughes, Val Guest, Robert Parrish, Joseph Mc Grath
Sceneggiatura.: Wolf Mankowitz, John Law, Michael Sayers dal romanzo omonimo di Ian Fleming
Fotografia: Jack Hildyard
Scenografia: Michael Ayringer
Musiche: Burt Bacharach
: Bill Lenny

Numerose peripezie e tragicomiche avventure. Macchinoso e costoso film a staffetta in chiave di farsesca stravaganza, fondato sui principi dell'iperbole e dell'accumulazione, sostenuto da attori famosi.

Interpreti: David Niven (Sir James Bond), Peter Sellers (Evelyn Tremble), Ursula Andress (Vesper Lynd), Orson Welles (Le Chiffre), Joanna Pettet (Mata Bond), William Holden (Ransome), Woody Allen (Jimmy Bond), Barbara Bouchet (Miss Moneypenny), Jean-Paul Belmondo (legionario francese)

Nazione: U.K.
Produz: Paloma PIctures

130', colore
Genere: comico


LA TRAMA: James Bond 007 Casinò Royale

James Bond, ormai in dorata pensione, si fa convincere da una delegazione delle grandi potenze a partecipare alle indagini su una misteriosa organizzazione internazionale. Numerose peripezie e tragicomiche avventure. Macchinoso e costoso film a staffetta in chiave di farsesca stravaganza, fondato sui principi dell'iperbole e dell'accumulazione, sostenuto da attori famosi. L'episodio di partenza, briosa bizzarria di cadenze scozzesi, è di Huston. Brevi apparizioni di Jean-Paul Belmondo, George Raft, Peter O'Toole, Jacqueline Bisset. Dall'omonimo romanzo di Ian Fleming.

APPROFONDIMENTI: James Bond 007 Casinò Royale



PREMI E RICONOSCIMENTI: James Bond 007 Casinò Royale

Academy Awards, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1968 Nominated Oscar Best Music, Original Song
Burt Bacharach (music)
Hal David (lyrics)
For the song "The Look of Love".
BAFTA Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1968 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best British Costume (Colour)
Julie Harris

Grammy Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1968 Nominated Grammy Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show
Burt Bacharach

Laurel Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1967 3rd place Golden Laurel Comedy



CURIOSITA': James Bond 007 Casinò Royale

  • Orson Welles reportedly insisted on including magic tricks into his scenes, a possible source of the friction between him and Peter Sellers.
  • In his book "Woody Allen: A Biography", John Baxter says that in addition to the commonly credited contributors to the movie's script, several more individuals also helped in the writing. They include Allen collaborator Mickey Rose, Frank Buxton, Orson Welles, Joseph McGrath, John Huston, and former MGM studios head Dore Schary.
  • Cameos by Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, and Barbra Streisand were planned.
  • When Mata Bond swings into action, the background music is "Bond Street".
  • Peter Sellers and Orson Welles hated each other so much that the filming of the scene where both of them face each other across a gaming table actually took place on different days with a double standing in for one the actors.
  • Peter Sellers often caused interruptions by leaving the set for days at a time.
  • The rift between Orson Welles and Peter Sellers was partly caused by the arrival on set of Princess Margaret, sister of the Queen. Sellers knew her of old and greeted her in an ostentatious manner to ensure all cast and crew noticed. However, the Princess walked straight past him and made a big fuss over Welles. Nonplussed, Sellers stormed off the set and refused to film with Welles again.
  • Numerous screenwriters and directors contributed bits to the film and were uncredited: Billy Wilder (the "Nobody's Perfect" tag line) and Terry Southern (the war room in Berlin) among them.
  • An enormous Taj Mahal-type set was designed for the film but never built.
  • Casino Royale was Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel. It was the only one not sold to Eon Productions. As a result, CBS TV first adapted it for an episode of "Climax!" (1954) in 1954, starring Barry Nelson as CIA agent Jimmy Bond. When plans began to adapt the novel as a motion picture, the original thought was to do a straight film of the novel. But with the success of Sean Connery's Bond, it was decided the only way a rival Bond film could survive would be as a parody. The Peter Sellers sequence is the only part of Ian Fleming's novel to make it into the film. The confrontation with Le Chiffre in the casino, the plan to discredit Le Chiffre with SMERSH and the villain's execution by enemy agents are all in the novel. So is the notion of Bond writing a book on baccarat, and the element of Vesper being an enemy spy. Reportedly, Eon Productions has been trying to buy back the rights to Casino Royale for years, in hopes of someday making a serious Bond film out of the novel. Despite being regarded as a "flop" financially in the press, the film actually did quite well in financial terms. Despite its very high production budget and additional costs in marketing and advertising, it still managed to make a net profit of well over $5 million for the studio. The film was generally reported as a failure financially in the press because it was outperformed at the box office by the official Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967), which was released in the same year, and because of the film's high costs. Although it didn't match You Only Live Twice at the box office it still managed to do quite well. Casino Royale was the 3rd highest grossing film for the year behind only The Jungle Book (1967/I) and You Only Live Twice.
  • According to Eric Lax, Woody Allen was astonished by what he viewed as extravagant spending on the film (he was flown in and put up in an expensive hotel for several weeks doing nothing before they got around to shooting his scenes) and the chaotic production. He wrote to a friend: "The film will probably make a mint. Not money, but a single peppermint."
  • The license plate number of the Wrights Dairies light yellow Bedford milk delivery van was 4132KX.
  • AFSD stands for Anti Female Spy Device.
  • The license plate number of James Bond's jalopy car was K 19.
  • Vehicles featured included James Bond's black supercharged Bentley; Evelyn Tremble's black Lotus Formula 3 race car; a white Jaguar E Roadster; a black Mercedes-Benz; Wrights Dairies light yellow Bedford milk delivery van; a Citroën police car and a Golden 3-Wheeler.
  • The Le Chiffre agent killed in a Berlin phone booth is played by Vladek Sheybal, who previously played an enemy agent in From Russia with Love (1963).
  • In the German spy school, Polo mentions some of the former students, among them Peter Lorre. Peter Lorre played Le Chiffre in the original, made-for-TV version of Casino Royale on "Climax!" (1954).
  • Producer Charles K. Feldman originally offered to make the film as a co-production with official Bond series producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli. Saltzman and Broccoli had just co-produced the previous Bond flick Thunderball (1965) with Kevin McClory, and did not want to do so again. Forced to produce the film on his own, Feldman approached Sean Connery to star as Bond. Unwilling to meet his $1 million salary demand, Feldman decided to turn the film into a spoof, and cast David Niven as Bond instead. After the film went through numerous production problems and a spiralling budget, Feldman met Connery at a Hollywood party and reportedly told him it would have been cheaper to pay him the million dollars.
  • When the studio approved the film's production budget it was $6 million, quite a large budget in 1966. However, during filming the project ran into several problems and the shoot ran months over schedule, with the costs also running well over. When the film was finally completed it had run twice over its original $6 million production budget. The final production budget of $12 million made it one of the most expensive films that had been made to that point. The previous official Bond movie, Thunderball (1965), had a $9 million-$11 million production budget, while You Only Live Twice (1967), which was released the same year as Casino Royale, and had a budget of $9.5 million-$11.5 million. The extremely high budget of "Casino Royale" caused it to earn the reputation as being "a mini Cleopatra (1963)", referring to the runaway and out of control costs of the film.
  • In 1999 Sony paid MGM $5 million to settle the $40 million lawsuit that MGM had brought against Sony over the Bond rights. The lawsuit was filed because of Sony's intentions to remake Casino Royale. In the settlement Sony agreed to hand over all of its rights to the Bond character and Casino Royale. In an ironic twist of fate, Sony bought MGM in 2005, and in 2006, will be releasing a serious adaptation of Casino Royale.
  • In 1999 MGM paid Sony $10 million for the rights to this film.
  • This film was originally intended to be released on Christmas in 1966, but because the shoot ran several months over schedule the film was not released until April of 1967.
  • Orson Welles attributed the success of the film to a marketing strategy that featured a naked tattooed lady on the film's posters and print ads.
  • During Cooper's "anti-female spy" training sequence, the first female agent who kisses him is dressed exactly like Ursula Andress's character in Dr. No (1962), complete with knife.
  • Actors considered for the role of Sir James Bond included Laurence Harvey, Stanley Baker, 'Peter O'Toole (I)' , and William Holden. Holden and O'Toole had cameos in the final film.
  • A carpet beater can be seen hanging from the side of Orson Welles's chair. This is a link to the original Casino Royale novel, in which Le Chiffre tortures Bond by thrashing his testicles with a carpet beater.
  • The scenes with Woody Allen were shot in London. Producers delayed his final day of shooting so many times, out of frustration Allen left the set, went directly to Heathrow Airport and flew back to New York City without changing out of his costume.
  • According to Val Guest, who found himself finishing the work started by several of the other directors, the producer offered him a unique "Co-ordinating Director" credit, but he refused.
  • At least two gags involving Peter Sellers in this film later resurfaced in the Pink Panther films of the 1970s: a sight gag involving Sellers wearing a Toulouse Loutrec costume, and a joke involving a driver running away when being asked to "follow that car."
  • Ian Hendry was cut out of this project.
  • According to interviews with director Val Guest, Peter Sellers became such a problem during the filming that the decision was made to fire him before he had finished all of his scenes. As a result, the end of the marching band torture scene was noticeably altered and Sellers' subsequent scenes were written out.
  • The name for the organization SMERSH is derived from "Smiert Spionam" which means "death to spies". "Smiert Spionam" is the the full phrase from which the acronym of the Soviet counterespionage organization SMERSH took its name. It existed as early as World War II, and was a branch of the NKVD (later KGB).
  • In his first scene David Niven is seen bouncing up and down in a chair whose seat is fixed to what appear to be accordion bellows. This is a "chamber horse", a home exercise machine that was popular in 18th century Britain.



CITAZIONI: James Bond 007 Casinò Royale



  • Piper: Are you Richard Burton?
    Evelyn Tremble: No, I'm Peter O'Toole!
    Piper: Then you're the greatest man that ever BREATHED.

    [in a building that is about to explode]
    Cooper: What's the strategy, sir?
    Sir James: Get out of the bloody place before it blows up!

    Frau Hoffner: Hmmm, it is little Otto. He was one of your mother's lovers. We often find him lying around.
    Mata Bond: Is he dead?
    Frau Hoffner: Hard to tell. He always looked like that.

    Jimmy Bond: You can't shoot me! I have a very low threshold of death. My doctor says I can't have bullets enter my body at any time.

    [In front of 10 Downing Street]
    Mata Bond: I bet Mummy would've taken me in!
    Sir James: Mummy took everyone in.

    [Upon seeing Mata Hari's bedroom]
    Mata Bond: Hey, what an enormous bed!
    Polo: The German army was very large in those days.

    Sir James: I remember your chap Lenin very well. First class organizer. Second class mind.

    Sir James: It's depressing that the words "secret agent" have become synonymous with "sex maniac."

    Sir James: The whole world believes that you were eaten by a shark, Miss Lynd.
    Vesper Lynd: That was no shark. That was my personal submarine. But enough of this polite conversation. What is the purpose of your visit?

    Evelyn Tremble: Grand Prix enthusiasts may be worried by the amount of time it has taken me to get into this Lotus Formula Three. What they don't realize is, although Le Chiffre thinks he has a faster car than me, I am faster in my Lotus Formula Three. Hee Hee!

    Miss Moneypenny: I have to note your qualifications.
    Cooper: Height 6ft and a half, 184 lb. Trophies for karate and judo, holder of the Kama Sutra black belt.

    James Bond: What are you going to do to me?
    Le Chiffre: Physically, nothing, Mr. Bond.
    James Bond: Ah, so you're going to nothing me to death.

    Vesper Lynd: Mr Evelyn Tremble?
    Evelyn Tremble: Yes, that's right.
    Vesper Lynd: Isn't Evelyn a girl's name?
    Evelyn Tremble: No, it's mine, actually.

    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's 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're insane, my child, quite insane.
    Mata Bond: I think she's right!

    The Detainer: You're crazy. You are absolutely crazy!
    Jimmy Bond: People called Einstein crazy.
    The Detainer: That's not true. No one ever called Einstein crazy.
    Jimmy Bond: Well, they would have if he'd carried on like this.

    [during a session in which Cooper is being trained to resist women]
    Cooper: It goes against my nature, you know.
    The Detainer: I sense that, too. What are you doing after the exercise?
    Cooper: Having my head examined.

    [speaking amorously to The Detainer, believing he has seduced her to his cause]
    Jimmy Bond/Dr. Noah: And afterwords we can run amok! Or if you're too tired, we can walk amok.

    Evelyn Tremble: Mr. Mathis, there's something that's been worrying me...
    Inspector Mathis: Yes?
    Evelyn Tremble: Well, you're a French police inspector, yet you speak with a Scots accent.
    Inspector Mathis: Aye, it worries me, too.

    Evelyn Tremble: If I'm not back in five minutes, start without me.

    Q's Assistant: [showing Bond a pen] When the nib touches the paper it releases a stream of poisonous gas into the writer's eye.
    Evelyn Tremble: Ideal if you want to send a...
    Q's Assistant: [chiming in wearily] ... Poison pen letter, yes, all our agents say that, sir.

    Q's Assistant: What side do you dress on?
    Evelyn Tremble: Away from the window.

    Jimmy Bond: Four...
    Jimmy Bond: ... three...
    Jimmy Bond: ... two...

    Sir James: [taking the reins of the British Secret Service] Oh, by the way, Moneypenny, since I've come in here, have you heard me stammer?
    Miss Moneypenny: No, sir!
    Sir James: Splendid. Let me know if I do; I haven't got time for that sort of thing now.

    Sir James: [Jimmy Bond is flailing his arms crazily trying to communicate] I never should have sent him to a Progressive school.

    [Being lead away to face a firing squad]
    Jimmy Bond: You do know of course that this means an angry letter to The Times?

    Narrator: 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.

    Sir James: [Giving a description of his era's spy type] ... vocationally devoted, sublimely disinterested. Hardly a description of that sexual acrobat who leaves a trail of dead beautiful women like so many blown roses behind him - that bounder to whom you gave my name and number.

    Q: [to Evelyn Tremble entering the laboratory. He hands him a form] If you'd be good enough to sign here, sir. It's not for me, it's for the Official Secrets Act.

    Sir James: Be careful, that's my loose kneecap.

    Sir James: [Passes the late M's wig to Agent Mimi/Lady Fiona McTarry, M's widow] Should it be given a Christian burial? Just how personal is a toupee?
    Agent Mimi: It can only be regarded as an heirloom.

    Smernov: [Lions approaching vehicle] I did not come here to be devoured by symbols of monarchy.

    Mata Bond: [Going through a spinning door located on a toilet] First John I've ever gone around with.

    Frau Hoffner: [Mata just arrived at International Mother's Help] Who are you? What do you want?
    Mata Bond: I'm here to enroll as a student.
    Frau Hoffner: What are you qualifications, hmmmm?
    Mata Bond: I am the daughter of Mata Hari.
    Polo: Mata Hari!
    Frau Hoffner: You are a liar.
    Mata Bond: Am I? What about this, then?
    [She takes off her coat to reveal a belly-dancing outfit]

    Polo: [He is struggling up the stairs] My battery needs recharging.
    Mata Bond: Maybe your head needs examining.
    Polo: No, I had that examined last week.

    Evelyn Tremble: [Vesper has just been kidnapped] Haven't by any chance seen a young lady in a green dress, have you?
    Casino Doorman: [Who witnessed the kidnapping] Let me see, sir. Would that be a lady with a black bag over her head being manhandled by two unsavory gentlemen?
    Evelyn Tremble: Could ver well be, yes.
    Casino Doorman: She went that way, sir, in a car.

    Vesper Lynd: [He is afraid of looking through a window] Don't worry it's a one-way mirror.
    Evelyn Tremble: Which way?

    Taxi Driver: Taxi!
    Mata Bond: Tally-ho!

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    Evelyn Tremble: [He and Vesper are leaving] Excuse me.
    Casino Director: Willingly.

    Polo: You're so like your mother, you're driving me insane.
    Mata Bond: Well, you haven't got far to go.
    Polo: Come to me. Come to me, my little Mata. Come to me. Come!
    [He falls off the bed, Mata opens the door]
    Mata Bond: About time you were back in your box, innit?
    Polo: You must forgive me. I lose control of myself. I'm a mad fool. Mad.
    Mata Bond: You want an argument?

    Mata Bond: You know, if you weren't my dad I think I could fancy you.
    Sir James: That's very good of you, my dear. Rather warm in here, don't you think?
    Mata Bond: Cool it, Charlie. So you want me to go to berlin, huh?
    Sir James: Now Mata, you remember the old house on the Felmannstrasse?
    Mata Bond: Yeah, where Mum had a dancing school.
    Sir James: That has now become International Mother's Help. But that's just a cover for its reall function. It is... Does he speak English?
    Mata Bond: Hey Charlie, you speak English?
    Charlie: No.

    Sir James: [In Mata's room] Who are all these people?
    Mata Bond: They're the high priests of the temple. Okay, Fred, up it!
    [a priest gets up and bows as he leaves]
    Sir James: What an extraordinary performance. They seem to treat you like some kind of goddess.
    Mata Bond: Well, I am the celestial virgin of the sacred altar.
    Sir James: Figuratively speaking, of course.
    Mata Bond: Of course.

    Frau Hoffner: The Mata Hari School of Dancing is the only truly international school of espionage in the world.
    Polo: In the world.
    Frau Hoffner: There is no political prejudice here.
    Polo: Prejudice.
    Frau Hoffner: We train Russian spies for America.
    Polo: America.
    Frau Hoffner: And American spies for Russia.
    Mata Bond: Very democratic.
    Frau Hoffner: *Very* democratic.

    Mata Bond: Who is Le Chiffre?
    Polo: Nobody knows, not even Le Chiffre.


COMMENTI: James Bond 007 Casinò Royale

James Bond, ormai in dorata pensione, si fa convincere da una delegazione delle grandi potenze a partecipare alle indagini su una misteriosa organizzazione internazionale. Numerose peripezie e tragicomiche avventure. Macchinoso e costoso film a staffetta in chiave di farsesca stravaganza, fondato sui principi dell'iperbole e dell'accumulazione, sostenuto da attori famosi. L'episodio di partenza, briosa bizzarria di cadenze scozzesi, è di Huston. Brevi apparizioni di Jean-Paul Belmondo, George Raft, Peter O'Toole, Jacqueline Bisset. Dall'omonimo romanzo di Ian Fleming.

Il Morandini, Zanichelli Editore

James Bond 007 - Casino Royale è un film diretto dai registi John Huston, Val Guest, Ken Hughes, Joseph McGrath e Robert Parrish.

Nato da un'idea del produttore Charles Feldman di produrre un film in concorrenza con la United Artists, utilizzando l'unico romanzo di Ian Fleming non utilizzato da Albert Broccoli, si presenta come una parodia di James Bond.

Il numero dei registi fa capire che il film è nato e si è sviluppato tra grandi difficoltà: il carattere difficile di Peter Sellers ha creato non pochi problemi, soprattutto di carattere personale. La moglie Britt Ekland lo aveva lasciato dopo un litigio, e lui cercava in tutti i modi di parlarle, invano; inoltre è noto come, durante una visita della pricipessa Margaret, lei si fosse dedicata interamente ad Orson Welles, ignorando tutto il resto del cast, Sellers compreso. Da quel momento Sellers non rivolgerà più la parola a Welles, e tutte le scene in cui sono presenti entrambi saranno costretti a girarle in controcampo. Ciononostante la sua presenza è uno tra gli elementi di spicco del film.

Il cast, composto da attori di grande, se non grandissima levatura, riesce a tenere in piedi il film, che altrimenti risulterebbe sfilacciato nella trama in più di un punto; il succedersi di registi di sicuro non ha contribuito a compattare il tutto, e come ebbe a dire Woody Allen :" Casino Royale è un manicomio!".

Un tipetto timido di Baltimora cerca di vincere il suo complesso di inferiorità con una carriera di criminale, ma non ne ha la vocazione. 1 film di Allen regista: una catena di gag divertenti, ingabbiate in una struttura parodistica (del cinema gangster, carcerario, ecc. e del giornalismo televisivo d'inchiesta), che talvolta sconfinano nel territorio dell'assurdo in efficace equilibrio tra l'umorismo verbale e la comicità visiva. Distribuito in Italia dopo Il dittatore dello stato libero di Bananas.


Critica da "Il Mereghetti 2000":

Prodotto da Charles K. Feldman (che deve essere considerato il vero "autore" del film), questa satira del mito di James Bond mescola i contributi di molti registi (Parrish ha girato soprattutto le scene con Peter Sellen, Orson Welles e Ursula Andress) con un cast e messa in scena ricchissimi, fin spropositati per una burla caotica e terribilmente discontinua, ad alto rischio di noia nonostante trovate e momenti irresistibili. Particina per il campione automobilistico Stirling Moss, che naturalmente interpreta la parte di un autista.

Da Tullio Kezich, Il Mille film. Dieci anni al cinema 1967-1977, Edizioni Il Formichiere

Scritto nel 1952, Casinò Royal è il primo romanzo in cui compare il personaggio di James Bond. È anche, nell’opinione di molti, il miglior libro di lan Fleming; lo pensava uno specialista come Raymond Chandler, lo scrive John Pearson: «Libro originalissimo, insolito e strano». Secondo Pearson, autore dell’interessante biografia La vita di Ian Fleming creatore di James Bond, quelli di 007 sono romanzi «scritti con una serietà spaventosa, evidente soprattutto in Casinò Royal... » nei quali l’autore adattò «scene e vicende del suo mondo fantastico agli schemi del romanzo di spionaggio». Se davvero è cosi, come nella serrata analisi di Pearson risulta probabile, Fleming resterebbe piuttosto male di fronte al film James Bond 007 Casinò Royale. La vicenda dei diritti cinematografici del libro e dei tentativi per mettere in piedi l’affare meriterebbe una cronaca a parte. Originariamente Casinò Royale fu acquistato dal regista Gregory Ratoff; segni una riduzione televisiva della CBS americana; più tardi ancora i diritti passarono al produttore Charles K. Feldmann, che nella preparazione bruciò diversi registi tra i quali il nostro Lattuada. Ma intanto era scoppiato il boom di Sean Connery. Feldmann non osava presentare Bond con un’altra faccia: e Casinò Royal era l’unico libro di Fleming di cui non detenessero i diritti Saltzmann e Broccoli, produttori di 007. Feldmann tentò senza successo di accordarsi con la prestigiosa coppia e infine decise di fare il film da solo: inventò una formula con tanti registi e tanti James Bond, tutti interpretati da attori famosi. Ne è risultato un carrozzone traboccante di volti noti, di trovate esplosive, di scenografie mirabolanti (c’è perfino, nella sequenza berlinese, una parodia del pittoricismo alla Caligari).Una pagliacciata troppo rumorosa e fastosa per divertire veramente, a parte che di satire spionistiche siamo saturi. Concepito come un pastiche, James Bond 007 Casinò Royale è soltanto un pastrocchio.

Da Il Giornale, 30 luglio 2005


Primo romanzo di Ian Fleming con James Bond come protagonista, Casinò Royale (da oggi in edicola con il Giornale a 5,90 euro) è stato scritto nel 1953, quando Stalin era vivo e in Corea si combatteva. È uno dei libri più interessanti del ciclo, perché informa parcamente su Bond e soprattutto perché Bond è ancora un mortale, solo un po' più mascalzone e fortunato di altri. Eppure dal romanzo è derivato il titolo - e poco di più - del peggior film di 007. La colpa non è di Fleming, morto nel frattempo, nel 1964.
Il film Casinò Royale (1967) è diretto da una raffica di registi: Val Guest, Kenneth Hughes, John Huston, Joe McGrath e Robert Parrish ed è interpretato da una triplice raffica di attori: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, William Holden, Charles Boyer, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Deborah Kerr, Dahlia Lavi, Barbara Bouchet, Jacqueline Bisset e perfino, per un attimo, Jean-Paul Belmondo e George Raft.
I produttori - non i soliti Saltzman e Broccoli - non erano riusciti a ingaggiare Sean Connery, già stufo di Bond, e avevano ripiegato su David Niven, uno degli attori che Fleming prediligeva per il ruolo. L'idea buona venne rovinata dalla cattiva: quella, memori del successo di Ciao, pussycat, di fare del film una parodia. A ciò s'aggiunse il comportamento di Sellers (che interpreta anche lui Bond, seppur con altro nome), tesissimo perché stava perdendo Britt Ekland.
Dimentichiamo dunque il film e ricordiamo il romanzo, che ora appare nella traduzione di Massimo Bocchiola e non più in quella d'epoca, di Enrico Cicogna. Casinò Royale è il più vicino dei libri fleminghiani alla cupa realtà dell'agente segreto, che non è un mestiere pulito. Inganni, tradimenti, assassini (licenza di uccidere suona bene, ma questo significa) sono lo sfondo della vicenda, che è da piena Guerra fredda. È il Fleming meno lontano da Le Carré o da Deighton. Chi ragioni secondo i dogmi del politicamente corretto di oggi si sorprenderà che la descrizione di Le Chiffre corrisponda a quella del cattivo, anziché del buono, come sarebbe obbligatorio oggi. Le Chiffre - apprendiamo dalle pagine di Fleming - è infatti stato segnalato ai servizi segreti inglesi per la prima volta «come deportato politico, ricoverato nel campo dei deportati di Dachau nel giugno 1945. Apparentemente colpito da amnesia e da paresi alle corde vocali (simulazioni?). Riacquista l'uso della parola dopo varie cure, ma continua a dire di aver perso la memoria, a eccezione di vaghi ricordi dell'Alzasia-Lorena e di Strasburgo, dove viene trasferito nel settembre 1945 con passaporto apolide. Assume il cognome di Le Chiffre (“Dato che sono solo un numero su un passaporto”). Età: circa quarantacinque anni. Altezza 1,72. Peso kg. 113 (...) Bocca piccola, quasi femminea. Denti falsi di qualità costosa. Orecchie piccole con lobi larghi, che rivelano la presenza di sangue ebraico. Fortemente sensuale. Genere masochista».
Non solo: l'apolide dalle orecchie piccole è diventato nel 1953 un noto sindacalista comunista in Francia, finanziato dai sovietici. Anziché nell'emancipazione del proletariato, ha investito però quei soldi nell'acquisto di una catena di postriboli, scelta infelice perché, casualmente, la Francia li ha proibiti subito dopo.
Per recuperare il denaro, Le Chiffre gioca al casinò dell'immaginaria cittadina francese di Royale, dove Bond deve sconfiggerlo a baccarat, rendendo palese la sua rovina finanziaria, in modo che la Smersh finisca il lavoro, uccidendo Le Chiffre. Apprendiamo anche qualcosa di Bond: «È un bell'uomo. Ricorda Hoagy Carmichael, l'autore di Polvere di stelle. Ma in Bond c'è qualcosa di freddo e di implacabile». Ma non scherza nemmeno Le Chiffre, «masochista» che tortura Bond con un battipanni - ancora lontana l'epoca del laser cinematografico di Goldfinger - che va e viene fra le parti basse dell'agente di Sua Maestà. Dalla Russia con dolore.

CREDITI COMPLETI: James Bond 007 Casinò Royale


Peter Sellers ... Evelyn Tremble/James Bond/007
Ursula Andress ... Vesper Lynd/007
David Niven ... Sir James Bond
Orson Welles ... Le Chiffre
Joanna Pettet ... Mata Bond
Daliah Lavi ... The Detainer/007
Woody Allen ... Dr. Noah/Jimmy Bond
Deborah Kerr ... Agent Mimi/Lady Fiona McTarry
William Holden ... Ransome
Charles Boyer ... Le Grand
John Huston ... McTarry/M
Kurt Kasznar ... Smernov
George Raft ... Himself
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... French Legionnaire (as Jean Paul Belmondo)
Terence Cooper ... Cooper/James Bond/007
Barbara Bouchet ... Moneypenny
Angela Scoular ... Buttercup
Gabriella Licudi ... Eliza
Tracey Crisp ... Heather
Elaine Taylor ... Peg
Jacqueline Bisset ... Miss Goodthighs (as Jacky Bisset)
Alexandra Bastedo ... Meg
Anna Quayle ... Frau Hoffner
Derek Nimmo ... Hadley
Ronnie Corbett ... Polo
Colin Gordon ... Casino Director
Bernard Cribbins ... Taxi Driver
Tracy Reed ... Fang Leader
John Bluthal ... Casino Doorman/M.I.5 Man
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Q
John Wells ... Q's Assistant
Duncan Macrae ... Inspector Mathis
Graham Stark ... Casino Cashier
Chic Murray ... Chic
Jonathan Routh ... John
Richard Wattis ... British Army Officer
Vladek Sheybal ... Le Chiffre's Representative
Percy Herbert ... 1st Piper
Penny Riley ... Control Girl
Jeanne Roland ... Captain of the Guards
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Baker ... Le Chiffre's assistant (uncredited)
Susan Baker ... Le Chiffre's assistant (uncredited)
R.S.M. Brittain ... Sergeant Major (uncredited)
Erik Chitty ... Sir James Bond's Butler (uncredited)
Frances Cosslett ... Michele (uncredited)
Alexander Doré ... Extra (uncredited)
Valentine Dyall ... Vesper Lynd's assistant/Dr. Noah's voice (uncredited)
Veronica Gardnier ... Bond girl (uncredited)
Bob Godfrey ... Scottish Strongman (uncredited)
John Hollis ... Monk (uncredited)
Anjelica Huston ... Agent Mimi's Hands (uncredited)
Burt Kwouk ... Chinese General (uncredited)
John Le Mesurier ... M's Driver (uncredited)
David Lodge ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Yvonne Marsh ... Bond girl (uncredited)
Barrie Melrose ... Extra (uncredited)
Stirling Moss ... Driver (uncredited)
Caroline Munro ... Control Room Girl (uncredited)
Peter O'Toole ... Piper (uncredited)
David Prowse ... Frankenstein's Creature (uncredited)
Milton Reid ... Temple Guard (uncredited)
Robert Rowland ... MI5 Agent (uncredited)

Produced by
Jerry Bresler .... producer
John Dark .... associate producer
Charles K. Feldman .... producer
Original Music by
Burt Bacharach  
Cinematography by
Jack Hildyard   (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bill Lenny  
Casting by
Maude Spector  
Production Design by
Michael Stringer  
Art Direction by
Ivor Beddoes  
Lionel Couch  
John Howell  
Costume Design by
Julie Harris  
Anna Duse   (uncredited)
Makeup Department
John O'Gorman .... makeup artist: Ursula Andress
Joan Smallwood .... chief hair stylist
Neville Smallwood .... chief makeup artist
Production Management
Barrie Melrose .... production manager
John D. Merriman .... production manager (as John Merriman)
Douglas Peirce .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Baird .... assistant director
Carl Mannin .... assistant director
Anthony Squire .... second unit director
John Stoneman .... assistant director
Richard Talmadge .... second unit director
Art Department
Norman Dorme .... assistant art director
Bill MacLaren .... construction manager (as Bill Maclaren)
Terence Morgan .... set dresser
Tony Rimmington .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Sash Fisher .... sound
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
Bob Jones .... sound
Richard Langford .... sound (as Dick Langford)
John W. Mitchell .... sound
Jim Shields .... dialogue editor (as James Shields)
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
Roy Whybrow .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Les Bowie .... special matte worker
Gillian Aldam .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Anderson .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Brace .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tex Fuller .... stunts (uncredited)
Rusty Hood .... stunts (uncredited)
Arthur Howell .... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... stunt double: David Niven (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Munt .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard O'Brien .... stunt rider (uncredited)
Keith Peacock .... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Plummer .... stunts (uncredited)
Dinny Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Reid .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Terry Richards .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Smart .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Yorke .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicolas Roeg .... additional photographer
John Wilcox .... additional photographer
Trevor Coop .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Ted Deason .... focus puller: "a" camera (uncredited)
Gerry Fisher .... camera operator (uncredited)
Maurice Gillett .... supervising electrician (uncredited)
Pamela Green .... still photographer (uncredited)
Anthony B. Richmond .... focus puller (uncredited)
Alex Thomson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Douglas Webb .... still photographer (uncredited)
Other crew
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Burt Bacharach .... conductor
David Berglas .... technical advisor
Charles K. Feldman .... presenter
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass .... main title theme played by (as Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass)
Tutte Lemkow .... choreographer
Alan Strachan .... assistant film editor
Richard Williams .... titles and montage effects
Lord Bolton .... stand-in: Sir James Bond in grouse shooting scenes (uncredited)
Chombert .... furs: Ursula Andress (uncredited)
Renée Glynne .... continuity (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Guy Laroche .... casino dresses (uncredited)
Guy Laroche .... costume designer: casino gowns (uncredited)
Michael Murray .... runner (uncredited)
Paco Rabanne .... guard girls dresses (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)