|(1967) James Bond announces his retirement, and there's an international scramble to replace him in this sprawling satire of espionage/action movies (which is almost completely unrelated to Ian Fleming's first 007 novel). Highlights include David Niven and Deborah Kerr cavorting in a Scottish castle, Orson Welles performing magic tricks, and Woody Allen trying to talk his way out of a firing squad. Wolf Mankowitz, John Law, and Michael Sayers are credited with the screenplay, but chunks of it were rewritten at various times by John Huston, Billy Wilder, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Joseph Heller, Ben Hecht, and Terry Southern. Score by Burt Bacharach.||
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David Niven's only appearance as James Bond. Niven was reported to have been author Ian Fleming's own choice to play his super secret agent. The budget for this film was $25 million, over $15 million more than You Only Live Twice, with which it went head-to-head in the movie theatres. The film rights for Casino Royale were originally sold in 1955, and were eventually acquired by Charles Feldman, one of the movie's two producers. Peter Sellers and Orson Welles hated each 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.
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