Climax! Mystery Theater “Casino Royale” (part 1 of 2)

Casino Royale (1954)

Editor’s Note: In anticipation of the next James Bond film—an adaptation of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, due out in November—I’m pleased to announce that I and several other recappers will soon be bringing you an Agony Booth Mega Recap of the first movie based on Casino Royale. Starring the likes of David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Woody Allen, and many more—including an astounding eight Repeat Offenders—the 1967 Casino Royale is a psychedelic, schizophrenic hallucination, a James Bond spoof that uses the title of Fleming’s novel and little else. The origins of the ’67 film are as long and convoluted as the movie itself, and we’ll surely be delving into those origins more in the upcoming Mega Recap. But did you know the ’67 version wasn’t the first attempt to adapt Casino Royale for the screen? And did you know James Bond actually made his screen debut in 1954? On American TV? As an American secret agent named “Jimmy Bond”? Well, if you’re reading this, you probably already did know all that, but regardless, here’s guest recapper Amanda Wells to tell you all about it. —Albert

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Amanda Wells

If I was a bad movie, I'd find it much easier to write about myself than I do at present. My main interests outside of really bad movies is playing music. I've played guitar for 15 years, performed before far more people than I'm really comfortable with and am currently having fun listening to my 5 year old son bang away on his new starter drum set. Yes, drummers are so hard to find, I had to resort to making my own. When not playing music, I also like to work in my yard and many gardens, try new recipes (never would have thought that would happen), research my genealogy (I get to be related to the beheaded king and queen of France!) and read history books primarily about natural disasters and personal tales. And when I'm not doing any of that, then I'm spending time with my great family. The first movie I remember going to the theater to see was The Black Stallion which we were late to the beginning of and as we were waiting for it to begin again and rewatch it (is that even legal?) we got dragged away by my dad and sister who insisted we come watch Airplane! with them in the other theater. Oh, and I cried so hard at the end of Oh, Heavenly Dog! that my sister had to call my mom to come pick me up. As a kid, I never had a Big Wheel. I still want one.

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