Casino Royale (1967) (part 10 of 13)

And so we come to the only part of the movie that’s even partially related to the source novel. As luck would have it, it also happens to be the best part of the film. Granted, that’s a little like saying the fall was the best part of being tossed through a window, but still, it’s far less psychedelic and bizarre than anything else in the movie. Which I could qualify with another disclaimer, but we’d be here all night if I go down that road.

An interesting bit of information before we begin: The two principles in this scene, Peter Sellers and Orson Welles, appear in the same shot exactly once in the whole movie. This was the result of some possible insecurity on the part of Peter Sellers in regards to Welles. One of the few things this scene gets right is to make this inconvenient situation between the two actors not overly noticeable, via some good editing choices. Pity they couldn’t afford the same courtesy to the rest of the movie.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Casino Royale (1967)

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