Casino Royale (1967) (part 3 of 13)

And we’re blown right out of Bond’s estate being destroyed to a shot of SMERSH headquarters. SMERSH being the Soviet spy agency that Bond fought against in the Casino Royale novel. (The EON Bond films changed the name of the organization to SPECTRE, to distance it from the real Soviet agency called SMERSH.)

Here, however, SMERSH is less of a spy agency, and more of a loose coalition of stewardesses and nannies causing assorted mayhem across Europe. Their headquarters consists primarily of a huge control room staffed entirely by beautiful women. It’s like Dr. Strangelove as filmed by Russ Meyer.

Caption contributed by Steve

Marlon Brando’s angioplasty team spent months preparing for their big day.

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Jessica Ritchey

Born in Western North Carolina, Juniper was discovered in a filthy shack in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains, speaking a made up language to a tattered rag doll, her only companion. Her social skills have improved little in the intervening years. She is currently making flailing efforts at being a freelance writer. One of history's supreme procrastinators she plans on writing a book about it someday.

Multi-Part Article: Casino Royale (1967)

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