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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Peter Sellers
Ursula Andress
David Niven
Orson Welles
Directors
John Huston
Ken Hughes
Robert Parrish
Val Guest
Joseph McGrath
Screenwriters
Wolf Mankowitz
John Law
Michael Sayers
Running Time
131 minutes

Casino Royale
Long on laughs, short on testicle whipping


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Plot
Sir James Bond is called out of retirement when the world is threatened by mysterious mastermind ‘Dr Noah’. Meanwhile, the British secret service recruit and train various other operatives who are code-named ‘James Bond 007’, notably baccarat expert Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers), who is required to take on SMERSH chief Le Chiffre at the Casino Royale.


Verdict
Despite being not officially a Bond film this is good solid, entertaining action.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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