Casino Royale 1954

edited July 2012 in Merchandise Posts: 257
I was just wondering if anybody knew if you could get a dvd copy of the 1954 version of Casino Royale starring Barry Nelson anywhere? Thanks, I've never seen it so i wanted to try and add it to my collection.
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  • Posts: 1,497
    It was on Netflix streaming for a while. Not sure if that's still the case. It was part of a television series. I'll check tonight and follow up here.
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    JBFan626 wrote:
    It was on Netflix streaming for a while. Not sure if that's still the case. It was part of a television series. I'll check tonight and follow up here.

    Thanks JBFan626.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    It was featured as a bonus on one of the CR67 DVD releases a while ago.
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    DarthDimi wrote:
    It was featured as a bonus on one of the CR67 DVD releases a while ago.

    Excellent, thanks DarthDimi i will have a look on the internet now to see if i can find a CR67 DVD release with it as an extra.
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
    edited July 2012 Posts: 13,199
    It's the region 1 DVD release only but it is there as an extra.

    It's also on YouTube, if you wanted to view it there.
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    Thanks for all the help, i've found it on Amazon on the region 1 dvd CR67 release but unfrotunately i haven't got a multi region dvd player. so i think i will view it on youtube just so i can see it. I noticed that CR67 is coming out on bluray in the uk in august so maybe it will be an extra on that? hopefully. Thanks again.
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
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    In the UK, region 2, it's never been released.

    Here's the film uploaded to YouTube:



    And it's missing ending - watch after the film:

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    Thanks Samuel001, I'm just going to watch it, i am excited that i am about to watch something of bond that i've never seen. I really appreciate it. I am so plesaed i rejoined everyone has made me feel really welcome. cheers
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
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    Sharky wrote:
    I am so plesaed i rejoined

    Are are we! Sit back, enjoy and see you in an hour.
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    Would also like a DVD copy for my collection, but obviously it is very hard to get hold of.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    There are dark internet allies where one might find what one seeks.

    Oops, FBI. Gotta run.
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
    edited July 2012 Posts: 13,199
    I hold out hope, 2014, the 60th anniversary of the film, may net us a proper, intact, DVD release for the first time. Perfect time, too, if Bond 24 is also released that year.
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    Thanks Samuel001 for providing the link to the YouTube upload of CR54. I must confess I have always known about it but never had yet seen it. I have just watched act 1 and have to say am very pleasantly surprised by both the quality of the acting and production and I've very much enjoyed it so far.
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    I really enjoyed watching CR54 thanks for posting,
    i enjoyed it so much i have ordered a vhs copy from the U.S it says its the full version too. hopefully we will get a nice dvd copy sometime.
  • I read somewhere they sold this version in the US at K-Mart for $1 some years ago. You should say there are plenty around then but if you look on E-Bay etc. you can only find them at $60 or more. I also hope the release this once....
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    It's criminal that this 1954 Casino Royale adaptation is not more widely available in my view.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    I have a poor quality Blu-Ray. There are two versions out there (both are on youtube). The one that is in better conditions lacks the ending (where LeChiffre pulls out a razor and holds it to Valerie's throat, then is shot by Bond for a second, and final, time), which is a pretty big admission. So, I'd go for the lower quality one.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf England
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    Jimmy bond. Interesting but awful.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    I think it's quite good.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf England
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    But he's American? 007 should be British, period, in my book.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    edited March 2015 Posts: 26,157
    Of course, I'd like that as well. But if you are putting the wall up right there you're done before you even see it. I watch it for the anomaly it is. I think it's a well-paced, sharply written and finely acted hour of live television. Before CBS had a clue that James Bond would be a household name in the US a decade later.
    It bothers me that Lazenby is Australian, and that was in an official EON film, but that doesn't stop ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE from being one of my favorite Bond films (one of the most beloved on these boards). Granted, at least he's supposed to be British, but I think that it matters almost as much.
    What I'm saying is, if you can get passed that, you may enjoy it.
  • Posts: 1,552
    We've had 3 non-British Bonds, it hasn't affected my enjoyment either (Nelson, Lazenby & Brosnan). Only one actor has been partially correct to Fleming's interpretation of Bond - Connery - Bond is half Scottish, half Swiss.

    I think the 1954 production - apart from swapping a few nationalities around - was well written and acted for the time, especially considering that it was broadcast live - not an easy accomplishment. It also introduced more people to Bond. I'd be interested to find out how it affected sales of the Books in America after it was broadcast.

    I think it should be judged on its individual merits or lack thereof, rather than the nationalities of the chapters.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    Brosnan counts as British.
  • Posts: 1,552
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Brosnan counts as British.
    Even though he's from The Republic of Ireland, which is independent of Britain? I'm not saying that he's any less of a Bond, but if we're talking about Lazenby not being British, then we have to include Brosnan in that too.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache ~ Defender of the Continuation.
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    JCRendle wrote: »
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Brosnan counts as British.
    Even though he's from The Republic of Ireland, which is independent of Britain? I'm not saying that he's any less of a Bond, but if we're talking about Lazenby not being British, then we have to include Brosnan in that too.

    Indeed, though he left the RoI in 1964 to come to England. I assume her classes himself as Irish rather than British though as he is Irish by birth.
  • Climax was a very ambitious show, adapting many well known novels into one-hour television dramas. In the fall of 1954, Casino Royale was probably the least known of the novels adapted. It was the third broadcast.

    The first Climax broadcast was The Long Goodbye, based on the Raymond Chandler novel, with Dick Powell reprising the role of Philip Marlowe. Others in the series included Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (with Michael Rennie) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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    @AlexanderWaverly Was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Americanised too, or was it set in Victorian England?
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    The first Climax broadcast was The Long Goodbye, based on the Raymond Chandler novel, with Dick Powell reprising the role of Philip Marlowe.

    I have been searching for a copy of this for the past year. I am on a Chandler kick, and am an obsessive completist. I don't think any copy or tape is known to exist. Please let me know if any of you come across one.

    The other Holy Grail for me is the episode of the engilsh television show OMNIBUS (from the '70s) entitled THE BRITISH HERO, where scenes from the novels GOLDFINGER and MOONRAKER are dramatized.
  • edited March 2015 Posts: 1,552
    Birdleson wrote: »
    The first Climax broadcast was The Long Goodbye, based on the Raymond Chandler novel, with Dick Powell reprising the role of Philip Marlowe.

    I have been searching for a copy of this for the past year. I am on a Chandler kick, and am an obsessive completist. I don't think any copy or tape is known to exist. Please let me know if any of you come across one.

    The other Holy Grail for me is the episode of the engilsh television show OMNIBUS (from the '70s) entitled THE BRITISH HERO, where scenes from the novels GOLDFINGER and MOONRAKER are dramatized.

    With the circular saw from the novel, rather than the films lazer...

    James_Bond.jpg
  • JCRendle wrote: »
    @AlexanderWaverly Was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Americanised too, or was it set in Victorian England?

    Victorian England.

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