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Casino Royale (The Collector's Edition) [VHS]
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Who was the first actor to play James Bond? If you answered Sean Connery, you would be wrong. In 1954, Barry Nelson played Bond in 007's screen debut: a 1954 live t.v version of the first James Bond novel "Casino Royale". Spy Guise Video now makes this amazing and historic program available - complete with the restored ending missing from previous video versions. This deluxe collector's edition also features many extras: an exclusive overview of the life of Ian Fleming and the "Casino Royale" legacy hosted by Lee Pfeiffer, co-author of the best-selling book "The Essential Bond: An Authorized Celebration of 007". Additionally, this version contains rare promotional advertisements, photographs, and information about James Bond clubs, magazines and officially licensed collectibles. No James Bond fan will want to be without this definitive collector's edition of 007's screen debut. Recorded in the SP mode for superior quality.

Customer Reviews:

  • The Original Bond was CIA not MI6
    This rare collector's edition is one to watch before the 2006 release of new James Bond Daniel Craig. Originally he was an American named Jimmy and its just not the same. Bond is blue blood British just as Ian Fleming imagined. Nonetheless, it's a cool rendition from the cold war era of 1954. Must see for true blue Bond fans. So NO ... Dr. No was no the first 007 movie to be made from the series....more info
  • A nice TV play -- but an American James Bond??
    An interesting TV play of the early 1950s. Barry Nelson as James Bond - an American James Bond, no less. Ian Fleming must have really needed the money so he could write more Bond novels. Why else would he sell his rights to his fascinating story, only to have it end up as a live television play on American TV? It's a must-have for the true Bond collector. This is the only serious rendering of the novel "Casino Royale" available, and it doesn't closely resemble the novel either....more info
  • Genesis of Bond
    Barry Nelson was the first Bond on Screen!
    Today we have two versions of Casino Royale:
    The 1954 version and the 1967 spoof version.
    The 1954 Climax version has been published in two video versions-one in the US and another shortened version in Europe.The shortened version was released on DVD as extra material on the 1967 Casino Royale DVD release in the US.
    Collectors and fans know that the last minute of the 1954 Casino Royale version hasn't been released in Europe...Bond killing Le Chiffre.
    Peter Lorre, Linda Christian and Barry Nelson completes the set adapted from Flemings 1952 novel Casino Royale.

    Barry Nelson last motion picture was Island of Claws from 1980. His most rememable performance are Airport and the Shining. He was born in 1920 and is of Scandinavian origin.

    The 1954 version is much better than the 1967 spoof version, no doubt.
    But still it would be fantastic if the Bond producers would make an updated adaptaion of this first Bond novel.

    Michael H. Damsgaard
    Denmark...more info
  • Casino Royale
    This is amust have for any James Bond fan. It is the starter to the great line of Bond films. It's Ian Fleming's first novel. Buy It. It's definitaly worth the money...more info
  • Casino Royale
    I was a little disappointed in the quality of the television picture
    part of the video but I do realise that it is from 1954 so have allowed for
    that in my rating. I also realise that I wouldn't have had the opportunity
    to see this TV program without this video so the overall rating is in its
    favour rather than against it....more info
  • 007 Casino Royal - TV Version
    Good show but an American Bond is just not the same....more info
  • CasinoRoyal
    I didn't realize this wasn't a full length movie, the title was miss leading (Collector's Edition - not "TV Version") This was the orginal one hour televised play version of the book. The quality of the footage was poor due to the technology of it's day. It was insightful how "Bond" has evolved over the years. I found it interesting but disappointed it wasn't an orginal full length movie of the book. ...more info
  • A unique chapter of television history & the world of 007
    Step back in time to the early days of LIVE television. This restored treasure offers the first ever adaptation of Ian Fleming's super spy. This loving tribute is loaded with extras, a lovely time for Bond fans and television junkies. NOTE: This is the first time the complete ending has been rekeased....more info
  • The first James Bond movie ever!
    Dr. No is actually not the first 007 movie, 8 years before that Climax Theatre for CBS Television produced a TV movie called Casino Royale. 007 was known as "Card Sense Jimmy Bond" and the entire movie was based in a hotel casino. The movie was rereleased in the early 90's, but did not contain the ending in which Bond battles Le Chiffre. This tape is the only one that does contain the entire movie from beginning to end.
    The movie begins with an introduction by Lee Pfeiffer who tells about this movie and the 1967 spoof version.

    The movie begins with Bond being shot at while entering the casino, but the culprit escapes. Bond meets up with Clarence Leiter, in which they discuss Baccarat and the evil Le Chiffre. Bond is told that Le Chiffre has gambled and lost 80 million francs of Soviet money and is planning to win it back to try to clean the mess with his employers. Bond's job is to make sure that he loses. bond also meets Valerie Mathis who appears to be working for Le Chiffre. As the movie continues, Bond and Le Chiffre play Baccarat with Le Chiffre cleaning out Bond. Bond then mysteriously recieves 35 million francs and wins 87 million francs all from Le Chiffre. Valerie is kidnaped, but she returns to Bond in his hotel room where they are trapped by Le Chiffre and his thugs. bond is tortured to tell where he has hidden the check for the money. Bond escapes and shoots Le Chiffre, who still survives. Bond, Valerie and Le Chiffre all meet in the sitting room of Bond's room where Valerie confess that she is a French agent, who still loved Bond and gave him the 35 million francs. (At this point the tape gets fuzzy and harder to see, as obviously this is the part that has finally been restored.) Le Chiffre holds Valerie with a knife at her chest when Bond shoots and kills him.

    After the movie there are several pictures and advertisements for the 1967 version, and addresses to 007 fan clubs. Casino Royale is an exciting James Bond movie that has to be in the collection of anyone that would call themselves a Bond fan!...more info

  • Royale
    Great find. Good to see how the 007 series started. Hard to find video....more info
  • For the fan
    the actual film is a recording of a life televised play. Consequently not the Bond spectacular you are acustomed to. It also airs the time when it was recorded. Slow-ish. Still, it completes my Bond collection and the picture and sound quality was good to very good, considering the age. So, yes I am pretty happy with this addition to the collection and, no I probably won't watch it a second time. But I will be showing it off.
    I certainly satisfied my need-to-know what it was I never saw before....more info
  • The First Bond Movie, Ever
    Many think that Sean Connery was the first actor to impersonate the role of the sophisticated British agent; when in fact he wasn't. Sean was the first actor to play bond in a "theatrical" movie. But in 1954, 8 years before Dr. No hit the screens, 007 was introduced for the first time on Television broadcast.

    The movie was called Casino Royale, based on the first novel by Ian Fleming. The movie was adapted from this novel for a CBS broadcast, with the hopes of adapting more of Ian Fleming's novels on TV...but the broadcast was pretty much bashed by critics and ignored by viewers. The movie was broadcasted only once and lost. It was later found and re-broadcasted in the 1990's for TBS, part of a James Bond movie marathon. Thought the problem with that version that was re-aired was that it was missing the final confrontation between Bond And The villainous LE Chifre. This broadcast was available before the broadcast on video in the late 80's. But like the broadcast it was missing the last 5 min.

    But the wait is long over because Spy Guise has released a special collector's edition that re-stores the missing footage, and re-mastered it to the best possible quality. The only bad quality I would say is the final missing footage, this is due to long years of storage and moist. But other than that this is the complete version of the first broadcast.

    Another great thing about this VHS is that it has a wonderful intro by Lee Phiffer, who gives an overview of bond's persona and history. And stay tuned after the credits for more info on bond.

    Anyhow, the movie is quite simple, Barry Nelson plays an American 007 (yep American, who would have thought) he is known as card sense Jimmy Bond. he has a friend in the M:I 6 known as Leiter (yep Leiter is British in this one, who would have thought) both are trying to stop a mad man named Le Chifre ( Peter Lorre) he is planning to re obtain 80 million in a card game (baccarat) Bond is set to play and beat Le Chifre in the game, so he can loose and hand him over to authorities. It doesn't get more complex than that. Not to mention that the first bond leading lady appears in this movie (Linda Christian)

    The action is a bit dated and cheesy, due to limited budget and time restraints. But the flick is interesting to see the first portrayal of Ian Flemings' literary spy. Oh and a word of advice, do not purchase the DVD version. there are various editions, some ranging up to 40 bucks, others for a mere dollar; it doest matter how much they cost, neither represents the complete version, and none of those have the special features this one has.

    Here is an overview of what you will find in this VHS tape

    > THE COMPLETE 70 MIN VERSION OF THE FILM
    > AN EXCLUSIVE INTRO BY LEE PHIFFER, EXPALINING THE STORY OF THE NOVEL AND THE 1967 SPOOF VERSION.
    > ORIGINAL T.V. ADDS FOR THE SPOOF VERSION OF 1967
    > RARE PHOTOS AND COLLECTIBLES PAERTAINING TO THE "CASINO ROYALE" LEGEND
    > INFORMATION ABOUT SPY RELATED FAN CLUBS, CATALOGS AND MAGAZINES

    This Special Collectors edition is definitely the way to go, it should be owned by any bond enthusiast. So sit back and get a Vodka martini, if you're of legal drinking age that is, and remember Shaken not stirred

    MY PERSONAL RATING: 3 OUT OF 5


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