Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Human Hibachi 2020

- The Mannequin 2020

- Bite Night 2020

- Mother 2020

- The Cannibal Killer: The Real Story of Jeffrey Dahmer 2020

- My Hindu Friend 2015

- Creation 2016

- Black Angel 1946

- The Kingdom of Var 2019

- Tribes 2020

- Medicated 2018

- Edge of the Axe 1988

- Bloodhound 2020

- My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie 1975

- Everyone Laugh at Leanne 2019

- Mandragoras 2019

- Paranormal Farm 3: Halloween 2019

- Little Chief 2020

- Ernesto's Manifesto 2019

- Limerence 2019

- RoboCop 1987

- Road Trip 2019

- The Butcher 2019

- Frank and Eva 1973

- Sharp Point 2019

- Red Handed 2019

- Santa 2019

- The Dunes 2019

- Frenzy 3 2019

- Abstruse 2019

- Hollie 2019

- The Far Country 1954

- PandaMonium 2020

- Perverted Desire 2020

- Lection 2019

- The League of Legend Keepers: Shadows 2019

- Blue Movie 1971

- The Last Heroes 2019

- Reality Queen! 2019

- Flowers in the Attic 1987

- A Night at the Movies ... Indie Style 2019

- Anyone Home 2018

- The Spirit Gallery 1995

- The Lady 2019

- Hitch Hike to Hell 1977

- The Dwelling 2016

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Climax! - Casino Royale

episode 1.3

USA 1954
produced by
Bretaigne Windust for CBS
directed by William H. Brown jr
starring Barry Nelson, Peter Lorre, Linda Christian, Michael Pate, Eugene Borden, Jean Del Val, Gene Roth, Kurt Katch, William Lundigan (host)
screenplay by Charles Bennett, Anthony Ellis, based on the novel by Ian Fleming, music by Jerry Goldsmith

TV-series
Climax, James Bond, Casino Royale

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


American (!) secret agent and master gambler James Bond (Barry Nelson) gets a new assignment: To clean out Russian secret agent and passionate gambler Le Chiffre (Peter Lorre). The story behind it all: Le Chiffre has lost a large lump of money belonging to the Soviet Union at the gambling tables, but tomorrow night he plans to win it all back. Which he won't if he gambles James Bond of course ...

Le Chiffre has a secret weapon though, Valerie (Linda Christian), a former girlfriend of Bond now working for the Russians, and Le Chiffre threatens to shoot her should Bond try to defeat him. The next night at the gambling table, Bond deliberately loses all his money - until he receives funds to continue gambling from noone else but Valerie hereself, and now he cleans out Le Chiffre as he was meant to. Bond later learns that Valerie is actually a double agent working for the French, so she was on his side all the time, but he also learns that Le Chiffre is a sore loser, so he takes both Bond and Valerie captive and tries to get the location of the money Bond has won but Le Chiffre considers his out of Bond, primarily via torture. But Bond is not one to give up and after a big fistfight it all ends happily ...

 

The very first time James Bond was brought to the screen was via (then standard) live television - and James Bond-enthusiasts are quick to label this one as blasphemy, mainly because Bond is an American in the show and doesn't really have too many of the now famous Bond-mannerisms down. The blasphemy-claim is of course a bit of an exaggeration because the character James Bond was hardly as iconic in 1954 as it is today (Casino Royale the book, Bond's introduction to the world, was only published in 1953).

All of this of course says little about the show's own merits ... and in all, Casino Royale is ok television, it's fast-moving, features plenty of suspense, and Peter Lorre as a villain is great as was to be expected. Sure, there is little in terms of over-the-top action we are now used to from the James Bond of the movies, and the sets are very limited due to the very nature of live television, but this is still a well-made little TV-thriller. Sure, Barry Nelson doesn't ring true as James Bond, but that might also be due to hindsight ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Climax! - Casino Royale
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Climax! - Casino Royale here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Climax! - Casino Royale at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD