Casino Royale (Climax!, 1954)

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Casino Royale
Directed by William H. Brown Jr.
Produced by Bretaigne Windhurst
Written by Ian Fleming (original)
Charles Bennett
Anthony Ellis
Starring Barry Nelson
Peter Lorre
Linda Christian
Michael Pate
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Distributed by CBS
Release date(s) October 21, 1954
Running time 48 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Official website
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Casino Royale (1954) is an un-official made-for-TV James Bond film and the first known produced Bond film. The film was aired as an episode of the CBS TV series Climax!, and was based on Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel. It stars Barry Nelson as fictional secret agent James Bond. The film is the only adaptation of a Bond novel to be an American production rather than a British production, resulting in the James Bond character becoming a CIA agent rather than an MI6 agent, as well as Bond being given the nickname "Card Sense Jimmy Bond". It is also the first film adaptation of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale novel, which would later be adapted as a 1967 pardoy film, and as an entry in EON Productions official James Bond film series in 2006. The is the first of three un-official (non-EON produced) Bond films, the following two being the 1967 comedy film Casino Royale and the 1983 Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again, none of which have any relation to each other.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, producers of the official James Bond series, would later purchase the rights to the film from CBS in the late 1990's, along with the 1967 parody Casino Royale (film, 1967) and Never Say Never Again.