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Uploaded on Aug 15, 2009
This is the first ever screen adaption of a Bond novel, made in 1953 for US TV. The hero is played by Barry Nelson (changed to Jimmy Bond of the CIA) and the villain is played by Peter Lorre (better known for the successful 'Mr Moto' movies). Because of this adaption, when Eon productions bought the rights to Fleming's Bond 007 in the 1960s, the couldn't get Casino Royale as part of the deal. This led to the 1967 spoof version being made, starring Peter Sellers and David Niven. Many years later, Kevin McClory had obtained the rights to Casino Royale for Sony Pictures, and intended to make his own version of it separate from Eon. However, after a large lawsuit, the rights finally went to Eon as part of an out of court settlement in 2000. Finally, Eon were able to give the novel the full movie treatment in their own version, starring Daniel Craig, a few years later.