The Making of Casino Royale (1967)

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The Making of Casino Royale (1967)

Postby Mikey » Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:33 pm

The Making of Casino Royale (1967) outlines the story of a major blockbuster movie, which got out of control to become one of the most complicated productions filmed and the most bizarre James Bond film ever.

This book is now available to pre-order on the Telos website www.telos.co.uk although it will become available later on both Amazon UK and Amazon USA and there will also be a Kindle version.

The sixties James Bond spoof Casino Royale was a psychedelic multi-storylined extravaganza of improvisation and the constant rewriting of various screenplays, brought about after negotiations between producer Charles K Feldman, Eon Productions, United Artists and Columbia Pictures failed to bring about a co-production. Realising that he would have to proceed without Bond actor Sean Connery, Feldman crammed his picture with as many famous names as possible: Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, David Niven, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Deborah Kerr, Daliah Lavi, Joanna Pettet, Barbara Bouchet, William Holden and Jean Paul Belmondo to name but a few. The cast also included several unbilled cameos such as: Peter O’Toole, Caroline Munro, Dave Prowse, John Le Mesurier, Fiona Lewis and ex-F1 racing driver Stirling Moss.

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Just to whet your appetite I can confirm that you will discover the answers to the following…

1 During development, which James Bond actor was approached about playing the character for what would have been the first time in June 1964?

2 During December 1965, which actress well known for appearing in The Avengers was named in the American press as being lined-up to appear in Casino Royale?

3 For his cameo role in the Scottish Marching Band sequence, what did Peter O’Toole accept as payment?

4 Why did Sarah Miles turn down the role of Meg, one of the McTarry daughters?

5 What did Shirley MacLaine do the week before principal photography was due to commence that stopped production?

6 Why was Blake Edwards turned down as a director for Casino Royale?

7 After suffering the bad experience of having his screenplay constantly rewritten while making the film What’s New Pussycat? Why did Woody Allen agree to work with Charles K Feldman again on Casino Royale?

8 What role was Dave Prowse originally going to play in Peter Sellers’ nightmare?

All this and more (as the saying goes) in The Making of Casino Royale (1967).
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Re: The Making of Casino Royale (1967)

Postby Kristatos » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:19 pm

Welcome, Mikey. Are you the author of this book?
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Re: The Making of Casino Royale (1967)

Postby Mikey » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:29 pm

Hi Kristatos

Thank you for the welcome and to answer your question, yes I am.
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Re: The Making of Casino Royale (1967)

Postby Capt. Sir Dominic Flandry » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:13 pm

Telos more! :evil:

Cheers - it looks like a very interesting book about the 60s Royale.
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Re: The Making of Casino Royale (1967)

Postby Kristatos » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:20 pm

The book looks good. Is it available in ebook form? I'm running out of shelf space for "real" books.
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Re: The Making of Casino Royale (1967)

Postby Mikey » Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:27 am

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Yes, it will be available as an ebook.
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Re: The Making of Casino Royale (1967)

Postby Mikey » Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:33 am

Capt. Sir Dominic Flandry wrote:Telos more! :evil:

Cheers - it looks like a very interesting book about the 60s Royale.


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The Making of Casino Royale (1966) begins with Fleming writing the novel and goes through to Charles K Feldman finally getting his production underway in January 1966. Along the way it traces the development and then the hap-hazard production, where what happened behind the scenes was just as bizarre as what was going on in front of the camera. 7 directors, at least 10 scriptwriters, filming undertaken at 3 major UK film studios, various screenplays and rewritten screenplays and 1 production that got completely out of control.
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Re: The Making of Casino Royale (1967)

Postby Mikey » Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:54 pm

There’s just been an interview posted on Jason Whiton’s impressive SpyVibe blog, which goes into the background of Charles K Feldman’s sixties James Bond spoof and why I was inspired to write this reference work, The Making of Casino Royale (1967) (Follow the link). Hopefully both paperback and e-book examples will be available by the beginning of November, but if you cannot wait until then it can be pre-ordered from the Telos Publishing site.

http://spyvibe.blogspot.co.uk/
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Re: The Making of Casino Royale (1967)

Postby Mikey » Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:14 pm

An in-depth interview regarding this book can be found on The Nice Rooms blogzine by following the link, or simply go to the site and enter through The Front Room and look at room 26.

http://www.thenicerooms.com/room-26
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