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Casino Royale is a 1967 comedy spy film originally produced by Columbia Pictures starring an ensemble cast of directors and actors. It is set as a satire of the James Bond film series and the spy genre, and is loosely based on Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel.
The film stars David Niven as the original Bond, Sir James Bond 007. Forced out of retirement to investigate the deaths and disappearances of international spies, he soon battles the mysterious Dr. Noah and SMERSH.
The film’s famous slogan: “Casino Royale is too much… for one James Bond!” refers to Bond’s ruse to mislead SMERSH in which six other agents are designated as “James Bond”, namely, Baccarat master Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers), millionaire spy Vesper Lynd (Ursula Andress), Bond’s secretary Miss Moneypenny (Barbara Bouchet), Bond’s daughter with Mata Hari, Mata Bond (Joanna Pettet) and British agents “Coop” (Terence Cooper) and “The Detainer” (Daliah Lavi).
Charles K. Feldman, the producer, had acquired the film rights and had attempted to get Casino Royale made as an Eon James Bond film (i.e. one made by Eon Productions); however, Feldman and the producers of the Eon series, Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, failed to come to terms. Believing that he could not compete with the Eon series, Feldman resolved to produce the film as a satire.
The film has had a mixed reception among critics, some of whom regard it as a baffling, disorganised affair, with critic Roger Ebert branding it “possibly the most indulgent film ever made”. On the other hand, Andrea LeVasseur called it “a psychedelic, absurd masterpiece” and cinema historian Robert von Dassanowsky has described it as “a film of momentary vision, collaboration, adaption, pastiche, and accident. It is the anti-auteur work of all time, a film shaped by the very zeitgeist it took on.”
The story of Casino Royale is told in an episodic format and is best outlined in “chapters”. Val Guest oversaw the assembly of the sections, although he turned down the credit of “co-ordinating director”.
Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers) and Inspector Mathis meet in a pissoir, where Mathis presents his credentials—in a shot suggesting a display of Mathis’ genitals, and setting the tone of the film by satirizing the dramatic opening sequences in the Eon Bond films.
Sir James Bond 007, a legendary British spy who retired from the secret service 50 years previously, is visited by the head of British MI6, M, CIA representative Ransome, KGB representative Smernov, and Deuxième Bureau representative Le Grand. All implore Bond to come out of retirement to deal with SMERSH who have been eliminating agents: Bond spurns all their pleas. When Bond continues to stand firm, his mansion is destroyed by a mortar attack at the orders of M, who is however killed in the explosion.
Bond returns M’s remains to the grieving widow, Lady Fiona McTarry, who has been replaced by SMERSH’s Agent Mimi. The rest of the household have been likewise replaced, with SMERSH’s aim to discredit Bond by destroying his “celibate image”. However, Mimi/Lady Fiona becomes so impressed with Bond that she changes loyalties and helps Bond to foil the plot against him. On his way back to London, Bond survives another attempt on his life.
David Niven as Bond and Barbara Bouchet as Miss Moneypenny
Bond is promoted to the head of MI6 and he orders that all remaining MI6 agents will be named “James Bond 007″, to confuse SMERSH. He also hatches a plan to train an irresistible male agent to resist the charms of opposing female agents and Moneypenny recruits “Coop”, a karate expert who begins training to resist seductive women: he also meets an exotic agent known as the Detainer.
Bond then hires Vesper Lynd, a retired agent turned millionaire, to recruit baccarat player Evelyn Tremble, whom he intends to use to beat SMERSH agent Le Chiffre. Having embezzled SMERSH’s money, Le Chiffre is desperate for money to cover up his theft before he is executed.
Following up a clue from agent Mimi, Bond persuades his estranged daughter Mata Bond to travel to East Berlin to infiltrate International Mothers’ Help, a school for spies that is a SMERSH cover operation. Mata uncovers a plan to sell compromising photographs of military leaders from the US, USSR, China and Great Britain at an “art auction”, another scheme Le Chiffre hopes to use to raise money: Mata destroys the photos. Le Chiffre’s only remaining option is to raise the money by playing baccarat: The Detainer tried to stop him, but Le Chiffre prepared a magic trick, hypnotising The Detainer and making her disappear.
Tremble arrives at the Casino Royale accompanied by Vesper, who foils an attempt to disable him by seductive SMERSH agent Miss Goodthighs. Later that night, Tremble observes Le Chiffre playing at the casino and realizes that he is using infrared sunglasses to cheat. Vesper steals the sunglasses, allowing Evelyn to eventually beat Le Chiffre in a game of baccarat. Vesper is apparently abducted outside the casino, and Tremble is also kidnapped while pursuing her. Le Chiffre, desperate for the winning cheque, hallucinogenically tortures Tremble. Vesper rescues Tremble, only to subsequently kill him. Meanwhile, SMERSH agents raid Le Chiffre’s base and kill him for his failure.
In London, Mata Bond is kidnapped by SMERSH in a giant flying saucer, and James and Moneypenny travel to Casino Royale to rescue her. They discover that the casino is located atop a giant underground headquarters run by the evil Dr. Noah, who turns out to be Sir James’s nephew Jimmy Bond. Jimmy reveals that he plans to use biological warfare to make all women beautiful and kill all men over 4-foot-6-inch (1.37 m) tall, leaving him as the “big man” who gets all the girls. Jimmy goes to check on The Detainer, and tries to convince her to be his queen, she apparently agrees, but foils his plan by poisoning him with one of his own atomic pills, which will cause him to hiccup till he explodes.
Sir James, Moneypenny, Mata and Coop manage to escape from their cell and fight their way back to the Casino Director’s office where Sir James establishes Vesper is a double agent. The casino is then overrun by secret agents and a battle ensues. Eventually, Jimmy’s atomic pill explodes, destroying Casino Royale along with everyone inside. Sir James and all of his agents then appear in heaven and Jimmy Bond is shown descending to hell.
Peter Sellers as Evelyn Tremble
See also List of characters in Casino Royale (1967) for a complete list of all actors who play a major, minor or uncredited role in the film.
David Niven as Sir James Bond 007 – A legendary British secret agent forced out of retirement to fight SMERSH. David Niven had, in fact, been Ian Fleming’s preference for the part of James Bond, Eon Productions, however, chose Sean Connery for their series. In a documentary included with the U.S. DVD of the 1967 release of Casino Royale, Val Guest states that Ian Fleming had written the book with David Niven in mind. When the novel was published, Fleming sent a copy to Niven, who for a time considered making Casino Royale into an episode of Four Star Playhouse. David Niven is the only James Bond actor who is mentioned by name in the text of Fleming’s James Bond novels: In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond visits an exclusive ski resort in Switzerland where he is told that David Niven is a frequent visitor, and in You Only Live Twice, David Niven is referred to as the only real gentleman in Hollywood.
Peter Sellers as Evelyn Tremble/James Bond 007 – A Baccarat Master recruited by Vesper Lynd to challenge Le Chiffre at Casino Royale.
Ursula Andress as Vesper Lynd – A retired British secret agent forced back into service in exchange for writing off her tax arrears.
Orson Welles as Le Chiffre – SMERSH’s financial agent, desperate to win at Baccarat in order to repay the money he has embezzled from the organization.
Woody Allen as Dr. Noah/Jimmy Bond – Bond’s nephew and head of SMERSH.
Barbara Bouchet as Miss Moneypenny – The beautiful daughter of Bond’s original Miss Moneypenny. She works for the service in the same position her mother had years before.
Deborah Kerr as Agent Mimi/Lady Fiona McTarry – A SMERSH agent who masquerades as the widow of M but cannot help falling in love with Bond. Kerr was 46 when she played the role and was the oldest Bond Girl in any of the James Bond films.
Jacqueline Bisset as Miss Goodthighs – A SMERSH agent who attempts to kill Evelyn Tremble at Casino Royale.
Joanna Pettet as Mata Bond – Bond’s daughter, born of his love affair with Mata Hari.
Daliah Lavi as The Detainer – A British secret agent who successfully poisons Dr. Noah with his own atomic pill.
Terence Cooper as Coop – A British secret agent specifically chosen, and trained for this mission to resist the charms of women.
Bernard Cribbins as Carlton Towers – A British Foreign Office official who drives Mata Bond all the way from London to Berlin in his taxi.
Ronnie Corbett as Polo – A SMERSH agent at the International Mothers’ Help who was in love with Mata Hari and expresses the same feelings for Mata Bond.
Anna Quayle as Mata Hari’s teacher Frau Hoffner is a parody of the German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
John Huston as M/McTarry – Head of MI6 who dies from an explosion caused by his own bombardment of Bond’s estate.
William Holden as Ransome – A CIA agent who accompanies M to persuade Bond out of retirement, then reappears in the final climactic fight scene.
Charles Boyer as LeGrand – A Deuxième Bureau agent who accompanies M and Ransom to see Bond.
Casino Royale also takes credit for the greatest number of actors in a Bond film either to have appeared or to go on to appear in the rest of the Eon series — besides Ursula Andress in Dr. No, Vladek Sheybal appeared as Kronsteen in From Russia with Love, Burt Kwouk featured as Mr. Ling in Goldfinger and an unnamed SPECTRE operative in You Only Live Twice, Jeanne Roland plays a masseuse in You Only Live Twice, and Angela Scoular appeared as Ruby Bartlett in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Jack Gwillim, who had a tiny role as a British army officer, played a Royal Navy officer in Thunderball. Caroline Munro, who was an extra, received the role of Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me. Milton Reid, who appears in a bit part as a guard, opening the door to Mata Bond’s hall, played Stromberg’s underling, Sandor, also in The Spy Who Loved Me.
Major stars like George Raft and Jean-Paul Belmondo were given top billing in the film’s promotion and screen trailers despite the fact that they only appeared for a few minutes in the final film sequence.
Well established stars like Peter O’Toole and sporting legends like Stirling Moss were prepared to take uncredited parts in the film just to be able to work with the other members of the cast. Similarly, David McCallum also made a cameo appearance. Stunt director Richard Talmadge employed Geraldine Chaplin, daughter of Charlie Chaplin, to appear in a brief Keystone Kops insert. The film also proved to be young Anjelica Huston’s first experience in the film industry as she was called upon by her father, John Huston, to cover the screen shots of Deborah Kerr’s hands. The film also marks the debut of Dave Prowse, later to find fame as the physical form of Darth Vader in the Star Wars series.
The production proved to be rather troubled, with five different directors helming different segments of the film, with stunt co-ordinator Richard Talmadge co-directing the final sequence. In addition to the credited writers, Woody Allen, Peter Sellers, Val Guest, Ben Hecht, Joseph Heller, Terry Southern, and Billy Wilder are all believed to have contributed to the screenplay to varying degrees. Val Guest was given the responsibility of splicing the various “chapters” together, and was offered the unique title of “Co-ordinating Director” but declined, claiming the chaotic plot would not reflect well on him if he were so credited. His extra credit was labelled “Additional Sequences” instead.
Ben Hecht’s contribution to the project, if not the final result, was in fact substantial. The Oscar winning writer was the first person whom Feldman recruited to produce a screenplay for the film. He created a number of complete drafts with various evolutions of the story incorporating different scenes and characters. All of his treatments were “straight” adaptations, far closer to the original source novel than the spoof which the final production became. The first, from as early as 1957, is a direct adaptation of the novel, albeit with the Bond character absent, instead being replaced by a poker playing American gangster.
Later drafts see vice made central to the plot, with the Le Chiffre character becoming head of a network of brothels whose patrons are then blackmailed by Le Chiffre to fund Spectre. The racy plot elements opened up by this change of background include a chase scene through Hamburg’s red light district that results in Bond escaping whilst disguised as a lesbian mud wrestler. New characters appear such as Lili Wing, a brothel madam and former lover of Bond whose ultimate fate is to be crushed in the back of a garbage truck, and Gita, wife of Le Chiffre. The beautiful Gita, whose face and throat are hideously disfigured as a result of Bond using her as a shield during a gunfight in the same sequence which sees Wing meet her fate, goes on to become the prime protagonist in the torture scene that features in the book, a role originally Le Chiffre’s.
Hecht never produced his final script though, dying of a heart attack two days before he was due to present it to Feldman in April 1964. Time reported in 1966 that the script had been completely re-written by Billy Wilder, and by the time the film reached production almost nothing of Hecht’s screenplay remained. The one thing that did endure, and indeed became a key plot device of the finished film, was the idea of the name “James Bond” being given to a number of other agents. In the case of Hecht’s version, this occurs after the demise of the original James Bond (an event which happened prior to the beginning of his story) which, as Hecht’s M puts it “not only perpetuates his memory, but confuses the opposition.”
The studio approved the film’s production budget of $6 million, already quite a large budget in 1966. However, during filming the project ran into several problems and the shoot ran months over schedule, with the costs also running well over. When the film was finally completed it had run twice over its original budget. The final production budget of $12 million made it one of the most expensive films that had been made to that point. The previous Eon Bond film, Thunderball, had a budget of $11 million while You Only Live Twice, which was released the same year as Casino Royale, had a budget of $9.5 million. The extremely high budget of Casino Royale caused it to earn the reputation as being “a runaway mini-Cleopatra,” referring to the runaway and out of control costs of the 1963 film Cleopatra. The film was due to be released in time for Christmas 1966 but premiered in April 1967.
The film is notable for the legendary behind-the-scenes drama involving the filming of the segments with Peter Sellers. Supposedly, Sellers felt intimidated by Orson Welles to the extent that, except for a couple of shots, neither was in the studio simultaneously. Other versions of the legend depict the drama stemming from Sellers being slighted, in favour of Welles, by Princess Margaret (whom Sellers knew) during her visit to the set. Welles also insisted on performing magic tricks as Le Chiffre, and the director obliged. Director Val Guest wrote that Welles did not think much of Sellers, and had refused to work with “that amateur”.
Some biographies of Sellers suggest that he took the role of Bond to heart, and was annoyed at the decision to make Casino Royale a comedy as he wanted to play Bond straight. This is illustrated in somewhat fictionalized form in the film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, based upon a biography by Roger Lewis, who claims that Sellers kept re-writing and improvising scenes himself to make them play seriously. This story is in agreement with the observation that the only parts of the film close to the book are the ones featuring Sellers and Welles. In the end Sellers’ involvement with the film was cut abruptly short.
Sellers left the production before all his scenes were shot, which is why Tremble is so abruptly captured in the film. Whether he was fired or simply walked off is unclear. Given that he often went absent for days at a time and was involved in conflicts with Welles, either explanation is plausible. Regardless, Sellers was unavailable for the filming of an ending and of linking footage to explain the details, leaving the filmmakers to devise a way to make the existing footage work without him. The framing device of a beginning and ending with David Niven was invented to salvage the footage. Val Guest indicated that he was given the task of creating a narrative thread which would link all segments of the film. He chose to use the original Bond and Vesper as linking characters to tie the story together. Guest states that in the originally released versions of the film, a cardboard cutout of Sellers in the background was used for the final scenes. In later versions, this cardboard cutout image was replaced by a sequence showing Sellers in highland dress, inserted by “trick photography”.
Signs of missing footage from the Sellers segments are evident at various points. Evelyn Tremble is not captured on camera; an outtake of Sellers entering a racing car was substituted. In this outtake, Sellers calls for the car, à la Pink Panther, to chase down Vesper and her kidnappers; the next thing that is shown is Tremble being tortured. Out-takes of Sellers were also used for Tremble’s dream sequence (pretending to play the piano on Ursula Andress’ torso), in the finale (blowing out the candles whilst in highland dress) and at the end of the film when all the various “James Bond doubles” are together. In the kidnap sequence, Tremble’s death is also very abruptly inserted; it consists of pre-existing footage of Sellers being rescued by Vesper, followed by a later-filmed shot of her abruptly deciding to shoot Tremble, followed by a freeze-frame over some of the previous footage of her surrounded by bodies (noticeably a zoom-in on the previous shot).
So many sequences from the film ended on the cutting room floor that several well-known actors were cut from the film altogether, including Mona Washbourne, Ian Hendry and Arthur Mullard.
Jean Paul Belmondo and George Raft received major billing, even though both actors appear only briefly. Both appear during the climactic brawl at the end, Raft flipping his trademark coin and promptly shooting himself dead with a backwards-firing pistol, while Belmondo appears wearing a fake moustache as the French Foreign Legion officer who requires an English phrase book to say ‘ooch!’ when he punches people. At the Intercon science fiction convention held in Slough in 1978, Dave Prowse commented on his part in this film, apparently his big-screen debut. He claimed that he was originally asked to play “Super Pooh”, a giant Winnie The Pooh in a superhero costume who attacks Tremble during the Torture Of The Mind sequence. This idea, as with many others in the film’s script, was rapidly dropped, and Prowse was re-cast as Frankenstein’s Monster for the closing scenes. The final sequence was principally directed by former actor and stuntman Richard Talmadge.
Columbia Pictures distributed this version of Casino Royale. In 1997, following the Columbia/MGM/Kevin McClory lawsuit on ownership of the Bond film series, the rights to the film reverted to MGM (whose sister company United Artists co-owns the Bond film franchise) as a condition of the settlement.
Years later, as a result of the Sony/Comcast acquisition of MGM, Columbia would once again become responsible for the co-distribution of this 1967 version as well as the entire Eon Bond series, including the 2006 adaptation of Casino Royale. However, MGM Home Entertainment changed its distributor to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in May 2006, and MGM Television started to self-distribute again. Sony still controls the 2006 adaptation and theatrical rights to this version.
Alongside six other MGM-owned films, the studio posted Casino Royale on YouTube.
Release and reception
The “chaotic” nature of the production was featured heavily in contemporary reviews, while later reviewers have sometimes been kinder towards this. Roger Ebert said “This is possibly the most indulgent film ever made,” and Variety said “it lacked discipline and cohesion.”
Some later reviewers have been more impressed by the film. Andrea LeVasseur, in the AllMovie review, called it “the original ultimate spy spoof”, and opined that the “nearly impossible to follow [plot]” made it “a satire to the highest degree”. Further describing it as a “hideous, zany disaster” LeVasseur concluded that it was “a psychedelic, absurd masterpiece”. Robert von Dassanowsky has written an article on the artistic merits of the film and says “like Casablanca, Casino Royale is a film of momentary vision, collaboration, adaption, pastiche, and accident. It is the anti-auteur work of all time, a film shaped by the very zeitgeist it took on.”
Writing in 1986, Danny Peary noted, “It’s hard to believe that in 1967 we actually waited in anticipation for this so-called James Bond spoof. It was a disappointment then; it’s a curio today, but just as hard to get through.” Peary described the film as being “disjointed and stylistically erratic” and “a testament to wastefulness in the bigger-is-better cinema,” before adding, “It would have been a good idea to cut the picture drastically, perhaps down to the scenes featuring Peter Sellers and Woody Allen. In fact, I recommend you see it on television when it’s in a two-hour (including commercials) slot. Then you won’t expect it to make any sense.”
Despite the lukewarm nature of the contemporary reviews the pull of the James Bond name was sufficient to make it the third highest grossing film in North America in 1967 with a gross of $22.7 million and a worldwide total of $41.7 million ($274 million in 2012 dollars).
Orson Welles attributed the success of the film to a marketing strategy that featured a naked tattooed lady on the film’s posters and print ads. Since its release the film has been widely criticised by a number of people. For instance, Simon Winder called Casino Royale “a pitiful spoof”, while Robert Druce described it as “an abstraction of real life”. In his review of the film, Leonard Maltin remarked, “Money, money everywhere, but [the] film is terribly uneven – sometimes funny, often not.”
Conversely, Romano Tozzi complimented the acting and humour, although he also mentioned that the film has several dull stretches.
Soundtrack album by Burt Bacharach, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and Dusty Springfield
The original music is by Burt Bacharach. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass performed some of the songs with Mike Redway singing the lyrics to the title song as the end credits rolled. (A version of the song was also sung by Peter Sellers.) The title theme was Alpert’s second number one on the Easy Listening chart where it spent two weeks at the top in June 1967 and peaked at number twenty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100.
The 4th chapter of the film features the song “The Look of Love” performed by Dusty Springfield. It is played in the scene of Vesper Lynd recruiting Evelyn Tremble, seen through a man-size aquarium in a seductive walk. “The Look of Love” was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song. The song was a Top 10 radio hit at the KGB and KHJ radio stations. A year later a version by Sérgio Mendes and Brasil ’66 reached #4 of Billboard Hot 100. Dusty Springfield’s version was heard again in the first Austin Powers film, which was to a degree inspired by Casino Royale. The German version of the film, however, features a German adaptation of “The Look of Love” sung by Mireille Mathieu. To make room for her credit in the film titles, the credit for Jean Paul Belmondo was removed in the German language version.
John Barry’s song “Born Free” was also used in the film. At the time, Barry was the main composer for the Eon Bond series.
The original album cover art was done by Robert McGinnis, based on the film poster and the original stereo vinyl release of the soundtrack (Colgems #COSO-5005) is still highly sought after by audiophiles. It has been regarded by some music critics as the finest-sounding LP of all time. The original LP was later issued by Varese Sarabande in the same track order as shown below:
“Casino Royale Theme” – Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
“The Look of Love” – Dusty Springfield
“Money Penny Goes for Broke”
“Le Chiffre’s Torture of the Mind”
“Home James, Don’t Spare the Horses”
“Sir James’ Trip to Find Mata”
“The Look of Love” (Instrumental)
“Hi There Miss Goodthighs”
“Little French Boy”
“Flying Saucer” – First Stop Berlin
“The Venerable Sir James Bond”
“Dream On James, You’re Winning”
“The Big Cowboys and Indians Fight at Casino Royale” / “Casino Royale Theme” (reprise)
Track 5, “Home James…”, heard in the film during the brawl at the military auction and Carlton Towers’s and Mata Bond’s subsequent escape, was re-arranged as “Bond Street”, appearing on Bacharach’s album Reach Out and on a 45. “Bond Street” itself has since appeared on the early-1990s easy listening compilation CD, This Is…Easy.
One cut conspicuously absent from the earlier film soundtrack issues is the vocal version of the title song, heard over the film’s end credits. The album merely replays the instrumental opening theme in the last track.
However, in 2010, Kritzerland Records issued a remastered version of the soundtrack. This limited edition of 1,000 units presented the original album tracks in two parts. The first part used what survived of the original album masters (as they had suffered wear over the intervening decades, and the remainder of the score was unavailable for use on the reissue), was digitally and sonically restored using current technology, and was re-edited so as the music is presented in the order they appeared in the film. Some previously unreleased brief cues were added to this mix, including the aforementioned vocal version of the end title music. The second part was presented in the original LP order, and to address the issue of the sound quality of vinyl, part two was remastered directly from pristine vinyl copies of the LP.
Soldier is a 1998 science fiction-action film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. The film stars Kurt Russell as Sgt. Todd, a soldier trained from birth. The film also features Gary Busey, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen, Sean Pertwee and Michael Chiklis in supporting roles.
In the near future, as part of a new military recruitment and training program (“Project Adam”), a group of infants are selected at birth to be raised as soldiers. Undergoing extreme mental and physical training, they become virtual sociopaths, with no understanding of anything except military routine and war. A priority of the conditioning is that these soldiers are forbidden to speak unless spoken to, and they address whomever they are speaking to, women included, as “sir”.
At age 38, Todd (Kurt Russell) is a hardened veteran of many battles, but he and his unit are about to be replaced. Colonel Mekum (Jason Isaacs) introduces a new group of genetically-engineered soldiers, designed with superior physical attributes and a complete lack of emotions except aggression.
Todd’s unit’s commander, Captain Church (Gary Busey) insists on testing the “new” soldiers’ abilities against his own. But Todd, the unit’s best soldier, is no match for Caine 607 (Jason Scott Lee). In the final trial, a fight between Caine and three “old” soldiers, two of Todd’s comrades are killed, though Todd manages to gouge out one of Caine’s eyes before he is defeated. Todd seemingly dies when he falls from a great height; but the body of a dead soldier cushions his fall, and he is simply knocked unconscious. Mekum orders their bodies dumped like garbage, and the remaining “old” soldiers are demoted to menial support roles.
Todd and his dead comrades are dumped on the surface of Arcadia 234, a waste disposal planet with dangerously high wind velocities. Though badly injured, Todd limps his way toward a colony of humans who crash-landed there twelve years earlier, and have managed to survive and build a society from the planet’s ubiquitous mountains of trash.
Though they try to make him welcome, Todd has great difficulty adapting to the community due to his extreme conditioning. Todd’s prior training of not speaking unless spoken to (and deliberately stunted social skills in general) make it difficult for him to answer questions in anything more than curt replies, and actually initiating a conversation is impossible for him. Many of the settlers are afraid of him, but he is sheltered by a settler named Mace (Sean Pertwee) and his wife Sandra (Connie Nielsen). Todd develops a silent rapport with the couple’s mute son, Nathan, who had been traumatized mentally and physically by a snakebite. In a subsequent conflict with a curled snake, Todd teaches Nathan how to face it down and strike back to protect himself. However, his parents misinterpret the lesson, unsure of how to deal with Todd’s apparent instability.
Todd soon begins to experience flashbacks from his time as a soldier and mistakes one of the colonists (Michael Chiklis) for an enemy, nearly killing him. The settlers decide that Todd is too dangerous to live among them, so they give him supplies and order him to leave. Outside the colony, he sheds tears. He is confused, not understanding what they are, implying that this is the first time that he has cried.
Shortly thereafter, Mace and Sandra are attacked by another snake, and are saved at the last second by Nathan, using Todd’s technique. Mace then realizes that Todd has an important role to play in their community, and decides to leave on his own to find and bring him back.
The new genetically engineered soldiers arrive on a training exercise. Since the planet is listed as uninhabited, Colonel Mekum decides that the colonists’ presence is unlawful and, as practice, orders his troops to slaughter them. Spotted by the arriving troops, Mace is killed just after he finds Todd. Though outmanned and outgunned, Todd’s years of battle experience and superior knowledge of the planet allow him to return to the colony and kill the advance squad attacking the settlers.
Nervous that a much larger enemy force may be confronting them, Colonel Mekum, grudgingly accepting Captain Church’s advice, orders the soldiers to withdraw and return with heavy artillery. Using guerilla tactics, Todd outmanoeuvers and defeats all of the remaining soldiers, including Caine 607, who is finished off in hand-to-hand combat.
Panicking, Mekum orders his ship’s crew, composed of Todd’s old squad, to activate a portable nuclear device powerful enough to destroy the entire planet, then orders the ship to lift off before they are back on board. When Captain Church objects, Mekum shoots him in cold blood. Before they can take off as planned, Todd appears, and his old comrades, now recognizing him as the ranking officer as a side effect of their conditioning due to their dismissal by Mekum, silently side with him over the army that has discarded them. Todd and his comrades take over the ship, tossing Mekum and his aides out onto the planet, and evacuating the remaining colonists just as the bomb detonates.
Todd orders the ship to set course for the Trinity Moons, the colonists’ original destination, then picks up Nathan and points to their new destination, while looking out upon the galaxy.
Soldier was written by David Peoples, who co-wrote the script for Blade Runner. By his own admission, he considers Soldier to be a “sidequel”/spiritual successor to Blade Runner. It also obliquely references various elements of stories written by Philip K. Dick (who wrote the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, on which Blade Runner is based), or film adaptations thereof. A “Spinner” vehicle from Blade Runner can be seen in the wreckage on a junk planet that features in the film.
There are also several dialogue references to events such as “Tanhauser Gate” from Blade Runner.
Kurt Russell as Sgt. Todd
Jason Scott Lee as Caine 607
Jason Isaacs as Col. Mekum
Connie Nielsen as Sandra
Sean Pertwee as Mace
Jared Thorne & Taylor Thorne as Nathan
Mark Bringleson as Lt. Rubrick
Gary Busey as Capt. Church
K. K. Dodds as Lt. Sloan
James Black as Riley
Corbin Bleu as Johnny
Mark De Alessandro as Goines
Vladimir Orlov as Romero
Carsten Norgaard as Green
Duffy Gaver as Chelsey
Brenda Wehle as Hawkins
Michael Chiklis as Jimmy Pig
Elizabeth Dennehy as Jimmy Pig’s wife
Paul Dillon as Slade
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-noir film directed by Robert Zemeckis and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film combines live action and animation, and is based on Gary K. Wolf’s novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, which depicts a world in which cartoon characters interact directly with human beings. Who Framed Roger Rabbit stars Bob Hoskins as a private detective who investigates a murder involving the famous cartoon character, Roger Rabbit. Charles Fleischer co-stars as the titular character’s voice, Christopher Lloyd as the villain, Kathleen Turner as the voice of Roger’s cartoon wife, and Joanna Cassidy as the detective’s girlfriend.
Walt Disney Pictures purchased the film rights to the story in 1981. Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman wrote two drafts of the script before Disney brought in executive producer Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment to help finance the film. Zemeckis was hired to direct the live-action scenes with Richard Williams overseeing animation sequences. Production was moved from Los Angeles to Elstree Studios in England to accommodate Williams and his group of animators. While filming, the production budget began to rapidly expand and the shooting schedule ran longer than expected.
However, the film was released to financial success and critical acclaim. Who Framed Roger Rabbit brought a re-emerging interest in the golden age of American animation and became the forefront for the modern era, especially the Disney Renaissance. It also left behind an impact that included a media franchise and the unproduced prequel, Who Discovered Roger Rabbit.
In 1947, cartoon characters, commonly called “toons”, are living beings who act out cartoons in the same way that human actors make live-action production. Toons interact freely with humans and live in Toontown, an area near Hollywood, California. R. K. Maroon is the human owner of Maroon Cartoon studios; Roger Rabbit is a fun-loving toon rabbit, one of Maroon’s stars; Roger’s wife Jessica is a gorgeous toon woman; and Baby Herman is Roger’s costar, a 50-year-old toon who looks like an infant. Marvin Acme is the practical joke-loving owner of Toontown and the Acme Corporation.
Maroon hires private detective Eddie Valiant to investigate rumors that Jessica is having an affair. Eddie and his brother Teddy used to be friends of the toon community, but Eddie has hated them, and has been drinking heavily, since his brother Teddy was killed by a toon a few years earlier. When he shows Roger photographs of Jessica “cheating” on him by playing patty-cake with Acme, Roger becomes distraught and runs away. This makes him the main suspect when Acme is found murdered the next day. At the crime scene, Eddie meets Judge Doom and his Toon Patrol of weasel henchmen. Although toons are impervious to physical abuse, Doom has discovered that they can be killed by submerging them in a mixture of solvents he refers to as “Dip.” He demonstrates this to Valiant by lowering a living cartoon shoe into a drum of Dip until it dissolves, leaving only a smear of paint floating on top.
Baby Herman insists that Acme’s will, which is missing, bequeaths Toontown to the toons. If the will is not found by midnight, Toontown will be sold to Cloverleaf Industries, which recently bought the Pacific Electric system of trolley cars. One of Eddie’s photos shows the will in Acme’s pocket, proving Baby Herman’s claim. After Roger shows up at his office professing his innocence, Eddie investigates the case with help from his girlfriend Dolores while hiding Roger from the Toon Patrol. Jessica tells Eddie that Maroon blackmailed her into compromising Acme, and Eddie learns that Maroon is selling his studio to Cloverleaf. Maroon explains to Eddie that Cloverleaf will not buy his studio unless they can also buy Acme’s gag-making factory. His plan was to use the photos to blackmail Acme into selling. Before he can say more, he is killed by an unseen assassin and Eddie sees Jessica fleeing the scene. Thinking that she is the killer, Eddie pursues her into Toontown. When he finds her, she explains that Doom killed Maroon and Acme in an attempt to take over Toontown.
Eddie, Jessica, and Roger are captured by Doom and his weasels and held at the Acme Factory, where Doom reveals his plan. Since he owns Cloverleaf and Acme’s will has yet to turn up, he will take control of Toontown and destroy it with a mobile Dip-sprayer to make room for a freeway, then force people to use it by dismantling the trolley fleet. With Roger and Jessica tied up, Eddie performs a vaudeville act that makes the weasels literally die of laughter and confronts Doom. Doom survives being run over by a steamroller, revealing that he himself is a toon and admitting that he killed Teddy. Eddie eventually dissolves Doom in Dip by opening the drain on the Dip machine. As toons and the police arrive, Eddie discovers that an apparently blank piece of paper on which Roger wrote a love poem to Jessica is actually Acme’s will, written in disappearing/reappearing ink. Eddie kisses Roger – proving that he has regained his sense of humor – and the toons celebrate their victory.
Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant, an alcoholic private investigator who holds a grudge against Toons. Five years earlier, a Toon killed Eddie’s brother by dropping a piano on his head, and ever since, his demeanor is one mixed with anger and self-contempt. When he finds himself protecting Roger, hints of his former, easy-going self begin to emerge near the end. Producer Steven Spielberg’s first choice for Eddie Valiant was Harrison Ford, but Ford’s price was too high. Bill Murray was also considered for the role; however, due to his method of receiving offers for roles he missed out.
Charles Fleischer provides the voice of Roger Rabbit, an A-list Toon working for Maroon Cartoons. Roger is framed for the murder of Marvin Acme, and requests Eddie’s help in proving his innocence. To facilitate Hoskins’ performance, Fleischer dressed in a Roger bunny suit and “stood in” behind camera for most scenes. Animation director Richard Williams explained Roger Rabbit was a combination of “Tex Avery’s cashew nut-shaped head, the swatch of red hair…like Droopy’s, Goofy’s overalls, Porky Pig’s bow tie, Mickey Mouse’s gloves and Bugs Bunny like cheeks and ears.” Fleischer also provides the voices of Benny the Cab and two members of Doom’s Weasel Gang, Psycho and Greasy. Lou Hirsch, who supplied the voice for Baby Herman, was the original choice for Benny the Cab, but was replaced by Fleischer.
Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom, the extremely cold-hearted and power-hungry judge of Toontown District Superior Court and the primary antagonist of the film. It is eventually revealed that Doom himself is a Toon and is responsible for the deaths of Eddie’s brother, Marvin Acme, and R. K. Maroon. Doom is killed when Eddie opens the drain on the Dip-spraying vehicle, releasing a torrent of dip that causes Doom to melt away. Lloyd was cast because he previously worked with director Robert Zemeckis and Amblin Entertainment in Back to the Future. Lloyd avoided blinking his eyes while on camera in order to perfectly portray the character.
Kathleen Turner provides the uncredited voice of Jessica Rabbit, Roger Rabbit’s stunningly beautiful and flirtatious Toon wife. She loves Roger because, as she says, “he makes me laugh.” Amy Irving supplied the singing voice, while Betsy Brantley served as the stand-in.
Joanna Cassidy as Dolores, Eddie’s on-off girlfriend who works as a waitress and helps Eddie solve the case against Judge Doom.
Alan Tilvern as R. K. Maroon, the short-tempered and manipulative owner of “Maroon Cartoon” studios. Maroon hires Eddie to find out what is bothering Roger in his poor acting performances. He is eventually revealed as a culprit in selling off his company and Toontown to Doom, and is promptly murdered by the latter. This was Tilvern’s final theatrical performance before his death.
Stubby Kaye as Marvin Acme, prankster-like owner of the Acme Corporation. The scandal of Acme’s patty-cake “affair” with Jessica Rabbit leads to his death.
Lou Hirsch provides the voice of Baby Herman, Roger’s middle-aged, foul-mouthed, cigar-chomping co-star in Maroon Cartoons. Although impatient with Roger, he deeply considers the rabbit a close friend, and informs Eddie of the existence of Acme’s will for Toontown. Williams said Baby Herman was a mixture of “Elmer Fudd and Tweety crashed together”. April Winchell provides the voice of Mrs. Herman and the “baby noises”.
David Lander provides the voice of Smarty, the leader of the weasels. Sarcastic, but clever, he serves as the secondary antagonist of the film. He ends up dying in the Dip.
Richard LeParmentier has a small role as Lt. Santino. Joel Silver makes a cameo appearance as Raoul, a director frustrated with Roger Rabbit’s antics. Archive sound of Frank Sinatra performing “Witchcraft” was used for the Singing Sword. In addition to David Lander as Smarty and Charles Fleischer as Greasy and Psycho, Fred Newman voiced Stupid and June Foray voiced Wheezy. Foray also voiced Lena Hyena, a hag Toon woman who resembles Jessica Rabbit and provides a comical role which shows her falling for Eddie and pursuing him. Mel Blanc voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig and Sylvester. Who Framed Roger Rabbit was one of the final films in which Blanc voiced these characters before his death in 1989. Animation director Richard Williams voices Droopy. Joe Alaskey voiced Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn. Wayne Allwine voiced Mickey Mouse, Tony Pope voiced The Big Bad Wolf and Goofy, Russi Taylor voiced Minnie Mouse, Cherry Davis voiced Woody Woodpecker, Tony Anselmo voiced Donald Duck, Frank Welker voiced Dumbo, and Mae Questel voiced Betty Boop.
The Illusionist is a 2006 English-language period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, and Paul Giamatti. It is based loosely on Steven Millhauser’s short story, “Eisenheim the Illusionist”. The Illusionist tells the story of Eisenheim, a magician in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna who uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.
The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and opened the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival; it was distributed in limited release to theaters on August 18, 2006, and expanded nationwide on September 1.
The film, which contains both fictional and historical characters, begins in medias res as Chief Inspector Walter Uhl (Paul Giamatti) moves to arrest Eisenheim (Edward Norton) during what appears to be necromancy passed off as a magic show. He then begins to recount the story of Eisenheim for Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell).
Eisenheim was born the son of a cabinetmaker in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. One day as a teenager, Eisenheim (played as a young man by Aaron Johnson) meets a traveling magician along a road who performs several tricks for him. Eisenheim becomes obsessed with magic tricks after this.
He also falls in love with Sophie, the Duchess von Teschen (Jessica Biel, played as a teenager by Eleanor Tomlinson), a noblewoman well above his social class. Although the two are forbidden to see each other, they meet secretly for a time until at last they are caught and forcefully separated.
Eisenheim then leaves home and travels the world, perfecting his craft. He returns to Vienna years later as a master illusionist. He meets Sophie again at one of his performances, when she is volunteered by Crown Prince Leopold as a reluctant participant in an illusion. He soon learns that Sophie is expected to marry the Crown Prince, who purportedly has a history of abuse towards women. After humiliating the Crown Prince during a private show, Eisenheim finds his hit performance shut out of Vienna. When Sophie comes to offer him help, the two consummate their relationship and realize that they are still in love. They plan to flee the Empire together, but first something must be done to stop Leopold, who Sophie reveals is planning a coup d’etat to usurp the Crown of Austria from his aging father, the Emperor Franz Joseph I while using his engagement to her to win the Hungarian half of the Empire as well. She also knows that the Crown Prince will view her as disposable if she leaves him for another man and that he will have both her and Eisenheim followed and killed.
Leopold finds out from Uhl, who was following the couple, that Sophie has met with Eisenheim. While drunk, Leopold confronts Sophie and accuses her of being unfaithful. She tells him that she will not marry him or have anything to do with his plan. When she attempts to leave, it appears that he murders her in the stables, with a sword cut across her neck. Unfortunately, Leopold’s royal status makes any accusations against him unthinkable. As Eisenheim plunges into despair and the citizens of Vienna begin to suspect Leopold of Sophie’s murder, Uhl observes Eisenheim’s actions more closely on behalf of Leopold.
Wracked with grief, Eisenheim prepares a new kind of magic show, using mysterious equipment and Chinese stagehands. During his show, Eisenheim apparently summons spirits, leading many to believe that he possesses supernatural powers.
Leopold decides to attend one of Eisenheim’s shows in disguise. During this show, Eisenheim summons the spirit of Sophie, who says someone in the theater murdered her, panicking Leopold. Uhl pleads with Eisenheim to stop such performances, but Eisenheim refuses. Finally, Leopold orders Eisenheim’s arrest. We then return to the opening scene of the movie, but now we see that when Uhl tries to arrest him during the performance, Eisenheim’s body fades and disappears like his summoned spirits.
Uhl soon reveals to Leopold that he has found evidence that links the Crown Prince to Sophie’s murder: a jewel from the prince’s sword and a locket that Eisenheim had given Sophie when they were children. After ordering, then begging Uhl to keep silent, Leopold discovers that Uhl has already informed the Emperor and the General Staff of Leopold’s conspiracy to usurp the Austro-Hungarian throne. As the Army arrives at his Palace to arrest him, Leopold shoots himself in despair.
As Uhl leaves the Imperial Palace, a boy runs up to hand him a folio explaining one of Eisenheim’s magic tricks. Uhl demands to know where the child obtained the folio; the child reveals that Eisenheim had given it to him. Uhl then reaches down into his pocket, to discover that he has been pick-pocketed by a disguised Eisenheim, while distracted by the boy, and gives chase following him to the train station. As the train leaves, a montage shows Uhl putting the pieces together in his mind and discovering how Eisenheim faked Sophie’s death and framed Leopold for the murder. Eisenheim is then seen walking up to a house in the country where Sophie is waiting for him.
Edward Norton as Eisenheim the Illusionist (born Eduard Abramovich)
Paul Giamatti as Chief Inspector Walter Uhl
Jessica Biel as Duchess Sophie von Teschen
Rufus Sewell as Crown Prince Leopold
Eddie Marsan as Josef Fischer, Eisenheim’s manager
Jake Wood as Jurka
Aaron Johnson as Young Eisenheim
Eleanor Tomlinson as Young Sophie
Transporter 3 is a 2008 French-English action film, and is the third installment in the Transporter film series, as well as the first not to be distributed by 20th Century Fox in the United States. Both Jason Statham and François Berléand reprised their roles, as Frank Martin and Tarconi, respectively. This is the first film in the series to be directed by Olivier Megaton. The film continues the story of Frank Martin, a professional “transporter” who has returned to France to continue his low-key business of delivering packages without questions.
A ship at sea is supposedly carrying alcohol. Two crew-members accidentally discover the cargo is actually toxic waste, and are killed. Their bodies are thrown overboard.
Meanwhile, Frank Martin (Jason Statham) has been pressured into transporting a package, together with Valentina (Natalya Rudakova); Both have a device attached to their wrists which is wired to explode if the person concerned strays more than 75 feet (22.86 metres) away from the car. It is soon revealed that the objective is to deliver Valentina; She is the daughter of Leonid Vasilev (Jeroen Krabbé), head of Ukraine’s Environmental Protection Agency. Vasilev refused to do business with an environmentally irresponsible company, so they arranged for an employee called Johnson (Robert Knepper) to kidnap her. Valentina is being used as leverage, to get Vasilev to sign a contract with the organization.
Frank travels from Marseille through Munich and Budapest until he ends up in Odessa on the Black Sea. With the help of Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand), Frank contends with the people who strong-armed him into taking the job, agents sent by Ukrainian government to intercept him, and the general non-cooperation of his passenger.
Valentina thinks she is going to die, so consumes drugs and alcohol to feel better and have some fun for the last time. Frank is not happy with this, because both have to remain sharp. However, Frank and Valentina fall for each other, while escaping from one life-threatening situation after another.
Eventually Valentina is kidnapped by Johnson, leaving on a passenger train. Martin drives his car off a bridge to land on the moving train, then fights all the thugs inside. Johnson and Valentina end up in a carriage near the front of the train, which is then decoupled from the rest of the carriages. Returning to his car, Martin jumps the widening gap, crashing into the carriage. After a struggle, Martin transfers the explosive device from his wrist to Johnsons, then launches the vehicle from the train. The explosive device kills Johnson.
Tarconi rescues them and calls Vasilev, telling him that his daughter is safe. Vasilev rips up the contract, and the ship from the beginning is raided by the police. Frank, Tarconi and Valentina are shown fishing in the ocean.
Jason Statham as Frank Martin
François Berléand as Inspector Tarconi
Natalya Rudakova as Valentina Vasilev
Robert Knepper as Johnson
Jeroen Krabbé as Leonid Vasilev
David Atrakchi as Malcom Manville
Eriq Ebouaney as Ice
Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation. Story of capture of Joe Bannano as told to Robert Young, Inspector General of FBI. Lou Peters, a cadillac dealer cooperates with FBI when mafia boss, Joe Bannano proposes to purchase his dealership for 2 million dollars. To avoid entrapment he reports all meetings and events as they happen. Joe Bannano goes to prison for five years and Lou Peters received commendation from FBI. This video falls under the Public Domain category.
Joint Chiefs of Staff – Office of Strategic Services.
DRAMATIZED TRAINING FILM: Analyzes preparation, arrival, establishment, and “prevalent cover” for secret agents by presenting one movie within another, as introduced by Col. Robertson, chief of Schools and Training at Office of Strategic Services.
Reel 1: Gives examples of agents discovered because of inattention to details, good cover versus bad cover. Emphasises proper attitude, study, and importance of support staff. Explains ways to infiltrate enemy territory. Illustrates effective and ineffective spy methods by comparing two agents.
Reel 2: Continues to compare agents. Ways to camouflage or dispose of revealing evidence. Explains techniques of blending into enemy culture and preparing for sudden departure, how to choose residence and how to avoid suspicion in enemy country.
This video falls under the category of Public Domain.