Casino Royale
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Retired after years of international espionage, Agent 007 is lured back into action to battle the evil spy organization SMERSH in this notoriously incoherent parody of the James Bond films. David Niven portrays the aging Bond, who atypically rejects the advances of a variety of women, and agrees to battle SMERSH's hold on the lavish Casino Royale only after organization head M is murdered. Also mixed up in the affair are several other secret agents, all named James Bond, played by everyone from Peter Sellers and Woody Allen to a chimpanzee. Despite a star-studded cast, a large production… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

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"Poor 007 is now lost in a hall of distorting mirrors."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The few good aspects of this farce are vastly outweighed by the bad."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Proponents of this dreadfully indulgent cabaret, which thumbs its nose at coherence, have called its nigh-impenetrable plot the sincerest form of satire. That's like citing the indecipherable nature of Zapf Dingbats as a foremost send-up of language."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Despite being not officially a Bond film this is good solid, entertaining action."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A mess. Casino Royale is two hours and eleven minutes of non sequitur."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Peter Sellers has some amusing gags as the gambler, the chance of dressing up in various guises and a neat near-seduction scene with Ursula Andress."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Even less amusing than the more 'serious' Bond films."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A magnificent mess, it's either the greatest argument against LSD or the worst."
‑ Paul M. Bradshaw, Total Film
"Chaotic and astonishingly unfunny."
‑ , Film4
"Now Craig assumes the mantle, and you know, he does OK."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Out of five directors -- only McGrath manages to connect with this brontosaurian James Bond parody."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's the sort of reckless, disconnected nonsense that could be telescoped or stopped at any point."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Silly 007 spoof tamer than Austin Powers."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Surrealisticly bad"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"No less than five directors, including John Huston, and eight writers, including Billy Wilder and Ben Hecht, tried to salvage this lengthy, laden all-star Bond spoof--to no avail."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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