Movie Break: Casino Royale gets more wacky and ridiculous the more times you watch


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Tigers jumping on cars.  Men throwing medicine balls hoping to catch one, and survive in the process.

Tons of ladies hoping to win James Bond’s affection (and his taste in clothes, for all of the women reading this particular movie review).

The best way to point out this review is that there were plenty of elements used in London, both at the expansive MGM studios and especially in the maze scenes that were shot at the basement of the Playboy Club.

Peter Sellers and David Niven did a stand-up performance, while close behind Ursula Andress and a bevy of other ladies trying their best to do anything to sway the men into their way of thinking.

In other words, you would have to watch most of the 2 hours, 10 minutes (not 2 hours, 17 minutes as the back of the DVD cover incorrectly stated).

After many trips to see mazes, and a guy on horseback traveling into a spaceship that would be transported via water preserver just to make it to the secret lair…the women did not appear fully nude at any point.

There were plenty of interesting parts, but most of all–expect to see a very zany, wacky, corny, and slapstick film that reaches its’ true climax in the final 20 minutes–with the appearance of doubles appearing as famous world leaders and the arrival of cowboys on horseback as if Rawhide was being transported to a different stage.

Even a bunch of wild Western men were dancing after a spinning roulette wheel was accidentally spewing laughing gas amongst the patrons.

But the real kicker came with one other guy pretending to accidentally swallow a pill that was, “similar to aspirin, looks like aspirin, but does not taste at all like aspirin.”

The poor guy had to burp 400 times before the casino blew up and we saw the key characters appear in heaven to close out the movie.

But at least, in which the characters did not have to take themselves too seriously–there was the Burt Bacharach moment on Chapter 10 with the over 60 references a minute playing of “The Look of Love.”

The woman woos the guy, they kiss…and fun moments happen after that.

I am pretty certain Diana Krall took that moment as a pure point of reference when she did her 2001 smooth jazz album, of which you can find in a past blog for when I talked about how Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 made that song an art form.

Overall, it was a very nice movie.  A nearly 20 minute behind the scenes bonus featurette is included along with the 1954 B&W classic play that spawned on this movie.


Yes, I realize it has been a while since my last regular post due to the never ending action that was the FIFA World Cup throughout Brazil.

Anyways, I plan to profile the brother of one of my very famous artists when I think of summer next week (albeit the weather on July 15 and 16 felt more like college football weather in the United States on a typical Saturday in late September).

Throughout August and September, please look for a different series of albums to be referred to simply as “Rare Gems”.  These were albums that not only rare in the general scheme of things, but in my personal quest to add to my Brazilian jazz collection–it seemed I had to do more than just span the globe to find them.  No arm wrangling was involved, but basically–it took a great effort on my part and I hope that my next set of cool blog entries will inspire you to try and add to your collections.

So glad to finally be saying this, but see you all next week!


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