This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame that lead to a feature film of the same name.
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William Lundigan ...  Himself - Host / ... 121 episodes, 1954-1958
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This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame that lead to a feature film of the same name.

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7 October 1954 (USA) See more »

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Climax Mystery Theater See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This adaptation of the Ian Fleming James Bond novel "Casino Royale" was a pilot for a James Bond television series that never materialized. See more »

Alternate Versions

This show's most famous episode, an adaptation of the James Bond novel Casino Royale, has been released separately on video and DVD. Recent prints of this episode have the MGM roaring lion logo added to reflect the fact that MGM, studio owners of the Bond film franchise, now own the rights to Casino Royale. See more »

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Casino Royale - 1954
31 January 1999 | by J.BondSee all my reviews

Being a Bond fan, procuring the video of this original broadcast was neither an easy feat nor overlooked in its importance. The October 21, 1954 episode of "Climax!" was the first time James Bond appeared on-screen, and nearly half a century later Bond is still making movies.

The "live" quality of the show makes it all that much more enjoyable; the spontaneity of the lines spoken and the fact that the actors are working with an actual time limit makes for a show in which the flow is constant and consistent, the interest is kept to an expected level, and the characters are more realistic. These are qualities which cannot be replicated in some 20 overly planned and rehearsed later Bond films - but this only makes Casino Royale different - not better.

It is certainly entertaining, to say the least, to watch the original characterization of "Jimmy" Bond - a fast-talking American agent - and compare it to the amazingly developed cool-headedness of today's 007. What a difference 45 years can make!


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