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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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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Great series with great stars in great roles
22 September 2002 | by mpgmpg123See all my reviews

I have only seen a few of these shows, they are pretty rare to see. One of them was "Trail of Terror" with Robert Preston and Diana Lynn in 1957. It was a live tv production, about the murder of a Dr., Lynn's husband. Preston was great in this as the police detective, and Lynn gave one of her typically latter day great tv performances. She acted on television from 1950 to 1965 and really expanded her range of acting; this was a typical great one as the grieving wife who almost goes against her values but is able to right her mistake at the last minute. Another excellent episode of Climax, and they are basically one hour long live films, was Katherine Ann Porter's "Pale Horse, Pale Rider." It starred Dorothy McGuire and John Forsythe, the second of their live television performances (they had earlier starred in a 1951 live remake of Dark Victory). Pale Horse, Pale Rider was a beautiful love story set in 1918, with the backdrop of WWI and the Spanish Flu, from which more Americans died than did American soldiers in WWI. This was one of the last, really, of McGuire's romantic roles and she is typically beautiful, charming, and lovely in it. It is one of her best television roles and she is very moving as the girl who falls in love only once. All in all, Climax was a great show from the ones I have seen and I wish I could see more!


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