American Combined Intelligence Agency spy James Bond aka Jimmy Bond arrives at the Casino Royale in Monte Carlo, Monaco but is shot at whilst entering. He meets up with British Secret Service secret agent Clarence Leiter (this character was called Felix Leiter in the original Ian Fleming novel). He briefs Bond about his mission then Bond runs into old flame Valerie Mathis (she is an amalgam of the Vesper Lynd and Rene Mathis characters from the novel). She introduces him to Le Chiffre who is the Chief Soviet Agent in the area and is nearly always accompanied by three henchman called Basil, Zoltan and Zuroff. Le Chiffre has been gambling with the Soviet funds of his employers and he's down several million francs. Bond's mission is to beat him at a high-stakes card game of Baccarat so Le Chiffre will be ruined. Written by
21 October 1954 (USA)
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The year after this American James Bond telemovie was broadcast, the paperback edition of the Ian Fleming
"Casino Royale" novel was re-titled as "Too Hot Too Handle" in the USA. Previously, Fleming had also suggested the titles "The Double-O Agent" and "The Deadly Gamble". In 1960, the title of the novel reverted back to "Casino Royale" in the USA. The "Casino Royale" novel was the first Ian Fleming
James Bond novel to have ever been "Americanized" by him, i.e. British idioms changed to American idioms. See more
Shadow of the boom mic is visible on the wall behind James Bond as he's explaining the rules of Baccarat to Leiter. See more
You know you're here to deal with Herr Ziffer, Le Chiffre, he's the same fellow.
Deal with... you mean kill him?
You won't have to, he'll die anyway... if you play your cards right.
Character name Leiter is misspelt as Letter in the closing credits. See more
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