|The original Casino Royale, that beautiful mess of a film from 1967 is one of my first cinematic loves. We had a 16mm print of it at home that I watched more times than I care to admit over the course of about a decade. During those "difficult" years, it was the charms of Barbara Bouchet (pictured in last week's quiz with Terence Cooper) that was the prime draw, but there's little about this film I don't love.|
From Burt Bacharach's unforgettable score (including Dusty's rendition of The Look of Love), the dream cast (Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Orson Welles, David Niven, Deborah Kerr, etc.) and the fact that it had not one but five directors (including co-star John Huston), this bastardized version of one of Flemming's Bond novels is simply downright funny. Peter O'Toole's brief cameo might very well be one of the greatest cinematic moments of all time. No question, this is on my desert island list.
Well, we're at the end of another round, and at this time next week I'll announce the winners who, as always, can choose any DVD used in the round as their prize. Special thanks to all the newcomers -- I hope you all stay for future rounds.
This week -- a sunny film that knows a thing or two about rain. You know this one. Submit your answers to this address. Good luck!