James Bond in Casino Royale from 1954

Barry Nelson In Casino RoyaleI’m in the mood for pilots today so I’ll give you another one.  It’s the original James Bond film, Casino Royal from 1954.  What a lot of folks don’t know is that the recent movie version was actually the third version of the story.  Here’s the details from Wikipedia since I’m too lazy and busy to write it up on my own:

Casino Royale is a 1954 television adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. It was the first film adaptation of a James Bond novel.

Background:
In 1954, producer and director Gregory Ratoff of CBS paid Ian Fleming $1,000 to adapt Casino Royale into a one-hour television adventure as part of their Climax! series.

The episode, Casino Royale, aired on October 21, 1954 and starred Barry Nelson as secret agent “Card Sense” James ‘Jimmy’ Bond and Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre. For this Americanised version of the story, Bond is described as an agent for “Combined Intelligence”, while the American character Felix Leiter from the original novel became “Clarence Leiter,” a British agent for Station S, and a combination of Leiter and Rene Mathis. The name “Mathis” was given to the leading lady, who is named Valerie Mathis (instead of Vesper Lynd).

The hour long showing itself is split into three acts:

  • Act I: Opening — Opening of Baccarat scene
  • Act II: Opening of Baccarat Scene — Hotel Room finale Opening
  • Act III: Hotel Room finale Opening — Ending

Cast:

  • Barry Nelson – James Bond
  • Peter Lorre – Le Chiffre
  • Linda Christian – Valerie Mathis
  • Michael Pate – Clarence Leiter (given as “Letter” in the credits)
  • Eugene Borden – Chef DeParte
  • Jean DeVal – Croupier
  • Gene Roth – Henchman
  • Kurt Katch – Henchman

Legacy:

After the production of Casino Royale, CBS invited Fleming to write 32 episodes over a two-year period for a television show based on the James Bond character. Fleming agreed and began to write outlines for this series. When nothing ever came of this, however, Fleming grouped and adapted three of the outlines into short stories and released the 1960 anthology For Your Eyes Only along with an additional two new short stories.

This was the first screen adaptation of a James Bond novel, and was made before the formation of EON Productions. When MGM eventually obtained the rights to the 1967 film version of Casino Royale, it also received the rights to this television episode.

According to Lee Pfeiffer, a well known James Bond expert, the Casino Royale episode was lost for decades after its first broadcast on 21st October 1954. It was not until early 1980s that the show was finally found and released on VHS. It also aired on TBS as part of a Bond film marathon. However, the VHS release and TBS presentation did not include the full finale of the adaptation, which was at that point still lost. Eventually, the missing footage (minus the last few seconds of the credits) was found and included on a Spy Guise & Cara Entertainment VHS release. Spy Guise offered pre-orders for a DVD release, but rights issues with MGM forced them to scuttle the plans. MGM subsequently included the truncated version on its DVD of the 1967 Casino Royale.

In 2007, a discount DVD from Digiview Entertainment was released that featured the truncated version, possibly sourced off the 1967 MGM Casino Royale DVD. It is generally found in stores such as Dollar General and Wal-Mart, usually for the price of one dollar. It is a single disc with the only special feature being previews of other Digiview DVDs. The DVD does feature some high production values including motion chapter selection and an attractive menu system that also plays an isolated version of the films main theme.

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Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Deserter

avatar-the-last-airbender.jpgIt’s a new month and we’re almost down with Season #1 of Avatar: The
Last Airbender
.  I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I am. (I
sound like a PBS spokesperson.)

And again, would love suggestions of what to run through next.  If
you can’t see the videos, please remember that you need to head over to
the Divx site and download the player.  And, if you want, be sure to right click on the video for the download option.

Description: When Aang and his friends go to a Fire Nation town so that Aang can
witness some firebending, their plan soon goes awry when it’s
discovered that he is the Avatar. Fortunately, he’s rescued by an
individual who serves a firebending master named Jeong Jeong who has
abandoned the Fire Nation, so Aang attempts to use this time to attempt
to learn how to firebend. However, when the firebending master refuses
to even see Aang, will Aang be able to prove he’s ready to learn how to
firebend despite the fact that he lacks discipline?

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Avatar: the Last Airbender – The King of Omashu

 

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OK, you know the routine by now. If the video doesn’t show, go grab the plugin.

Today we have episode 5 from the first season: The King of Omashu.

Description: While in Omashu, Aang and the gang accidentally destroy parts of the city on a joyride. The King of Omashu challenges Aang to three tasks that require creative thinking before allowing Aang and his friends to leave the city.

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Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Warriors of Kyoshi

avatar-the-last-airbender.jpgAnd today we show the fourth episode from Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Warriors of Kyoshi.

If you can’t see the episode, you’ll probably need the DivX player. You can grab it from here. It’s 23 megs but well worth it.

Description: As Aang and his friends begin crossing the expansive Earth Kingdom, they are captured by the female warriors of Kyoshi Island. Sokka is trained by the Kyoshi Warriors while Aang lets the villager’s reverence go to his head.

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Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Southern Air Temple

avatar-the-last-airbender.jpgStill plowing through Avatar: the Last Airbender episodes. Today, we give you episode #3 out of the first book: The Southern Air Temple.

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Description: While journeying to the North Pole, Aang, Sokka and Katara explore Aang’s former home, the Southern Air Temple. Aang learns of his people’s genocide at the hands of the Fire Nation; his anger triggers his Avatar State, which in turn alerts the world that the Avatar has returned. Meanwhile, Zuko and his uncle, Iroh, have their ship repaired at a Fire Nation port commanded by a rival, Commander Zhao.

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Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Avatar Returns

avatar-the-last-airbender.jpgWe continue with the episodes from Avatar: the Last Airbender with episode #2 from the first search: Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Avatar Returns. Click on the link below to see it.

Again, if the video doesn’t show up for you, that mean you’ll probably need the DivX player installed. It’s a 23 meg download but it’s well worth it. The quality of these videos are well above what you normally get from these flash video sites like YouTube and Google Video.

Oh, after you get the video running, be sure to right click on the video. You’ll see an option to download the video to your desktop if you want it. 😉

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Description: Prince Zuko attacks the Southern Water Tribe seeking to capture the Avatar, Aang. Katara and Sokka fly in on Appa to save Aang from the Fire Nation.

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Avatar: the Last Airbender – The Boy in the Iceberg

avatar-the-last-airbender.jpgI’ve been watching/ listening to a number of different anime series over on stage6 while I try to do work. One of the shows I’ve been watching is Avatar: The Last Airbender. I really like this show so I decided to share with everybody. For a cartoon that was created for children, it’s rather advanced with detailed plots that last over multiple episodes. I’ll post more of them later on. I hope you enjoy them.

If you can’t see the episode, you’ll probably need the DivX player. You can grab it from here.

Description: Sokka and Katara, two teenage siblings living in the South Pole, discover Aang and his pet flying bison, Appa, trapped in an iceberg. After Katara accidentally frees him, Aang learns that he is the last surviving Airbender. Meanwhile, his unfreezing attracts the attention of the Fire Nation’s Zuko.

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