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Old 03-09-2013, 10:50 PM   #1
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THE original Bond TV production from 1954 has been released on bd, although whether this bd constitutes a "gray area" release I have no idea. This bd doesn't seem to be reflected in the bd.com database that I could find, but maybe it is hidden somewhere. Apparently, like The Sadist bd, this blu-ray is only available from the distributor through the Amazon marketplace.
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Casin...Blu-ray/72825/
http://www.amazon.com/James-Casino-R...no+royale+1954

Casino Royale (1954) (wiki)-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_..._%28Climax!%29

More info about this initial Bond production (contains spoilers)--
The first “Non-Bond”, also, in fact, the first James Bond adaptation ever filmed, has its roots in the very first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. It may be hard to imagine a time that James Bond, agent 007, was not a pop culture icon and a stalwart resident of our collective consciousness, but in 1954 Ian Fleming accepted a mere one thousand dollars from the CBS Television Network for the rights to adapt Casino Royale as the third episode of its anthology series Climax!

In that the novel that first introduced Commander Bond to the world had only been released in April of the previous year, a live broadcast on national American television in October 1954 could serve to expose Fleming’s “dreadful oafish opus” (as he called the novel) to a wider audience and to launch its author (himself a retired Naval Intelligence Officer) to stardom. This is especially true, considering the first book’s sluggish sales in the American market. However, with American Television being what it was at the time (and James Bond being little more than an upstart character in, by that time, two novels) liberties were taken with our beloved super-spy in ways that would rankle true Bond fans of today. The 48 minute adaptation (written by Anthony Ellis and frequent Alfred Hitchcock collaborator Charles Bennett) featured a fully American Secret Agent known as “Card Sense Jimmy Bond” played by fully American actor Barry Nelson.

Nelson was dapper enough, but a far cry from the suave, debonaire Bond of the films that we know so well. Bond may be a Yank here, but his best known American amigo, Felix Leiter has been recast as British Intelligence agent Clarence Leiter. If that fails to be enough to beckon you into the Casino, perhaps witnessing Peter Lorre’s turn as the first ever major Bond Villain, Le Chiffre, will. Owing to the relatively short run-time and limitations of live television, Casino Royale‘s title is its only location and much of the action of the novel is removed in favor of a an hour of much more card playing than spying (complete with an audience-friendly education on how to play the game of baccarat)

The episode did help novel sales, but wasn’t nearly the big splash we would come to expect for one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture. As with a great many live television episodes, Casino Royale was not preserved by the studio and was considered lost for decades. In spite of its many departures from the character and novel, fans embraced Casino Royale when a film historian located a kinescope of the first “Non-Bond” in 1981. Its subsequent airings on TBS and releases on VHS were still forced to omit the final sequences, which were not rediscovered for another several years. This year’s DVD release contains the entire episode as aired. While this one is certainly a unique earmark in the history of Mr. Bond, it remains an interesting look at an early version of our beloved espionage hero.

so if you really want to own the absolute complete record of Bond this bd is needed.

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Old 03-10-2013, 03:00 AM   #2
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Really curious about the quality, but at $24.99 I think I'll wait and see if someone reviews it.
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So funny, I actually watched this last week on a video site. The whole episode pulls right up in a quick search. It's a clunky, 1 hour version of Casino Royale with a few character mash ups, but it's all there: Bond beats LaChiffre (Peter Lorre) at Bacarat, LaChiffre tortures Bond to get his money back, he dies.

But if my understanding is correct, MGM is the rights holder so I'm >cough< not surprised this isn't in the database.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:28 AM   #4
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So funny, I actually watched this last week on a video site. The whole episode pulls right up in a quick search. It's a clunky, 1 hour version of Casino Royale with a few character mash ups, but it's all there: Bond beats LaChiffre (Peter Lorre) at Bacarat, LaChiffre tortures Bond to get his money back, he dies.

But if my understanding is correct, MGM is the rights holder so I'm >cough< not surprised this isn't in the database.
Come on man! Spoilers! I don't care if the movie is from 1954. Jeez!!

[Show spoiler]just kidding
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:52 PM   #5
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BTW, I've just added this to the BD.com database.
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thanks so much!
it's an obscure bd for sure.
(added the link in the OP)

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Old 05-14-2013, 10:34 PM   #7
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Anyone have this and can say whether it's a pressed BD-ROM or a burned BD-R?
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:36 PM   #8
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I'll look at my copy.
I'm pretty sure it's a pressed bd.
EDIT: well I guess I'm wrong. It does look to be a bd-r--it's back is a purplish color and has a DIY home printer looking label on the front.
guess it's better than nothing though.
if one indeed wants a physical copy--regardless of the filmed off tv quality-- of the "real" origin of live action Bond.

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Old 05-14-2013, 11:16 PM   #9
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I'm interested in owning this if an officially-pressed competently-restored Blu-ray is ever released. I've been known to watch James Bond films from time to time.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:58 PM   #10
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this is a live tv production that only exists in a kinescope copy. It will most likely never look better than this bd.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:45 PM   #11
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Did anyone buy this? Is it worth 24.99
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Can you tell me if the quality of the BD-R is the same or better that the version available in the Bonus Features on this DVD?



This is the version I own.

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Old 01-24-2014, 01:06 AM   #13
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Can you tell me if the quality of the BD-R is the same or better that the version available in the Bonus Features on this DVD?
The quality isn't any better, consider the source. Plus, as mentioned above, the company's logo is on the bottom right hand of the screen throughout the entire running time. I returned the blu-ray and kept the DVD that you have.
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Can you tell me if the quality of the BD-R is the same or better that the version available in the Bonus Features on this DVD?

[Show spoiler]

This is the version I own.
I still have that same DVD myself. It's a shame that it's incomplete by virtue of the ending not being there. From what I understand, the BD-R release has the complete ending. A shame about the stupid onscreen logo though.

Here's the complete ending:

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I'll keep the DVD then! I hate when I have to watch something with a logo in one corner!

And thanks Breather for posting the video with the Extended ending!
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I'll keep the DVD then! I hate when I have to watch something with a logo in one corner!

And thanks Breather for posting the video with the Extended ending!
No problem.
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I still have that same DVD myself. It's a shame that it's incomplete by virtue of the ending not being there. From what I understand, the BD-R release has the complete ending. A shame about the stupid onscreen logo though.

Here's the complete ending:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztsXWp0nj2c

Having the full thing is the reason I purchased and am holding on to the Spy Guise VHS release.

The best part is that it doesn't have any stupid logo burned into the video!

EDIT: I can't remember if I was being facetious or just hadn't watched it for a while, but the Spy Guise VHS from 1997 most decidedly has an "SG" burned into the lower right-hand corner of the video... terrible.

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