12. October 2012 22:03
Nearly a decade before his creation graced the silver screen in Dr. No, a struggling Ian Fleming sold the rights to his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, to CBS Television. In addition to giving Bond a nationality switch and referring to him as “Card Sense Jimmy Bond,” the producers also changed the names of two main characters: Vesper Lynd became Valerie Mathis and Felix Leiter became Clarence Leiter. The Rene Mathis character was completely omitted. Fortunately, CBS decided to keep most of the actual plot intact, as Bond’s mission still revolved around bankrupting Le Chiffre at the baccarat table in order to have him killed by the people he was indebted to.
Early 1980s VHS versions were slightly truncated -missing the final two and a half minutes or so, and the same is also true of the version that is reported to be present on this DVD of the 1967 version of Casino Royale. So now, while the truncated version is easily found, the full-length original exists solely in a VHS edition
Sadly I do not have the complete version on VHS myself (at least not yet) and therefore I couldn't make my own highest possible quality capture, but in case you've ever wondered what happens in those final two minutes and 38 seconds here it is, in the highest quality I was able to find...
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The Forgotten James Bond
Casino Royale 1954 on Blu-ray