Casino Royale (1967)

Date: 1967
Director: Val Guest, Ken Hughes
Production Company: Columbian Pictures Corporation

Stars: Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, David Niven, Joanna Pettet, Orson Welles, Woody Allen
Location(s): County Galway, County Wicklow (Ireland); Kent, London, (Scotland)

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A spoof in which, after the death of “M”, the original James Bond is called out of retirement to prevent SMERSH from taking over the world and ending civilization as we know it. The evil villain LeChiffre finances his reign of terror through playing Baccarat and it is here that Bond plans his downfall.

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A home counties pad perhaps?

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The location is listed in IMDb: and this is Mereworth Castle, Mereworth, Kent, ME18 5JB. The picture, which I found in, confirms this is the same place. More sleuthing from Greg, well done that man!

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Killeen Castle, Galway.

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A matte shot of the titular casino, included for completeness.

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PaulPlowman says about these pics: "It doesn't exist. The first story is a set, and the rest is a matte. The shot of the building with people and cars moving in front of it is a split-screen shot."

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And christoph404 adds: "It looks very artificial and the colour of the building up to the first storey is slightly different from the upper part which would suggest a floating minature of the upper storeys above the "Casino Royale" sign placed closer to the camera, or a simple matte shot." Once again Greg has found out some useful information for us.

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Real or scene.

Number 10? Looks very much like Downing Street, London, and, years ago one could actually walk up to the front door, without fear of terrorist bombs or police bullets. Britmovie is correct, it is a studio set, see (RL)

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The real thing though Britmovie suggests that likely as not the film used the MGM Downing Street lot. Thanks to Mary E for the snap.

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Central London????mebbee?