Enthusiasts of the Bond franchise know that there are still two pieces of Bond history that have never surfaced on DVD, the two versions of the never-quite-truly adapted Casino Royale. MGM Home Entertainment has finally gotten around to releasing not one, but both versions of the film on one disc this fall.
Loosly based on thhe first of Ian Flemming’s novels, the 1967 version of “Casino Royale” tells the story of an aging Bond who comes out of retirement to save the world once again. But with six James Bonds already on the scene, one extra Bond may not be all that necessary.
MGM has gone to great effort to restore the film with a new anamorphic widescreen transfer and audio in Dolby Digital 5.1. A making of featurette and a theatrical trailer make nice bonuses, but not nearly as pleasing as the inclusion of the original and more faithful 1954 made for TV movie which predates the earliest big screen Bond outing by eight years.
Arriving October 15th, the spy romp will carry a $19.98 price tag.