Ursula Andress, Casino‘s leading Bond-flick veteran (she was Dr. No’s sea siren, Honeychile Rider), plays wealthy former spy Vesper Lynd, who is talked into teaming up with Sir James and Mata Bond. “If Botticelli were alive today,” Woody claims, “he’d probably want to jump on Ursula like the rest of us.”
Films and Filming. July 1966.
Woody’s galaxy of Guard Girls shown here represents only a fraction of the hundred-plus beauties who made up Casino‘s several good and evil girl gangs. Val Guest, one of the film’s six directors, discovered most of the girls, reportedly under orders from producer Charles Feldman that there would be “no background dogs in Casino Royale.”
Geraldine Chaplin and Dick Talmadge dressed as Keystone Cops for their uncredited cameos—probably less than five seconds of screen time and if either actually appear in the film, they’re unrecognizable—in Casino Royale. 1967.
As Dr.Noah, Woody Allen ponders the fate of Daliah Lavi’s Detainer.
Barbara Bouchet as Moneypenny.
Barbara Bouchet and Terence Cooper, Casino’s third 007, effect an escape through a shattering barrage of Guard Girl fire.
With David Niven as Sir James Bond.
Joanna Pettet as Mata Bond.
This is the first of a new series on Casino Royale. The series is really just an excuse to post images from a February 1967 Playboy pictorial which featured photos taken on the set of the film (some depicting scenes that didn’t appear in the finished film) and nearly all of the film’s actresses in various stages of undress. It should be pretty groovy so stay tuned.
Oh, above we have Joanna Pettet, Casino Royale’s Mata Bond.