How Did Casino Royale Happen?

The original novel was written by Ian Fleming and was published in 1953. The book was a great success in the UK, resulting in the series of books that followed and Fleming sold the film and television rights to this first book early. The first of the adaptation to hit the screen was in 1954. This television play starred Barry Nelson as Bond, although he was a CIA agent.

The rights to the other Bond films were picked by Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli, who started the official film series with Dr No played by Sean Connery. The rights to Casino Royale were picked up meanwhile by Charles K. Feldman. He rejected the idea of making a film with Sean Connery and decided to make it a comedy, released in 1967. The film had David Niven, Peter Sellers and many others but it was a complete mish mash of ideas.

Meanwhile there a dispute continued between Eon, the producers of the Bond films, and Kevin McClory, who had been the producer of Thunderball and whose work on the story is acknowledged on the novels after he could take Fleming to court. McIlroy claimed the rights to produce a rival James Bond series, backed by Sony, who had by now owned the Casino Royale rights. He went to court several times, however, the lawsuit was thrown out and the rights of Casino Royale were sold to MGM, the studio that had backed Eon financially.

Casino Royale made it to the big screen in 2006, and the whole world went ‘Bond crazy’ again. Having Daniel Craig as 007 and Eva Green as Vesper Lynd, the film did prove to be a phenomenal success. Vesper Lynd was the best Bond girl in all years. In Casino Royale she wore an Algerian Love Knot given to her by her lover.Картинки по запросу Casino Royale

Casino Royale stands as an oddity when compared to the other James Bond films because of the way in which it was finally made to the screen in 2006. It was the first book of the series, written by Ian Fleming. However, the producers of the official James Bond series had been unable to secure the rights of it. The reason for this was because Fleming had sold the television and film rights of the book back in 1954 and when the remaining of the films rights was sold, they did not include Casino Royale.

The rights to the other Bond films were picked by Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli, who started the official film series with Dr No played by Sean Connery. The rights to Casino Royale were picked up meanwhile by Charles K. Feldman. He rejected the idea of making a film with Sean Connery and decided to make it a comedy, released in 1967. The film had David Niven, Peter Sellers and many others but it was a complete mish mash of ideas.

Meanwhile there a dispute continued between Eon, the producers of the Bond films, and Kevin McClory, who had been the producer of Thunderball and whose work on the story is acknowledged on the novels after he could take Fleming to court. McIlroy claimed the rights to produce a rival James Bond series, backed by Sony, who had by now owned the Casino Royale rights. He went to court several times, however, the lawsuit was thrown out and the rights of Casino Royale were sold to MGM, the studio that had backed Eon financially.

Thus, even if an Algerian Love Knot didn’t appear in the novel, for a faithful adaptation of Casino Royale on the big screen it took a long time. Casino Royale made it to the big screen in 2006, and the whole world went ‘Bond crazy’ again. Having Daniel Craig as 007 and Eva Green as Vesper Lynd, the film did prove to be a phenomenal success.

 

Mosley vs Vargas (Boxing)

It’s going down on PPV (Pay-per-view) February 25th at 9pm. “Sugar” Shane Mosely vs. “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas is a fight that I have wanted to see.

Mosley (41-4, 35 KOs) hailing from Lynwood, California has been world champion at lightweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight thus being known as the best pound for pound fighter in many boxing circles. His win in June of 2000 over Oscar De La Hoya placed him in such a great position by winning the welterweight title but his 2 losses to Vernon Forrest (former Olympic opponent) and Winky Wright had many wondering if Sugar was still sweet in the ring. Mosely says “I am mentally prepared for this fight. My work ethic is better, and my intensity is higher than it has been in the past. This is a big fight, and I want to use this fight and the ones after it to make a statement that I am the best fighter in the world.”

Vargas (26-2, 22 KOs) hailing from Oxnard, California has had an extraordinary amateur record of 100-5. He turned pro in 1997 and was named “Fighter of the year” in 1999 by the World Boxing Hall of Fame. In September of 2002, Vargas surrendered his WBA and IBA titles to Oscar de la Hoya in an historical jr. middleweight championship unification showdown that went 11 of 12 rounds. He returned to the ring on July 26, 2003, and hammered WBC #1 ranked jr. middleweight contender Fitz Vanderpool to earn a sixth round stoppage (TKO 6). Vargas wore down Vanderpool with lead rights to the head and crippling combinations to the body before ending the bout at 2:36 of round six with a 14-punch flurry.

After a 15-month layoff he returned on March 26, 2005, to dominate IBF #7 ranked middleweight contender Raymond Joval and capture a unanimous decision by the scores of 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94 (W 10).

In his last bout on August 20, 2005, Vargas floored two-time world champion Javier Castillejo in round three on his way to capturing a unanimous decision (W 10). Nearly 10,000 fight fans jammed the Allstate Arena to watch the Oxnard, CA two-time jr. middleweight champion outbox Castillejo.

Vargas says “I am not going to disrespect Shane Mosley. He is a world champion and I consider him a friend. I actually have nothing but love for Shane Mosley; nothing but love. But on February 25, when that bell rings, there are no friends in the ring.

Stay tuned to see what happens.