Sleeve art for the forthcoming DVD special edition of Casino Royale. Tellingly, the film's status as a maverick production is indicated by the absence of any mention of "James Bond" or "007" on the sleeve.
We reported previously that Steve Rubin, author of The James Bond Films and The James Bond Encyclopedia had teamed with fellow producer Steve Mitchell to create a special deluxe edition of the 1967 James Bond spoof version of Casino Royale. Alas, bad luck and lack of respect still continues to haunt this film. Fox, which is releasing this edition under the MGM banner, has inexplicably delayed the release until June 8. It had originally been intended to be released last October.Inquiries to Fox's home video unit did not result in any reason for the delay being given. There has also been no release date set for the forthcoming special edition of the 1983 Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again. Both films had originally been made outside the banner of Eon Productions, which has made every "official" 007 film since Dr. No. In recent years, Eon and MGM have obtained all rights to the maverick productions. Although Eon has not "buried" either title, they have never been included in promotions of the official Bond titles. Further updates forthcoming.
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