Casino Royale is the 21st film in the James Bond series and the first to star Daniel Craig as MI6 agent James Bond. Based on the 1953 novel Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis and directed by Martin Campbell, director of the 1995 Bond film Golden Eye. It is produced by EON Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, marking the first official Bond film to be co-produced by the latter studio, which had produced and originally distributed the 1967 non-canonical film version of the same name; this is the result of the 2005 Sony/Comcast consortium's acquisition of MGM, parent company of Bond film series rights co-owner United Artists.
Casino Royale is a 1967 surreal comedy film originally produced by Columbia Pictures starring Peter Sellers and David Niven. Ostensibly a spoof of the James Bond film series and the spy genre, it is very lightly based on Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, which was published in 1953. It features Orson Welles as the villain Le Chiffre, battling James Bond in the guises of Sir James Bond (David Niven) and six other James Bonds: Terence Cooper (nick-named Coop), Woody Allen (as Bond's nephew Jimmy Bond), Joanna Pettet (as Mata Bond, the illegitimate daughter of Mata Hari and James Bond), Daliah Lavi (as The Detainer), Ursula Andress (as Vesper Lynd) and Peter Sellers (as card sharp Evelyn Tremble, impersonating Bond at Casino Royale to play baccarat against Le Chiffre).
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming was the first James Bond novel. It would eventually pave the way for 11 other novels by Fleming himself in addition to 2 short story collections, followed by many 'continuation' Bond novels by other authors.