Why would I argue with that?

An overlooked but awesome exchange between Bond girl Valerie Mathis and James Bond in the first live action adaptation (although unofficial – not produced by Eon Productions) of James Bond, Casino Royale (TV – 1954).

Linda Christian as Valerie Mathis and Barry Nelson as James Bond in the unofficial Bond movie <a href="http://www.bondmovies.com/crtv/">Casino Royale</a> (TV - 1954)
Linda Christian as Valerie Mathis and Barry Nelson as James Bond in the unofficial Bond movie Casino Royale (TV – 1954)

Elevator Operator: Floor sir?
James Bond: [To Valerie] Yes, you said you are on the sixth, I’ll see you to your room.
Valerie Mathis: I’d rather see you to yours.
James Bond: Why would I argue with that?

William Lundigan – CR54’s “Opening Sequence”

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No chase sequence or shootout here.

The first on-screen presence in a Bond movie is that of William Lundigan, host of the CBS TV show Climax! that aired the first unofficial James Bond movie, Casino Royale (TV – 1954).

In an awkward dialogue, Lundigan introduces the viewers (who apparently have never set foot in a casino) to a card dealer’s shoe, as well as its propensity to “kill.” The movie can be viewed in its entirety with a quick YouTube search.

Every James Bond Movie Title Animation

Love this CRTV shot

Linda Christian as Valerie Mathis and Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale (TV - 1954)Linda Christian as Valerie Mathis and Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale (TV – 1954)

This is probably the best shot in the made-for-TV unofficial Bond movie – simple but awesome. Although lacking in visual quality and production, the film is a great time capsule and novel first on-screen presence of the world’s favorite secret agent.