SELLERS, PETER

Entry Source: The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin


(Southsea, England, September 8, 1925—July 24, 1980) British superstar comedian who played mild-mannered baccarat expert Evelyn Tremble in the 1967 Casino Royale spoof. Recruited into the British Secret Service, Tremble is given the name James Bond and sent to Monte Carlo to challenge Soviet masterspy Le Chiffre (ORSON WELLES) to a game of baccarat.

Sandwiched between Sellers’s various performances as bumbling French detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau (his most famous role), the part of Tremble is not as dependent on physical comedy and gives Sellers an opportunity to exercise his genius-level comedic skills by portraying a suave British agent. There are even touches of serious tension at the gaming table— although it’s difficult to mention anything serious about Casino Royale, except that it had serious problems.