If you want to get an understanding of the genius that was Peter Sellers than this collection should help you greatly. The actor who is best known for his films as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau also was in other films, even some serious ones. This collection, however, focuses on Sellers comedic efforts and like many of the jokes in his films they are, for the large part, hit or miss.
Directors: Ken Hughes and John Huston
Sir James Bond (Peter Sellers) is an old fashioned kinda spy that is finally enjoying his well-deserved retirement. Her Majesty's Secret Service asks him to work one more case when the important "M" (John Huston – Chinatown, The Wind and the Lion) is murdered. It seems like the fall of the free world is inevitable, so James is need again. His mission is to smash the evil organization called SMERSH. SMERSH is funded by the baccarat winnings of the dastardly Le Chiffre (Orson Welles – Citizen Kane, Jane Eyre). Bond's plan is to defeat SMERSH at the baccarat table. The bad guys throw every trick in the book at Bond especially in the form of beautiful young women. Agent Mimi (Deborah Kerr – An Affair to Remember, The King and I) falls hard for Bond, but his heart is with Vesper Lynd (Ursula Andress – What's New Pussycat, Dr. No). Lynd, who is not exactly what she seems, gets baccarat pro Evelyn Tremble (Peter Sellers) to impersonate Bond and play against Le Chiffre.
-Making of Casino Royale
-The CBS Original Version
The Pink Panther:
Director: Blake Edwards
The Phantom (David Niven – The Curse of the Pink Panther, Death on the Nile), a world renowned jewel thief, has left a clue of a glove at the scene of his latest robbery. Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers), who has been trying for ages to catch The Phantom, believes he knows what the thief's next target will be. Clouseau boards a plane for Switzerland and heads to where the famous Lugashi jewel, The Pink Panther is being exhibited. Clouseau and his wife (Capucine – Trail of the Pink Panther), who is actually having an affair with The Phantom, try to catch The Phantom in the act, which is quite difficult when you don't know who you are looking for. Matters are rendered more jumbled when The Phantom's playboy nephew, George (Robert Wagner – Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me, Airport '79), who is not aware that his uncle is The Phantom, decides to try and steal The Pink Panther and frame The Phantom for the crime. A fancy ball will be the place where everything comes to a head…or not!
Director: Blake Edwards
During the filming of an epic, an extra of Indian descent really bungles things up. The list of people to fire as a result of the mess becomes mixed up with a list of people for a party, so Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers) attends the party believing that he belongs there and his path of destruction and mayhem continues.
What's New, Pussycat:
Director: Clive Donner
Wanting to remain faithful to his fiancée, Carole (Romy Schneider – star of many French and German films), is harder than it seems for notorious womanizer, Michael James (Peter O'Toole – Venus, Troy). It is made even more difficult when every woman he meets seems to fall in love with him. Michael turns to his psychoanalyst, Dr. Fassbender (Peter Sellers), but he is preoccupied with the idea of seducing one of his patients, who is really in love with Michael. Everything comes to a head when all the main characters check into a hotel for the weekend without knowing the others are also there.