Veteran comedian Woody Allen loved making JAMES BOND spoof Casino Royale in 1960s London, because he spent his time gambling with a posse of screen tough guys.

Allen found he had a lot of spare time on his hands during the 1967 movie's shoot, and was relieved to discover the cast of THE DIRTY DOZEN were also staying in the British capital.

So the maverick movie-maker whiled away the hours playing poker with Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas and Charles Bronson.

He recalls, "They were so behind schedule. They were putting me up and paying me a fat salary and I really wasn't doing anything on the film.

"However, I was having a wonderful time playing 24-hour poker games because The Dirty Dozen was also being made in town, and Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas and Charlie Bronson were here for it."