Casino Royale (1967) (part 12 of 13)

Poor Orson Welles! At least Juliet and Pauline from Heavenly Creatures will be happy. We cut away from the carnage to join Niven-Bond and Mata Bond as they arrive at #10 Downing Street. Mata pleads with her father to let her come inside to meet an unnamed someone (presumably, the forever-unseen Connery-Bond), citing that it would “really turn [her] on.”

Displeased with his daughter’s choice of language, he tells her to run along and watch the changing of the guard. As she sulks off, Mata tosses out the line, “I’ll bet mother would have taken me in.” Unshaken, James tells her that her mother took everyone in. Zing!

And the best part of this scene? It appears that for reasons unknown, Mata has completely chopped off her hair, leaving her with a boy cut similar to Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby. And the last time I saw a character inexplicably change hairstyles in the middle of a film was Monster A-Go Go. Tell me why I signed up for this, again?

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Steve Pratte

An IT peon in the Midwest with potentially too much time on his hands and an affinity for Bollywood. I was first exposed to the glories of Crap Cinema when I was in high school and saw Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the first time. I've never been the same since. I happily serve The Booth as a moderator for a few forums and occasionally contribute material to the Mega Reviews.

Multi-Part Article: Casino Royale (1967)

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  • Hutchy01

    Mentioning Peter Lorre in this was the only bit that made me laugh at something coherent as he was the first Le Chiffre when they did this properly.