Casino Royale (1967) (part 4 of 13)

Wow, a Mega Recap! I feel like I’ve just been initiated into a cult! I keep waiting for Sydney Pollack to show up and tell me it was all just a big Tupperware party.

We crossfade into Sir James’ bedroom, later the same night. He’s sitting up in bed reading, and like always, he’s dressed for the occasion, with pristine white socks, a knee-length white nightshirt, and the cutest little white silk nightcap, complete with a tassel [!]. Of course, he has his other nightcap—the whiskey he looted from the dinner table—with him as well. What’s interesting about this ensemble is that the nightshirt has a pleated front, like a tuxedo shirt. Poor James Bond. Even when he’s not wearing the tux, it’s like he still has to have a bit of it with him as a security blanket.

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Multi-Part Article: Casino Royale (1967)

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  • Marvin_Arnold

    Just one little nit to pick: The opening teaser doesn’t take place in a “playground”. The “short wall” is part of a “pissoir”, which is a simple public toilet that you can still find in France and elsewhere in Europe: You stand inside the wall and you piss against it. And that’s where James Bond is meeting his contact and gets a look at his “credentials”. Funny, I suppose.

    You probably had to be there, in 1967…

    • Max

      Exactly, Marvin. Kids today.

  • Tom J. Cassidy

    “But it seems Bond has the perfect incentive for her: “a writ for just
    over five million pounds, tax arrears.” Wow, the British government sure
    is flush if they just can hand out five-million-pound checks to people
    like Vesper”

    This joke you really missed, Rori: Sir James threatens Vesper with that writ for her unpaid taxes; hence his following remark about he “could arrange payment in easy installments.”

  • Tom J. Cassidy

    “Frau Hoffner weirdly touches a scar on her own face [?] while telling
    Mata she’s even more “fascinating” than her mother. That really doesn’t
    say much for her mom, does it?”

    Only that her Mom evidently wasn’t as open-minded as she was open-legged (translation: she rejected Frau Hoffner’s advances.)

  • Dave M

    A celebrity cameo you missed: The man told to “follow that car” who proceeds to run after it is legendary racing driver Stirling Moss.

  • mamba

    …so the roulette wheel has a laughing gas switch, it flew up and sprayed bubbles and presumably the gas. Did they even bother to have people laughing or being incapacitated or anything else other than “just fight as always”?

    If not, what was the point of…oh, never mind. This was the 60’s. That was probably a cue for the audience to get THEIR balloons of laughing gas ready (or anything else they wanted to do)! :)

    I know, trying to make sense out of a scene from this movie? what am I thinking? LOL