Casino Royale (1967) (part 5 of 13)

Well, here I am again, subbing for a Mega Recapper who unfortunately had to drop out at the last minute. Just when I thought I was done with the Casino Royale Mega Recap, they keep pulling me back in!

From David Niven falling down, we mix through a transparent road map of Scotland, into an aerial shot of a highway cutting through rolling countryside. Voiced over this is a cryptic SMERSH transmission from a female voice: “Control to Authority! Bond leaving Scotland now! Instructions understood!” I’m glad you understand them, Control. I have a feeling you might need to explain them to us when this scene is over.

This transmission, by the way, sounds less like it’s being made over a radio transmitter, and more like a P.A. system. In fact, the sum effect is to make it seem like this announcement is being broadcast over the entire Scottish countryside. I’m not sure if Bond is up against SMERSH or the Vogon Constructor Fleet. “Attention, people of Earth! James Bond is leaving Scotland!” Meanwhile, seven billion people look up at the sky and go, “What?

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Mark "Scooter" Wilson

Mark is a history guy, a graphics guy, a guy for whom wryly cynical assessments of popular culture are the scallion cream cheese on the toasted everything bagel of life. He spends his time teaching modern history at Brooklyn College, pondering the ancient Romans at the CUNY Graduate Center, and conjuring maps and illustrations for ungrateful bankers at various Manhattan monoliths. Readers are welcome to guess at reasons why he's nicknamed Scooter, with the proviso that all such submissions are guaranteed to be rather more interesting than the truth. Mark lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn with a happy-go-lucky, flop-eared dog named Chiyo who is probably, at this very moment, waiting patiently for her walkies.

Multi-Part Article: Casino Royale (1967)

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