Sep 14, 2008
Casino Royale (1967) (part 6 of 13)
Meanwhile, in Sir James’ never-ending quest to bring more characters into this movie, he arrives at the offices of Vesper Lynd (played by Ursula Andress, whom this very movie spoofed—I mean, paid tribute to—mere moments ago). She may be wearing a hot-pink, spangled suit with a feather-turban headdress, but from watching her coolly hash out deals with her conservative suit-clad advisors, we can tell she’s a high-powered cookie. To get the full picture, just imagine Hillary Clinton wearing a string of Bob Mackie outfits that Cher rejected for being too bizarre.
Vesper is doing a number of things simultaneously. First, she’s negotiating with the Parisian government to buy the Eiffel Tower (they want three nuclear warheads, she’s going to offer two [!!!]. Inflation sure is tough. Time was you could get two Eiffel Towers for a couple of A-bombs and a box of sparklers. Anyway, it’s an odd exchange—it’s hard to escape the feeling that Vesper is somehow laying down the backstory for Superman II.)
At the same time, she’s calling off a plan to buy Rockefeller Center—she was thinking of moving there, but changed her mind. Good idea. The tourists might think she’s a Rockette in that outfit.