May 23, 2004
Casino Royale (1967) (part 8 of 13)
Mata has apparently been convinced that she has all the “equipment” she needs (Daaa-aaaad!), because it’s back to London. Mata and Hadley exit MI5, where apparently she’s just been briefed on her assignment. She’s taking a Columbo tack, wearing a trench coat for her detecting duties. But I bet not even Peter Falk ever thought to wear a pink head scarf!
She peers over her huge Jackie O sunglasses, glancing at the street around her. And yeah, that’s not obvious at all. Hadley asks her if she has any questions, and Mata has only one: “How do I get to Berlin?” She’s going to make for quite the spy, no?
“Oh-ho! Dear silly me,” laughs Hadley, who then proceeds to flag down a taxi.
| Taxi Driver: Where to?
Driver: East or West?
Mata: West, of course!
Driver: Oh, that’s alright, then.
Ignoring the very, very subtle joke there (so subtle, I’m not even sure if it was meant as a joke), what I’d really like to know is what happened to Fiona/Mimi’s statement (already heard twice) that International Mother’s Help is in East Berlin? I suppose we can safely ignore it, much like anything else in this movie that happened more than ten minutes prior to the scene you’re watching. Mata gets in the taxi, with Hadley wishing her luck.