Jan 20, 2009
Casino Royale (1967) (part 9 of 13)
A jet touches down on the runway in Paris, while we hear the infernal strains of the goddamned Casino “Don’t We Have Any Other Pieces of Incidental Music? No? You Sure?” Royale Theme. At the terminal, a customs agent welcomes Peter Sellers to France. So Sellers swings ’round and punches him [??], sending him flying through the glass wall of his booth. I’m not so sure that was in the script, and not one of the many examples of Sellers’ reportedly difficult behavior during the shoot. Of course, we’ll never get any idea of what set him off just now. Perhaps he thinks the customs agent is responsible for the music.
There’s another awkward cut to Sellers getting in a car with Inspector Mathis. You know, Mathis? The man who met him in the pre-credits teaser? The guy who showed Sellers his crotch credentials? It seems like so long ago.
But apparently, this scene is the source of that teaser. It looks like they simply cut out the part where the two men meet, and moved it to the beginning of the film. Honestly, they could have included it again here and nobody would have been the wiser. (Actually, they might have been a little bit wiser, because as it is, Mathis just appears out of nowhere.)