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Min 22

At the start of Minute 22 of Casino Royale Le Chiffre learns that his bomb maker Mollaka has been killed by British intelligence. He asks Kratt when Ellipsis expires. Once he is told he tells Kratt to give his guests 5 minutes to leave or throw them over board.

We then cut to an establishing shot of the Houses of Parliament. Walking out of a meeting is a scene between M and her assistant, Villiers played by Tobias Menzies. She’s obviously been given a huge dressing down and is venting about ‘arse covering prigs’ and delivers the iconic line ‘Christ I miss the Cold War’.

Although this looks very much like a library that wouldn’t look out of place in the Houses of Parliament, the scene was shot in Strahov Monastery Library in Prague. They walk through the Philosophical Library.

What is a prig?

If you call someone a prig, you disapprove of them because they behave in a very moral way and disapprove of other people’s behaviour as though they are superior. Collins Dictionary

Judi Dench M saying I Miss the Cold War

Christ I miss the cold war – M

From the Blu Ray

On the Blu Ray commentary we can hear Callum McDougall (Executive Producer) again and Production Designer (Peter Lamont) sounding rather chuffed at finding the location.

Prague worked for a a multiple of locations. I defy anyone who tells me that they think that wasn’t shot on a British location. This did have the look of a House of Commons or House of Lords.

*Tobias Menzies, there is a bit of crazy Bond-related trivia about him that I pulled from IMDB.

Listen to the podcast

Becca from Do You Expect Us To Talk and I break down Minute 22. Check out the individual minutes, thoughts and discussion points here. Listen on iTunes or Spotify, or the player below.

Brands featured

At the end of the minute Bond (although we don’t see his face) is shuffling a SIM card from Mollaka’s phone into a card reader before inserting it into M’s Laptop. This card reader is a ZiO FoneMate SIM Card Manager.

Images of M saying I miss the cold war are from Casino Royale (2006) Image rights held © 2008 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Danjaq, LLC. So ease up on those red letters, thanks.