“Yes – I thought I saw a spectre at your shoulder.”
DIRECTOR: Terence Young
CLASSIC SCENE: Having been assigned to Nassau to investigate the disappearance of a Vulcan bomber carrying two nuclear bombs, secret agent oo7 (Sean Connery) makes contact underwater with his only lead, Domino (Claudine Auger) – the beautiful sister of the intended pilot of the stolen nuclear load. Discovering Domino is kept a close watch on by her ‘guardian’, millionaire adventurer Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi), Bond decides to investigate further by visiting the casino at Café Martinique…
BOND: Banco (Bond plays 8. Largo loses the hand and passes the shoe)
LARGO : Someone has to lose.
BOND: Yes – I thought I saw a spectre at your shoulder.
LARGO: What do you mean?
BOND: The spectre of defeat – that your luck was due to change.
LARGO : We’ll soon find out. Any objection to raising the limit -- £500 shall we say?
GAMBLER: Too big for me!
VARGAS: Count me out.
LARGO: (to Bond) Perhaps you’d like to take the shoe. My friend won’t mind, mister…
LARGO: Oh yes – Mister Bond. One of my associates spoke about you.
BOND: Nothing bad I hope. It’s your spectre against mine.
LARGO : You wish to put the evil-eye on me – uh! We have a way to deal with that where I come from. (Largo gestures, pointing ‘devil fingers’ at Bond)
BOND: Well you may hex me let’s see what it does for the cards.
LARGO : (declines another card) No.
BOND: (plays) Seven.
LARGO : (plays) Six! (plays) Eight.
BOND: (plays) Nine.
LARGO : You seem to be unbeatable Mister Bond.
BOND: No – for the moment this kind of thing can’t last.
DOMINO: Emilio you promised to buy me a drink.
LARGO : Soon my dear – I want to get my money back first.
BOND: May I be allowed to buy the lady a drink.
LARGO : I would appreciate that. Thank you.
BOND: Then I must pass the shoe.
LARGO : Banco!
(Bond leaves the gaming table accompanied by Domino)
DOMINO: He’s going to be impossible if his luck doesn’t change!
BOND: Somehow I don’t think it will tonight.