Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Branson edited out of Bond movie

British Airways reportedly airbrushed arch-rival Richard Branson out of its in-flight version of Casino Royale.

The Virgin Atlantic chief is briefly featured in the 007 film at an airport security scanner, but - in the edited version - can only be seen from the back.

Shots of the tail fin of a Virgin plane have also been obscured, sources said.

A spokesman for BA said only that it "previews films before they are screened on our aircraft and regularly edits films" on the grounds of taste and suitability.

"We edit our in-flight films to remove material that might upset our customers," the spokesman explained.

Virgin apparently appeared in the film because it had helped the film's producers get a plane to Prague where some of the scenes were shot.

Oh how childish!