Movies from the 2000s

A collection of scenes, people, lines, props, and other details from the movies of the 2000s.

Casino Royale

Casino Royale (2006)

In the second of today’s Casino Royale cameos, entrepreneur and Virgin billionaire Richard Branson appears briefly at the airport. There he is on the right, getting patted down after setting off the metal detector.

Branson apparently earned himself the appearance as a reward for lending the production company use of one of his planes. Not bad, given that the film’s director actually had to die to get his part!

(Richard Branson doesn’t appear in all versions of the film, however: apparently competitor airline British Airways cut him out when they were showing Casino Royale as an in-flight movie.)

Casino Royale

Casino Royale (2006)

If you were going to give yourself a cameo in a Bond movie, what would it be? Drinking cocktails and gambling in one of the world’s most glamorous casinos, perhaps?

Lounging by the pool with (or as) a scantily clad Bond girl?

At the very least, you could hang around headquarters in a lab coat, playing with prototype gadgets.

Not so for Martin Campbell, director of Casino Royale: he chose to have his neck broken by a terrorist on the tarmac at Miami airport.

Martin Campbell on the tarmac in Casino Royale.