BA edits Branson from Casino Royale
Virgin boss excised from in-flight version
Virgin supremo Richard Branson is "somehow missing" from the version of Casino Royale shown on British Airways flights, the Telegraph reports.
In the full-fat film, a short cameo shows the multi-trillionaire "passing through a security arch at Miami airport". This proved too much for BA's in-flight entertainment team, which "vets films on grounds of taste and suitability before allowing them to be shown", and Branson duly hit the cutting room floor.
A BA spokesman confirmed that changes had been made to the film, and rather marvellously explained: "All films are screened...we want to ensure they contain no material that might upset our customers."
This is not the first time Virgin has fallen foul of the BA censors, the Telegraph notes. Scenes from The Wedding Date shot in Virgin's premium cabin were also removed "before it was deemed suitable for BA passengers". ®
Im not so much surprised, probably bemused is a better word, not by the article itself but by the comments and the number of outspoken Branson haters there are about today.
Personally I couldnt comment on the man as I have never had the pleasure, or otherwise, of his company. However, I do know that someone who has managed to build a company into a successful multinational in what is, lets face is, quite a small space of time is unlikely to be a "twit" or "useless".
That is all...
I was on a BA flight to San Francisco this week and Richard Branson was still in the film. Shame BA couldn't edit the plot into better shape.
In bad taste?
Precisely why would the sight of this particular billionaire upset the passengers on any flight? I've heard of censorship, but come on! Cut out the things I don't want my 4-year-old to see, like people in speedos and thongs, excessive lovemaking scenes and gun violence. I watched Branson's reality show and liked it, except for the twit he picked to win the thing. He seems like a stand-up guy and I can't imagine why this totally idiotic cut was made!