Thursday, August 16, 2007

"Did you think you could lose that much money and no one would notice?"

So. The bad African warlord made his $200 million in blood diamonds and entrusted it for laundering to the international bad investment guy Le Chifre who, instead of putting it into safe investments, has lost it all gambling on uncovered options. Le Chifre hopes to win it all back in a high stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. Blood diamond warlord shows up in Le Chifre's hotel room and snarls, "Did you think you could lose that much money and no one would notice?"

A slogan for the credit crisis? From Casino Royale!

(And when the British government's financial representative, Vesper Lynd, refuses to authorize another 5 million for Bond to buy back into the game after Bond loses 10 million, he is staked by none other than the CIA's Felix Leiter ... thus putting the US government in the familiar position of ... Moral Hazard!)

(Update. It occurs to me that Moral Hazard would be a pretty good name for a Bond Girl.)