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BA's Bond brushes out Branson

Date 24 Apr 2007

British Airways has reportedly airbrushed a scene of arch-rival Richard Branson out of its in-flight James Bond movie Casino Royale. The Virgin Atlantic chief is briefly featured in the 007 film at an airport security scanner, but – in BA's edited version – can only be seen from the back. Shots of the tail fin of a Virgin plane have also been obscured, according to Sky News.

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. The spokesman said: “We edit our in-flight films to remove material that might upset our customers.”

It’s possible Richard Branson might be a little upset himself that BA think his face might disturb their customers.

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