Dr. No

Last weekend we saw the classic Bond film Dr. No at my favorite movie theatre in Tampa.

In one scene, Bond does a double take when he sees the recently stolen Goya portrait of the Duke of Wellington in Dr. No’s lair. In 1962 when the film was made, urbane audiences recognized the painting and got a good laugh.

Do you think it would even be possible to retell such a joke today, unless the purloined item involved Nascar baseball caps or some other tacky item?

Forbes has a brief history of the Goya theft, which was quite odd. The BBC offers a discussion of art theft in general.