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In Casino Royale, James Bond is required to enter a password into a security device. Later in the film, he reveals that the password he supposedly entered was Vesper...

However, the brief shot we of him entering the code shows him using the number 4, making it impossible that the code be Vesper, as this website points out:

When Bond enters his password in the casino, he enters 836547. He later gives the password as VESPER, which on an alpha-numeric keypad would be 837737.

If we are to take it that this is a goof (which it almost certainly is), it stands to reason that at the time of filming a different password was considered: it's unlikely whomever is responsible for the close-up shot of him entering the code was illiterate enough to enter the wrong code, and even more so for the continuity department not to notice (although, they clearly missed this from the final cut: so it's not entirely implausible).

Could it be possible that another password was originally intended to be used; one that required the keys 836547 in spelling it? can anyone figure out what this original password could have been, before it was (possibly) re-conned to be Vesper?

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While this is an interesting possibility I'd doubt it was anything else but because noone cared enough what numbers he enters at all, thinking that noone (apart from some "goof-hunters") would actually notice it anyway. But I would have to recheck the scene to see how ovious it was at all what he entered. –  Napoleon Wilson May 31 at 0:14
    
I might be dead wrong but from a brief look, the combination 836547 doesn't seem to spell any word in English. –  Walt May 31 at 0:20
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Hmm, looking at the actual scene, it's really a very obvious close-up. My proposed "don't care"-attitude from the filmmakers' side might not apply too much then. –  Napoleon Wilson May 31 at 0:23
    
@Walt - Vesper is a name, it's not English. Using one of the many number to word calculators on the web, even the Vesper correct code doesn't come up with any names. –  JohnP May 31 at 1:37
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"Hi, question for Ms. Bellamy. In episode 2F09, when Itchy plays Scratchy's skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes that same rib twice in succession yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we, to believe that this is some sort of a, a magic xylophone or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder." - The Simpsons, Season 8, Episode 14: "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" –  MattD Nov 18 at 20:32

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This is a bit of a non-answer, but having watched the scene(s) many times and scoured the Internet, I'm going to say it's just a movie mistake. It's certainly identified as such (continuity error) on most Movie Mistake websites.

My only reasoning is thus: one, there doesn't appear to be another solution and one is unlikely forthcoming and; two, despite the close up of the shot, it's certainly understandable that the editing team could have missed this. When you consider some continuity errors in films involve things appearing in one shot, missing in the next and then reappearing in the following shot, it certainly seems logical that the team could have just missed this.

I'll of course update this answer in future if more information is forthcoming, but for now I call movie mistake.

Edit:

The more I think about it, the more I have a slightly different conclusion. I think it's possible that the original pass code was just a random number that Bond was using, but later on, to demonstrate how much he cared about Vesper, it was shown he had changed his pass code to her name.

In my eyes, this act, something many people in relationships have done, enhances the feeling of betrayal he felt once he learnt her part in Schiffe's plan. She wasn't just a random woman he had bedded, but someone he had given his heart to.

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A script supervisor and continuity editor are hired to make sure the frames don't contradict: that isn't what's happened here. Craig (or whichever stunt hand was responsible) was told to put a specific number in (836547), surely. It can't be continuity, as this would mean Craig (or stunt-hand) can't input a simple six digit code without getting the numbers wildly wrong... talk about fat fingers, he'd have to be doing it blindfolded... –  John Smith Optional Nov 19 at 0:25
    
@JohnSmithOptional: Why can't they have just used different numbers and not realised? Far worse continuity errors have occurred in films. –  Andrew Martin Nov 19 at 9:59
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...because unless he was doing it blindfolded, he had to be putting something in... are you suggesting it was totally random? that on set they just said "we're gonna do a close up, type whatever you want."... even that wouldn't be a goof, he'd still have been told to type something, at least.. –  John Smith Optional Nov 19 at 12:37
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@JohnSmithOptional: Why not? Why not a totally random number? Or some convincing number that simply had to be a password that later on they decided to change and make it into "VESPER". I think given your background you know a lot more about this stuff than me, but my continuing defence is that I've seen some atrocious continuity errors in big budget Hollywood films, so the idea of this happening doesn't surprise me in the slightest. –  Andrew Martin Nov 19 at 12:38
    
I understand what you're saying but maybe you've not understood me: we know its a mistake, of course: it doesn't make sense, how could it not be a mistake? your "later on they decided to change" is actually written into the question as a possibility... what we're trying to figure out is what, if anything, that original password WAS, and its relevance (numerically or alphabetically) to Bond. it's not enough to say "Mistake", we know this already: the question was never 'is it a mistake?', it was could the password originally have been something else, and if so what? –  John Smith Optional Nov 19 at 14:36

I just found a website that admits all the mistakes made while filming Casino Royale, and by the looks of it the list of mistakes is pretty long.

http://www.mi6-hq.com/sections/movies/cr_mistakes.php3?t=mi6&s=cr

To answer your question, I'll bring up the confession that admits the goof-up with the numbers.

When Bond enters his pass code at the poker game, he enters 836547. This combination of numbers cannot spell VESPER. However, at the end of the film when Vesper Lynd enters the pass code, the last three digits entered are 737 (which, indeed, can spell PER).

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A website that "admits" sounds like it's official information from the film-makers. Is this in any way secured or could this just be a fan-site that simply "calls this out" as a mistake either? –  Napoleon Wilson Nov 19 at 13:25

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