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image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 December 2006

Part of the action at the beginning of Casino Royale (2006) takes place in the embassy of Nambutu. The flag and arms of that fictional country appear in a sign. The flag is a cross between Djibouti and Mozambique.
Juan Jose Morales, 26 November 2006

The Nambutu flag is seen first on a panel at the Embassy entrance and later on several shoulder patches inside. I could not see any actual flag, neither in- nor out-doors.

The design seems to be red over green with black hoist triangle, with a thin white pall overall dividing the three fields, and a red star on the triangle (not fimbriated). The shade of green seemed particularly light. More about the movie can be found at the IMDB.
António Martins, 26 November & 3 December 2006

You may find these images from the film, image one and image two, useful to verify the details of this fictional flag.
Jason Saber, 2 August 2008

San Monique

[San Monique]
image by António Martins, 21 November 2011

In the James Bond's 007 film Live and Let Die (1973) there is a flag for, according to the movie, San Monique. The movie clarifies that this island is located in the Caribbean. In one scene, the flag can be seen, with this design: It's is identical to the Surinam's national flag's bars except for the color and the national coat of arms: The colours of the horizontal flag bars are blue (FIAV B), white (FIAV W), green (FIAV V-), white, and blue.
Roberto Miramontes, 1 January 2005

Is the San Monique flag supposed to have an overall emblem on it? I've drawn the flag assuming the stripes to be of equal width and it's emblemless. I fail to see a specific similarity with the flag of Surinam, unless this is a way to say that the middle stripe is wider.

Based on the description, it does resemble one of the several flag-like patterns reported for a slightly less fantastic, and utterly non-fictional country-like entity in the (current) Hispanic Americas — the 1860-1862 Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia flag-patterned medal ribbon.
António Martins, 21 November 2011


image by Jorge Candeias, 8 Augustus 1998

This flag appears very often in one of James Bond's movies (can't remember which one. I saw it some years ago). That's the flag of the criminal organization 'SPECTRE' (very bad guys) It's an horizontal triband of yellow, black, yellow with nothing else on it.
Jorge Candeias, 8 Augustus 1998

IIRC the octopus was also used as a SPECTRE emblem, though on Blofeld's ring, etc., not on a flag. However, might it not have been used as such in a movie prior to "Octopussy"? Al Kirsch, 8 December 2003


There was also a flag in Octopussy, a white flag with an octopus design (and a gold fringe; part of the design?). I found it curious, since the octopus was also used as a SPECTRE emblem.
Al Kirsch, 19 Augustus 2001

If I am not much mistaken there is a flag with an octopus in two James Bond movies (one being the Octopussy, obviously, but also one immediately preciding it has, IIRC, the flag more prominent. Flag is white with golden octupus with multicoloured ornamentations on it, IIRC.
Željko Heimer, 8 December 2003