Timothy is loading the final catalogue data as we speak, Milord. An
awful thing to say, but when the program's up and running our, Mr. Bean
will become a little less than .... useful?
A glimmer of hope.
INT. NATIONAL GALLERY. PORTRAIT SECTION - DAY
BEAN wanders past three or four portraits and mimics the characters in
them. He passes a guard.
(not looking up from his book)
The GUARD sighs with boredom. He gets this from BEAN every day. As
Bean moves on, he treads on the heel of a tourist's shoe. It comes
off- BEAN moves on blithely.
INT. NATIONAL GALLERY. CARTOON ROOM ENTRANCE - DAY
BEAN is passing the very special room where Leonardo Da Vinci's
cartoon, 'The Virgin and Child', hangs, preserved by a very dim
artificial light. There are silhouettes of a few tourists in the room
reverently studying the work, listening to a female GALLERY GUIDE.
BEAN dips into his pocket for his identity badge and in so doing brings
out a coin. The coin drops and rolls into the special room. BEAN
follows it into the darkness.
... by Leonardo Da Vinci. As you can see, the special light in here
goes some way to protect the drawing from photodisintegration caused by
The camera stays outside the room with the picture in view. We hear
the squeak of a tiny door open, then a click. The room is suddenly
flooded in blazing white light. The onlookers gasp in horror.
BEAN re-emerges from the room with his precious coin. As an
afterthought he pops his hand round the doorway and turns off the
light. He scuttles away. The GALLERY GUIDE shakes her head in total
INT. NATIONAL GALLERY. BOARDROOM - DAY