Wacky auction rules related by the individual country representatives that attend a sale of compromising military photos at the Mata Hari School of Dancing and Spying in the 1967 spoof of Casino Royale.
According to the Russian representative, when the Russians are sitting, they’re bidding. When they’re standing, they’re not bidding.
The American officer says, “We’ll do our bidding sitting down; when we’re standing, we’re not bidding”—exactly what the Russian said.
As for the British procedures, their representative (RICHARD WATTIS) says, “We’ll do a little bit of both.” The auction is actually one of the comic high points of the film.