Removing politics and prostitution, Chinese censors fall on 'Skyfall'

Chinese censors unhappy with Skyfall. Photo: Skyfall

BEIJING, January 21 2012 - Audiences in mainland China are gathering in anticipation of the latest chapter in the James Bond saga, Skyfall. But they will be seeing a shorter version of the film as censors remove scenes from the movie.

The mainland version of the film will not be censored for language or violent content. Instead, scenes with talks of politics and Chinese prostitution will be cut.

Anyone who has seen the film or trailer for that matter would notice that some segments of the film, about twenty minutes in total, take place in China. These are the most heavily edited sections of the film.

In one scene viewed by international audiences, a Chinese villain is killed by the blond Bond-shell, a scene Chinese audiences won’t be able to see. Others scenes with short conversations that touch upon politics and prostitution are cut as well.

Skyfall is far from the only film to be influenced by China’s Great Wall of censors. Last year’s Men in Black 3’s Chinese restaurant scene was snipped from the final cut of the film.

Prometheus also lost some of the more graphic scenes in its edited down version.

The 007 series has a strong following in China and is one of the few Western symbols recognized by both younger and older generations. Skyfall is slated for a January 21st release date in mainland China.


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A Georgia State University graduate, Dwain Worrell majored in theater with concentration in play and screenwriting. Dwain is a news  article translator in Beijing and a screenwriter.

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