James Bond Censor Cuts

 Detailed List of BBFC and MPAA cuts



Sean Connery

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Dr. No

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  • Doctor No
  • Ian Fleming's Dr. No

Dr No Blu ray Sean Connery  

Dr. No is a 1962 UK James Bond film by Terence Young.
With Sean Connery, Ursula Andress and Bernard Lee. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1962. These cuts have persisted to all worldwide releases since.
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MPAA PG
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105:07s UK:  The cut cinema version was passed PG after BBFC cuts for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 MGM R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD [22 Film Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2008 20th Century Fox/MGM R0 Blu-ray
  • 2008 20th Century Fox/MGM R2 DVD
  • 2000 MGM R2 DVD
  • 1994 Warner VHS
  • 1986 Warner VHS

UK:  Passed A after BBFC cuts for:

  • 1962 cinema release

US: MPAA PG rated for:

The cuts were presumably to the negative as was often the norm in the 60s, so cuts now persist to all prints worldwide.

  • Bond's fight with the chauffeur has been trimmed, including the removals of blows to the chauffeur when he is unable to defend himself. A knee kick in this fight was also removed.
  • The killing of Dent has been trimmed to so Bond only fires one fatal shot. Footage was removed of Bond shooting extra shots into Dent's back as he lies on the floor dying.
  • Dr. No's line I'm sure she will amuse the guards was considered too sexually suggestive, and has been redubbed instead to The guards will amuse her
  • Shortly after, Dr. No's henchmen beating up Bond as he is sat at the table has been trimmed, introducing a dissolve to the next scene much earlier to cover the removal of violent footage.
From Russia with Love

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  • Ian Fleming's From Russia with Love

Russia Love DVD Sean Connery  

From Russia with Love is a 1963 UK James Bond film by Terence Young.
With Sean Connery, Robert Shaw and Lotte Lenya. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
BBFC category cuts were required for an A rated 1963 cinema release. Most of these cuts persisted to PG rated home video.
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MPAA PG
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110:23s UK:  Passed PG with most cuts persisting, but the old cinema cut to Tania walking nude towards the bed has been restored for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD [22 Film Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 20th Century Fox/MGM R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2012 20th Century Fox/MGM R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2008 20th Century Fox/MGM R0 Blu-ray
  • 2008 20th Century Fox/MGM R2 DVD
  • 2008 cinema release
  • 2000 MGM R2 DVD
  • 1994 Warner VHS
  • 1987 Warner VHS

US: MPAA PG rated for:

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A Cert Submitted 122:19s =117:25s UK: Passed A (PG) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1963 cinema release

The BBFC cuts were:.

  • Sexual dialogue early in the film about lovers and physical enjoyment have been removed
  • The gypsy dance has been shortened, removing in particular almost all shots of the dancer wriggling her stomach and bending right over
    backwards
  • The fight that happens soon after between the two women has been heavily cut
  • Tania walking nude towards the bed was cut for cinema release, but has since been restored for all video releases
  • The reference to searching Tania has been cut soon after
  • Bond and Tania's kissing in bed has been trimmed
  • The footage of Bond and Tania being filmed by Klebb and a man through the two-way mirror has been darkened and shortened through the introduction of an early dissolve
  • When M and other's listen to the recording of Bond questioning Tania, the line Was I as exciting as all those Western girls? has 'was' changed to 'am', as it was considered less sexually suggestive
  • On the train, Bond lowering the blind in his cabin and his quip of Two hours should straighten this out has been cut
  • When Grant reveals the roll of film to Bond, his comment of What a performance has been removed
  • The famous fight between Grant and Bond has been cut to reduce the length of Grant's death by strangulation. The BBFC initially objected to the length and brutality of the whole sequence, but editor Peter Hunt convinced them to leave it intact, accepting only minor cuts to the final strangulation.
  • Klebb's death has been shorted, reducing the sight of her protracted suffering, and her death cries have been partially muted on the soundtrack
  • Bond's remark to Tania of What a performance has been cut at the very end of the film, resulting in a particularly bad jump-cut on the print, which affects the soundtrack particularly badly
Goldfinger

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Goldfinger DVD Sean Connery

Goldfinger is a 1964 UK James Bond film by Guy Hamilton.
With Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe and Honor Blackman. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for a PG rated 1964 cinema release. The cuts have persisted into all worldwide releases since
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PG Cert

MPAA PG
MPAA

105:26s

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107:48s
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UK: Passed PG after BBFC cuts for:

US: MPAA PG rated for:

Thanks to Gavin Salkeld.  The 1964 Cinema cuts, presumably to the negative, as was often the norm in the 60s, persist to all cinema/video/DVD releases worldwide

  • Bonita getting out of the bath has been removed, so it now happens off-screen
  • The electrocution in the bath has been shortened
  • The scene of Bond and Jill Masterson together on the bed has been shortened
Thunderball

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  • Ian Fleming's Thunderball
  • James Bond, Secret Agent

Thunderball DVD

Thunderball is a 1965 UK James Bond film by Terence Young.
With Sean Connery, Claudine Auger and Adolfo Celi. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema but uncut on home video

Cutting Edge: Quick Trims

BBFC cuts to the 1965 cinema release.

Cutting Edge Quick Trims logo

Thunderball mink glove

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BBFC PG certificate 124:56s UK: Passed PG uncut with BBFC cuts waived for:

US:

  • 2013 MGM [Thunderball + You Only Live Twice + Diamonds are Forever] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2012 MGM Bond 50 Collection RA Blu-ray at US Amazon

Note that The Ultimate Edition release of Thunderball is missing the reddening effect when an incompetent henchman is thrown in as punishment. This is reported to be a processing error rather than an example of censorship.

BBFC cut
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A Cert 129:43s
=124:32s
UK: Passed A after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1965 cinema release

The BBFC cuts were:

  • The first of two short scenes where Bond is seen stroking the naked back of the spa employee with a mink glove was removed. This cut was reinstated for the video release, and has always been present in all home video versions in the UK

See article from bbfc.co.uk :

In April 1965 Eon Productions sent a shooting script of Thunderball to the BBFC for advice on how the finished film might be considered for classification. The letter published here [pdf] details the BBFC's lengthy response to the script. Mindful that an X certificate would not be consistent with the previous three Bond films, the letter specifies over thirty aspects of the script that could be problematic for an A certificate.

John Trevelyan sums up the general concern of the BBFC when he explains:

I get the impression that this screenplay has been deliberately hotted up with a view to its including more sex, sadism and violence than the previous Bond pictures, and… it seems less light-hearted in tone.

In the end only one cut for an A was required – the sight of Bond stroking the back of a partially nude girl with a mink glove.

You Only Live Twice

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You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice is a 1967 UK James Bond film by Lewis Gilbert.
With Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi and Mie Hama. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
All releases in US/UK have been uncut
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uncut
PG cert

MPAA
PG

111:54s UK: Passed A/PG Uncut for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 20th century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD [22 Film Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM Online
  • 2008 MGM 2 Disc Ultimate Edition R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2007 MGM Bond Re-mastered R2 DVD
  • 2006 MGM 2 Disc Ultimate Edition R2 DVD
  • 2001 MGM R2 DVD
  • 1992 Warner VHS
  • 1987 Warner VHS
  • 1967 cinema release

This was the first James Bond film to be passed uncut by the BBFC.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2013 MGM [Thunderball + You Only Live Twice + Diamonds are Forever] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2012 MGM Bond 50 Collection RA Blu-ray at US Amazon

 

George Lazenby

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Bond Remastered Majestys Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Secret Service is a 1969 UK James Bond film by Peter R Hunt.
With George Lazenby, Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut for a suggestive joke for cinema release and the cut has persisted to all version since
BBFC cut
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PG cert 135:43s UK: Passed A/PG after BBFC cuts for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD [22 Film Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM Online
  • 2008 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2007 20th Century Fox Re-mastered R2 DVD
  • 2006 MGM Ultimate Edition R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2003 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2000 MGM VHS
  • 1995 Warner VHS
  • 1969 cinema release

The cinema release was edited by the BBFC to change a single line for theatrical exhibition:

  • During the dinner-party sequence, Angela Scoular writes her room number on Bond's bare inner thigh. After he says he feels a slight stiffness coming on , the line in the shoulder has been badly added, totally ruining the suggestive joke. The edit persists into all home video releases worldwide.

US:

BBFC uncut

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PG cert 127:05s UK: A very short unknown version was passed PG without BBFC cuts for:
  • 1987 Warner VHS

 

Sean Connery

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Diamonds Are Forever

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  • Ian Fleming's Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds are Forever Sean Connery

Diamonds Are Forever is a 1971 UK James Bond film by Guy Hamilton.
With Sean Connery, Jill St. John and Charles Gray. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for UK cinema release. Uncut on DVD but recently uprated from PG to 12

See podcast from bbfc.co.uk

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12 cert

PG cert

MPAA PG
MPAA

114:38s UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate language, violence and threat for:
The  BBFC judged that the following were more appropriately rated 12 rather than the previous PG:
  • The scene in which Bond tears off a woman's bikini top and throttles her with it.
  • An aggressive use of the word 'bitch'.
  • The negative comic stereotyping of homosexual characters.

UK: Passed PG uncut after film cuts were restored for:

  • 2008 MGM  R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2007 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
  • 2006 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2003 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2003 MGM VHS
  • 1992 Warner VHS
  • 1987 Warner VHS

US: Uncut and MPAA PG Rated for:

BBFC cut
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A cert submitted
119:36s =114:49s
UK: Passed A (PG) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1971 cinema release

BBFC cinema cuts:

  • The fight in the lift between Peter Franks and Bond was reduced to remove blows and sound effects.
  • Bond squirting the fire extinguisher into Frank's face was reduced in length.
  • Bond menacing Mr Kidd with a broken brandy bottle was trimmed. It's so brief in the film, one wonders what was cut, but my guess is that the actual grabbing and breaking of the bottle was cut, leaving just the footage of Bond throwing the liquid onto Kidd's arms. Perhaps what little focus there is on the weapon was deemed a more serious imitability issue back then.
  • Footage of the ablaze Mr Kidd running across the deck screaming and climbing up onto the railing, as he throws himself overboard was removed, leaving just the shot of him hitting the water. When shown on TV, this scene is usually cut similarly.

 

Roger Moore

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Live and Let Die

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Live and Let Die DVD

Live and Let Die is a 1973 UK action adventure thriller by Guy Hamilton.
Starring Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto and Jane Seymour. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
Always uncut in the US and UK.

Summary Notes

Several British agents have been murdered and James Bond is sent to New Orleans, to investigate these mysterious deaths. Mr. Big comes to his knowledge, who is self-producing heroin. Along his journeys he meets Tee Hee who has a claw for a hand, Baron Samedi the voodoo master and Solitaire and her tarot cards. Bond must travel deep inside New Orleans, through marshy grass and on water as he completes his mission.

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PG cert

MPAA PG
MPAA

116:17s UK: Passed A/PG uncut for:

US:  Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

The Man with the Golden Gun

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Man Golden Gun DVD

The Man with the Golden Gun is a 1974 UK action adventure thriller by Guy Hamilton.
Starring Roger Moore, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
Always uncut in the UK and US

Summary Notes

Scaramanga is a hit-man who charges a million dollars per job. He becomes linked to the death of a scientist working on a powerful solar cell, and James Bond is called in to investigate. As he tracks down Scaramanga, he realises that he is highly respected by the killer, but will this prove to be an advantage in the final showdown?

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MPAA PG
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119:27s The Man With the Golden Gun is a 1974 UK James Bond action film by Guy Hamilton.
With Roger Moore, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland. IMDb

UK: Passed PG uncut for:

  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM Online
  • 2009 20th Century Fox Blu-ray
  • 2008 20th Century Fox R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2007 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
  • 2006 Sony/MGM R2 DVD
  • 2001 MGM R2 DVD
  • 1993 Warner VHS
  • 1987 Warner VHS

UK: Passed A uncut for:

  • 1974 cinema release

US:

The Spy Who Loved Me

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Bond Remastered Spy Loved 1 disc

The Spy Who Loved Me is a 1977 UK James Bond action film by Lewis Gilbert.
With Roger Moore, Barbara Bach and Curd Jürgens. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Never cut
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PG cert 120:17s UK: Passed A/PG uncut for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD [22 Film Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM Online
  • 2008 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2007 20th Century Fox R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2006 Sony R2 DVD
  • 2000 MGM R2 DVD
  • 1993 Warner VHS
  • 1977 cinema release

US:

Moonraker

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Moonraker DVD Roger Moore  

Moonraker is a 1979 UK/France Bond film by Lewis Gilbert.
With Roger Moore, Lois Chiles and Michael Lonsdale. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Uncut in the US and UK.
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PG cert

MPAA PG
MPAA

120:58s UK: Passed PG uncut for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2012 20th Century Fox R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD [22 Film Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2009 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray
  • 2008 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
  • 2006 Sony R2 DVD
  • 2006 Warner R2 DVD
  • 2001 MGM R2 DVD
  • 1993 Warner VHS
  • 1986 Warner VHS
  • 1979 cinema release

US:

For Your Eyes Only

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Your Eyes Only DVD  

For Your Eyes Only is a 1981 UK Bond film by John Glen.
With Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet and Topol. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Always uncut
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PG cert 122:25s UK: Passed PG uncut for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 MGM RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD [22 Film Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 20th Century Fox R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2009 20th Century Fox R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2008 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
  • 2007 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
  • 2006 Sony R2 DVD
  • 2001 MGM R2 DVD
  • 1993 Warner VHS
  • 1986 Warner VHS
  • 1981 cinema release

US:

See  article from  dailymail.co.u : Fuddy Duddy Censor

One unnamed female censor took offence at a scene in 1981's For Your Eyes Only, starring Roger Moore, when the villain uses a knife to undo a costume worn by heroine Melina Havelock, played by French actress Carole Bouquet.

The scene survived because the examiner admitted the Board had passed far worse and realised she was a bit of a fuddy duddy .

Octopussy

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  • 007: Octopussy

Octopussy DVD Roger Moore  

Octopussy is a 1983 UK/US James Bond action film by John Glen.
With Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
A nipple slip was cut from the opening credits but otherwise uncut.
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PG cert 125:13s UK: Passed PG after BBFC suggested cuts were implemented for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2012 20th Century Fox R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD [22 Film Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2008 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2007 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
  • 2006 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2006 Sony R2 DVD
  • 2000 MGM R2 DVD
  • 1993 Warner VHS
  • 1986 Warner VHS
  • 1983 cinema release

The opening credits were edited after an advice screening during post production to darken a single shot of a visible nipple. When formally submitted later, it was passed PG uncut (i.e. no additional edits were made, but it is still pre-cut. This is the worldwide version available everywhere).

US:

A View to a Kill

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View Kill DVD Roger Moore  

A View to a Kill is a 1985 UK/US James Bond action film by John Glen.
With Roger Moore, Christopher Walken and Tanya Roberts. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC at the advice screening stage and the cuts have persisted for all releases since
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MPAA PG
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125:36s UK: Passed PG after BBFC cuts for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2012 20th Century Fox R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD [22 Film Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2008 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2007 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
  • 2006 Sony R2 DVD
  • 1993 Warner VHS
  • 1985 cinema release

US:

The BBFC commented:

The film was originally viewed by the BBFC in an incomplete form, with the music score unfinished and the opening and closing credits missing.

During this advice screening, the BBFC requested that a heavy crotch kick and a double neck chop, both given by Bond, be removed from the film to get a PG rating. These cuts occur during the fight in the hidden room under Zoran's stable. If you watch the scene closely, or even frame by frame, the scene is somewhat sloppy in a couple of places. When the film was edited, the pre-cut version was submitted for a formal rating.

During this stage of classification, the Board asked for an alteration to the opening titles on a shot of an almost nude woman. Its hard to speculate which woman this refers to, but viewing the titles it seems likely that it could be the woman seen through a scope near the beginning, who becomes defocused and blurry whenever she turns the front of body towards the camera, or the mirrored image of the dancing women at the end as Michael Wilson's name appears. She too, goes out of focus on a profile shot where her nipples almost become clearly visible.

With this last change made, the PG rating was awarded.

 

Timothy Dalton

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The Living Daylights

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  • 007: The Living Daylights

Living Daylights DVD Timothy Dalton  

The Living Daylights is a 1987 UK James Bond action film by John Glen.
With Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo and Jeroen Krabbé. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
All releases have been uncut
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PG cert 125:16s UK: Passed PG uncut for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2012 20th Century Fox R2 DVD at UK Amazon  
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD [22 Film Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2008 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2007 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
  • 2006 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2003 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2000 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2000 MGM VHS
  • 1994 Warner VHS
  • 1988 Warner VHS
  • 1987 cinema release

US:

Licence To Kill

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  • Licence Revoked

Licence Kill DVD Timothy Dalton  

Licence to Kill is a 1989 UK James Bond film by John Glen .
With Timothy Dalton and Carey Lowell. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Heavily cut by the BBFC for cinema and VHS. The less cut US Theatrical Version released in 2000. Uncut since 2006

See the full story of censor cuts to Licence to Kill in the article Licensed to Censor by Gavin Salkeld

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15 certificate

MPAA PG-13

127:44s UK: The Ultimate Edition was passed 15 uncut for:

The 2006 Ultimate Edition includes all the previously cut MPAA and BBFC footage, making it the first totally uncut DVD release in the world.

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

BBFC uncut

mpaa cut
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15 certificate

MPAA PG-13

127:23s UK: The cut US Theatrical Version was passed 15 with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
  • 2000 MGM R2 DVD

The film had problems with the MPAA, who requested edits for PG-13 to:

  • the shark tank scene,
  • the pressure chamber murder
  • Dario's death in the rock crusher
  • Sanchez's burning to death

These cuts were nowhere near as extensive as the BBFCs, however.

BBFC cut
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15 certificate 126:50s UK: The UK Theatrical Version was passed 15 after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1994 Warner VHS
  • 1990 Warner VHS
  • 1989 cinema release

The BBFC cuts were:

  • Reel 1: the whipping of the woman [Lupe]
  • Reel 2: the man [Felix] lowered into the shark tank
  • Reel 8: remove sight of impact sounds into woman's heart [when Loti, the HK Narcotics agent, is shot in the breasts]
  • Reel 10: the man [Krest] whose head explodes in the pressure chamber
  • Reel 11: the man [Dario] crushed in the grinder
  • Reel 12: after Bond has set light to Sanchez, remove two shots of his body in flames

The sound must be reduced at the following times:

  • Reel 1: punch to man's lower body [Lupe's lover in the opening scene]
  • Reel 2: blow to man's head with rifle butt [Sanchez's van escape];
  • Reel 2: blow to back of Felix's head during attack in bedroom;
  • Reel 2: at end of reel, reduce sound of Felix screaming as he is attacked by shark
  • Reel 3: heavy blow to guard by James Bond in crate of worms
  • Reel 5: heavy kick to frogman underwater [seen in close-up];
  • Reel 5: reduce sound of heavy blows and kicks in bar room fight
  • Reel 8: blow to head with rifle butt [this happens when the ninja overcome Bond]
  • Reel 11: heavy blows in driving-cab of big truck [given by Bond to the driver]

 

Pierce Brosnan

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GoldenEye

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  • Golden Eye

Goldeneye Blu ray Pierce Brosnan  

GoldenEye is a 1995 UK/US James Bond action film by Martin Campbell
With Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut for the International Version and further cut by the BBFC for cinema release, VHS and DVDs until 2003. The BBFC home video cuts have been waived since 2006. The International Version in the best available and is now the current version in the US and UK.

Summary Notes

James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent believed to be dead.

BBFC uncut

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15 certificate

MPAA PG-13

124:37s UK: The Ultimate Edition/International Version was passed 15 for strong violence with the previo2001 UK Specific cuts waived for

US: The International Version is MPAA PG-13 rated for:

See the full story of censor cuts to GoldenEye in the article Rough Treatment by Gavin Salkeld

Note from nuts4R2, April 2014:

My Blu-ray ultimate set still seems to have a severely truncated helicopter fight/death scene.
BBFC cut
UK specific cuts
13s

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International
Version
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12 cert 124:04s UK: The International version without the UK specific cuts was submitted, but the BBFC asked for the UK specific 13s of cuts to be re-applied for:
  • 2003 MGM Special Edition DVD
  • 2001 MGM R2 DVD

The BBFC commented:

  • Company was asked to make seven compulsory cuts to scenes of violence as per the previously released 1996 12-rated version

The other cuts were applied slightly differently and more noticeably for

  • A head butt was cut at Xenia's "wait your turn" line to Natalya
  • Five Alex Trevelyan head butts against Bond were deleted during the antenna room cradle fight. One return headbutt by Bond was also deleted.

Thanks to Joel:

Box set DVD extras include a documentary looking at this history of Bond. When it came to an interview with Famke Janssen about her character Xenia, one of the scenes shown was this exact same scene in it's UNCUT format.

BBFC cut
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~13s

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Version
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12 cert 124:04s UK: A Pre-cut version was passed 12 after BBFC and MPAA advised cuts were implemented prior to submission for:
  • 1996 Warner VHS
  • 1995 cinema release

See the full story of censor cuts to GoldenEye in the article Rough Treatment by Gavin Salkeld:
 

International Version Cuts

The rough cut was shown to the BBFC and MPAA. This resulted in a set of International version cuts that were common to the concerns of both censors. These cuts have become common to all releases of GoldenEye and look unlikely to ever be reversed. The cuts were:

  • During the pre-credit sequence, when 006 is shot, originally one clearly saw the impact to the head, but this has now been deleted
  • The sex scene with Xenia making out with the admiral and eventually suffocating him has been much reduced.
  • Bond's rabbit punch on Xenia during a car ride was moved offscreen
  • The Severnaya hijack sequence was also cut with numerous shots removed of the workers being gunned down by Xenia.
  • Furthermore, Xenia's death was also toned down; originally her body was seen writhing against the tree for longer, before her back breaks with a crack and she slumps dead. The slump, sans sound effect, is all that remains.
  • When Trevelyan turns over after falling from the dish, the shot showing his bloodied face and a trickle of blood running oozing from his mouth was shortened.

UK Specific Cuts

In addition to the International Version cuts, additional cuts were made that were specific to the UK release

  • Towards the end of the film, as Xenia attempts to crush Bond, her headbutt to Natalya was removed when the latter tried to free Bond. In fact, the entire episode of Natalya swinging a log at Xenia, Xenia grabbing it and telling Natalya to Wait for your turn before headbutting her was removed.
  • All head butts were removed from the climatic Bond vs Trevelyan fight around the antenna room and cradle. This included attempted head butts that failed to hit their target. In addition, the contact sound effects throughout the fight were toned down.
Tomorrow Never Dies

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Tomorrow Never Dies is a 1997 UK/US James Bond action film by Roger Spottiswoode.
With Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce and Michelle Yeoh. BBFC link YouTube icon IMDb
Some cuts were made by the MPAA for theatrical release. More cut by the BBFC for a 12 rated cinema release. The BBFC made further cuts for 12 rated VHS and 2001. The BBFC cuts were dropped for the 15 rated 2002 DVD but original US cuts still apply. This is the International Version and is the best available. The Inernational Version was rated 12 by the BBFC in 2012.

See the full story of censor cuts to Tomorrow Never Dies in the article Tomorrow Never Dies...It Just Gets a Little Shorter by Gavin Salkeld

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114:18s UK: The International Version was passed 12 without BBFC cuts for frequent moderate action violence:

UK: The International Version was passed 15 after all BBFC video cuts were waived for:

  • 2007 20th Century Fox Ultimate Edition R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2006 Sony Ultimate Edition R2 DVD

US: The International Version is cut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

The International Version includes some cuts made at the rough cut stage to secure an MPAA PG-13 rating. It was substantially less cut than the UK cinema release and has now become the definitive version.

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12 cert 114:02s UK: The International Version was passed 12 after a further 6s of BBFC video cuts
  • 2001 MGM R2 DVD
  • 1998 MGM VHS
  • 1998 Warner VHS

The BBFC commented on their video cuts:

Tomorrow Never Dies followed the pattern of the recent Bonds of being slightly too violent for its intended audience. When it opened in the cinema, the Board considered that, on grounds of violence, the film had just scraped through as a 12, yet to our surprise, the British public, for all their reported concern about screen violence, lapped it up, content to treat James Bond as fantasy violence. The producers were alerted to the probability that, if 12 were to remain the target category on video, the film might need further cuts in violence, since the Video Recordings Act laid down the need to assess the likelihood of underage viewing, which in this case was a virtual certainty.

The additional BBFC video cuts were:

  • Cuts to scene where Michelle Yeoh dispatches one of the bad guys by means of a throwing star.
  • Removed scene of Michelle Yeoh taking throwing star from a hidden compartment in her shoe
  • Cuts to scene where Bond stamps on a man's face
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UK: Passed 12 after BBFC suggested cuts at the rough cut stage were implemented for:
  • 1997 cinema release

There have been sound cuts throughout the video.

  • Reduced impact sounds in fight at Carver's (Jonathon Price's) studio party
  • Bond gets hit by a baseball bat twice instead of four times
  • Reduced impact sounds in Chakra torture scene
  • Reduced impact sounds in fight in bike shop
  • Reduced impact sounds of Wai Lin's (Michelle Yeoh's) kung-fu kicks
  • Reduced sound of man being scalded by steam
  • Reduced sound of Carver being hit by an engine and then his death scream
  • Reduced impact sounds of Bond's (Pierce Brosnan's) climatic fight scene
The World is Not Enough

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The World is Not Enough is a 1999 UK/US Bond film by Michael Apted.
With Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau and Robert Carlyle. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Never cut by the BBFC or MPAA.
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12 cert 122:49s Passed 12 uncut for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM RB Blu-ray [Bond 50 Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM R2 DVD [22 Film Collection] at UK Amazon
  • 2009 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2008 20th Century Fox R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2005 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2003 MGM R2 DVD
  • 2003 MGM VHS
  • 2000 Fox Pathe VHS
  • 2000 cinema release

US:

Die Another Day  

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Die Another Day is a 2002 UK / USA action crime adventure by Lee Tamahori.
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
Always uncut in the UK. Cut for a US PG-13 rating until 2006 when the uncut version was released on home video.

Summary Notes

James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

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126:57s UK: The uncut International Version passed 12A/12 uncut for:

US: The US censors waived their cuts for the Ultimate Edition, still with an MPAA PG-13 rating for:

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US: The Original US Version was cut by 7s for an MPAA PG-13 Rating.

The cuts were:

  • To remove some thrusting and Jinx's moaning as she apparently climaxes in a sex scene with Bond.

 

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Casino Royale

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Casino Royale is a 2006 US/UK/Czech/Germany/Bahamas spy film by Martin Campbell.
With Daniel Craig, Eva Green and Judi Dench. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Originally cut according to BBFC for a 12 rating. The uncut version was later released on Blu-ray with a 15 rating

Summary Notes

James Bond goes on his first ever mission as a 00. Le Chiffre is a banker to the world's terrorists. He is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known simply as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis and having Vesper pose as his wife, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career. But if Bond defeats Le Chiffre, will he and Vesper Lynd remain safe?

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15 cert 138:35s UK: Passed 15 uncut for one scene of torture and strong action violence for:
The BBFC noted:
  • Additional material in torture scene

The BBFC later commented that not all the cut material was restored. Some material seen during the rough cut stage did not make the final cut, but the UK 15 rated release is now the same as the uncut version already released is Scandinavia, Netherlands, Japan and Australia.

US: Uncut for VoD streaming at Vudu (thanks to Neil)

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12 cert 138:22s UK: Passed 12A/12 after BBFC advised category cuts were implemented for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 Sony [Daniel Craig Triple Pack] R2 DVD
  • 2012 MGM [22 Film Collection] R2 DVD
  • 2007 Sony R0 Blu-ray
  • 2007 Sony R2 DVD
  • 2006 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

Cut on BBFC advice in 2006: This film was originally seen by the BBFC in an unfinished version, for advice as to the film's suitability at '12A'. The BBFC advised the company that the torture scene placed too much emphasis on both the infliction of pain and the sadism of the villain for the requested '12A' category. When the completed version of the film was submitted for classification, reductions to the torture sequence had been made, including the removal of lingering shots of the rope, close shots of Bond's facial reaction and the substitution of a more distant shot of the beating compared to the original version. This re-edited version of the scene was considered acceptable at '12A', where the Guidelines permit violence provided there is no dwelling on detail or emphasis on injuries.

Thanks to Floyd:

The Region 3 DVD is uncut, but there's nothing graphic in the torture scene. There are a couple of lingering shots, most notably where Le Chiffre lands the rope gently on Bond's shoulder.

In the cut version when there is a distant shot of him walking around Bond he says 'you've taken care of your body', and then in the next shot he's swinging the rope before hitting Bond.

In the uncut version however, he lands the rope on his shoulder, and he leans over to him and says, 'such a waste'.

The sound seems to be cut down as well of Chiffre swinging the rope before striking Bond, but nothing really shocking.

It seems that the hopes of an uncut US release are premature. The Irish 15A is the same version as the UK release. It appears that the German version has suffered even more cuts than the US/UK versions to achieve a 12 rating.

Perhaps the uncut version may have to wait on the (inevitable) Directors Cut.

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US: The PG-13 rated US region 1 release was cut.

Through the use of numerous techniques including small snips, the shifting of edit points and alternative footage, Campbell re-edited the film's opening bathroom fight and the later stairwell fight to secure a PG-13 rating in the United States.

Quantum of Solace

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Quantum of Solace is a 2008 UK/US action film by Marc Forster.
With Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko and Mathieu Amalric. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release, and this cut version was released worldwide
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MPAA PG-13

101:49s UK: Passed 12A/12 after a BBFC suggested cut was implemented for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 Sony [Daniel Craig Triple Pack] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2013 Sony [Daniel Craig Triple Pack] R2 DVD
  • 2012 MGM [Bond 50 Collection] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2012 MGM [22 Film Collection] R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2009 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2009 20th century Fox R2 DVD
  • 2008 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
The film was originally seen by the BBFC in an unfinished version, for advice as to the film's suitability at '12A'. The BBFC advised the company that the film would most likely receive a '12A' as it was, but that care should be taken when finishing the film not to increase the intensity of certain scenes.

When the completed version of the film was submitted for classification, reductions to one of those scenes had been made and the film was passed '12A' without cuts.

The film including the BBFC cuts became the International Version used for all worldwide releases.

US: The International Version is MPAA PG-13 rated for:

Skyfall

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Skyfall is a 2012 UK/USA crime action adventure thriller by Sam Mendes.
With Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory and Javier Bardem. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
All UK/US versions are uncut.

The film was censored in China. The murder of a security guard in Shanghai was expunged. Remarks by Silva about torture in China were deleted from the subtitles. Also, when Bond looks at Sévérine's tattoo, it is omitted that she got it from a brothel in Macao.

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137:13s UK: Passed 12A uncut for moderate action violence and one use of strong language for:
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films Premium Edition RB Blu-ray UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2015 20th Century Fox 23 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 MGM RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon
  • 2013 MGM R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2013 Sony [Daniel Craig Triple Pack] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2013 Sony [Daniel Craig Triple Pack] R2 DVD
  • 2012 cinema release

The BBFC noted in its Annual Report:

For the first time in the history of Bond films, Skyfall contained a single use of strong language. This is softly spoken by the character M, played by Dame Judi Dench. As noted in its 2008 Annual Report, the BBFC can receive complaints when Judi Dench swears in films, but in the case of Skyfall it appears many of the audience were not so concerned.

US: MPAA PG-13 rated for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking for:

Spectre

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Spectre is a 2015 USA / UK action adventure thriller by Sam Mendes.
Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
BBFC advised category cuts were made for a 12A rated 2015 cinema release and subsequent 12 rated home video releases. The cut UK version has been distributed worldwide.

Summary Notes

A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

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147:58s UK: Passed 12/12A for moderate violence, threat after BBFC advised pre-cuts for: The BBFC commented:
This film was originally seen for advice in an unfinished version. The company was advised it was likely to be classified 15 but that their preferred 12A could be obtained by making reductions:
  • in a scene of violence (Mr. Hinx gouging out the eyes of another Spectre agent).

    and

  • in another scene showing the aftermath of a violent act (Aftermath of Mr. White's suicide).  

When the film was submitted for formal classification, acceptable reductions had been made in both scenes and the film was classified 12A.

Spectre was top with 40 complaints. The BBFC commented in its 2015 Annual Report:

Complaints about Spectre focussed on scenes of violence. During postproduction, the distributor sought advice on whether it could secure a 12A classification and if so, how. One scene involving an eye-gouging was slightly too strong for the company's preferred 12A classification. We therefore suggested reductions to this scene. What remains in the classified version of the scene is a brief implication of what is happening, with only limited visual detail.

There is also a torture scene. Although the idea is unpleasant there is limited detail depicted. Given the lack of detail in the scene and the context of an action film featuring a larger-than-life hero character who always defeats his enemies, this moderate violence is acceptable at 12A. Another scene, showing the bloody aftermath of a suicide, was similarly reduced.

US:  Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language.

It has been confirmed that the BBFC cut version has been distributed worldwide.

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  India: Passed U/A (children allowed if accompanied by adults) after 4 CBFC cuts for:
  • 2015 cinema release

The CBFC cuts were:

  • two James Bond kisses were reduced in duration by 50%
  • dialogue 'idiot' substituted for 'asshole'
  • dialogue 'bighead and cats' substituted for 'bastard and balls'.

 

All articles are original works compiled by Gavin Salkeld, with occasional help from a small team of researchers. Particular thanks are due to the BBFC for their diligent and helpful explanations of their interventions.

Gavin has written about film censorship for Melon Farmers since 2000, and maintains the Cutting Edge Facebook Page.
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