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Bond in China

Pallavi Aiyar

Beijing: After a 45-year wait, James Bond made his debut in China, with "Casino Royale" premiering in Beijing on Monday. For decades, the British spy's bourgeois, womanising lifestyle has been considered unsuitable fare for Chinese audiences by the censors. "Die anther Day" starring Pierce Brosnan in the lead role was rejected in 2002. It depicted Bond using the help of Chinese intelligence to take on rogue officers in North Korea. Though the subject matter of the latest film is gambling, illegal in China, the movie was reportedly accepted by the censors without a single cut. According to local media reports, it is accepted as it depicted the bad guys as terrorists, a common enemy in a post-Cold War world. Daniel Craig was in Beijing to attend the premier.

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