Comparison between the cut British DVD rated BBFC 12 and the uncut Australian DVD.
In November 2006 a new Bond movie was released. In spite of initial skepticism by the popular press and some fans, too, Daniel Craig could convince both critics and the audience in the graver and more serious Casino Royale, after the incredible stunts of his predecessor.
Daniel Craigs introduction became the most successful Bond in history and topped Die Another Day easily.
The new toughness, rediscovered after Licence To Kill by the film makers, caused some problems for the movie, eventually leading to the release of 3 different versions of the movie in different parts of the world. While the previous movie only had a ridiculous and harmless sex scene being an overkill only for the USA, Casino Royale had a difficult time once again at its British home.
On the informative homepage of the British Censorship Board BBFC BBFC, whose censors were able to watch the movie prior to its premiere so that the movie makers could know how close they were to the desired "12 A" rating, one could learn about a torture scene which had to be cut for the English version.
It didnīt take long to make clear that the cuts would be permanent for the English version of the movie, causing justified concerns that other countries would receive the same censored version. Fortunately that didnīt happen. The censored version was only shown in English cinemas and was only released there on DVD. In Australia the scene remained intact.
The USA received a cut version of their own. There the torture scene turned out to be without difficulty for the important PG-13 rating but what usually is too much for Americans of this age bracket is realistic violence.
Exaggerated and cartoon-like violence hardly disturbs the MPAA or the American public than a realistic and matter-of-factly presented battle for life or death.
Of all things Casino Royale wanted to distinguish itself from the previous movies in that category in order to win back the adult audience which often doesnīt like too much fantasy and extravagance in action movies anymore. Two scenes - the stylish black-and-white fight in the bathroom and the confrontation in the staircase - had to be mitigated considerably.
Interesting in this connection is that, besides the deletion of several scenes, there are some individual shots which are missing both in the English and in the Australian version. Whether these shots were deleted because of censorship reasons in the different countries or that they were added into the US version to compensate the deleted scenes (to get the desired PG-13 rating) and to keep the editing rhythm is unknown.
2 deleted und 1 alternative scenes in the English version with a total difference of 13 seconds.
Le Chiffre walks more around Bond and lies the knot of the rope over his shoulder. He whispers in Bondīs ear that his stubbornness is futile before stepping aside, when the English version jumps in again.
The knot swings once more under Bondīs chair.
At one of the blows during the torture scene, the Australian version briefly cuts to a close-up of Bondīs face (15 frames) while the English version lets the previous shot continue (17 frames); then the Australian version returns to show the same shot.
English version 2 frames longer.