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Royale cuts

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Much has been made of cuts made to Casino Royale’s infamous torture sequence in the UK in order to secure a 12 rating. All well and good, but few people seem to be aware that the US release is in fact cut as well. The MPAA took the scissors to it (by proxy, at any rate), with two key action scenes being cut quite substantially. The first is the black and white bathroom beating that runs before the opening credits, and the second is the stairwell fight at Casino Royale. In both cases, several shots have been removed entirely, shortened or substituted, although, in practice, these don’t make a huge amount of difference to the way the film plays. I’ve compared my Blu-ray copy with an, erm, other version, and noted the following differences. (Obviously, spoilers abound, although none of them particularly major.)

At 00:01:50:
Dryden: “Your file shows no kills, and it takes - “
Bond: “Two.”
CUT to a flashback of Bond’s first kill. He kicks Dryden’s contact in the chest, sending him crashing backwards into a toilet cubicle.
CUT to a higher angle as the contact flies backwards.
CUT to a close-up of Bond advancing on him.
CUT to a wider shot as Bond punches the contact in the face.
CUT to a slightly different angle as Bond punches again with his other hand. This time the contact dodges. The door to the cubicle shuts in the process.
CUT to a close-up of the two men struggling.
CUT to an overhead shot as Bond barrels the contact backwards, smashing down a wall in the process.
CUT to Bond elbowing the contact in the chest. NOTE: the first and last few frames of this shot are missing in the US version.
CUT to Bond smashing the door into the contact’s face. NOTE: missing from the US version.
CUT to Bond and the contact both barrelling through the door.
CUT to a wider shot as they both land on the ground.
CUT to a different angle as Bond gets to his feet.
CUT to a different angle as Bond kicks the contact in the face NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to Bond grabbing the contact, who in turn grabs a garbage can, which he hurls at Bond. NOTE: in the US version, we only get the last few frames of this.
CUT to Bond kicking the bin away.
CUT back to Dryden’s office, where he points his gun at Bond.

At 00:02:27:
Dryden: “How did he die?”
Bond: “Your contact? Not well.”
CUT to Bond hurling the contact into a row of sinks, one of which smashes as he hits the floor. Bond hauls him to his feet and manouevres him towards another sink.
CUT to a low angle shot showing the contact’s face as he struggles. NOTE: the US version loses many frames at the start of this shot.
CUT to a wider shot as Bond tries to force the contact’s head into the sink.
CUT to a close-up a gun on the floor, which the contact picks up.
CUT to a wider shot, as the contact tries to aim the gun at Bond. Bond deflects it, causing the bullet to hit another sink.
CUT to a higher angle shot as Bond smashes the contact’s hand into a mirror, causing him to drop the gun.
CUT to a close-up of Bond’s face as he pushes the contact’s head underwater.
CUT to a close-up of the contact as he is held under. NOTE: in the US version, much of this shot is replaced with a shot of the contact’s legs kicking.
CUT back to a close-up of Bond’s face. NOTE: missing in US version.
CUT back to the contact as his struggles weaken. NOTE: missing in US version.
CUT back to a close-up of Bond’s face.
CUT back to a close-up of the now-lifeless contact as he falls.
CUT to a wider shot as the contact hits the ground.

At 01:19:52:
Bad Guy 1 enters the stairwell. Bond grabs him.
CUT to Bond kicking him over the bannisters.
CUT to a low angle shot of him falling. Bad Guy 2 comes in, swinging his sword and knocking the gun out of Bond’s hand. Bond and Vesper retreat down the stairs and BG2 continues swinging, hitting the bannister and causing sparks to fly.
CUT to a high shot showing BG1 hitting the ground below. NOTE: missing in US version.
CUT back to BG2 continuing to swing his sword. NOTE: in the US Version, this is a continuous shot with the shot immediately before the previous one.
CUT to a tight shot as BG2 kicks Bond.
CUT to a higher shot from behind as BG2 swings and Vesper runs away.
CUT to a close-up of Bond’s face as he throws BG2 past him.
CUT to a close-up of BG2 as Bond smashes his head into a window, shattering it. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to a wider shot as BG2 recovers and swings again. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to Bond throwing him against a wall. NOTE: the first few frames are missing in the US version.
CUT to a wider shot as BG2 swings again. Bond dodges under him.
CUT to a low wide shot showing Bond, Vesper and BG2.
CUT to a close-up as Bond grabs BG2’s arm.
CUT to a wider shot as Bond tosses him down the stairs, flipping him over.
CUT to BG2 landing on his back, narrowly missing Vesper.
CUT to Vesper running.
CUT to BG2 grabbing Vesper’s leg. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to Vesper falling but stopping herself in time. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to Bond getting up.
CUT to an overhead shot as Vesper runs away and Bond leaps down a few steps.
CUT to Vesper running as Bond and BG2 struggle.
CUT to a behind overhead shot as Bond and BG2 fight.
CUT to a close-up of BG2 swinging at Bond.
CUT to Bond aiming at BG2 with his elbow.
CUT to a wider shot of Bond elbowing BG2 in the face.
CUT to BG2 grabbing Bond from behind and hurling both of them down the stairs.
CUT to an overhead shot as they fall.
CUT to them falling behind Vesper.
CUT to an overhead shot as they hit the floor.
CUT to BG2 getting up and lunging.
CUT to Bond jumping out the way as BG2 swings his sword.
CUT to the opposite angle as Bond falls down the stairs backwards.
CUT to a close-up of Vesper looking up.
CUT to BG2 swinging and Bond dodging.
CUT to a close-up of Bond as BG2 swings again.
CUT to a high wide angle as Vesper runs down another flight of stairs.
CUT to Bond blocking the sword with his jacket.
CUT to BG2 kicking Bond down the stairs.
CUT to Bond hitting his head on the wall.
CUT to a low shot as BG2 jumps down the stairs, waving his sword.
CUT to a wide shot as Bond rolls backwards and gets to his feet. BG2 swings again.
CUT to a lower shot as BG2 drops his sword.
CUT to Vesper running to the emergency exit and trying to open it.
CUT to a wide shot as BG2 shoves Bond pulls back in anticipation of headbutting him. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to a wide shot of BG2 falling back. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to BG2 reacting as Bond kicks him. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to a wide shot as BG2 rams Bond against the wall. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to a close-up of Bond hitting BG2 and then dodging another blow.
CUT to a wide shot as Bond smashes BG2’s head into the wall, then throws them both over the bannister.
CUT to a different shot as they fall.
CUT to an overhead shot as they both hit the ground.
CUT to Vesper reacting to the sound of them falling.
CUT to a close-up of Bond and BG2 struggling on the floor, Bond choking BG2.
CUT to BG2’s legs kicking.
CUT to a different shot of his legs kicking. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to a close-up of BG2’s face as he chokes.
CUT to him reaching for the gun on the ground. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to a wider shot of them struggling. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to him reaching for the gun again. NOTE: missing from US version.
CUT to Bond’s face.
CUT to BG2 grabbing at the gun.
CUT to Vesper rushing forward.
CUT to a high wide angle as Vesper grab’s BG2’s gun hand.
CUT to a close-up as Vesper smashes his hand against the floor.
CUT to a close-up of BG2’s face.
CUT to a wider shot of Vesper smashing his hand on the floor.
CUT to the gun flying out of BG2’s hand.
CUT to a close-up of Vesper as the gun fires.
CUT to Bond’s face.
CUT to BG2’s face.
CUT to BG2’s legs kicking, slowly.
CUT to Vesper watching.
CUT to BG’s legs slowing. NOTE: only in US version.
CUT to BG2’s face as it goes lifeless and Bond lets him fall.

Note that I’m not aware of the status of the UK release. It may be that the only cuts are to the torture sequence, or it may be instead that it also includes these MPAA cuts. Either way, the Region 3 release is currently considered to be director Martin Campbell’s approved cut.

 
Posted: Friday, March 16, 2007 at 6:46 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD

 
Comments

1.

I am a little confused. What was Casino Royale's BBFC rating at the cinema "15" or "18" and have these cuts been enforced for the home video(DVD) market only to secure a lower rating e.g. "12".

Have all regions been affected in this manner, with the theatrical version shown in cinemas in say America and Japan being different to their respected DVD releases of the film?

If so it is a little baffling but I guess it means this was one of those films you "really had to see on the big screen".

I am getting sick and tired of a plethora of different releases for the same film flooding the DVD market. I can understand it if the film is particularly rare or old but why, oh why, do we need all these different editions, special editions, collector's editions, unrated editions, anniversary editions, director's cut and ultimate editions: especially for a mainstream releases such as Casino Royale.

Oh I know, to rip the DVD buying public off by getting them to buy the same film over and over again. It has all become clearer now. Sorry rant over. :)

Posted by: Count Fosco, March 25, 2007 2:52 PM

2.

I should probably clarify the situation regarding Casino Royale. The film was cut in both the UK and US, by the BBFC to get a 12 and MPAA to get a PG-13 respectively, but in different ways. In the UK, the torture scene was cut, removing a couple of shots and a line of dialogue, as well as substituting one shot with another. In the US, the two fight scenes I catalogued here were cut quite heavily. As far as I know, the versions released on DVD are the same as the cinema versions for their respective territories. The German version is cut too, but again differently (although I don’t have any specific details).

The R3 Korean and Hong Kong releases, however, have been confirmed to be uncut. Other versions are also likely to be uncut, but I don’t have specific details. These versions are 100% official and are considered to represent Martin Campbell’s director’s cut.

Posted by: Whiggles, March 25, 2007 3:20 PM

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