1. Casino Royale – China Premiere Details

    By Devin Zydel on 2007-01-22

    CBn previously reported that Casino Royale had overcome China’s censors and would be released in the country on 30 January. Originally, there were fears that the film would become the next victim of a Hollywood “blackout” in the country, which typically occur two to three times per year. Today, Variety reports with details on the premiere.

    To take place on 29 January in Beijing and the following night in Shanghai, the premiere of the 21st official James Bond film will be attended by Daniel Craig, Eva Green, director Martin Campbell and producer Barbara Broccoli.

    ‘The censors took some time to approve it, and they approved it with no cuts. After 45 years, 21 films, this is, finally, the first one in China. Everyone has seen James Bond movies on pirated DVDs, so expectations are very high,’ said Li Chow, Sony Pictures’ general manager in China.

    Casino Royale will be distributed on 470 prints and will play on over 1,000 screens–it is tipped to be the biggest film of 2007 in China.

    Additionally, sections of the film have been dubbed to help further explain the casino sequences as gambling is illegal in the country.

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