Today saw the release of a new set of classification guidelines by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in their annual report and it has been revealed that Quantum of Solace accumulated a select few complaints from the public.
Dame Judi Dench
According to a press release, the latest James Bond film was singled out mostly for the fact that ‘M’, portrayed by Dame Judi Dench, swears in the film.
Quantum of Solace, which received a 12A rating, prompted only one complaint about violence, the BBFC said in its report, and two from viewers who mistook a shadow on a woman’s leg for her genitalia.
‘The remainder were upset by the film’s language,’ the report said, ‘this may be attributed to the “Judi Dench factor”. This beloved actress plays M, Bond’s tough-talking boss. However, it was her tough talking which upset the viewers.
‘Even though ‘b*****d’ is comfortably placed at “12A”, it seems that she should not use such language. Almost every time Dame Judi swears in a film, regardless of its category, we can expect a number of complaints.’
In total, Quantum of Solace received a very moderate six complaints in total—a sum that pales in comparison to the 80+ complaints that Casino Royale received upon its release in 2006 (it was the most complained about film for the entire year).
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