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Shanghai assassination scene cut and subtitled dialogue modified to bring film into line with state sensibilities

Record-breaking Bond film Skyfall is due for release in China on Monday, but reports are surfacing that scenes have been censored and altered to make it acceptable to the Chinese authorities.

The main casualty of the culling is a scene that occurs during the Shanghai-set sequence, in which French hitman Patrice (played by Ola Rapace) shoots a security guard after entering a skyscraper. The scene has apparently been cut in its entirety. In addition, the Chinese subtitles have changed the meaning of dialogue between Bond and bar hostess Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe) in a Macau casino, removing a reference to her becoming a prostitute at a young age.

Re-editing of imported films is not uncommon in China, where scenes deemed offensive were removed from the likes of Men in Black 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. »

- Andrew Pulver

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