“Casino Royale”, the latest James Bond movie will open in China on January 30 according to the Shanghai Daily. Nothing special you might say. Except for the fact that this is the first time a James Bond movie is allowed to be shown in Chinese theatres. According to the Chinese film authority the reason is that the film’s content is clean: “no playboy Bond and no bikini clad leading actresses”. This seems like a boring 007 movie to me.
But whether the film is allowed or not allowed in theatres, it does not really matter. If the movie will only be screened in 9 or 10 weeks from now, everybody will have seen it on DVD already. I have not seen the movie yet on the shelves, but I am sure it will be at my favorite shop very soon. Next to the special box with all other 21 James Bond movies that never made it to the local cinemas.