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Chinese Censors Not Falling for 'Skyfall'

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Before Daniel Craig could show off his train-hopping, cuff-tugging, martini-swiggin' James Bond magic in "Skyfall" to China's movie audiences, censors employed a few not-so-creative adjustments to the film's final cut.

As detailed by The Hollywood Reporter, "Skyfall" — which was partially set in Shanghai and Macau — was trimmed and tweaked quite a bit in order to avoid political and/or cultural rife with notoriously free speech-inhibited nation before being introduced to its theaters.

Included in the re-working were the removal of a shooting death scene involving a Chinese security guard, a subtitle switcheroo of spoken lines involving a local prostitution ring - replaced with written words on something with the mob instead - and an overhaul of villain Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem)'s backstory of torture at the hands of Hong Kong authorities.

The "Skyfall" edits are but the latest in a growing series of film censorship for Chinese markets.

Other projects which have been retroactively catered to the country include "Men In Black 3," which had to nix scenes with Chinese people as aliens parading around in disguise and as pedestrians being mind-neutralized by Will Smith's character, and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," which had to snip out Chow Yun-fat's character all together because it was too caricature-ish for their tastes.

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