Fact: Casino Royale became the first film from the James Bond series to be cleared by Chinese censors. The 2006 film starring Daniel Craig was the 21st in the series and the first one to feature the actor in the iconic role.
This was the first time that the Chinese executives allowed the movie to be screened in the country without demanding changes. Although James Bond films in order became available in the form of pirate copies, Casino Royale was the first one officially and legally screened. Since then, it has been the last James Bond movie in China to be uncensored.
Casino Royale opened in China on January 30, over two months after its official premiere. The country has a policy of accepting no more than 20 foreign films per year. The ones that make it to the local cinemas are usually censored and cut in a way that is deemed acceptable by the government.
The scrutiny process is a really thorough one. Mission Impossible III was criticized because of laundry lines featuring underwear in the heart of Shanghai. The film eventually got the approval of Chinese censors.