007 learns Chinese

Bond makes his bigscreen debut in Beijing

BEIJING — Chinese auds were shaken and stirred by the suave man of mystery they call Lingling Qi; that’s 007, to those not familiar with Mandarin.

James Bond made his bigscreen debut in Beijing Jan. 29 with stars Daniel Craig and Eva Green, plus helmer Martin Campbell, in tow for the bow of “Casino Royale.”

It’s the first time Bond has been professionally dubbed in Chinese, which should prove a big help in selling the movie.

Many Chinese people already know the world’s most famous spy from pirate versions over the years — helmer Campbell even picked up a pirate copy with Russian subtitles for $1 while he was in town.

Getting Bond onto Chinese screens has been a tough call, largely because 007’s fondness for espionage in other jurisdictions, or “third countries,” meant he has continually fallen foul of China’s sharp-eyed censors.

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