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If the place to look, HBO Max is a treasure trove for alternate cuts of films you would possibly occur to know and love. But typically, the variations aren’t as clearly labeled, which might occur to be the case with 2006’s Casino Royale. Because it seems, the marginally longer, and undoubtedly nastier uncut model of the movie is presently accessible on the platform, however solely till the tip of July.
Fangoria Editor in Chief, and identified James Bond aficionado, Phil Nobile Jr., took to Twitter and notified the world of the buried treasure that’s been hiding underneath folks’s faces for the previous couple of months. Whereas it’s not a distinction that modifications the plot or specifics of Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s preliminary Bond journey did discover the nastiness of two key fights dialed down for US and UK audiences, because the pre-title battle sequence and Bond’s stairwell battle with some assassins later within the movie had been trimmed for audiences in each international locations.
This uncut model has kicked round on residence video for a while, lastly coming to the US within the current 4K residence launch of director Martin Campbell’s 2006 blockbuster. But apparently HBO’s numerous streaming platforms have had Casino Royale’s pure and untamed kind in its library for a while, together with the 1967 spoof movie based mostly on that very same Ian Fleming novel, in addition to the second Daniel Craig movie, 2008’s Quantum of Solace. To suppose that Mads Mikkelsen’s Le Chiffre whipping 007’s crown jewels with a knotted rope was a go along with the censors, however smashing a baddie’s head right into a door and a few leg twitches wanted to be lower.
Sadly, the variations have come up at a time that doesn’t go away Bond followers previous and new many days to take pleasure in Casino Royale’s considerably newfound brutality. Whereas HBO Max is a comparatively contemporary platform, even the brand new child on the block has to shed some titles, because the film was truly a part of the HBO library within the earlier HBO Go/HBO Now days. And as any fan of a selected franchise will let you know, the disappearance of titles with out a proprietary house is an unsure prospect with regards to the place/once we’ll see them once more.
That’s all sooner or later although, as you may nonetheless stream Casino Royale 2006, Quantum of Solace, and Casino Royale 1967 as they’re all accessible on HBO Max. Don’t sleep on them too lengthy although, as these Bond movies will probably be leaving the platform promptly, as of July 31st. So if you wish to test them out earlier than it’s too late, you’ll need to additionally try the 7-day free trial that’s presently being provided.