Good article on the BBFC in the Graun. I think the argument over Casino Royale’s 12 Certificate is interesting, in that they say that the “context” of a Bond film was quickly established. Well, maybe, if you’ve seen lots of Bond films. But not if you’re 12, or 8.
To cut or not to cut: that has been the issue that has faced the BBFC ever since it was established. With its power to demand changes and excisions, edits and reworkings, the BBFC has administered a ratings system that has played a key role in determining the nature of the cinema we watch – and the evolution of our wider culture.