'The name's Bond, celibate Bond' - India's film censor cuts kissing scenes from Spectre
India's film censors have cut several kissing scenes from Spectre, the new Bond movie, as they were deemed to be “too excessive.”
Daniel Craig's steamy liaisons with Bond girls Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux rendered the censors a little hot under the collar and were deleted from the final cut of the movie the Times of India reports.
Sources also told the newspaper that the words "f**k" and "ass**le", as uttered by 007, were also deleted from the film.
The sanitised version of Spectre was given the family friendly 'U/A certificate' ahead of the film's nationwide opening tomorrow.
Sony Pictures India made no official comment on the censorship issue, nor did the Indian Central Board of Film Certification.
News of the censorship lead to a Twitter backlash against the censor's actions resulting in the satirical hashtag #SanskariJamesBond (righteous James Bond) trending in India.
The tweets generally poked fun at the censors, suggesting 007 should be more considerate of India's conservative approach to on screen passion.
“#SanskariJamesBond does not kill his enemy, he teaches them about karma,” one tweet read.
An image of a gun-wielding Craig donning a Hindu style mustache went viral.
This is not the first time India's censors have been ridiculed.
In February, a list of 28 “objectionable and abusive” words which it proposed to ban had to be withdrawn after an outcry from both the film industry and the public.