License to Smoke

Naast allerhande misdadigersorganisaties blijkt James Bond ook in staat de antirokengangs te overwinnen.

Ondanks zware druk van de anti-roken lobby hebben de makers van de James Bond films doorgedrukt dat 007 mag blijven roken in zijn films. In een beroep bij The British Board of Film Classification trokken de anti-rokers aan het langste eind…

James Bond is licensed to smoke!

Thanks to The British Board of Film Classification James Bond can carry on smoking.

Having seen off all manner of Russian agents, evil geniuses and homicidal henchmen, superspy James Bond emerged triumphant in the face of the anti-smoking lobby. Anti-tobacco groups had lobbied the British Board of Film Classification, to crack down on what they see as the glamorisation of smoking. A scene in Bond film “Die Another Day” in which Pierce Brosnan lights up a cigar was cited as a glaring example. The BBFC ruled that 007 was unlikely to encourage youngsters to follow suit. afp

According to The Telegraph, the board rejected calls from health groups to cut film scenes showing actors smoking saying that such drastic action smacked of “the nanny state” and there was little public demand for the change.

The board added that it felt no qualms about adult films containing smoking scenes as long as they were not glamorised and not part of a deal between a film and tobacco company.

“It becomes ridiculous if you can’t put smoking in a film in context. If you were making a film set in the trenches in the First World War, it would look very odd not to have smoking. Likewise period films in the 1940s and 1950s, when a lot more people smoke, ” a board spokesman was quoted as saying.

“If you were remaking Casablanca, Rick’s Bar wouldn’t be Rick’s Bar if it wasn’t incredibly smoky and I think we feel that it is absolutely fine for James Bond to smoke. However, I don’t know what we would do if Harry Potter took up smoking in his next film,” he added. (ANI)

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