Jun 5, 2009
USA Butchers Casino Royale
Yesterday I was excited that USA was making the most of its pricey Casino Royale cable deal, airing the Daniel Craig Bond debut (making its own basic cable debut) for four nights in a row. Then I happened to catch the end of it right before the Burn Notice season premiere. It's a great finale and always worth watching... except in the way that it was presented on USA! Even though the last seconds of that film are crucial to the story, and to Craig's arc of becoming the James Bond we know, the cable network decided to smush up the picture right after Mr. White gets shot in the leg and run promos for Burn Notice in the lower left half of the screen and scroll the credits of Casino Royale at lightning speed on the lower right–while the film was still running! Furthermore, they tuned out the movie's sound right after Craig says "Bond, James Bond" in order to allow their announcer to tout the Burn Notice premiere. (Or maybe he was talking about that horrible looking doctor show they're promoting so heavily; I don't recall.) The point is, in doing so they omitted the film's final music cue, which I think all Bond fans will agree is actually as integral to the film's story as any line of dialogue! Of course I'm talking about "The James Bond Theme," which comes up on the soundtrack only at the very end, when Craig's 007 has finally "earned" it. USA's decision not to allow that music to play–even for a few seconds–is downright shameful. I hope the network realizes their error and rectifies it for future broadcasts. It's one thing to tune the sound out over the end credits, but quite another to do so while the film itself is still playing! Especially for a film that ends with such a big moment.