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James Bond falls victim to pirates

And, for once, the baddies have the best technology. Envisional, an internet-monitoring company, last night claimed that the latest, über-hyped Bond movie – 'Casino Royale' – had already been illegally downloaded from the web some 200,000 times.

Perhaps I am getting cynical in my late youth, but it strikes me that the movie's producers are unlikely to be too distressed at this (much covered) news. I'm unlikely to see Casino Royale, for reasons of my own taste and laziness, but it's been marketed with such vigour that I feel like I already have. And news of such an illegal feeding frenzy is unlikely to dampen down the hype.

Anyway, after its opening night on Thursday, two pirated versions of Casino Royale were immediately made available for free access on public filesharing networks, according to Envisional.

The first, apparently from Russia (with love?), was shot on camcorder over the heads of a cinema audience. It had a poor-quality soundtrack (don't all Bond films?) and was available on Friday. By Saturday morning, a higher-quality copy from Italy was available, too.

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