'Spectre' Was 2015's Most Complained About Movie in the U.K.

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Daniel Craig and Dave Bautista fight it out in James Bond movie "Spectre". The film sparked more complaints than any other in the U.K. in 2015. Sony

There's a scene early on in Spectre, the latest James Bond movie, where imposing but smartly-dressed henchman Hinx—played by Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista—uses his sheer force to lift a man out of his chair and proceeds to squash his eyes into the back of his head using just his thumbs.

But it seems the violence in what could be Daniel Craig's final outing as 007 wasn't for everyone. In its annual report, released Friday, the British Board of Film Classification revealed the most-complained about movies released in U.K. cinemas in 2015, with Spectre topping the bill.

The Sam Mendes-directed 24th Bond film, rated suitable for audiences aged 12 and over in Britain, sparked 40 complaints for its depiction of violence, including said eye-gouging scene.

The BBFC defended its 12A rating in its report, writing: "There is also a torture scene. Although the idea is unpleasant there is limited detail depicted. Given the lack of detail in the scene and the context of an action film featuring a larger-than-life hero character who always defeats his enemies, this moderate violence is acceptable at 12A. Another scene, showing the bloody aftermath of a suicide, was similarly reduced."

BBFC chief executive David Austin also told The Guardian: "Once edits had been made we didn't really think Spectre pushed the boundary of 12A. It was solidly in the category and not borderline."

The second most-complained about film was spy comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service, released in February 2015, starring Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. The rated-15 film caused some controversy for violent scenes including a massacre in a church, as well as explicit sexual innuendo.

The BBFC confirmed it had received complaints about a "crude sex reference" at the end of the film—a scene director Matthew Vaughn defended against accusations of misogyny—saying it was "intended to be funny. In part thanks to the comic context, this line did not require the entire film be restricted to an adult audience only by way of an 18 classification."

Rather surprisingly, children's animation Minions drew 16 complaints, the BBFC said, partly due to a scene featuring "medieval-style torture dungeon." No actual harm comes to the little yellow protagonists, therefore the classification board felt the film was suitable for all ages. "The Minions are stretched on a rack, where it is apparent that they do not come to any harm, and this develops into them slipping unharmed through a noose and playing with the gallows," the report said. "The scene takes place in an unrealistic, comic and slapstick manner which is likely to be familiar to young viewers, who expect the Minions to survive. The realistic risk of harmful imitation is very low indeed."

Absolutely Anything, a sci-fi comedy starring Simon Pegg, drew 22 complaints for sexual references and strong language. It was rated 12A.

Dystopian teen thriller The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials had 21 complaints for violence and threat. The BBFC said its 12A rating was suitable.

A spokesperson for the BBFC tells Newsweek that 2015's biggest film release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, sparked one complaint for rather humorous reasons: a spoiler-seeking fan seemingly complained that the BBFC's description of the film on its website was too vague.

Meanwhile, 19 curious fans clamored to find out the classification of the film in the weeks before release. The movie was classified on December 7, just over a week before its release on December 18.