Salem, readers! Thanksgiving is done, but over the holiday weekend I watched a bunch of movies. Here in the United States, films are an important part of our culture. From characters to movie franchises, we easily become entranced by cinematic magic.
One character that is quite famous worldwide is James Bond. Recently, the newest James Bond film, Spectre was released on November 6th in the U.S. and November 5th in Kazakhstan. However, the Kazakh version of the movie does not feature subtitles; rather it was fully dubbed in the Kazakh language.
The 23rd James Bond movie is the 13th film that has been dubbed in the Kazakh language over the past five years. The dubbing process wasn’t simple; the project utilized over 20 voice actors and took about one week to complete. According to Tengrinews.kz, the dubbing director, Aizhan Zhamishieva claims that Hollywood urged the dubbing company to produce quality work so that it seemed like the film was originally made in Kazakhstan and in the Kazakh language. Thankfully, with 5 years experience, the company didn’t run into any issues during dubbing.
Notable voice actors that worked on the dubbing project include Yerzhan Zhaksylykov and Kunsulu Shayakhmetova. Zhaksylykov worked on a previous film dub for Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which he voiced the main character, Tony Stark. In Spectre, he was given the ultimate duty of voicing protagonist James Bond. Shayakhmetova, on the other hand, has worked on all of the Kazakh dubbed films in the past five years, and voiced the character of Lucia for the new James Bond film.
Spectre can be viewed in Kazakh or Russian, but the Kazakh dubbed version will only be available at select theaters and for a limited amount of time. The dubbing of this movie was supported by MARWIN Company and Bolashak Association, and the team plans to release more Kazakh dubbed films in the future. It is even rumored that Star Wars: Episode VII may be dubbed into the Kazakh language as well.
Well, readers, there you have it. If you’re living in Kazakhstan and you’re interested in seeing the new Bond film, be sure to check out the newly dubbed Spectre while it is still in select theaters. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be eagerly awaiting the news whether or not the new Star Wars film will be dubbed as well.