The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) received 40 complaints about the 12A rating for James Bond film Spectre, which featured an eye gouging scene and head drilling.

The violent scene, set in a villain's conference room, shows actor Christoph Waltz (Blofeld) insert a micro-drill into Bond’s head, which some moviegoers thought was inappropriate considering the movie’s rating.

Films classified 12A contain material that is not generally suitable for children aged under 12.

According to the BBFC's annual report, published on Friday (01Jul16), Spectre's distributor had sought advice on how it could secure a 12A classification during the film's post-production.

"One scene involving an eye-gouging was slightly too strong for the company's preferred 12A classification," the report said.

"We therefore suggested reductions to this scene. What remains in the classified version of the scene is a brief implication of what is happening, with only limited visual detail."

Another scene in the 24th Bond film produced by Eon Productions, showing the bloody aftermath of a suicide, was also cut.

The BBFC added that a separate torture scene involving Bond contained a "lack of detail" making it acceptable for a 12A rating.

Other films that generated public feedback to the BBFC included Kingsman: The Secret Service and Minions.