Financing and distribution arrangements for this movie and Bond 25 (2019) have been frequently reported together, suggesting that development of these two James Bond films are being set up for a two-year cycle, with Bond 25 being targeted for a 2017 year release. However, Daniel Craig has stated that there was a plan by the studio to film two Bond movies back-to-back, but he balked at the idea, due to the enormity of their productions.
Daniel Craig said that it was getting harder and harder to get fit for his shirtless scenes as Bond at the age of forty-seven, saying, "Am I getting my kit off in this movie? Of course I'm getting my kit off! I seem to be bare-chested throughout this film again! Yes, I've been working out for six months. I work myself to death to get fit. No secret method involved, just sheer hard graft. It's getting harder I will admit, but such is life. I'll keep going as long as I'm physically able."
Reportedly, Director Christopher Nolan was being seriously considered to direct this film, until Sam Mendes decided to come back for another film. Associate producer Gregg Wilson has said: "Christopher Nolan would be a 'dream' choice for a future Bond director. We would of course be interested to have a discussion with him. We would like to do the same type of movie. It would be a dream to be with Nolan. But we always have an open mind when it comes to directors."
First Bond film not to feature the iconic trumpet playing of Derek Watkins. Since Dr. No (1962), Mr Watkins had featured on the soundtrack of every single Bond film until his passing away shortly after the release of Skyfall (2012).
Since this film does not use an original Ian Fleming story title, there are still only four unused original titles remaining: "The Property of a Lady", "The Hildebrand Rarity", "Risico", and "007 in New York" ("Agent 007 in New York"). The word "Hildebrand" does appear in the name of the closed "rarities" shop and safe house in this film.
James Bond's new car in the film is an Aston Martin DB10. The CEO of Aston Martin tweeted that it is "strictly created for James Bond, and strictly limited to ten cars only. It is the most exclusive car of the DB series ever." New styling direction has also been taken, with a more angular look, than has ever been witnessed on an Aston Martin.
"S.P.E.C.T.R.E.", in the earlier Bond films, stood for Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion. S.P.E.C.T.R.E. has also been known as the Special Executor for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion. James Bond Creator Ian Fleming originally had the acronym meaning slightly more simply, the Special Executive for Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion.
In order to complete the London scenes involving low-flying helicopters, the production had to send out eleven thousand letters to residents and businesses that fell within the fly zone. Supervising Locations Manager Emma Pill says: "The biggest challenge, however, was to light the river at night. This involved several weeks of preparation. We lit under each arch of Vauxhall, Lambeth, and Westminster Bridge, seventeen arches in total. These lights then remained in position for five weeks. We also lit the river from ten rooftops along the bank of the Thames, from Vauxhall Bridge to Hungerford Bridge, working with Lambeth Palace, Tate Britain, and the Royal Parks to gain permission. We also worked very closely with the House of Commons, County Hall, and The London Eye to keep various lights on or off, or to change the color of their lights for each night shoot." Each night shoot involved a location team of nearly two hundred personnel, that included Marshals, security, traffic management, and Police Officers. Pill laughed adding: "That's a lot of radios to hand out and coordinate on a night, but it ran extremely smooth each time."
When out in the Moroccan desert, the production had to make sure that everyone within a twenty mile radius knew to expect loud explosions, so the locations department drove out to speak to nomad tribes and village folk. In fact, local nomads were hired as guides and security throughout the explosions preparation and filming.
Fourth appearance by Daniel Craig as James Bond. Speculation around the time of the release of this movie has mounted as to whether Craig will do a fifth film. Craig's fourth appearance as James Bond ties with Pierce Brosnan's number of appearances in the Bond film franchise. Together, they tie for the actor with the third most number of appearances in a Bond film, after Sir Roger Moore with seven, and Sir Sean Connery with six, but the latter also ties with Moore, if one counts the unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983).
Third James Bond movie to show Bond's home after Dr. No (1962) and, Live and Let Die (1973). Producer Barbara Broccoli says of Bond's apartment in this movie: "At the beginning of pre-production I said to (Production Designer) Dennis (Gassner) that Bond's apartment will be one of the most difficult sets to get right, and after we shot it, he said, 'You were right about that,' because everyone has an idea in their minds about the kind of place where Bond would live. Broccoli adds: "When you actually sit down and figure out what that should be, everyone has different expectations. We knew it would be tricky, but Dennis did a great job, and Daniel (Craig) was also very involved in that set design, because it indicates a lot about the character of Bond himself, and what he calls home". Craig personally selected many of the items found in Bond's home in the film.
Monica Bellucci previously auditioned for a Bond Girl role prior to being cast in this movie. In 1997, in an interview with "Playboy" magazine, former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, said that Bellucci had screentested for one of the two leading Bond Girl roles, as Paris Carver, in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), the part in the end being cast with Teri Hatcher. Brosnan said: "Monica Bellucci is a ravishing beauty, a gorgeous, gorgeous woman. She screentested to be a Bond Girl a while back, and the fools said no. Teri Hatcher stole the day instead."
In December 2014, nine high-end Land Rover Discoverys, including five customized Range Rover Sports, valued at about six hundred thirty thousand British pounds (one million U.S. dollars) set for filming in the Austrian Alps, were stolen from a parking lot in Neuss (near Düsseldorf, Germany).
In the Ian Fleming James Bond stories, Hannes Oberhauser, who is the father of this film's Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), was a skiing and climbing instructor who taught Bond while he was at Fettes College in Edinburgh, Scotland. In Fleming's "Octopussy" (1966) short story, Bond says of him: "He taught me to ski before the war, when I was in my teens. He was something of a wonderful man. He was something of a father to me at a time when I happened to need one."
Reportedly, the movie went massively over budget and on track to being the most expensive picture of the James Bond franchise ever made, costing over three hundred million U.S. dollars. It has been estimated to end up at around three hundred fifty million U.S. dollars. With an estimated three hundred to three hundred fifty million U.S. dollar budget, this is the most expensive James Bond movie ever made. The previous had been Quantum of Solace (2008) with an estimated budget of around two hundred million U.S. dollars. However, the reports were exaggerated, this movie ended up costing two hundred forty-five million U.S. dollars.
Before her audition, Léa Seydoux said she drank some alcohol, forgot some of her lines, and basically botched up her reading. Seydoux asked if she could come back another day, which the filmmakers allowed, and was, in the end, successful in landing the lead Bond Girl role of Dr. Madeleine Swann.
According to Robbie Collin in UK newspaper 'The Telegraph', "Bond author Ian Fleming invented SPECTRE in 1959 to replace James Bond's usual, Soviet, enemies. Fleming believed the Cold War might be about to end, and wanted to keep his spy thrillers relevant." Fleming's S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Executive Cabinet included "21 people, including former Gestapo members, Soviet spy group SMERSH, Josep Tito's (Josip Broz Tito's) secret police, Italian, and Corsican and Turkish organized crime gangs", its goals were "profiteering from conflict between the superpowers, eventual world domination", and its methods included "counterintelligence, brainwashing, murder, and extortion using weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological and orbital)."
Pierce Brosnan, who played James Bond in four films released from 1995 to 2002, commented on this movie in November 2015, in an interview with "HitFlix". Brosnan said: "I was looking forward to it enormously. I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak, it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did. (It) is neither fish nor fowl. It's neither Bond nor Bourne. Am I in a Bond movie? Not in a Bond movie? But Daniel, in the fourth go-round, has ownership of it. He had a nice looseness to him. He's a mighty warrior, and I think he found a great sense of himself in this one, with the one-liners and a nice playfulness there. Just get a tighter story, and he'll have another classic. I think the guy was just fairly banjaxed by playing it. By the time you finish making a Bond movie, you don't want to hear the name, see the name, or have anything to do with it, because you just want to go to ground. Give him another year off here, and he'll be ready to rock and roll for sure."
Spectre (2015) is the first Bond film since Die Another Day (2002) to feature the iconic gun barrel sequence at the start of the film. While the gun barrel sequence was used as part of the title sequence in Casino Royale (2006), the sequence was only shown at the end of Skyfall (2012) and Quantum of Solace (2008).
The "Day of the Dead" (Día de los Muertos) festival seen in this film's trailer, and in the movie's opening sequence, is a real-life Mexican national holiday where all banks are closed. The public holiday is particularly celebrated throughout Mexico, but also in other countries across the globe. Elegant Skulls or La Calavera Catrinas, used in the Day of the Dead celebrations, are artistic manifestations of altars and calavera costumes of the Day of the Dead. An image of one of these skulls features in the background of one of the film's main movie posters. Nevertheless, there are no Day of the Dead parades in Mexico, as shown in the movie: the writers somehow mixed Brazil's Carnaval celebrations with the Day of the Dead Mexican tradition, two completely different events.
Director Sam Mendes and Screenwriter John Logan came up with the main concept for the plot together, according to former Bond Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who ended up returning to the franchise to do re-writes on the screenplay, because the inner sanctum of the production (the star, director, and producers) were not allegedly satisfied with the script.
The video message Bond receives from M (Dame Judi Dench), features her character wearing a blue blouse, sitting on a sofa in her flat, as seen in Skyfall (2012). In that film, she is wearing the same outfit, sitting in the same place in the scene where she clicks on Silva's link, to view the YouTube video containing the identity of the N.A.T.O. Agents. This means that M filmed her message directly after that scene takes place, meaning that she knew about Marco Sciarra as far back as that moment in Skyfall (2012).
The English language translation of the Bulgarian version of the earlier Daniel Craig James Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008), has the name "Quantum" translated as "Spectre", with the English translation of the Bulgarian version's title actually being known as "Spectre of Solace".
The logistics of filming the car chase, in Rome, Italy, were difficult to marshal, according to Stunt Coordinator Gary Powell, who said: "In Rome, we saw a load of roads we liked, and sometimes the road is specific to a stunt, because it had a feature which would be really nice to jump. A lot of the time when we asked for permission, we would get a yes, but some of the time we'd get a no, so we would have to try and find other roads. It was a constant process to find the right location to fit the stunts. There was a lot of toing and froing in Rome." In the end, the production was able to shut down key portions of the city, including a section alongside the Tiber, looking towards St. Peter's Square and the Coliseum. Though the audience only ever sees two cars on-screen, the second unit used a total of eight Aston Martins, and seven Jaguars to shoot the chase. Vehicle Supervisor Chris Corbould stated that the Rome car chase allowed no room for error: "The stunt drivers were driving around Rome at one hundred miles (one hundred sixty kilometers) per hour, so absolutely everything had to be perfect as far as their performance was concerned. We didn't want the drivers to get injured, and also we didn't want them damaging buildings that are thousands of years old. The stakes were pretty high. We spent a lot of time testing the cars, making sure they could cope with the punishing regiment that the guys put them through."
The title is one of a few James Bond films, which utilize text written by James Bond Creator Ian Fleming, but were not the actual titles of Fleming Bond novels or short stories themselves. The others were GoldenEye (1995) (the name of Fleming's home in Jamaica named by him), Licence to Kill (1989) (the Bond character's level of authority in the stories) and The World Is Not Enough (1999) (the James Bond family motto, referenced in both the novel and film of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)).
S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agents in the earlier Bond films often wore a gold "Ring of Evil". According to the book "James Bond: The Secret World of 007" (2006) by Alastair Dougall, "Top operatives of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and (Ernst Stavro) Blofeld himself, could sometimes be recognized by a distinctive octopus ring, which symbolized the organization's tentacular reach into the murkiest depths of world crime."
The Rome chase sequence between Bond's Aston Martin DB10 and Mr. Hinx's Jaguar C-X75 marks the first time two prototype vehicles have been featured in a Bond film. It's also the first time any prototype car has been used in a Bond film. However, in Casino Royale (2006) he drove a Ford Mondeo sport model which was not on the market at time of production.
The make and model of James Bond's new Aston Martin car to be seen in this movie, is a custom made-to-order silver two-door Aston Martin DB10 coupé. The car, a "nod to future designs", was made and developed specifically for the purpose of this picture, has not been put up for sale until after its screen appearance, as Aston Martin feared other manufacturers "may try to copy its sleek design". Also, the gadgets in the new car are labelled with Dymo Tape, a cheap punched adhesive labelling system, which is an in-joke nod to the labels in the original Aston Martin car from Goldfinger (1964).
Kevin Spacey was rumored at one time to play the main villain, as he had been also for Skyfall (2012). While Spacey was considered to play the villain in Skyfall, before production delays and scheduling conflicts with his play Richard III interfered with his casting, he has indicated, on the record, that he was never offered nor considered to play the Bond villain in this movie, and doesn't know why and from where these rumors keep eventuating.
The Royal Doulton bulldog figurine, with the Union Jack on it, which James Bond inherited from M at the end of Skyfall (2012), can be seen on the coffee table in James Bond's (Daniel Craig's) apartment when Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) visits there.
Daniel Craig's favorite Bond film, is From Russia with Love (1963), and also Sir Sean Connery's favorite film. That movie contains an action scene involving a brutal train fight, where Bond fought against a powerful adversary. Similar to this, in this film, Bond engages in a brutal train fight with another powerful adversary.
Approximately fifteen hundred people were hired as extras for the pre-opening titles sequence in Mexico, which includes the Day of the Dead festival. CGI effects meant the number would be able to be multiplied to represent an estimated crowd scene, totalling around ten thousand people.
It was rumored that the classic Bond henchman, Jaws would make an appearance in this film. What was publicized was, there was a definite intention for there to be a villain in the film who was iconic, like Jaws or Oddjob.
In the movie, and also seen in the film's trailer, there is a shot of a war memorial with a list of names of "Those who died in the service of their country". The names are largely members of the movie crew, such as Art Department Assistant Directors Fergus Clegg and Archie Campbell-Baldwin. As Bond see the names on the memorial wall at the old MI6 Headquarters, the camera focuses to one name, Chloe Chesterton, who served as Second Assistant Producer. It has been suggested that the name of Emma Pill, perhaps was a tribute to Emma Peel, the famous Secret Agent of The Avengers (1961), who was portrayed by Diana Rigg, who starred in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), but is actually a reference to this movie's Supervising Locations Manager Emma Pill.
In From Russia with Love (1963), the film's storyline dealt with the Lektor Decoding Machine, the name of which was called the Spektor Decoding Machine in the Ian Fleming novel "From Russia with Love" (1957). Its name was changed, because of its similarity with the name of the fictitious criminal spy organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Fleming based this device on his knowledge of the Enigma Decoding Machine from World War II. Fleming was involved with the Ultra Network, who cracked the Enigma Code in 1939. The Ultra Network's activities were not released until 1975, in a book called A Man Called Intrepid (1979). Fleming's friend Sir William Stevenson wrote the book, which was published at the time when the closed period on wartime secrets expired, and the records were finally declassified.
The costumes worn by the leading Bond Girls, according to Costume Designer Jany Temime, who also designed the costumes for Skyfall (2012), were inspired by real life movie stars of from the 1950s. Léa Seydoux's clothes were inspired by Grace Kelly, while Monica Bellucci's outfits were inspired by Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, Italian screen goddesses, who were, according to Temime, "all waist and hips and boobs".
According to the book "Bond on Bond" (2015) by Sir Roger Moore, Producer Kevin McClory (who previously owned the film rights to S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the character Ernst Stavro Blofeld, any Thunderball (1965) remake, and other various outlines, scripts and treatments) "had been a long-time pain in Eon's behind, and they couldn't use the Blofeld character or his organization (S.P.E.C.T.R.E.) for fear of litigation, which is how the QUANTUM idea came about, as originally the producers (Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson) had hoped to introduce Spectre as the villains in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008), but now (in 2013), seven years after McClory's death (when a settlement was made by MGM and EON Productions with McClory's estate), they could finally bring everything back under one roof."
Sam Mendes originally declined working on another James Bond film, first around the time that Skyfall (2012) launched, and again in March 2013. Reportedly, the production of the film was delayed a year to get Mendes back, as he could not do the film earlier, due to theater commitments.
As an in-joke amongst cast and crew, a prescription for Viagra for James Bond, was put in the set of the clinic on the mountain top. It may have been a response to the outcome of a study published in the British Medical Journal, whereby doctors had kept track of Bond's alcohol consumption in the novels. They concluded that Bond consumes an average of ninety-two alcoholic units per week, which would make him an alcoholic, at high risk for liver problems, and impotence.
The funeral of Marco Sciarra sequence, according to the James Bond Locations blogspot, "was filmed around the Museum of Roman Civilization (Museo della Civiltà Romana) (in Piazza Giovanni Agnelli, Rome, Lazio, Italy) in EUR (the Esposizione Universale District), south of the city center of Rome. The funeral was staged in between the columns that connects the two large wings, which houses the museum. The film team was actually supposed to film the funeral scene at the Verano cemetery, which is a famous early nineteenth century cemetery in the central part of Rome, close to the Termini Station. It boasts the graves of several Italian cultural icons. However, the film team was refused to film there by an ancient Christian confraternity, namely the Arciconfraternita di Carità verso i Trapassati. Thus, the team had to relocate to the EUR district and use the museum to recreate a mausoleum. The cemetery is reminiscent of the Slumber cemetery in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). The film crew converted the area to a cemetery with fake head stones between the columns before filming took place. The museum itself consists of fifty-nine sections, which illustrate the history of Roman civilization." In For Your Eyes Only (1981), another shooting location interruption was also caused by a religious group, which risked to stop the production filming with the matter going to court. The monks who lived in the monastery on top of the Meteora Mountain placed sheets and plastic on top of the roofs and external infrastructure so as to halt filming. A special hearing of the Greek Supreme Court was convened, where a panel of judges decreed that the monks only had rights over the interiors of the mountain top monastery, but the exteriors were the domain of the people and the local government. The film crew was eventually able to film at the location. They did not film inside the monastery (known as St. Cyril's in the film), but built a set on top of a neighboring rock for some of the hideout's exteriors. The interiors were filmed back at Pinewood Studios.
First James Bond film to feature the character with the code name "C" (as with "M", "Q", and "R"). "C" is Max Denbigh, head of MI5, portrayed by Andrew Scott. Denbigh is the fourth main character in the franchise in the British Secret Service to have a single code letter name, and he's the fifth if one counts the Russian Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) who was code-named Agent XXX.
A huge sand storm blew in on the first day of filming in Erfoud, Morocco, shutting down production for the entire afternoon, as there was no visibility at all. The crew had to take cover in their vehicles as winds reached fifty miles per hour. The temperature in Erfoud usually was at an average of one hundred thirteen degrees Fahrenheit (forty-five degrees Celsius). On the hottest day of all, the temperature during the shoot reached one hundred twenty-two degrees Fahrenheit (fifty degrees Celsius).
The movie shot in three different locations in Mexico City, The Gran Hotel, Plaza Tolsá, and the Zócalo, the latter which is the main square in the center of town. The stunt team later replicated a massive explosion involving the hotel at Pinewood Studios, although the Zócalo itself played host to a huge sequence involving an out-of-control helicopter piloted by the world-famous Red Bull aerobatic pilot Chuck Aaron. The Red Bull helicopter is built especially for barrel rolling and free diving. Due to the altitude in Mexico City, Aaron was limited in the aerobatics he could perform. However, he still pushed the boundaries, flying just thirty feet above the extras with two stuntmen re-enacting the fight while hanging out of the helicopter. Stunt Coordinator, Gary Powell said: "The world of stunts has changed a lot, and we're very story-orientated with all of our action scenes, which is great, because a lot of films forget the story, and just do 'crash, bang, wallop!'" Powell says the Mexico helicopter scene is integral to the film's story: "We don't just blow stuff up because it looks good. With all of the action in a James Bond film, we tell a story while we're doing it." As much action as possible was shot in-camera, as is the case with every Bond film. Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould says: "We try and do as much as we can for real, and then the visual effects guys come along and make what we've done look better, tweaking it, painting things out, adding things in. But everything is based in reality. In Mexico City, you can see thousands of people in the Zócalo responding to this amazing helicopter sequence unfolding in the sky above them."
While at the bar in the clinic, When Bond (Daniel Craig) asks Q (Ben Whishaw) about his hotel in the Alps, Q says "The Pevsner". This is a reference to Tom Pevsner, former Executive Producer of the Bond film franchise from For Your Eyes Only (1981) until GoldenEye (1995), who passed away in 2014.
The production team has been reported as wanting to include an iconic henchman for this film, in the tradition of Jaws and Oddjob. This has resulted in the character of Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista). Sadly though, prior to principal photography starting in December 2014, two of the James Bond franchise iconic henchmen passed away in 2014, they being Geoffrey Holder in October 2014, who played Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die (1973), and Richard Kiel in September 2014, who portrayed Jaws in Moonraker (1979) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
John Logan was once reportedly commissioned to write scripts for this movie, as well as Bond 25 (2019) at the same time, but this is apparently not the case. According to Daniel Craig, there was an idea at the studio of filming two consecutive Bond pictures back-to-back, to which Craig apparently balked at the idea, due to their enormity. The James Bond Wikia website states: "A popular news story, started by the blog Deadline, reports the Skyfall (2012) writer John Logan has been commissioned by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to pen Spectre and Bond 25 as a two-parter. Several months later, this rumor was repudiated, but no official announcement either way had been made. Logan did pen the script for this movie, and may be considered a front-runner for helming the "Bond 25" script.
The character name of Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) is the son of Hannes Oberhauser from the Ian Fleming James Bond short story "Octopussy" (1966), which features flashback sequences in Austria, where this movie was partially filmed. Hannes Oberhauser, in the story, is murdered by Major Dexter Smythe, who, in the film Octopussy (1983), is the title character Octopussy's (Maud Adams's) father. An octopus is the traditional symbol of the criminal organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion). The name of the criminal organization in the James Bond video game From Russia with Love (2005) is O.C.T.OP.U.S., which was used instead of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., for legal reasons.
First Naomie Harris James Bond movie, where Miss Eve Moneypenny fulfills the traditional role of the character of being mostly office bound at MI6 Headquarters. Harris says: "Moneypenny, in this film, is behind the desk again. She's not out with Bond in the field. She is still assisting him, but this time doing something much more secretive."
Paramount Pictures brought forward the release of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), the fifth in their spy film franchise, as the movie was completed earlier than expected, so as to avoid competing with this movie at the international box-office.
The movie featured a ski resort setting in Sölden, Austria, which has an eatery with a similar real-life name to the regular James Bond series franchise character of "Q". The "Ice Q" restaurant is a cuboid all glass-wall-panelled mountain top diner, and placed adjacent to its associated 3S cable car and five-star "Das Central Hotel" situated on top of the three thousand forty-eight meter (ten thousand foot) high Gaislachkogel (Gaislachkogl) Mountain. The locale will likely evoke the mountain peak villain's lair of Ernst Stavro Blofeld's (Telly Savalas's) "Piz Gloria" from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), which also featured the criminal organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E., but had its snow scenes instead shot in Switzerland. It is this "Ice Q" snow-capped mountain top setting, which was one of the deciding factors why Sölden, Austria was chosen as shooting location for the film.
Early drafts of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) featured S.P.E.C.T.R.E., but had to be removed for legal reasons, due to a dispute with then rights owner Kevin McClory, who owned the film remake rights to Thunderball (1965) (which he remade as Never Say Never Again (1983)) as well as to the names "S.P.E.C.T.R.E." and "Ernst Stavro Blofeld". A very early version of the script intended to have Blofeld return as the villain for the first time since Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Richard Maibaum's original draft script for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) featured an alliance of international terrorists entering S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s headquarters and deposing Blofeld, before trying to destroy the world for themselves, to make way for a New World Order. This script was deemed too political by Producer Albert R. Broccoli. Also, later, for legal reasons, the name of the villain could not be called "Stavros", and had to be changed, so was called "Stromberg" (Curd Jürgens) instead, because of its similarity with the middle name of Ernest Blofeld which was "Stavro". The traditional black suited S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Army could not wear that color either, and instead wore red outfits in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). According to the book "The Complete James Bond Movie Encylopedia" by Steven Jay Rubin, the initial hypothesized S.P.E.C.T.R.E. of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), included "members of the Bader-Meinhof Gang, the Japanese Red Army, and other modern terrorist organizations." S.P.E.C.T.R.E. does appear briefly in the original Ian Fleming novel "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962), one of few of Fleming's Bond novels to do so.
Composer Thomas Newman, scoring his second consecutive Bond film, started composing the music during filming, rather than via the usual custom of composing during post-production. However, large parts of the music have been re-used from Skyfall (2012).
One of the earlier rumored titles for the film, which proved to be false, was the title "Devil May Care". This is the name of a retrospective 2008 James Bond novel by Sebastian Faulks, set in 1967, and is a book sequel to Ian Fleming's novel "The Man with the Golden Gun".
Sam Mendes has said of the movie's pre-titles sequence featuring the Mexican Day of the Dead parade and festival: "I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment. It's the Day of the Dead, everywhere you look, there's color and detail, and life. We've built floats and maquettes, the costumes are extraordinary, and the craftsmanship is amazing."
The first James Bond film to feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E. was Dr. No (1962), which was also the first theatrical Bond film, but based on the sixth Ian Fleming book. The first of Fleming's Bond books to feature S.P.E.C.T.R E. was "Thunderball" (1961), which had been based on a screen treatment by Fleming, Kevin McClory, and Jack Whittington.
It was once extensively rumored that Penélope Cruz (who is the wife of Javier Bardem, who played the main villain in Skyfall (2012)), might play one of the leading Bond Girls in this film, but this did not eventuate. This would have likely been the part of Lucia Sciarra, cast with Monica Bellucci. It was reported in October 2013 that Helen Flanagan and Kate Upton were in talks to play a Bond Girl in this film.
Ralph Fiennes (M), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), and Ben Whishaw (Q), all now MI6 regular characters in the James Bond film franchise, have all portrayed "Hamlet" on the stage, on Broadway, The National Theatre, and The Old Vic respectively.
The film was shot on three continents: Africa, Europe, and North America; and across five countries: Italy, Austria, and England, these three all being European nations; with Mexico in North America, and Morocco in Africa. Of the non-English locations, the Bond films that have previously lensed in Austria include Quantum of Solace (2008) and The Living Daylights (1987), the latter film of which, like Spectre (2015), also conducted filming in Morocco. This movie is the only Bond film, apart from Licence to Kill (1989), to shoot in Mexico. The franchise has shot in Venice, Italy on three occasions, in Moonraker (1979), Casino Royale (2006), and From Russia with Love (1963), as well as Lake Como, Italy and Lake Garda, Italy for Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008), respectively. Spectre (2015) and Quantum of Solace (2008) share Italy and Austria as countries used for filming. Spectre (2015) is the first James Bond film to shoot in Rome, Italy. Filming locations considered for this picture, according to the MI6 James Bond fansite, which, in the end, were not used for the film, included Norway (cancelled), India (abandoned), and Campania, Italy (cancelled).
The film's "Premiere of the Americas" was held in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, November 2, 2015, coinciding with the Mexican "Day of the Dead" festivities, which feature in the film's opening sequence. This is the first time that Mexico has hosted an international James Bond launch. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have said in a statement: "We owe our magnificent Day of the Dead opening sequence, shot in Mexico City, to the expert craftsmanship of our wonderful British and Mexican crews. With 2015 being the Year of Culture between the UK and Mexico, it is fitting that the Premiere of the Americas will take place in Mexico City, on the actual Day of the Dead Festival."
It was incorrectly rumoured that Philip Winchester would play C.I.A. Agent Felix Leiter in this film, who was last seen in the franchise in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008), played by Jeffrey Wright. Had it been true, it would have harkened back to a tradition in the earlier Bond films, where several different actors portrayed Leiter.
According to the TV Tropes website, the Mexican government allegedly gave some money to Sony Pictures "so that the film didn't portray Mexico in a negative way. Allegedly they wanted to suppress any mentions about Mexican gangsters, a subplot about assassinating a top ranking Mexican official, and to only show on-camera the nice and prosperous side of the country."
Although special props were made for the Mexican representation of The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) Festival that takes place in the beginning of the film, Mexico City officials lent the production eight monumental skulls that were used in the real "Ofrenda" placed on the Zócalo in 2014. A Day of the Dead Festival also featured in Under the Volcano (1984), which starred Albert Finney, who appeared in Skyfall (2012).
After this movie, it is anticipated that Sam Mendes will withdraw from directing James Bond movies, and it is anticipated that Christopher Nolan may take over the reins and direct Bond 25 (2019), and possibly more to follow.
On the Empire podcast, Sam Mendes revealed that the opening tracking shot comprised four shots filmed in Mexico and at Pinewood Studios. He said it was influenced by Touch of Evil (1958), and not Soy Cuba (1964), as many people believe.
Two-time Bond Girl Maud Adams (The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Octopussy (1983)) and David Giammarco immediately jetted to Toronto, Ontario to present the exclusive Canadian Premiere of this movie, after attending the Royal World Premiere in London at Royal Albert Hall. As Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, Director Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig, and the rest of the cast were also dispatched from London in various pairings to such cities as Paris, Berlin, Rome, Moscow, Amsterdam, Madrid, Beijing, and Mexico City to present a whirlwind schedule of global "Spectre" Premieres, 007 alumni Adams and Giammarco handled the invitation-only Gala Premiere presentation and after-party for Canada, sponsored, in part, by Aston Martin and Belvedere Vodka. Spectre (2015) marked David Giammarco's seventh time hosting the Canadian premieres of each consecutive James Bond film since Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and a first for Maud Adams.
In the pre-title sequence for Skyfall (2012) and Casino Royale (2006), Bond tells his surveillance colleagues to "stop touching your ear". In the pre-title sequence for this movie, Bond doesn't heed his own advice, and is seen touching his earpiece, when listening in on a secret meeting.
The painting, the art dealers are selling in Shanghai, China, in Skyfall (2012), is in Madelaine's room at the desert S.P.E.C.T.R.E. base, on the wall to the left of her as she looks at the dress. In real-life, the real painting is missing, having been stolen a few years previously.
The train, featured in the movie, is the Oriental Desert Express, its make and model being the locomotive ONCF-series DH 370 (EMD GT26CW-2), owned by the Office National des Chemins de Fer du Maroc (ONCF), which runs on the Oriental Desert Express route, that travels between Oujda to Bouarfa in Morocco (which is nowhere near the orient).
Due to the altitude in Mexico City, Red Bull aerobatic helicopter stunt pilot Chuck Aaron had to rein in his aerobatics in the exciting scene above the city's main square, the Zócalo, he flew just thirty feet above the extras, while two stuntmen hung onto the exterior trading punches. Sam Mendes said: "The Mexico City sequence climaxes with a spectacular fight inside a helicopter that is out of control. It is being flown by an incredible stunt pilot, Chuck Aaron, who does amazing things. It's a spectacular moment, and unlike anything we've ever seen in a James Bond movie."
Third James Bond movie in the official franchise, where the opening credits sequence shows clips from previous films. The first two were Goldfinger (1964) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Like Goldfinger (1964), this movie only shows the earlier films of the actor playing James Bond at the time. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), the opening titles show all of the previous films in the franchise to that point in time.
Daniel Craig was injured at least twice during principal photography. Craig suffered a knee injury when filming in Austria, then hit his head on the interior of an Aston Martin DB10. However, the head injury was reportedly not serious according to the Italian publication "La Republica".
It may be no coincidence that M's rival, MI5's head of intelligence, Denbigh (Andrew Scott), is code-named "C". The original "M" (played by Bernard Lee) was named Admiral Sir Miles Messervy, and "M" comes from his initials. Dame Judi Dench's "M" was named Olivia Mawdsley, again the "M" being derived from her initials. Also, Ralph Fiennes' "M" is named Gareth Mallory, with the "M" derivative from the first letter of his surname. The practice of the Director of Intelligence signing with a single letter dates back to Mansfield Smith-Cumming, who signed with a "C", but his first name Mansfield was a word which started with an "M".
In India, the Mumbai-based Central Board of Film Certification (C.B.F.C.), mandated, and then censored two of movie's kissing scenes between James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Bond Girls Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci be trimmed back. According to "The Times of India", "These included reducing the two kissing scenes between Bond and his leading ladies by fifty percent, deleting about fifty-four seconds of the passionate exchange. Also, 'asshole' has been replaced with 'idiot', while 'bastard and balls' have been replaced with 'bighead and cats'."
Following on from Skyfall (2012), this movie marks the first time since Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) that Bond films have had consecutive one-word titles. Those earlier Bond films were the third and fourth Bond movies of Sean Connery, while just like this, Skyfall and Spectre are the third and fourth Bond movies of Daniel Craig.
On December 25, 2015, Radiohead released their rejected theme song for this film on the internet. Though the song is approximately twenty-three seconds shorter than Daniel Kleinman's title sequence for the finished film, it nevertheless lines up such that the verse "I'm a ghost" is sung right before the title appears on-screen.
Christoph Waltz was cast in the main villain's role after his notable villainous turn as a circus ringleader in Water for Elephants (2011), Dr. King Schultz (a good guy) in Django Unchained (2012), and villainous Nazi Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009), for which Waltz won a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Award. Coincidentally, it was Tarantino who once was enthusiastic about directing the new screen version of Casino Royale (2006).
Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Rihanna, Sia, and Ed Sheeran have all been on a list of singers to sing the James Bond theme song. Rihanna was also rumored to going to be making a cameo appearance in the movie. In the end, Smith was the vocalist selected to sing the movie's theme song which is called "Writing's On The Wall".
First James Bond film to feature a Bond Girl from Mexico, with the appearance of Stephanie Sigman as Estrella during the opening sequence. Despite Sigman's prominent billing in the credits, she only appears in the opening sequence. Sigman has said: "The opening scenes of the film starts with Bond and Estrella celebrating The Day of the Dead in this amazing location with thousands of people. It is a beautiful scene, because it's very close to the reality of how we celebrate that day in Mexico. That was very nice for me, being Mexican, and it wasn't difficult to get fully immersed in the scenes."
In the earlier James Bond films, the model of identifying and classifying S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s Agents was fixed, numerical, and rigorously and scrupulously hierarchical. In the James Bond novels, S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s system of identifying and classifying its Agents was random, and based on numbers, being a rotating numbering model, and the numbers would be allocated randomly. so as other intelligence agencies would not be able to regularly identify them, and then get book on them.
The movie's meteorite cul-de-sac circular crater real-life geographical location in Morocco, where the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. desert lair set is set (via digital composition), is called "Gara Medouar" (Gara de Medouar), and is nicknamed "The Portuguese Prison". The film's storyline states that the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Headquarters is situated inside a meteorite crater created from the "The Kartenhoff Meteor". The crater in the real world, is situated in the Errachidia Providence in the area of the town Rissani, Morocco, about ten to twelve kilometers (six to seven and a half miles) west of that town, and about fifteen kilometers (nine and a half miles) from its center, with Rissani being located near the oasis Sahara Desert town of Erfoud, which is one of the three major Moroccan shooting locations for this movie. Such productions as The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) (both of which starred Daniel Craig's wife Rachel Weisz), where the crater portrayed the fictional Egyptian Valley of the Kings' City of the Dead "Hamunaptra"; as well as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010); Die Frau des Schläfers (2010) (The Sleeper's Wife); and Secret of the Sahara (1988) (The Secret of the Sahara), also having shot there. Geological opinion has stated that it is neither an extinct volcano (as per the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. lair in You Only Live Twice (1967), which was actually a set built out on the backlot at Pinewood Studios anyway, which cost about one million dollars), nor a volcanic caldera, nor a meteorite crater, nor a meteorite impact crater, nor a meteorite impact related crater, but is actually what is termed an "erosional crater". Coincidentally, former James Bond Sean Connery once starred in a movie called Meteor (1979). "The Maverick Guide to Morocco" (1999) book by Susan Searight says of Gara Medouar: "the whole thing is a vast natural fortress, protected by this massive wall of carefully quarried stone. The function and date of the monument are uncertain, but it was possibly a refuge for families fleeing from Sijilmassa in times of trouble". According to the Wikipedia website, "Sijilmasa (Sijilmassa, Sidjilmasa, Sidjilmassa, and Sigilmassa) was a medieval Moroccan city and trade entrepôt at the northern edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. The ruins of the town lie for five miles (eight kilometers) along the River Ziz, in the Tafilalt oasis, near the town of Rissani. The town's history was marked by several successive invasions by the Berber dynasties. Up until the fourteenth century, as the northern terminus for the western trans-Sahara trade route, it was one of the most important trade centres in the Maghreb, during the Middle Ages." The Ardeth Bay website states: "It is an extinct volcano, where one can find etrilobites and anmmonites. Nowadays, the volcano is part of a desert rally for Morocco women."
Daniel Craig has now appeared in each and every type of James Bond picture in terms of Ian Fleming title type and relatedness. Casino Royale (2006) was from an original full Ian Fleming novel published in 1953, Quantum of Solace (2008)'s title was taken from Fleming's 1960 short story of the same name, Skyfall (2012) is a completely non-Fleming title, and also not taken from any Fleming text, while this movie's title is adapted from Fleming text, having appeared in his novels, but "Spectre" was never the title of a Fleming novel or short story.
The C.N.S. building does not exist at Westminster (duh!). Physical shooting location for C.N.S. was at City Hall, The Home of the Mayor, and London Assembly, which when digitally altered, appears as the Centre for National Security at Westminster. The actual building on the A202 looks completely different, and is a residential building called "Riverwalk".
Before the aerial battle above the main plaza in Mexico City, as The Day Of The Dead procession took place, Bond is seen walking, not running after Marco Sciarra. This is because Daniel Craig had hurt his leg filming a previous scene and couldn't run. A physiotherapist was flown in (from Nottingham) to aid Craig.
The Ian Fleming James Bond novels which prominently feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E. only two, "Thunderball" (1961) and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963). S.P.E.C.T.R.E. features in a more minor capacity in two other Fleming Bond novels, "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962) and "You Only Live Twice" (1964); the latter has Blofeld operating sans-S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Though S.P.E.C.T.R.E. appears in the Bond movies Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963), S.P.E.C.T.R.E. did not actually feature in those films' source Fleming Bond novels, nor does S.P.E.C.T.R.E. feature in the Fleming source novels of the James Bond films Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and You Only Live Twice (1967), where S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is arguably represented, as both movie's feature archvillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion.
Due to the name of the film, and the existence of the gadget quartermaster character "Q" (Ben Whishaw), has lead to a joke name for him for this movie, for him to be given an informal nickname of "Inspectre Gadget".
This is the first ever Bond film whose full title is arguably an acronym. Its use in the franchise's earlier entries in the franchise was as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. However, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), has often been abbreviated by the acronym "OHMSS". However, in this movie, no mention is made of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. standing for something other than it just being the name of the Organization, like QUANTUM was previously. Arguably, the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. acronym for the criminal organization has technically been removed for this movie in the new James Bond film franchise continuity, and as such is referred to as just "SPECTRE" without the periods after each letter.
When looking for a key European city, the production selected Rome, the capital city of Italy, which impressed by its sense of power and scale. So then when the production wanted to send James Bond to one of Europe's great cities at night, they chose Rome, says Sam Mendes, because of "the history and an atmosphere of darkness and foreboding, particularly if you're dealing with 1920s and 1930s 'fascist' architecture (Mendes used this word without looking up the actual meaning, and used an incorrect one, 'fascist' applies to a person or government, not an inanimate object). There is something dark and intimidating." Production Designer Dennis Gassner says: "All cities are challenging, and Rome was no different. But what we wanted to transfer to the screen, was the sense of power you get from the architecture in that city." A key scene set in Rome, which was shot at Pinewood, is the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. meeting that introduces the film's primary antagonist, Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz). Gassner adds: "Again, when designing that scene, it was all about power; that was what we were looking for. The original location that we modelled our interior on, was the Palace of Caserta in Naples. There was a sense of scale that was massive, and we wanted to convey that during the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. meeting. We were able to do that on the soundstages that we had available. I think that we achieved what we needed, and it is a great entrance for Oberhauser. That's a key moment in the film."
Sam Mendes has said of this movie: "What we have here is a kind of creation 'myth' at play. We are not adhering to any previous version of the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. story. We are creating our own version. Our film is a way of rediscovering S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and the super villain, setting him up again for the next generation." Mendes says that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. recalls the classic Bond films in terms of the cars, the tone, the lighting, and even the cut of Bond's suit. Mendes states: "Also, I wanted to get back to some of that old-school glamor that you get from those fantastic, otherworldly locations. I wanted to push it to extremes." Mendes adds: "It all starts from character with me, and I wanted to explore all sorts of different aspects of the characters that I'd left behind in Skyfall (2012). We had populated MI6 with a whole new generation of people, a new M, a new Moneypenny, and a new Q. I wanted to let those relationships develop and grow."
The official statement posted by EON Productions on December 13, 2014, regarding the Sony Pictures hacking scandal reads: "EON PRODUCTIONS, the producers of the James Bond films, learned this morning that an early version of the screenplay for the new Bond film 'Spectre' is amongst the material stolen, and illegally made public by hackers who infiltrated the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer system. Eon Productions is concerned that third parties, who have received the stolen screenplay, may seek to publish it or its contents. The screenplay for 'Spectre' is the confidential information of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq, LLC, and is protected by the laws of copyright in the United Kingdom and around the world. It may not (in whole or in part) be published, reproduced, disseminated, or otherwise utilized by anyone who obtains a copy of it. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq, LLC will take all necessary steps to protect their rights against the persons who stole the screenplay, and against anyone who makes infringing uses of it, or attempts to take commercial advantage of confidential property it knows to be stolen."
Product placements, brand integrations, corporate partners, and promotional tie-ins for this movie include: Sony mobile and Sony electronics, including the Sony RX100 IV camera and Sony Xperia Z5 "Made for Bond" Edition smart phone; Bollinger champagne; N.Peal sweaters; Hornby Hobbies' Scalextric S.P.E.C.T.R.E. play-set; Belvedere vodka; Tom Ford clothing and accessories, and Tom Ford Snowdon sunglasses; Heineken Lager beer; Omega watches; Mulberry Day Glove Black deer skin gloves; Crockett and Jones shoes; Sanders and Sanders Chukka boots; John Varvatos suede racer jackets; The Macallan Whisky; Burberry clothing, with Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) wearing a Burberry Cotton Poplin Trench jacket in the Sony "Made for Bond" Xperia Z5 smart phone television commercial; Persol sunglasses and Canada Goose jackets; vintage Px Vuarnet 027 model glacier goggle sunglasses; Sunspel underwear; Missoni sweaters; Gillette; Mac cosmetics; Château Angélus wine; Matchless jackets; Visit Britain; Clarks Nanu Rise GTX shoes; Ghost Hollywood Salma dresses; Globe-Trotter suitcases and leather goods; David Deyong Diamond Dust Sterling Silver Drop hexagon-style earrings; and GLU's James Bond 007 World of Espionage - The Official Mobile Game (World of Espionage (2015)).
This movie is not the first time that "Spectre" has been considered as a James Bond film title. 'The James Bond Bedside Companion' by Raymond Benson states that "Spectre" was one of the working titles (others were "Longitude 78 West" and "James Bond of the Secret Service") for the various original scripts, outlines, and treatments, which totalled to at least ten literary properties, that Ian Fleming, Kevin McClory, and Jack Whittingham developed prior to Fleming using story elements from this material for his novel of Thunderball (1965), which later was adapted into that movie, and from which resulted a long-standing legal dispute. Also, after McClory's Never Say Never Again (1983), which was a remake of Thunderball (1965), McClory planned "a series of James Bond films based on the copyrights of 'The film scripts' and the film rights to Thunderball (1965). Paradise Productions III made an announcement in February 1984 that the first film would be titled "Spectre".
The MI6 James Bond fansite states: "The backstory of James Bond's childhood, first touched upon in Skyfall (2012), is used in this film again as a central plot device" thus making the movie the second consecutive Bond picture to do this.
Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci didn't believe they would be successful in obtaining their respective Bond Girl roles in the movie, for the latter, predominantly because of her age. Also, when Bellucci was first approached about appearing in the film, Bellucci thought it was for her to play a new "M" character to replace Dame Judi Dench.
The Dar Bianca Villa, near Marrakech, Morocco, which portrays a significant part of the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. lair in the desert, went up for sale for four million euros (4.72 million U.S. dollars) by real estate agency Emile Garcin of Marrakech about three weeks after the picture world premiered. The real estate agent's property description for the prestigious Moroccan villa, headlined as an "Exquisite architect designed villa near Marrakesh", states: "A renowned architect (Imaad Rahmouni) and associate of Phillipe Starck was the creative force behind this exquisite example of cutting edge contemporary design. Built in 2006, a harmonious combination of concrete, metal, and glass has realized a spectacular geometrically engaging villa to provide the ultimate in indoor and outdoor living. The main residence is arranged over two levels, and comprises two receptions, a sleek fitted kitchen, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a fitness room. A separate guest house offers a further three bedrooms, and has its own swimming pool. In all, eight hundred eighty square meters (9,472 square feet) Surrounded by two hectares (five acres) of parkland, with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. The property has been featured in the latest James Bond film Spectre (2015)."
Menu meal and drink items at bars and restaurants in the Tirol, Austria region, where the film shot the sequences set in the snow, which were created due to the picture filming there, include: "Bond Pizza", "Skyfall Cocktails", "Spectre Shots", "Golden Eye French Fries", and "007 Cordon Bleu of the Month". Also, James Bond themed carnival floats were elaborately created at various places such as Sillian, and 007 was included in the program at the Villach Carnival.
First James Bond movie where the character drinks a dirty martini, but in another scene, he still orders his traditional drink of choice, the vodka martini. The "dirty martini" drink contains, according to the Guardian newspaper, "vodka, dry vermouth, a muddled Sicilian green olive, and a measure of the olive's brine." Earlier in the film, he orders a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, but Bond cannot have it, as they don't sell alcohol.
The name of the clinic atop the snowy mountain was "The Klinik" or "The Hoffler Klinik". Production Designer Dennis Gassner says: "The Klinik was really the beginning of the adventure for me. We went to the Alps in Switzerland and Austria and Italy. Luckily, I found Sölden in Austria, and a restaurant, the Ice-Q, at the top of this ski lift, which became the foundation for what we needed. The Klinik is a little bit of an ice jewel in the middle of the movie." Gassner says that the Ice-Q structure had the perfect clean and clinical Alpine aesthetic for the Hoffler Klinik, and its position atop the three thousand forty-eight meter (ten thousand foot) Gaislachkogl Mountain made it especially attractive. With key scenes set inside the Klinik, however, the production built the interior though at Pinewood Studios in England, the traditional home of the James Bond films. Knowing Sam Mendes' penchant for the symmetrical, both in set design and composition, Gassner tried mirroring the existing architecture to form a butterfly shape. As the idea developed, the new footprint was mirrored again to form a final design that was made up of four cantilevered wings radiating around a central courtyard. To balance the symmetry of the new building, a central concrete entrance tunnel was built, both on-location in Austria, and on a soundstage at Pinewood, allowing the cast members to transition seamlessly between the exterior and interior sets.
Kevin Spacey was once rumored to play the villain in this film, as he had been in Skyfall (2012). Spacey played a Dr. Evil spoof of Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, for a scene in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Reportedly, Spacey was considered for a role in Skyfall (2012), but declined, due to scheduling conflicts. It is believed that Sam Mendes originally offered Spacey the role of the villain, the part in the film played by Javier Bardem. Spacey worked with Mendes on American Beauty (1999), in which Spacey's character complains to his wife about missing a James Bond marathon on television. Spacey has consistently denied rumors that he has ever been considered to play a Bond villain.
Portraying the archvillain in this movie, Christoph Waltz, in his early career, once starred in a movie, his feature film debut, called "Fire and Sword" (Tristan and Isolde (1981)), alongside Vladek Sheybal, who had played the villain Kronsteen in From Russia with Love (1963). In that movie, Sheybal's character was an Agent of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Also, Waltz played a German spy in the later Ian Fleming biopic television movie Goldeneye (1989).
With a (grossly exaggerated) production budget of three hundred million U.S. dollars, this picture is the second most expensive movie ever made, tieing with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007). In reality, the budget was two hundred forty-five million U.S. dollars.
The black and white octopus insignia is a symbol of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the criminal spy organization seen in earlier James Bond movies. However, in Ian Fleming's "Octopussy" (1966) short story and the movie Octopussy (1983), the octopus insignia had no connection to either story or S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Even if the production had wanted to resurrect the Octopus symbol for Octopussy (1983), the legal settlement with Kevin McClory gave McClory all the rights to the use of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and as such the black and white octopus insignia could not have been used in Octopussy (1983) (see the same year's Never Say Never Again (1983)). The type of octopus seen on the Octopussy girls' bodies was different, it was a blue ringed octopus. In Octopussy (1983), this symbol was a sign of an old secret order of female bandits and smugglers.
Five languages are heard spoken during the movie, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and English, with the latter representing the vast majority of what is heard spoken throughout the film, the other four are heard in a few sections of the movie, some with English subtitles, and some without.
Villains who have worked for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in the earlier James Bond films have included: Ernst Stavro Blofeld (No. 1, in at least seven Bond movies), Emilio Largo (No. 2, Thunderball (1965)), Rosa Klebb (No. 3, From Russia with Love (1963)) and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number three (You Only Live Twice (1967)); S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number four (You Only Live Twice (1967)); Kronsteen (No. 5, From Russia with Love (1963)) and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number five (Thunderball (1965)); Colonel Jacques Bouvar (No. 6, Thunderball (1965)); S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number seven (Thunderball (1965)); Pierre Borraud (No, 9, Thunderball (1965)), Helga Brandt (No. 10, You Only Live Twice (1967)), and Marius Domingue (No. 11, (Thunderball (1965)). Other Agents of S.P.E.CT.R.E. have included: from Dr. No (1962) (Mr. Jones, Miss Taro, Professor R.J. Dent, and Dr. Julius No); from From Russia with Love (1963) (Morzeny and Donald "Red" Grant); from You Only Live Twice (1967) (Hans and Mr. Osato); from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) (Grunther and Irma Bunt); from Diamonds Are Forever (1971) (Bert Saxby, Mr. Witt, and Mr. Kidd) and from Thunderball (1965) (Janni, Vargas, Quist, Fiona Volpe, Count Lippe, Angelo Palazzi, and Professor Ladislav Kutze, amongst others, especially underwater operatives). In the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983), the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agents included Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Fatima Blush (S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number twelve), Count Lippe, Jack Petachi, SPECTRE Agent number five, and Maximillian Largo (S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number one).
Fourth James Bond movie in the official franchise to feature a prominent city street festival with The Day of the Dead parade celebration in Mexico City, Mexico. The first was the Junkanoo Street Parade Festival in the Bahamas in Thunderball (1965), the second was the opening Jazz Funeral sequence in Live and Let Die (1973), and the third was The Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in Moonraker (1979). The street festivals in Spectre (2015) and Live and Let Die (1973) feature during the movie's opening sequences.
The production originally submitted the film to the BBFC in the UK for advice on whether the film would receive a 12A rating upon a formal submission. The BBFC informed the filmmakers that cuts would be required in two scenes before a 12A rating could be obtained. Reductions were made in one scene of violence and in another scene which shows the aftermath of a violent act. Cuts were duly made, and upon a formal submission to the BBFC, the film was passed with a 12A certificate without further cuts.
Twenty-second James Bond movie to use Pinewood Studios for filming and production. Of the twenty-four official Bond films (to date, November 2015), the two Bond films that didn't use Pinewood Studios, were Licence to Kill (1989) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Makes and models of vehicles seen in the film include: a C-X75 Jaguar, a new custom made-to-order silver two-door Aston Martin DB10 coupe, and at least nine high-end Jaguar Land Rover four wheel drive vehicles, including five customized Jaguar Land Rover Sport model makes valued at about six hundred thirty thousand British pounds (one million U.S. dollars). The vintage car seen in the desert, that picks up Madeleine Swann and James Bond, which is identified by Bond, is a black and crimson colored 1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. According to IMCDb, the Internet Movies Car Database, cars and vehicles seen in the movie include at least one of an Alfa Romeo 166; a 2015 Aston Martin DB10; a 2011 Ferrari FF; a 2014 Hyundai ix35; a 2014 Jaguar C-X75; a 2005 Toyota Hilux; a Jaguar XJ (X350); a 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and a 2014 Land-Rover Defender Big Foot.
Early rumors about the film, suggested that Fiat had signed on as one of the film's advertisers, and that the Rome chase sequence would include Bond driving a Fiat 500. This rumor may have been purposely planted by the filmmakers to hide the fact that the chase would not only involve two bona fide supercars (as opposed to a far slower subcompact), but also two that had never previously been seen in an outdoor setting (the Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75).
The title for the theme song "Writing's On The Wall" shares a similarity with the earlier Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999), by being the only other Bond film to feature a song name mentioned in a previous Bond film. "The World Is Not Enough" was mentioned in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969); "The Writing's On The Wall" was mentioned by Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye (1995) (during the scene with Q).
One of this film's leading Bond Girls, Monica Bellucci, once starred opposite James Bond character contender Clive Owen in Shoot 'Em Up (2007), where Owen's performance and characterization was compared with James Bond. In Shoot 'Em Up (2007), the first gun Smith (Clive Owen) uses is a Walther PPK, the usual gun of James Bond. The gun jams on him, and he calls it a "piece of crap". This is considered to be an in-joke to the fact that Owen was once considered for the role of Bond, which eventually went to Daniel Craig.
After being linked several times, finally Sam Smith had been announced to perform this movie's theme song, titled "Writing's On The Wall". The song was available to purchase and stream on September 25, 2015. It's the fifth James Bond theme song not to bear the title of the movie, and the third in Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond. The song was co-written by Smith and Grammy Award Winner James Napier Robertson. Sam Smith is the fourth British male singer to perform the James Bond theme song, after Tom Jones, Matt Munro, and Sir Paul McCartney (Live and Let Die (1973)).
The Jaguar C-X75, driven by Mr. Hinx in the Rome chase sequence, is a variation of a prototype Jaguar introduced at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. Its original design incorporated four separate hybrid-electric motors, each powering a single wheel, and in total producing 778 horsepower. In 2011, Jaguar announced plans to put the vehicle into production, though with a more traditional gasoline-powered engine (partially boosted with hybrid hydraulics), but later cancelled the car altogether, due to the company's lingering financial difficulties stemming from the then-ongoing global economic crisis.
Omega watches released a new watch that featured in the movie in September 2015. The make and model of the new Bond watch is the OMEGA Seamaster 300 "S.P.E.C.T.R.E." Limited Edition with only seven thousand seven editions of the watch being manufactured. The movie's official website states: "The model, worn by James Bond in Spectre (2015), features a bi-directional, rotating diving bezel made from black, polished ceramic, LiquidMetal 12 hour scale (so that time can be kept with any country in the world) a five-stripe black and grey N.A.T.O. strap and 007 gun logo engraved on the strap holder. This special timepiece comes with a unique serial number, and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. logo on the back."
According to Perri Nemiroff at the website "Collider", the last name of the Bond Girl Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) character is a "habitational name from Sciarra, in Palermo province, Sicily, named with a word denoting a volcanic area. As Bond fans know, S.P.E.C.T.R.E. operated out of a volcano" in You Only Live Twice (1967) and helmed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence).
Sam Mendes prefers to refer to the women in James Bond movies not as "Bond Girls", but as "Bond Ladies", and this film's fifty-something Bond Girl Monica Bellucci prefers to prefers to refer to her character not as a "Bond Girl", but as a "Bond Woman".
According to the Cine Tirol Film Commission, thirty-one days were spent location shooting in the Austrian region of Tirol. Approximately 8.9 million euros (ten and a half million U.S. dollars) were spent in Tirol, which included "production costs, accommodation, and meals, as well as transportation, location rentals, and the salaries." The number of outside suppliers from Tirol and Austria added up to approximately two hundred ten, while local filmmakers from the same, totalled to about two hundred fifty, but the visiting international film crew was comprised of around six hundred people. All of this personnel amounted to approximately thirty thousand guest room nights in Tirol, Austria during principal photography there.
According to the James Bond International Fan Club website "Interestingly, (in Morocco, Christoph) Waltz stayed at the famous El Minzah Hotel, which just happens to be a hotel where James Bond author Ian Fleming once stayed while conducting research for his non-fiction book The Diamond Smugglers (1957). Fleming, who had also visited Tangier during the War, flew into Tangier in April, 1957, and stayed in room 52 of the hotel, a lovely old Arab-style hotel which has a tiled forecourt and arched windows."
The movie features a story element referring to "L'Americain" (The American). Reportedly, George Clooney was once considered for the role of James Bond for Casino Royale (2006). Apparently, Producer Barbara Broccoli originally wanted Clooney for the role, and eventually met him to discuss the part, but Clooney turned it down, saying, "I'm American, and it wasn't right for James Bond. James Bond is English and not American." Clooney has been likened to the late great American movie star Cary Grant, who was considered to play James Bond during the 1960s, and was the best man at the wedding of Dana Broccoli and co-founding Bond film franchise Producer Albert R. Broccoli, and father of Barbara. Clooney later starred in an espionage picture called The American (2010), which was released between Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012), in a year where there would have been a Bond movie with a two year cycle.
Though "Spectre" is a movie title of its own, the criminal organization only prominently featured in just two of the Ian Fleming novels, "Thunderball" (1961) and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963), with S.P.E.C.T.R.E. appearing in a much more minor capacity in two others Fleming books, it is actually the organization SMERSH, which was more prominent than S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in the Ian Fleming Bond novels, appearing prominently four times, in the Fleming novels of "Casino Royale" (1953), "Live and Let Die" (1954), "From Russia with Love (1957), and "Goldfinger" (1959). Ironically, SMERSH never appeared in any of the official series' filmed versions of these books, except for From Russia with Love (1963). SMERSH has also appeared in such Bond films as The Living Daylights (1987) (though not in its source short story) and the unofficial Casino Royale (1967).
The movie has recorded the second biggest theatrical opening for James Bond film in the U.S., second only to Skyfall (2012), and only by about fifteen million dollars. This movie has also set new box-office records in the European countries of Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and The Netherlands, and also recorded the all time high opening for a movie in the UK at the British box-office. The film has set a new record for its IMAX format release, recording the highest per location average in IMAX history, with an average of one hundred five thousand dollars in forty-seven locations.
The picture shot in three different locations in Austria: Lake Altaussee, Obertilliach, and Sölden, the latter being the home of the Ice-Q restaurant, and the cable cars that feature in a tense sequence with Q. According to Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould, the main action sequence in Austria proved to be very complicated, technically: "We had planes hanging on high wires coming down the valley approaching one of our villains and his men who are in Range Rovers. Then the plane wings hit a tree before it lands. It's going down the hill using its engines to propel itself, but it's on the ground. Hence, we built planes that had skidoos inside, so they are actually being driven." Corbould and his effects team used eight different planes that were involved in several separate rigs. Two of the planes could actually fly, while another two were fitted to the wire rig. Another four planes were carcasses fitted with hidden skidoos, which the stunt team could use to drive the plane down the mountainside, ensuring total control. Corbould adds: "It is a matter of getting the right vehicle for the right terrain, and incorporating it and hiding it inside the relevant vehicle. In Spectre (2015), our sequence sees the plane smash into a barn, and it explodes out the other end, dropping from twenty feet." When shooting this sequence, the Spectre (2015) team added ten sheds and a barn to the area in which they filmed. Eight of the sheds were found in the local mountains nearby, and were bought and rebuilt on the set. A total of twenty miles of reclaimed wood siding was used to create the remaining sheds and the barn, through which the plane smashes. The biggest challenge in Austria, however, lay elsewhere. Corbould says: "Initially, in Austria, there was no ice or snow. All our preparations were delayed, and we had to travel quite a few miles to a different location to test the plane rigs and skidoos." So unseasonal was the weather in Austria, that the production had to make four hundred tonnes of man-made snow to cover the hillside, which would normally be blanketed in white. Corbould concludes: "Austria was a full-on sequence."
Including her appearance in a video playback, Dame Judi Dench has the distinction of playing the same role in eight consecutive Bond films over twenty years, starting with GoldenEye (1995). She is second only to Desmond Llewelyn, who played Q in seventeen Bond films over thirty-six years, starting with from Russia with Love (1963) to his final appearnce in The World is not Enough (1999).
On the Sony hacking in relation to this film, according to website "James Bond Lifestyle", "On November 24, 2014, hackers disabled the computer network at Sony Pictures, and stole data, including e-mails, files, salary, and Social Security numbers for thousands of Sony employees, including celebrities, plus aliases used by celebrities. Sony spokesman Robert Lawson has denied reports that the cyber attack had forced the studio to stop production. 'Productions are still moving forward', Lawson told the Reuters news agency."
The official early publicity blurb for this movie states: "A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the Secret Service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind S.P.E.C.T.R.E."
In late October 2012, The Daily Mail's "Mail Online" reported that this movie was already in pre-production, and planned to start principal photography around October 2013, with the aim to launch in theaters in Autumn 2014.
Aircraft seen in the movie include: a Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander airplane, and an Aérospatiale SA 365 N2 Dauphin 2 helicopter, and allegedly MiG-21 and MiG-23 aircraft as well. The Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander airplane seen flying during the snow chase sequence in Austria, is G-BUBP; a mock-up airframe was used for the later part of the sequence. After filming concluded, G-BUBP returned to its previous job as a passenger airliner flying between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (it had previously flown between Southampton and the Channel Islands).
The first feature film release to include footage shot with Panavision's new Primo 70 series of lenses, which were used for the nighttime boat chase. Other films, such as Gods of Egypt (2016) and Ride Along 2 (2016), shot with the lenses first, but will be released later.
S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is one of several Ian Fleming spy and criminal organization acronyms, such as the real-life SMERSH, from the James Bond novels, S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the real-life S.H.A.P.E. from the James Bond films, and U.N.C.L.E. from the movies and television series. These acronyms have often been spoofed in film and television. In Carry on Spying (1964), there were four joke acronym organizations, B.O.S.H., S.N.O.G., S.M.U.T., and S.T.E.N.C.H. Their meanings were B.O.S.H.: The British Operational Security Headquarters; S.N.O.G.: The Society for the Neutralization of Germs; S.M.U.T.: The Society for the Monopoly of Universal Technology; and S.T.E.N.C.H.: The Society for Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans.
The weapon James Bond picks up while in Q's gadget room is a Thales F90 Rifle. A Sig-Sauer P226 9mm is featured prominently in the train sequence, as Bond gives a self-defense lesson, and explicitly states the make and model number. According to IMFDb, the Internet Movie Firearms Database, weapons seen in the picture include: a Walther PPK sidearm; an Orion Flare Gun; a Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol; a Heckler & Koch VP9 semi-automatic pistol; a double-barreled AF2011 Dueller Prismatic pistol; a Heckler & Koch G36C rifle; and a semi-automatic polymer frame hammerless Arsenal Firearms LRC-2 9 mm pistol.
The S.P.E.C.T.R.E. henchman James Bond kills in the opening sequence, has the surname "Sciarra", a variation on the Spanish term for a hitman (sicario). Two of the characters in the film, Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) and Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona), the latter being the hitman killed, have the last name of "Sciarra". According to website "ScreenRant", "in Italian, 'Sciarra' is a nickname for someone with a fiery, combative demeanor. The word actually began to be used as a name for those originating from Palermo, Sicily (not far from the volcano Mt. Etna)." In You Only Live Twice (1967), S.P.E.C.T.R.E. operated out of a hollowed-out volcano lair headquarters.
The name of the organizational front, out of which the headquarters of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. operated, in Paris, France, in Thunderball (1965) was "The International Brotherhood for Stateless Persons". Other famous S.P.E.C.T.R.E. villain lairs include: the hidden mountain interior belonging to Dr. No (1962), the big oil rig in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), the gigantic interior volcano in You Only Live Twice (1967), the Palmyra Estate with swimming pool from Thunderball (1965), and the snow-capped mountain-top Piz Gloria clinic from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who was originally billed as "Rocky Maivia" in the wrestling world, is the grandson of Peter Fanene Maivia, who played a car driver in You Only Live Twice (1967), and who also worked uncredited on that film as a Stunt Fight Choreographer. Johnson was interested in playing the henchman "Mr. Hinx" in this movie, a part cast with another wrestler, Dave Bautista. However, MGM and EON executives believed The Rock's price tag would be too high.
The title of the film was announced to the public in late 2014, which was the same year as the 50th Anniversary of the franchise's relationship with the Aston Martin car company, which started with the silver birch Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger (1964), as well as the 50th Anniversary year of the death of Ian Fleming, who passed away in 1964.
In From Russia with Love (1963), S.P.E.C.T.R.E. had a training ground situated on an island, called "Spectre Island", which was really just the main building and front section of Pinewood Studios. From Russia with Love (1963) is the only Bond movie to ever feature "Spectre Island". In his book "Bond on Bond" by Sir Roger Moore, it says Spectre Island "was inspired by the film Last Year at Marienbad (1961), which had a lush garden setting, complete with eerie statues to stalk amongst. Director Terence Young dressed the gardens at Pinewood Studios, and introduced a few false hedgerows to achieve a similar setting." Also, there is a real-life place called "Spectre Island" in Mary Esther, Florida.
Second James Bond cinema film to feature the name of a criminal organization forming part or all of the movie's title. The criminal organization "QUANTUM" formed part of the title of Quantum of Solace (2008). QUANTUM also featured in the title of the James Bond video game Quantum of Solace (2008). In that sense, that makes [this movie the third time that a criminal organization has appeared as a title for all James Bond audio-video media, and it's the fourth time, if one counts the James Bond novel "C.O.L.D." ("Cold Fall" (1996), written by John Gardner), the title being an acronym, which stands for "Children of the Last Days".
According to the UK Daily Mail, the film's "producers were forced to re-write the plot line during the Sony hack. A draft script was stolen from the film studio by a group calling themselves the Guardians of Peace. Producers confirmed the cyber attack on the computers of Sony Pictures Entertainment last month (December 2014) and additional writers have had to be drafted in to help make changes to the ending." Coincidentally, Dave Bautista appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) (which is similarly titled wording to "Guardians of Peace") where he played a character called "Drax", which is the same name as the villain from both the James Bond novel and film of Moonraker (1979).
This is at least the twelfth time, in the official James Bond franchise, that Bond is seen in a game, sport, or activity with a villain. In this movie, Bond is seen with Mr. White, who is seated at table with a chess board and chess pieces. A game of chess is seen in From Russia with Love (1963), but Bond does not partake in the game there either. In Skyfall (2012), Bond was forced to partake in a shooting contest with Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), using reproduction Percussion Cap Ardesa 1871 Duelling Pistols. Bond's previous rounds with villains included playing golf with Goldfinger (1964), Texas Hold 'Em poker with Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) in Casino Royale (2006), Baccarat and skeet shooting with Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) in Thunderball (1965), playing backgammon with Kamal Khan (Louis Jordan) in Octopussy (1983), tarot cards with Mr. Big (Dr. Kananga) (Yaphet Kotto) in Live and Let Die (1973), pheasant shooting with Drax (Michael Lonsdale) in Moonraker (1979), horse racing with Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) in A View to a Kill (1985), toy board wargames with Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker) in The Living Daylights (1987), fencing with Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) in Die Another Day (2002), and pistols dueling and fun-house games with Scaramanga (Sir Christopher Lee) in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). It's about the thirteenth time, if one counts the World Domination video game with Maximillian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer) in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983).
The license plate of Bond's Aston Martin DB10, is "DB10 AGB", an abbreviation for "DB10, Aston Martin, Great Britain". While the plate fits the standard number scheme used on UK-issued plates (two letters, two numbers, a space, and three more letters), it is nevertheless clearly customized, an arguable oddity considering Bond is a Secret Agent.
When the title of the film, previously known as "Bond 24", was announced in early December 2014, an American news anchorwoman mispronounced Spectre as "Specktree". Also, the Serbian spelling of the film's title spells the name differently as "Spektar".
Producer Michael G. Wilson confirmed during the theatrical release of this movie, that Daniel Craig is not contracted for five films, and at the time of the interview, Craig is not under contract for Bond 25 (2019). Wilson told London's The Mirror, "We think we have him, but we don't have a contract", while Wilson said to The Hollywood Reporter, "that the studio (MGM) is confident of securing Craig for the inevitable Bond 25", according to website "We Got this Covered".
A clip in one of the trailers shows James Bond walking through MI6, with people stopping and looking at him, was cut from the final film. It would have also featured Bond noticing a camera, and asking C about watching his own Agents. One of the trailers also shows Miss Eve Moneypenny saying to Bond, at his apartment, that forensics have recovered some items from Skyfall. In the finished film, Miss Moneypenny says the "forensics have discovered some items from Skyfall" line of dialogue to Bond in the MI6 courtyard, and not at his apartment.
The first instance of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. as a crime organization in Ian Fleming's original novels, appears in Thunderball (1961). The title of chapter five is simply "S.P.E.C.T.R.E." In that chapter, it is identified as, quoted directly, "in S.P.E.C.T.R.E., The Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion."
Third James Bond movie where Bond is seen sitting and/or dining in a train cabin car dining suite with the film's leading Bond Girl. The first two being Casino Royale (2006) and From Russia with Love (1963).
This is the second time Christoph Waltz and Léa Seydoux have collaborated in a movie together. Léa briefly played one of the daughters of the dairy farmer (who is interrogated by Waltz' villainous character) in the opening scene in Inglourious Basterds (2009).
The sign outside the safe house says that it was a bookshop called "Hildebrand". "The Hildebrand Rarity " is (to date, August 2017) an unused title for a Bond movie from an Ian Fleming short story included in the "For Your Eyes Only" collection.
Following the success of this movie, Mexico City held its first The Day of the Dead parade, complete with floats, dancers, and giant marionettes, in 2016. Prior to this, no parade had ever been held, despite the movie scenes.
When Bond and Madeleine are in Oberhuser's Moroccan lair, two paintings can be seen hanging over their respective beds in their rooms. In Bonds, Le Pigeon aux Petit Pois (The Pigeon with Green Peas) by Picasso, and in Madeleines, Woman with a Fan, by Modigliani (first seen in Skyfall (2012) when James Bond spots Severine for the first time, showing the painting to a potential buyer, who is subsequently assassinated.) Both are two of five paintings stolen from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in May 2010, which together are worth about one million euros (one hundred eighteen million U.S. dollars). This could be a nod to Dr. No (1962) where Goya's painting Portrait of the Duke of Wellington, stolen from the National Gallery, London in 1961, displayed in Dr. No's lair.
From Skyfall (2012) to Spectre (2015), this is the first time in the franchise's history, where two back-to-back Bond films have come out sporting seven letter titles beginning with the same letter (S), and also each having two syllables.
The title song "Writing's On The Wall" by Sam Smith is not included on the soundtrack album (neither physically nor digitally). This follows a pattern which started with Casino Royale (2006) and (except for Quantum of Solace (2008)) continued with all subsequent Bond movies.
Reportedly, Brigitte Millar was once attached to the movie to play a Bond Girl, believed to be for the part of Lucia Sciarra. However, Millar was cast in the film as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Dr. Vogel. Also, Karen Gillan expressed interest in playing a villain in the movie.
The DB10, in this film, is a concept car. It has a chassis that is based on a modified V8 Vantage, though with a longer wheelbase, and it boasts a 4.7 litre V8 engine. It has an estimated top speed of one hundred ninety miles (three hundred six kilometers) per hour, and can get from zero to sixty-two miles (zero to one hundred kilometers) per hour in just 4.7 seconds. The sleek car features a shark-inspired nose, where the grill sits in shadow, tucked back beneath the main feature line. This new interpretation of the classic Aston Martin grill hints at the vehicle's stealthy character. All of the car's body panels are carbon fiber, which is exposed on the sills and diffuser, and it features a full clamshell hood (bonnet) with a heat mapped perforation pattern, ensuring that there is no need for a vent surround. In a move designed to evoke the Aston Martin DB5, the car's designers worked hard to make sure that when seen in profile, the DB10 has one elegant shoulder line, running from front to back. The DB10 is the sixth different Aston Martin car to appear in a James Bond movie, and only ten of these concept cars were built. Eight were employed to film key scenes in this movie, while the other two were manufactured for promotional use. One of these extra vehicles was auctioned off for charity in 2016. When designing the car, Aston Martin invited Academy Award winning Skyfall (2012) and this movie's director, Sam Mendes to provide input. Mendes said: "I felt very involved. I don't know whether it was Aston's brilliance at making me feel that way, or whether I genuinely was. But I went and saw the initial model, and I was particularly concerned with removing unnecessary details. I wanted a car that had clean, clear lines, something classic where it is almost impossible to place its year of birth. The car felt like it was born anywhere between the early '70s and now."
This film and Thunderball (1965) have many things in common. Both have one word titles; it's Daniel Craig's fourth appearance as Bond, as it was Sir Sean Connery's fourth in Thunderball (1965), this movie was released in the 50th Anniversary year of Thunderball (1965); both films featuring an Aston Martin and S.P E.C.T.R E. "S.P.E.C.T.R.E." is also the name of a chapter in the novel "Thunderball" (1961). That book was the eighth James Bond novel, and this movie is the eighth James Bond film to have an ice and snow sequence. Also, the Chinese title of Thunderball (1965) was "007 Averts S.P.E.C.T.R.E." This movie is the twentieth James Bond film, in the official franchise, to be made after Thunderball (1965).
Acronyms, like S.P.E.C.T.RE., have featured in other non-Ian Fleming written audio-visual James Bond media. The animated series James Bond, Jr. (1991) featured a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. copy called S.C.U.M. (Saboteurs and Criminals United in Mayhem), while Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) featured a media conglomerate called C.M.G.N. (the Carver Media Group Network).
Second Daniel Craig James Bond movie where Bond is seen sitting and/or dining in a train cabin car dining suite with the film's leading Bond Girl, who is Madeline Swann (Léa Seydoux). The first time was with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in Casino Royale (2006).
The official Spectre (2015) September 16, 2015, World Premiere Announcement press release states: "'Spectre' has been selected for The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's (CTBF) Royal Film Performance 2015. The World Premiere will be attended by Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge) and Prince Harry (Prince Harry), and will take place on October 26 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The World Premiere will also be attended by the film's leading actors and actresses Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, and Ralph Fiennes. The cast will also be joined on the red carpet by Director Sam Mendes and Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, vice patrons of the CTBF." The producers said: "We are honored that Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend the Royal Film Performance of 'Spectre', and delighted the CTBF will be the beneficiary of the event."
Development of the next Bond film has been reported to begin in Spring 2016 in the Northern Hemisphere, which will be the season of Autumn 2016 in the Southern Hemisphere. In a late 2015 interview with Swiss news magazine 20Minuten.ch, Producer Barbara Broccoli said: "We have put three years of work into 'Spectre'. It was a thrill, but now we want to enjoy the success and the reactions of the audiences. In spring we start again."
First time that a James Bond movie opened on the same night in cinemas across the UK and Ireland as its international debut premier screening. The movie had its Gala Charity World Premiere in London on Monday, October 26, 2015. The picture started its roll-out into cinemas across the world in various regions and territories mostly during November 2015.
The production of the film utilized social media and websites releasing video blogs, production stills of images, and clapperboards to promote the picture in advance, during principal photography, after the success of this marketing approach had been seen from Skyfall (2012).
The movie has had the biggest opening ever of all time in the United Kingdom, with an estimated UK 41.7 million pounds taken at the British box-office in its first seven days of release. The official statement from the film's official site regarding the movie's record-breaking opening states: "'Spectre' has broken all of the records to become the biggest opening of all time in UK box-office history. In its first seven days of release, it has made an estimated 41.7 million British pounds (63.8 million U.S. dollars) from six hundred forty-seven cinemas, and on twenty-five hundred screens, making it the widest release of all time in the UK and Ireland. It also made box-office history for the biggest openings in the Netherlands (3.3 million euro, 3.7 million U.S. dollars), Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden (a combined total for the Nordics of 12.7 million U.S. dollars) taking the total for its release in the six territories to 80.4 million U.S. dollars. In response to the numbers from the UK opening, Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, "We're so grateful to all our James Bond fans and the British public for making 'Spectre''s debut in the UK box-office history!" "What an incredible thrill it is for us at MGM to see how James Bond continues to deliver such excitement to his fans. This record-breaking support from UK audiences, for what is our twenty-fourth outing, is nothing short of amazing. We can't wait for the rest of the world to see 'Spectre'," said Gary Barber, MGM Chairman and CEO. Peter Taylor, Managing Director Sony Pictures UK, also commented, "We are delighted that audiences in the UK and Ireland continue to embrace these stories about one of our biggest and best cultural icons. This opening proves once again, that the film world of James Bond speaks to cinemagoers like no other."
The first James Bond film, where S.P.E.C.T.R.E. appeared, was Dr. No (1962), which was coincidentally the first cinema James Bond movie. S.P.E.C.T.R.E. though, did not appear in that movie's source novel.
There are three distinct types of helicopter seen in this movie. A light utility McDonnell Douglas MD500E features in Morocco, while a lightweight, twin-engine AgustaWestland AW109 forms an integral part of the sequence on the Westminster Bridge in London. The most notable chopper, however, is probably the Messerschmitt-BölkowBlohm Bo 105, which is another light, twin-engine machine, which stars in the thrilling sequence that unfolds in Mexico City. The Bo 105 was piloted by the Red Bull aerobatic helicopter stunt pilot Chuck Aaron, whose machine was built especially for free-diving and barrel rolling.
On September 8, 2015, it was officially revealed that Sam Smith would be singing the theme song. The song does not share the same name as the film, however, and was called "Writing's on the Wall". The single was released on September 28, 2015.
Some movie posters for the film feature Daniel Craig as James Bond with the film's leading Bond Girl Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the latter of whom is wearing a blue dress. Seydoux has recently starred in an erotic French film called "Blue is the Warmest Colour" (2013) (Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)). The French title is "La vie d'Adèle", Adele having sung the Oscar winning title theme song for Skyfall (2012).
An octopus is the traditional symbol of the criminal organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion). The name of the criminal organization in the James Bond video game From Russia with Love (2005) is O.C.T.O.P.U.S., which was used instead of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. at the time for legal reasons.
Second time in the official James Bond film franchise, that an MI6 character appears with a single initial character name, outside of Q and M, as their title name. The first was R (John Cleese) in The World Is Not Enough (1999), who eventually became Q for one Bond movie, with Die Another Day (2002).
Christoph Waltz, who won two Oscars for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012)), is the third Oscar winning actor to play a Bond villain. The others being Christopher Walken (A View to a Kill (1985)) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall (2012)).
When stopped by security, James Bond bluffs his way into S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s Rome Headquarters by claiming to be Mickey Mouse. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), the title character attempts to bluff his way into a European castle to rescue his captive father, who was played by Sir Sean Connery, who first played James Bond on the big screen. The security guard laughs off Indiana's fake identity by loudly exclaiming: "If you are Scottish Lord, then I am Mickey Mouse!"
A farmer in Obertilliach, Austria named two calves that were born on the first day of filming in the region "Léa" and "Daniel" after Léa Seydoux and Daniel Craig, who play love interests in the film. Hopefully "Daniel" is a bull (male), and not a cow (female).
The Alex Rider book series, almost like a teenage James Bond, has an organization, S.C.O.R.PI.A., which is akin to S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Their leader, Zeljan Kurst, is bald like Blofeld in some of the Bond movies. Their plans are always thwarted by Alex Rider, a teen Bond. S.C.O.R.P.I.A. is almost an acronym for what it does, like S.P.E.C.T.R.E., but S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is made up of disillusioned former Secret Agents, who went into business for themselves. A post Ian Fleming James Bond novel titled "Scorpius" (1988) was written by John Gardner.
When stopped by security, James Bond bluffs his way into S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s Rome villa meeting, by claiming to be Mickey Mouse. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), the title character attempts to bluff his way into a European castle to rescue his captive father (played by former Bond Sir Sean Connery). The security guard laughs off Indiana's fake identity by loudly exclaiming, "If you are Scottish Lord, then I am Mickey Mouse!"
First James Bond film since Die Another Day (2002) not to have a "Bond on Set" book by Greg Williams published, featuring photographs about the making of the movie. An official book titled "Blood, Sweat, and Bond: Behind the Scenes of Spectre" (2015) curated by Rankin, was published on October 27, 2015. The film's official website states: "The book showcases the actors, locations, stunts, film sets, and special effects of Spectre. With contributions from unit-photographers Jonathan Olley and Jasin Boland, and guest photographers Graciela Iturbide, Brigitte Lacombe, Anderson and Low, and Mary McCartney (the latter whose nickname is coincidentally "M"), the book also includes specially commissioned portraits of the cast and crew shot by Rankin."
The teaser poster for the movie was released in December 2014, and shows Daniel Craig as James Bond wearing a N.Peal 300 Spectre mock turtleneck sweater in dark charcoal grey. The designer's website of the turtleneck sweater NPG-300, which sells for one hundred ninety-nine British pounds, says: "As worn by the character James Bond in the official teaser poster for the upcoming Spectre film. Crafted from a blend of (seventy percent) cashmere and (thirty percent) silk worsted yarn, this mock turtle neck sweater is lightweight, and perfect for action. A design-led garment, which will make an excellent addition to any man's wardrobe." Reportedly, Bond, in the film, is also seen wearing a one hundred percent cashmere N.Peal NPG-299B Cashmere Cable Roll Neck in Fumo Grey sweater, which sells for two hundred sixty-nine British pounds. The designer's website says of this item: "This fabulous one hundred percent Mongolian Cashmere Cable Roll Neck is super stylish and truly luxurious in Fumo Grey. Designed specifically for a very special customer, we know it is bound to be a big hit with the style conscious Gent, and with the Ladies wishing to dress their men as Secret Agents!" James Bond has been seen wearing turtleneck sweaters in such Bond movies as Die Another Day (2002) (Pierce Brosnan), Live and Let Die (1973) (Sir Roger Moore), and You Only Live Twice (1967) (Sir Sean Connery).
Fourth collaboration of Sam Mendes and Production Designer Dennis Gassner. This movie is Gassner's third Bond film after Skyfall (2012) and Quantum of Solace (2008). Mendes says: "Working with Dennis is like a bit of magic; he has such a soul. You get more out of a drawing that Dennis would have done on the back of a napkin, than out of seventy pages of technical drawings, and then his sense of color and light, architecture and style, and his taste, all of these things are impeccable." What the filmmakers dreamed up for this movie, Gassner says, was guided by what they created in Skyfall (2012). "That was a beginning, and then Spectre is the continuation of that", he says of the production design. "In my initial discussions with Sam I said, 'Where do you want to go with this film? What's your direction?' and he said, 'Can you find me something hot, and then something cold?'"
The English spy thriller "Spooks: The Greater Good" (MI-5 (2015)) was released in the U.S. on December 4, 2015, about a month after this movie, which debuted stateside on November 6, 2015, where the Spooks movie was re-titled "MI-5". 2015 also saw the release of the fifth Mission: Impossible movie Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), it having an informal title of "MI5", while part of this movie's storyline involves MI5.
At the worldwide box-office, at the end of November 2015, and the start of December 2015, according to the "Flickering Myth" website, this movie was the "sixth movie to surpass 750 million dollars this year (2015), joining the likes of Inside Out (2015) (851.5 million dollars), Minions (2015) (1.157 billion dollars), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) (1.405 billion dollars), Furious 7 (2015) (1.515 billion dollars), and Jurassic World (2015) (1.669 billion dollars)." At the UK box-office, the film "is currently the third highest grossing movie of all time, behind Avatar (2009) and Skyfall (2012)." At the U.S. box-office, with around a 176 million dollar take, this movie is the second-highest-grossing James Bond picture after Skyfall (2012), overtaking Casino Royale (2006) (167 million dollars), and Quantum of Solace (2008) (168 million dollars).
During the opening credits, and just after the movie's title, there is a part in which there is a couple falling and trying to reach each other. This is a replica scene from Quantum Of Solace (2008), where Bond and Camille escape from the jet by skydiving.
Vehicles from the movie went on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015. These included the makes and models Jaguar C-X75, Land Rover Defender, and Range Rover Sport SVR. The exhibition, which was attended by the film's cast members Naomie Harris and Dave Bautista. Bautista said: "To have the opportunity to be a part of an iconic chase scene in a Bond movie and to drive the C-X75 supercar was like a dream come true for me. It truly is a beautiful beast of a car, that will go down in movie history". Also, Harris said: "The incredible cars featured in the films have always been an important part of the Bond DNA. I'm lucky enough to have driven not only the universally loved and indestructible Defender, but also the new and sleek Discovery Sport. I still can't decide which one I loved more!"
The character name of "Madeleine Swann" (Léa Seydoux) is a reference to Marcel Proust's seven part volume novel saga "Remembrance of Things Past" (1871-1922). A "madeleine" is a pastry that figures prominently in the novels that provokes a case of involuntary memory when tasted by the protagonist, like how the photographs of Bond's childhood provoke similar feelings in him. There is also a character in the work named "Swann", which is the surname of the film's Madeleine character, specifically called Charles Swann in the book, and who was the central character in Volker Schlöndorff's partial Proust adaptation of this work called "Swann in Love" (Swann in Love (1984)), with Swann played by Jeremy Irons, and the film adapted from the second part of the book's first volume. This movie is partly about Bond solving a mystery by remembering his past, hence the connection to Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past".
During the opening sequence, Bond and Estrella enter their hotel room, which has the number of 327. There is a Dutch comic about a Secret Agent, titled "Agent 327", which originally started as 1960's James Bond spoof.
Second highest grossing Daniel Craig Bond film, after Skyfall (2012) which grossed in 1.108 billion dollars worldwide. This movie made a solid eight hundred eighty million dollars during its theatrical release. This was an improvement on Casino Royale (2006)and Quantum of Solace (2008), which made five hundred ninety-nine million dollars and five hundred eighty-six million dollars respectively.
Monica Bellucci played a similar role to her role in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). In this film, Lucia Sciarra (Belucci) is the widow of criminal and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Marco Sciarra. In The Matrix sequels, Bellucci's character Persephone is the wife of organized crime syndicate leader The Merovingian, who is a program residing in "The Matrix".
Daniel Craig became the second Bond to serve under two different cast members playing M, after Sir Roger Moore, who served under Bernard Lee from Live and Let Die (1973) to Moonraker (1979) and then under Robert Brown in Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985). However, it is not confirmed if, like Dame Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes, the two cast members are playing two different M's, or the same M (one popular fan theory is that Robert Brown's M is Admiral Hargraves, who appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
In this film, it is revealed that Bond's enemies in the previous films were all working for S.P.E.C.T.R.E., unbeknownst to him at the time. In From Russia with Love (1963), it is similarly retroactively revealed that Dr. No was also a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. operative.
'Writing's on the Wall' became the fifth Bond song to be nominated for an Academy Award. The others in this elite club are Paul McCartney and Wings' 'Live and Let Die', 'Carly Simon''s 'Nobody Does It Better' from _The Spy Who Loved Me_, 'Sheena Easton' ( qv)'s 'For Your Eyes Only' and 'Adele''s 'Skyfall'.
The name and type of water vessel that James Bond motors across Lake Altausee, Austria on, seen in the film as well as shown in trailers for this movie, is a traditional Austrian flat boat made of wood called a "Plätte" but are also known as "Plätten" boats, or "Plättenfahrten". According to the Austrian "Klostergasthof Raitenhaslach" website, "'Plätten' are flat wooden boats, which served to ship salt during the Middle Ages." Also, the Austrian "Burghausen Tourism" website states: "wooden boats called 'Plätten' (were) previously used to transport salt, the 'white gold' was transported from the salt mine at Hallein near Salzburg to Burghausen in the Middle Ages."
The official video game tie-in for the movie is called World of Espionage (2015), and is known as "The Official Mobile Game" for the film, is published by GLU, and is available on the iOS and Android platforms. The mobile game is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad, or on iPod touch, and on Google Play.
Third Daniel Craig James Bond movie to feature Italy as a filming location. Casino Royale (2006) utilized Venice, Lake Como, and Lombardia; Quantum of Solace (2008) shot in Basilicata, Tuscany, Lombardia, and Lake Garda; while this movie featured various locations in and around Rome, including the Colosseum and the Vatican City. Skyfall (2012) is the only Craig Bond movie (to date, November, 2012) not to feature Italy.
Second James Bond movie where Agent 007 is assessed by a Bond Girl, who is a psychologist. At the start of GoldenEye (1995), James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) was sent for a psychological evaluation with Caroline (Serena Gordon), but ended up being taken for a ride in an Aston Martin and seduced, while in this movie, Bond is psychologically appraised by being tested and interviewed by Dr. Madeline Swann (Léa Seydoux). Both women psychologists become love interests with James Bond.
Four James Bond movies have featured leading Bond Girls with a doctor qualification. This is the first James Bond movie in sixteen years, where a leading Bond Girl has had the profession of being a doctor. In this movie, Léa Seydoux's character is Dr. Madeleine Swann, a Doctor of Psychology, and is the fourth major Bond Girl in the official franchise to be a doctor. The last time in the film franchise that a Bond Girl was a doctor there were two, Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards, a doctor of nuclear physics) and Dr. Molly Warmflash (Serena Scott Thomas, a doctor, who is a physician to MI6 Agents), both appeared in The World Is Not Enough (1999). Prior to this, the first leading Bond Girl who was a doctor, was Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) (a C.I.A. Agent, and an astronaut space scientist doctor of astrophysics) in Moonraker (1979). In the James Bond video games, James Bond in Agent Under Fire (2001) featured Dr. Natalya Damescu (Beatie Edney, voice); James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003) featured Dr. Katya Nadanova (Heidi Klum); and 007 Legends (2012) also features the above-mentioned Dr. Holly Goodhead (Jane Perry), while The World Is Not Enough (2000) also features Dr. Christmas Jones (Sumalee Montano) as well as archive footage of Denise Richards from the movie version also in the video game. Also, this movie features a villain henchwoman called Dr. Vogel (Brigitte Millar), while the first James Bond cinema archvillain was called Dr. No (1962). In Ian Fleming's James Bond novel "You Only Live Twice" (1964), the alias name of Ernst Stavro Blofeld is "Dr. Guntram Shatterhand".
Pieces of music excerpted and briefly heard during the Rome nighttime vehicle chase, were "Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici" from Act 1 of Giuseppe Verdi's opera "La Traviata" and Ray Quinn's version of "New York, New York". One of Ian Fleming's James Bond short stories is called "007 in New York" (Agent 007 in New York), which was first published in 1963.
"The Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" exhibition has had items from the movie added to the display. These include the clapperboard and the iconic S.P.E.C.T.R.E. ring of evil. This film's official website states: "This type of ring, which has the famous S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization logo on it, first appeared in the film From Russia with Love (1963), but has been updated for Spectre (2015). Production Designer Dennis Gassner worked with Key Graphic Designer Laura Grant to create a more up-to-date version of the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. octopus ring. These two new pieces can be seen, along with more than five hundred items from the Bond films, including costumes, gadgets, props, storyboards, and models."
Prior to the release of this movie, Monday, October 5, 2015, was celebrated as the official "Global James Bond Day" for the film. The date was marked as a celebration of fifty-three years of the James Bond film franchise. The October 5 date marks the anniversary of the debut release of Dr. No (1962), the first James Bond film. "Global James Bond Day" began in 2012, when the Bond movie franchise celebrated their 50th, or Golden Anniversary, with events being held all around the globe coinciding with the launch of Adele's title Bond song for Skyfall (2012). For this movie, the day celebrated the launch of the official music video for the "Writing's On The Wall", the Bond theme song from this movie, sung by Sam Smith.
According to "The Hollywood Reporter", the picture "could mark the end of the Sony and MGM collaboration. Spectre (2015) is the last in a two-picture deal that Sony struck in 2011 with MGM, which controls rights to Bond, along with EON producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Sources say MGM expects to pursue an especially tough bargain once other studios come calling. Sony established a successful track record with the first two 007 movies starring Daniel Craig as the tuxedoed superspy, Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). But it still had to fend off competition from rivals when it sat down with MGM, headed by CEO Gary Barber, in 2011 to renew its deal. Paramount came close to snapping up Bond, but walked away from MGM's demands, and the relatively low eight percent distribution fee MGM was willing to pay. Sony prevailed by throwing other movies into the pot, taking on MGM as a co-financing partner on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and Total Recall (1990). But while Sony had been 50-50 partners on Casino (Royale) and Quantum (of Solace), it capped its investment in Spectre (2015) to twenty-five percent of the movie's negative cost. In exchange, it has a twenty-five percent stake in the new movie, plus distribution fees for overseeing its worldwide rollout."
With Skyfall (2012) and this movie, Ralph Fiennes became the seventh major actor or actress who has appeared in both the "James Bond" and "The Avengers" universes, the latter being the English spy one, and not the comic superheroes one. From the original television series The Avengers (1961), three cast members appeared in Bond movies: Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Patrick Macnee portrayed Sir Godfrey Tibbett in A View to a Kill (1985), and Diana Rigg played Tracy Di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The latter film also featured as The English Girl, Joanna Lumley, who appeared in The New Avengers (1976) which also starred MacNee. Nadim Sawalha appeared in The Avengers (1998), as well as two Bond movies: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and The Living Daylights (1987). Fiennes appeared in The Avengers (1998), co-starring with former James Bond Sir Sean Connery, who played the villain Sir August de Wynter. Of these seven actors and actresses, Fiennes and Macnee have portrayed The Avengers' character of John Steed, in the theatrical film and television series, respectively, with the latter also voicing the Invisible Jones character in The Avengers (1998). In this movie, John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) get across the frozen river by "walking" on the surface inside inflatable plastic bubbles which is similar to how James Bond gets aboard Ernst Stavro Blofeld's (Charles Gray's) oil rig in Connery's final official series Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
According to Wikipedia, the production of the movie encountered a taxation benefits controversy, stating "while filming in Mexico City, speculation in the media claimed that the script had been altered to accommodate the demands of Mexican authorities, reportedly influencing details of the scene and characters, casting choices, and modifying the script, in order to portray the country in a 'positive light', in order to secure tax concessions and financial support worth up to twenty million dollars for the film. This was denied by Producer Michael G. Wilson, who stated that the scene had always been intended to be shot in Mexico, as production had been attracted to the imagery of The Day of the Dead, and that the script had been developed from there. Production of Skyfall (2012) had previously faced similar problems while attempting to secure permits to shoot the film's pre-title sequence in India before moving to Istanbul."
A selection of photographs of the cast and crew from the movie are on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England until January 10, 2016. The exhibition of "Spectre" photos, according to the film's official website, "includes work by Rankin, Anderson and Low, Graciela Iturbide, and Mary McCartney, alongside set images taken by Jonathan Olley and François Duhamel. The photographs in this display are all inkjet prints and were taken during the filming of 'Spectre' between 2014 and 2015. A further selection can be seen in the recently published book 'Blood, Sweat, and Bond: Behind the Scenes of Spectre', published by DK."
First James Bond film to open in an odd numbered year in sixteen years with the last having been The World Is Not Enough (1999). Before that, the last Bond film to open on an even numbered year was twenty-five years earlier with The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
The film was released with the launch of a special luggage range called the "Globe-Trotter Spectre Collection". The movie's official website states: "Globe-Trotter has announced the launch of two new product ranges to celebrate the release of 'Spectre'. The first, named after the 24th Bond adventure, is made up of suitcases, including 16" slim attaché, 21" trolley case, and a 30" suitcase with wheels. The range also includes leather bags, such as a canvas and leather overnight bag, and accessories, such as a passport holder, wallet, business card holder and a luggage tag. The second is a range of women's bags and accessories called 'Moneypenny'. Designed by Globe-Trotter's Charlotte Seddon, who worked closely with Spectre Costume Designer Jany Temime. Items include: a business bag and a tote bag, a 13" Vulcan Fibre vanity case, tablet cover and a purse. Each piece in the Moneypenny range, features a subtle 'M' logo, stitched beautifully into each product."
The three trailer releases for the film were as follows: The first, the teaser trailer, debuted worldwide in March 2015; the second, the theatrical trailer, was launched worldwide in July 2015; and the third and final main trailer, was released worldwide October 2015.
The movie is being released in 2015, which celebrates the 20th Anniversary year of GoldenEye (1995); the 30th Anniversary year of A View to a Kill (1985); and the 50th Anniversary year of Thunderball (1965). The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) was predominantly playing in cinemas in 1975, marking a 40th Anniversary year; while this movie will still be playing in some theaters in 2016, marking the 10th Anniversary of Casino Royale (2006), as well a Daniel Craig's decade in playing the role of James Bond.
The movie was released in the same year as the James Bond novel "Trigger Mortis" by Anthony Horowitz. The book was published on September 8, 2015 which was seven weeks prior to the world premiere of this movie.
The production shot for four days in Rome, Italy at the Museo della Civiltà Romana, which doubled for a cemetery where Bond first sees the widow, Lucia. The second unit then spent a further eighteen nights over the course of three weeks shooting the nighttime car chase sequence, where Bond in his Aston Martin DB10, and Hinx in a Jaguar C-X75, race through the city streets. Producer Barbara Broccoli said: "We always try to do things on-screen that have never been seen before, and the result is that in Rome, we had the most spectacular car chase. It is something that we feel very proud of, and I think also that the Romans will feel very proud as well."
The production faced several very different challenges when coordinating their scenes in London, England. Key external locations included City Hall, The Home of the Mayor and London Assembly, which appears as the Centre for National Security, as well as several bridges along the River Thames. Westminster Bridge, in particular, plays a pivotal role in the climax, and a section of this was built at Pinewood. Supervising Locations Manager Emma Pill explains: "We have a river sequence that was all set at night, and involved a high-speed boat and a low-flying helicopter chase, which raised many organizational challenges." For each of the six night shoots, the filmmakers had to seek the support of the Port of London Authority. Pill adds: "The scheduling was very complicated, due to the amount of events taking place in London at the time, including the General Election, the State Opening of Parliament, and three weekends of Trooping the Colour."
Sam Mendes was awarded the prestigious Britannia Award at a ceremony in Los Angeles, California during the film's theatrical run. The movie's official site reported: "Spectre Director Sam Mendes received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, presented by The Great Britain Campaign, at the 2015 British Academy Britannia Awards. The honor pays tribute to the legacy of the brilliant British director. Mendes has effortlessly moved between theatre and cinema, earning an Academy Award for his first film, American Beauty (1999), and recently taking the Bond franchise to new heights with 'Skyfall' and 'Spectre'. Recipients of this honor are deeply respected, distinctive, and innovative directors, whose contributions as both technicians and artists, represents the zenith of the directing profession."
Prior to the 2013 settlement between the McClory Estate and MGM and EON Productions, according to the October 20-26, 1997 edition of "Variety", characters and situations the late Kevin McClory claimed he exclusively owned included S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and the organization's octopus logo; Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his white cat; the Bond Girl characters Fiona Volpe (who appeared in Thunderball (1965)) played by Luciana Paluzzi), Fatima Blush (who appeared in Never Say Never Again (1983) played by Barbara Carrera), and Domino Smith (played by Claudine Auger (appearance) and Nikki Van der Zyl (voice - uncredited) in Thunderball (1965) as Domino Derval (Dominique Derval), and also played by Kim Basinger in Never Say Never Again (1983) as Domino Petachi); the Bahamas location (though this setting was still used in Casino Royale (2006)); the Shrublands Health Clinic; the James Bond character versus the Sicilian Mafia (an original plot outline for Thunderball (1965)), as well as Bond tackling an A-bomb hijacking scheme; a Flying Saucer Yacht with a hidden hydrofoil (which features in Thunderball (1965) with the vessel being called 'The Disco Volante'); and a customized rocket-firing motorcycle (which Sir Sean Connery as James Bond rode in Never Say Never Again (1983)).
The picture shot its snow scenes in the region of Tirol, Austria, where James Bond Creator Ian Fleming spent some time during his early life. In 1927, Fleming was sent there by his mother to the town of Kitzbühel, in the Tirol. The Cine Tirol Film Commission's website reports that its director Johannes Kock has said of this: "Even though this will be the first time that Agent 007 will be filmed in Tirol, there is an enduring connection between the most famous Secret Agent of all time, and our region. Ian Fleming, the author of the Bond novels, lived in Kitzbühel in the 1920s, and studied at a private school." Also, Fleming returned to Kitzbühel with his son and wife when he was aged around fifty years. But during Fleming's youth, Tirol was the place where he had learned to ski, with a downhill event in Kitzbühl later being named after him, and also was where he was encouraged to write by author Phyllis Bottome, the wife of Fleming's tutor Ernan Forbes Dennis. Rob Tryan in his article 'Why S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (and Bond) is at home in Austria' at his 'Books, Travel, Music & Food' website says: "In the thirties he (Fleming) would also meet the splendidly named Conrad O'Brien-ffrench in the Tirol. He was an adventurer, explorer, an excellent skier and a spy. He worked for the Z Organization, a kind of shadow MI6 that was sympathetic to Winston Churchill's insistence that Adolf Hitler wanted war. He set up a network of Agents across Austria and Southern Germany. Ian and his older brother Peter Fleming (at that point a very successful author) often bumped into O'Brien-ffrench, as the man's cover was that of a travel agent looking to open up the region to British tourism. When war broke out, O'Brien-ffrench escaped from the Nazis by hiking over the Alps into Switzerland. Some claim he was later very influential in securing Fleming a post in Naval Intelligence during World War II."
At the end of November 2015, this movie became the eighth highest grossing James Bond movie at the international box-office, with a global take of approximately seven hundred fifty million U.S. dollars (five hundred million British pounds).
Naomie Harris Miss Eve Moneypenny) became the sixth major actor or actress who has starred in movies based on works of John le Carré and Ian Fleming, both famous spy novelists. Harris' role as Gail Perkins in Our Kind of Traitor (2016) follows her two previous appearances in Bond movies, in Skyfall (2012) and this movie. Pierce Brosnan and Sir Sean Connery portrayed James Bond on screen and starred in le Carré filmed adaptations, they being The Tailor of Panama (2001) and The Russia House (1990), respectively. Of Connery's 007 Bond films, his one unofficial Bond movie, Never Say Never Again (1983), co-starred Klaus Maria Brandauer, who also appeared in The Russia House (1990). Alas, Connery and Brandauer starred in the same two Bond and le Carré spy movies. Also, Harris and Brosnan appeared in After the Sunset (2004). The first actor to portray "M", Bernard Lee, was the first actor ever to do both Bond and le Carré. Lee appeared as Patmore in le Carré's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), which was the first filmed adaptation of a le Carré novel. The le Carré adaptation film The Constant Gardener (2005) starred Ralph Fiennes, who played Justin Quayle, and has portrayed the Bond series' new M character Gareth Mallory in Skyfall (2012) and this movie, as has Harris played Miss Eve Moneypenny in the two. Rachel Weisz, the wife of Daniel Craig, previously starred as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award, with Wiesz and Fiennes playing husband and wife in that movie. About thirty cast and crew personnel worked on this movie and Our Kind of Traitor (2016).
The film's title lends its name to a trio of original Ian Fleming James Bond novels which have been published as "The Spectre Trilogy". The books, all featuring archvillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, include "Thunderball" (1961), "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963), and "You Only Live Twice" (1964), which were filmed in the 1960s in a slightly different order than which they were originally published, this being: Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
The original draft scripts for Thunderball (1965) did not involve S.P.E.C.T.R.E., but Sicilian mobsters in the Sicilian Mafia, with Largo as a crime boss. In that earlier Bond movie, this was the reason why many of the villains were played by Italian actors. Fifty years later, this movie restores this Italian Connection script element by featuring a Rome setting with Italian-style gangsters for the film's S.P.E.C.T.R.E. board meeting.
As of mid-December 2015, this movie is the second most successful James Bond film at the worldwide box-office (not adjusted for ticket price inflation) according to website Box Office Mojo, and the fourteenth ranked, if the movie is adjusted for ticket price inflation.
The shot of Bond walking through the doorway of the former MI6, as well as the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. meeting, mark the first time since Goldfinger (1964) that footage from the film is featured in the title sequence of the film. The last time footage from any Bond film was shown in the title sequence was in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), although all clips in this sequence were that of the previous films, rather than from the film of the sequence.
At the Hoffler Klinik, Q says to Bond that he is staying at the "Pevsner" hotel. This is a reference to former Bond Associate and Executive Producer Tom Pevsner, who died shortly before production began on this film.
This is the sixth James Bond movie that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have either written, or have helped to write. The other movies are: The World Is Not Enough (1997), Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum Of Solace (2008), and Skyfall (2012).
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
This is the first Daniel Craig James Bond movie where the main villain is apprehended, pending being arrested, rather than killed off. This was the fate of General Georgi Koskov (Jeroen Krabbé), the main villain in The Living Daylights (1987), who was left to be arrested, the first James Bond film where this outcome occurred, though it was implied that Koskov would be executed shortly thereafter.
The film's opening scene, set during The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) parade, is quite unique for a Bond film, in that it marks the first time it appears to be shot in one take. Actually done in three shots, it begins from the moment the camera pans down to the massive crowd, following a masked Bond and his lady partner, following them back to their hotel room, and ending at the point Bond has his gun sight set on Sciarra. The interior of this shot is the Gran Hotel Cuidad de Mexico. The exterior is another building, a few blocks away, which is across the street from the Palace of Mining (the large building in the background as Bond is walking on the roof). When Bond has his gun sight set on Sciarra, he is on top of the building where the Mexican Senate met for eighty years.
The movie's trailers, and some movie posters, feature a black background with a ballistics bullet hole mark with a subtle version of the original S.P.E.C.T.R.E. octopus in the shattering glass. This is evocative of the final scene of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The bullet hole octopus shape is seen in this film when James Bond (Daniel Craig) shoots unsuccessfully at Blofeld (Christoph Waltz).
The climax involved filming on both the real Westminster Bridge in London, and on a full-scale replica (laid with real tarmac) built on the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios. Filming at Pinewood enabled certain details of the final scenes to be kept secret, since the press were covering the location filming. When Christoph Waltz shot his scenes on-location, trackers on his face allowed him to perform scenes without special make-up, and thus hide his final appearance from the cameras, his character's facial injuries in these location shots were added by computer in post-production.
The casting agency character specifications for "Mr. Hinx" (in the end cast with Dave Bautista), according to James Bond Radio, stated his persona as being "Hinx (Male, 30-45). Ideally over 6' 2". Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing, extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond, and will have to have stunt training. He has to drive. We are looking for someone very unusual, possibly from a sports background. Height: 180cm-195cm."
When C (Andrew Scott) is confronted by M (Ralph Fiennes) in his office near the film's end, C reaches for a gun concealed in his desk, only to find that M has already discovered it and removed the bullets. Bond pulled the same trick on traitorous Agent Dryden (Malcolm Sinclair) in the opening black and white sequence of Casino Royale (2006).
In an early version of the script, James Bond was going to shoot Franz Oberhauser (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) on the bridge at the film's end. This was changed, as it was felt this ending would have been anti-climatic, and presumably also to be able to bring Blofeld back in another film. Blofeld was a regular Bond villain in the 1960s movies, being the archnemesis of Bond, and a major character in three pictures. Blofeld regularly escaped from Bond at the end of these 1960s Bond films. Also, in early drafts of the script, when Bond drives off with Madeleine, it was written that Bond threw his gun into the river, and another alias name of Blofeld/Oberhauser was Heinrich Bochmann.
Franz Oberhauser (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) is James Bond's foster brother. Bond and Blofeld are revealed to have been like childhood brothers in this film. In Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Austin Powers and Dr. Evil (the character who is a spoof of both Dr. No and Donald Pleasence's interpretation and characterization of Ernst Stavro Blofeld from You Only Live Twice (1967)), are revealed to be brothers.
When James Bond shoots at Franz Oberhauser (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) in the derelict MI6 Headquarters, his bullet strikes on the armored glass, take the shape of the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. octopus. This type of broken glass octopus image has been used in publicity for the film in trailers and movie posters.
The massive explosion seen towards the end of the film, has been awarded a Guinness World Record, as the largest film stunt explosion ever. The award was presented to the movie's Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould. The explosion lasts for over seven and a half seconds, took thirty-three kilograms (seventy-three pounds) of powder explosives, and eight thousand four hundred eighteen liters (two thousand two hundred twenty-four gallons) of kerosene to explode, which is an equivalent of 68.47 tonnes of TNT. The explosion scene was shot in Erfoud, Morocco, and takes place after James Bond and Madeleine Swann escape from the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. lair headquarters, situated in the base of a meteorite crater. The film's production notes state: "Here, the special effects team oversaw what might well be the largest movie explosion ever. The team brought in over twenty-one hundred gallons of kerosene to fuel the massive blast." Chris Corbould has said: "It is most definitely the biggest explosion of my career. It was complicated to plan and to pull off, but it was more than worth it." Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said: "The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries. The scene featuring the world's largest film explosion is spectacular, and will live long in the memory as one of the outstanding moments on the Bond franchise."
During the film and in the movie's trailer, Ernst Stavro Blofeld's penchant for Nehru collarless jackets are another clue to his real identity, that it is not really Franz Oberhauser, as Blofeld is seen wearing one in each of the previous James Bond movie where he appears as the major villain, these films being You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but not Thunderball (1965) and From Russia with Love (1963), where Blofeld was only seen in silhouette behind a screen.
Dame Judi Dench's cameo appearance makes this movie her eighth James Bond film. Dench is the fourth most frequent actor or actress to appear in the franchise, after third placed Bernard Lee, who portrayed M in eleven films, second placed Lois Maxwell who played Miss Moneypenny in fourteen films, and first placed Desmond Llewelyn who was Q / Major Boothroyd in seventeen films. It has been rumored that Dench may return in Bond 25 (2019) in another cameo, in a flashback sequence.
Franz Oberhauser's (Ernst Stavro Blofeld's) wound at the end of the film will leave him with the same facial scar that Donald Pleasence's interpretation and characterization of Blofeld had in You Only Live Twice (1967). As such, if Blofeld were to return to the series with this wound later as a facial disfigurement scar, perhaps in Bond 25 (2019), this would mark the 52nd Anniversary of You Only Live Twice (1967).
First James Bond movie where Bond is ejected from an Aston Martin ejector seat. An Aston Martin ejector seat first featured in Goldfinger (1964). It was also referred to but not used on the drive to Scotland with M in Skyfall.
According to the MI6 James Bond fansite: "The last line of the original script when he (Bond) drives away with Madeleine, had Bond echoing his final line from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), but this was cut. Craig insisted on reshooting the scene where Moneypenny visits Bond's flat towards the end of filming. Dialogue about gossip at MI6, and theories of why he went to Mexico, were removed. The scene also originally ended with Moneypenny hearing a women's voice coming from Bond's bedroom."
When M meets Bond at the safe house, the sign on the door states the premises as being "Hildebrand & Company - Rarities & Antiquities". The Hildebrand safe house is a reference to Ian Fleming's short story in the "For Your Eyes Only" (1960) anthology called "The Hildebrand Rarity". Large portions of "The Hildebrand Rarity" were used in Licence to Kill (1989) starring Timothy Dalton as James Bond. These included the Milton Krest character.
Fourth movie in the franchise where James Bond is seen physically tortured. In The World Is Not Enough (1999), Bond was tortured in a chair with tightening screws. In Die Another Day (2002), Bond was tortured during the opening scenes while in a North Korean prison, and in Casino Royale (2006), Bond was tortured by Le Chiffre, adapted from the classic sequence in the original Ian Fleming novel, where Le Chiffre tortures Bond with a carpet beater. In the film, Le Chiffre used a knotted rope. In this movie, Blofeld has Bond again strapped to a chair, and is then tortured in the brain with a high-tech device.
The character of Ernst Stavro Blofeld returns in this film. It is the first time in any Bond movie since the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983), and the first time in the official franchise (where the character appeared unofficially, and was not named as Blofeld for legal reasons, but as a man in a wheelchair), at the start of For Your Eyes Only (1981). The Blofeld character last officially appeared in the official franchise in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
First Daniel Craig James Bond film where Craig appears in the traditional opening gun barrel walk and gun barrel sequence at the start of the film. In Casino Royale (2006), Craig had appeared in an opening gun barrel walk sequence, which was different to the traditional style of gun barrel openings. In Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012), Craig appeared in the traditional gun barrel sequence, but this was situated at the end of each of these movies, with the latter having an added 50th Anniversary motif.
During Blofeld's torturing of Bond, the lesioning of the fusiform gyrus could result in face blindness, but the electric drill that Blofeld uses, goes nowhere near the gyrus, it drills through the jaw or jawbone, and would've entered Bond's mouth. At best, doing nothing, and at worst, giving Bond wickedly bad sinusitis or meningitis.
During the torture scene, in which Blofeld has Bond strapped to the chair, Waltz utters a line about seeing a man being deprived of his eyes, a reference to the earlier scene at the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. meeting with Mr. Hinx. However, this is actually a direct quote from the James Bond novel "Colonel Sun" (1968) written by Robert Markham (a pseudonym for Kingsley Amis), the first book following on from Ian Fleming's original James Bond books.
James Bond having a tracking chip inserted into his arm, is almost identical to Casino Royale (2006), except in the earlier film, Bond sarcastically says "Ow", while here he mutters, "Christ", and flinches.
There is a fast-acting and readily available antidote for certain kinds of heavy metal poisoning, such as Thallium and radioactive isotopes of Caesium. Thallium is a very strange choice to poison a spy, because Prussian Blue is the readily available antidote. Pharmaceutical-grade Prussian Blue (Berlin Blue) absorbs thallium, and the oral dosage is up to twenty grams per day of Prussian blue, The slow-death method that Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) was being killed by was "thallium poisoning". The Wikipedia website states that: "Thallium and its compounds are often highly toxic. Contact with skin is dangerous, and adequate ventilation should be provided when melting this metal. Many thallium(I) compounds are highly soluble in water and are readily absorbed through the skin. Exposure to them should not exceed 0.1 mg per m2 of skin in an eight-hour time-weighted average (forty-hour work week). Thallium is a suspected human carcinogen." This sequence has a basis in fact with the fatal poisoning of ex-K.G.B. Agent Alexander Litvinenko, in a London restaurant, using radioactive polonium.
Second James Bond film, after Skyfall (2012), where two cast members are portraying M: Ralph Fiennes and Dame Judi Dench, though the latter appears only briefly in the film's opening titles, and in a video message in the movie.
At the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. meeting in Rome, Dr. Vogel (Brigitte Millar) reads a report in German without translating it to the others. This indicates that many S.P.E.C.T.R.E. members understand German, or are German, Austrian, or Swiss. But in the German version of this movie, this concept is changed completely: Here, Dr. Vogel reads her report in Hungarian. Why the German distributor changed the original language in this scene, and chose especially Hungarian instead is unknown, but the film implies now, in the German version, that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. members understand a lot of languages fluently. This change was reported in Hungarian media, and criticized as a "bad joke".
First James Bond film where Ernst Stavro Blofeld, as a major villain, is not seen patting and/or stroking and/or sitting with his blue-eyed white-haired Chinchilla Turkish Angora Persian cat, though the little feline kitty is seen in a couple of shots late in the movie in S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s Headquarters lair, in the same room with Blofeld.
As shown in the teaser trailer, the MI6 building is still dilapidated and broken down from the events that occurred in Skyfall (2012). It has been abandoned and scheduled for demolition, as its cheaper to knock it down, than repair it. Also, "Skyfall" is also mentioned in the teaser trailer for this movie.
The filmmakers originally submitted the film to the BBFC in the UK for advice on whether the film would receive a 12A rating upon a formal submission. The BBFC informed the filmmakers that cuts would be required in two scenes before a 12A rating could be obtained. Reductions were made in one scene of violence, and in another scene, which shows the aftermath of a violent act. Cuts were duly made, and upon a formal submission to the BBFC, the film was passed with a 12A certificate without further cuts. The two affected scenes were Mr. Hinx gouging out the eyes of another S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent, and the aftermath of Mr. White's suicide.
James Bond and one of the film's main villains, C (Max Denbigh) (Andrew Scott), only share one scene in the entire movie, which is unusual for a Bond movie. After Bond meets C at the start of the film in M's office, Bond never sees him again. Bond doesn't actually really do anything to stop C from launching the Nine Eyes intelligence program system, this is all done by Q and M.
Several scenes in this movie echo scenes from previous Bond movies that have featured Blofeld and S.P.E.C.T.R.E.: Bond fights with a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent aboard a train (as with Donald "Red" Grant in From Russia with Love (1963)), there is a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. board meeting, at which a member is killed (as with Thunderball (1965)); Bond travels to a snow-capped mountain top clinic (as with On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)); and the villain has a base inside a crater (as with You Only Live Twice (1967)).
In Skyfall (2012), Miss Eve Moneypenny flies to Singapore because "Q's afraid of flying", but Q travels to Austria in this film, just after Bond orders a drink from the bar, where he has just told Mr. White's daughter about her father's death.
First James Bond film in thirteen years since Die Another Day (2002) to start the film with a gun barrel sequence. Casino Royale (2006) included it as part of the pre-title teaser sequence, while Skyfall (2012) and Quantum of Solace (2008) used it at the end of the film.
Léa Seydoux is the only Bond Girl to have played a character in the "James Bond" and "Mission: Impossible" film franchises. Seydoux played Dr. Madeleine Swann in this movie, and contract killer Sabine Moreau in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011).
First Daniel Craig James Bond movie where he has romantic connections with four Bond Girls. Bond goes back to a Mexico City hotel room and kisses Estrella (Stephanie Sigman) at the film's start; then has a romantic liaison with Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) in Rome; then has a romantic interlude with Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) on a train, she tells him she loves him when he is tortured, and the pair drive off together at film's end. In Skyfall (2012), Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) was a leading Bond Girl and shared an erotic shaving scene with James Bond. In this movie, sexual tension is created between the two characters, apparent by the following story elements: (1) Moneypenny visits Bond at his apartment early in the film at 9 p.m. (2) Eve states that she is not staying when she visits late that evening (3) When Bond calls Eve during the Rome car chase, he hears a man's voice in the background, and the audience can see that there is a man in her bed (4) Bond then asks "who's that?", and shows intent of interest and jealousy, this arguably changes the traditional franchise paradigm of Moneypenny pining for Bond. This is the first Daniel Craig James Bond movie where his Bond character ends up with a Bond Girl at the end of the movie.
Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista) dies by being thrown from a train after a fight aboard the train with James Bond (Daniel Craig). In 1950, a U.S. Naval attaché was assassinated, and thrown from the Orient Express by a Communist Agent. This story inspired Ian Fleming's novel "From Russia With Love" (1957).
First Daniel Craig James Bond film where he has romantic connections with four Bond Girls. Bond is seen with Stephanie Sigman at the start, implying a liaison, has love scenes with Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux, driving off with the latter at the film's end, implying he gets the girl, and shows jealousy when he learns Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) has a man over at her place.
The S.P.E.C.T.R.E. lair facility Headquarters in the desert, set inside the grounded remnants a partial meteorite crater, which is reminiscent of the gigantic hollowed out volcano base in You Only Live Twice (1967). The crater scene was filmed near Erfoud, Morocco in a extinct volcano, a location which had previously been used for The Mummy (1999).
Ernst Stavro Blofeld returns in this movie, it's his first appearance in the new continuity established by Casino Royale (2006). Officially, Blofeld's last appearance in the franchise, was in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), although in the opening sequence of For Your Eyes Only (1981), an unnamed character (due to a legal rights dispute) resembling Blofeld was apparently killed by being dropped down a chimney.
First James Bond film featuring S.P.E.CT.R.E., which does not use the numbering system for its agents and members, for example, S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number one, number two, number three, et cetera. In the earlier Bond films, the model of identifying and classifying S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s Agents was fixed, numerical, rigorously, and scrupulously hierarchical. In the James Bond novels, S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s system of identifying and classifying its Agents was random, and based on numbers, being a rotating numbering model, and the numbers would by allocated randomly, so as other intelligence agencies would not be able to identify them regularly and get book on them.
When Daniel Craig was chosen to play James Bond, one of the fan's complaints was that he couldn't drive manual transmission cars. At the end of this movie, Bond requests "one last thing", and the scene shows him shifting the manual transmission of the car, clearly mocking those allegations.
James Bond (Daniel Craig) encounters the beautiful widow Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) an actress that producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had tried to recruit in the past, denied only for scheduling conflicts. Wilson has said: "We're delighted to finally get her. She is terrific in the role." Bellucci, meanwhile, says that she was delighted to finally join the Bond franchise: "I said yes right away, because I was very happy to work with Sam Mendes, and to be part of this project. I have so much respect for the James Bond films in general, because I think they are such a big part of cinema history, and I respect so much all the James Bond Girls; I think they are beautiful actresses and talented, and it was very interesting for me to be part of this history." The character she plays is a seductive Italian woman who holds a number of secrets. Bellucci adds: "Her Mafioso husband is killed and she risks the same thing happening to her. When she first meets Bond she doesn't trust him because she comes from a world where only corrupt men have the power. But the chemistry and the attraction between them is so strong and she realizes her feminine power over him. Then she trusts him. He saves her and she gives him the information he needs. And they find an interesting way to sign a contract with each other!"
Second James Bond film where he has a liaison with a woman, whose Agent partner he has just recently killed. In The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Bond had a relationship with Agent XXX (Barbara Bach) whose boyfriend he had killed during that film's opening sequence. Also, in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Bond resumes an affair with his ex-girlfriend Paris Carver (Teri Hatcher), and later kills her husband, the media mogul Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce, but after she has been killed by Carver. In this movie, James Bond has a romantic liaison with Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the widow of assassin Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona) killed by James Bond (Daniel Craig) during the film's opening sequence.
The poisoning of Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) has been alleged to have been inspired by the real life poisoning in England of Russian ex-K.G.B. Agent Alexander Litvinenko who, according to Wikipedia, "was a former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service (F.S.B.) and K.G.B., who fled from court prosecution in Russia, and received political asylum in the United Kingdom. According to his wife and father, he was working for MI6 and MI5 after receiving the asylum. Upon his arrival in London, he continued to support the Russian oligarch in exile, Boris Berezovsky, in his media campaign against the Russian government. In the UK, Litvinenko became a journalist for a Chechen separatist site, Chechenpress. Litvinenko wrote two books, 'Blowing up Russia: Terror from Within' and 'Lubyanka Criminal Group', where he accused the Russian secret services of staging Russian apartment bombings and other terrorist acts to bring Vladimir Putin to power. On November 1, 2006, Litvinenko suddenly fell ill and was hospitalized. He died three weeks later, becoming the first confirmed victim of lethal polonium-210-induced acute radiation syndrome. Litvinenko's allegations about the misdeeds of the F.S.B. and his public deathbed accusations that Putin was behind his unusual malady, resulted in worldwide media coverage. Subsequent investigations by British authorities into the circumstances of Litvinenko's death, led to serious diplomatic difficulties between the British and Russian governments."
There are several references to animals used throughout the film. They include: The insignia and iconography for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is an octopus, as featured prominently during the title sequence, with tentacles surfacing from the silhouette of the archvillain, and on the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. ring of evil, and when Bond shoots at Blofeld with the bullet hitting the glass, the shatter is in the image of the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. octopus seen during trailers for the film; while Madeleine Swann is sleeping at the Hotel L'Americaine, Bond sees a mouse, which he comically interrogates; Bond refers to himself as "Mickey Mouse" while gaining access to the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. meeting in Rome; black crows are shown feasting on a human corpse in Morocco; the first thing Bond sees, after being knocked unconscious, is a gecko climbing up a wall; Blofeld refers to cuckoo and cuckoo birds, and what happens when another bird lays an egg in a cuckoo's nest; Q jokes about having a mortgage and two cats to feed; and Blofeld's famous blue-eyed white-haired Chinchilla Turkish Angora Persian cat appears, as with the previous Bond movies which feature Blofeld. During the course of the film, Bond directly addresses two different animals: a cat and a mouse.
Judi Dench: Uncredited, as the former M, in a video message. The appearance celebrates Dench's 20th Anniversary year playing M, which had started with GoldenEye (1995). As such, this will probably now make this movie the final appearance by Dench as M, as before, Skyfall (2012) had been expected to be her last.
Non-Ian Fleming James Bond novels, which feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E., include: "For Special Services" (1982), "Role of Honour" (1984), and "Nobody Lives Forever" (1986), all three written by the late John Gardner, who passed away in 2007, having also written the source novels for the films The Liquidator (1965) and The Stone Killer (1973). In "For Special Services" (1982), the major villain is Nena Bismaquer, who turns out to be Nena Blofeld, the daughter of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Madeleine Swain is the daughter of James Bond's old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen from Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008)). As "white" is a code name, and as Madeleine, it appears is unmarried, if Swann were to be her maiden name, therefore, this would make Mr. White's real name be Mr. Swann. In Quantum of Solace (2008), the character of Mr. Slate was originally called Mr. Black, while Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) was originally called Maurice Greene. There are three villains in Quantum of Solace (2008) with names representing colors: Dominic Greene, Mr. White, and Mr. Slate (gray; previously Mr. Black). In the Bond novel "For Special Services" (1982), written by John Gardner, the major villain is Nena Bismaquer, who turns out to be Nena Blofeld, the daughter of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (who is played in this movie by Christoph Waltz).
This picture is not actually the first film and television production to use the same title. Spectre (1977) was the first, broadcast in the same year as The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). That teleplay featured James Villiers, who later portrayed Tanner in For Your Eyes Only (1981), coincidentally, the last time that Blofeld unofficially appeared in the official franchise.
The movie features a story element called "Smart Blood" which is described as being part of cutting edge nanotechnology. Website "Bustle" asked whether Smart Blood really exists and reported: "before you start worrying that Smart Blood exists like in Spectre (2015), relax: it's probably not gonna happen. Yet, to Bond fans, though, the technology isn't totally new. In Casino Royale (2006), Bond is injected with a microchip that tracks his location and monitors his vital signs. However, when he's captured by the bad guys, the device is cut out of his arm, rendering it useless. MI6 seems to have learned their lesson in Spectre (2015), because this time around, Bond is injected with Smart Blood, consisting of nanotechnology that does the same thing, while flowing microscopically through his veins. As for whether it could really happen, the answer is not yet, but someday it could be. While microchip implants do exist in the world of pets, they don't possess any tracking capabilities. Instead, they simply transmit identification information to a scanner held a few inches away using a simple radio frequency, and they don't require batteries to do so. Also, they're not used in people, though some are trying to figure out a way to implement their use in children as a way to track them if they become lost. The problem with tracking inside the body lies in current GPS technology, which requires too much battery power (and therefore size) to run on a chip that could be injected into someone's body. But wouldn't nanotechnology solve this issue? . . . No matter what, the technology seen in Spectre just isn't there yet. Nanotechnology refers to tech that's implemented on a molecular, or even an atomic level, and its been a fixture of science fiction for decades. But now it's becoming a reality in a number of fields. There does exist a type of near-nanotechnology, called micro-electromechanical systems, that offers some GPS capability, but it's made for use in tracking guns, and is not suitable to be injected into humans. However, there does actually exist nanotechnology that has been safely inserted into a human body, just not for the purposes of tracking. Some "nanobots", microscopic robots, have been used within the human eye to deliver drugs directly to the area that needs them, and the idea is that one day similar nanobots will be able to be injected into one's bloodstream to administer medication, or even perform surgery. Some scientists even believe that a swarm of nanobots in the bloodstream could eventually make humans immune to disease, as the bots would simply destroy or fix any issues as soon as they arrive. So society is still likely a ways away from having GPS trackers injected into people's bloodstreams, but given the various threads of developing technology that are heading in that direction, it seems like James Bond's 'Smart Blood' may someday become a reality."
It could be seen as a nod to the famous James Bond franchise henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel) that Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista) is killed by a rope wrapped around his neck and tied to a barrel, that is then tossed off a train. In Jaws (1975), the title shark was also subdued by barrels in the sea in such a way.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld's surname was allegedly named after Thomas Blofeld, with whom James Bond Creator Ian Fleming went to school, at Eton College. He was a Norfolk farmer, a fellow member of Boodle's, and the Chairman of the Country Gentleman's Asssociation. His son is cricket commentator Henry Blofeld. Ernst Blofeld's birth date in the literary James Bond stories is the same date as Fleming's birthday, which is May 28, 1908. Also, Ernest Cuneo was a friend of Fleming's. According to the book "Martinis, Girls, and Guns: 50 Years of 007" (2003) by Martin Sterling and Gary Morecambe: "Cuneo may have also have inspired Blofeld's forenames, it is but a short leap from Ernest Cuneo to Ernst Stavro." According to the book "For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming + James Bond" (2009) by Ben Macintyre: "Alternatively, Blofeld may owe his name to China scholar John Blofeld, who was a member of Fleming's club Boodles, and whose father was named Ernst." In addition, the book "The Bond Code: The Dark World of Ian Fleming and James Bond" (2008) by Philip Gardner states: "The name is also revealing in a psychological way. Ernst is Teutonic for 'earnest', and Stavros is Greek for 'victor', and so he is the 'earnest victor'", and "the name Blofeld means 'blue field', a swipe at his own blue blood rampant in the field, like heraldry", and also, "as the creator of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Blofeld is, in reality, the spectre of Ian Fleming that looms ever present within his divided mind."
The press kit and production notes for this picture state that the character portrayed by Christoph Waltz is Franz Oberhauser, and there is no mention at all of the name "Blofeld". There is no mention of the character that Waltz plays during the opening credits which is consistent with the other actors in the film. During the closing credits roll, Waltz's character is listed as "Blofeld", as the plot reveals late in the film, that his character has in fact changed his identity from Franz Oberhauser to Ernst Stavro Blofeld after faking his death under the other name.
The safe house where M meets up with Bond is called Hildebrand, a store which sells "books and rarities." One of Ian Fleming's short stories was called "The Hildebrand Rarity", though in the story, it referred to a type of rare fish.
According to the book "James Bond: A Celebration" (1987) by Peter Haining, who passed away in 2007, "Jules Verne's Captain Nemo was the inspiration for Fleming's Ernst Stavro Blofeld". The book states that the character "has his origins in Captain Nemo, the hate-fueled rebel of Jules Verne's classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1870)". Blofeld was originally intended to be the villain in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
Third Bond film to feature him strapped to a bench structure and tormented by a high-tech device. The first was in Goldfinger (1964), with a laser, and similarly the second was in The World Is Not Enough (1999), with Die Another Day (2002) also featuring a menacing high-tech device which tormented Jinx (Halle Berry), who was nearly cut with a laser in the laboratory of Mr. Kil (Lawrence Makoare).
When Oberhauser first sees Bond at the gathering in Rome, he ends his greeting by saying "cuckoo". This is likely is a reference to the cuckoo bird's strategy of placing its eggs in another bird's nest for the chicks to be raised by the other birds, a parallel to Bond being raised by Oberhauser's father, following the death of Bond's parents.
The countries participating in the "Nine Eyes" intelligence gathering alliance, include the real-life "Five Eyes" of the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, as well as four more eyes: Spain, France, China, and South Africa.
This movie and For Your Eyes Only (1981) are bookended with scenes that involve helicopters. Coincidentally, For Your Eyes Only (1981) was the last time that Blofeld, who features in this movie, appeared in the official James Bond film franchise, albeit unofficially, as "Man in Wheelchair".
Blofeld is one of three recurring villains in the official James Bond film franchise. The other two are henchmen Jaws (Richard Kiel), from Moonraker (1979) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), from this movie, Casino Royale (2006), and Quantum of Solace (2008). Of these three recurring villains, Mr. White and Blofeld, appeared in one of the same films, which is this movie. Of the three villains, Jaws and Mr. White, are the only ones who have always ever been portrayed by the same actor.
Second Bond movie where the scheme of the film's main villain relates to information technology. In Skyfall (2012), it related to cyber-terrorism, whereas in this movie, it relates to the criminal organization hacking and getting access to government held information, which its own intelligence agencies have acquired.
Not only was this movie released as the same year as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), but it also shares many similarities to this film. Both movies involve the main protagonist going up against a mysterious terrorist organization that works in secrecy, that the protagonist goes rogue in order to catch them. Only a few loyal Agents assist the hero off the grid. Both also feature a second act taking place in Austria and Morocco, and the villains' motivations involve expanding their organizations with the help of a corrupt government official. The final battle in both movies also take place in London, and they both involve a nighttime chase between the protagonist and the villain, while the hero tries to save a friend kidnapped by the villain and stop the villain from escaping, and both climaxes culminate in the villain being captured.
C (Andrew Scott) played Professor James Moriarty, the traditional archvillain nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, in the television series Sherlock (2010). In this movie, Christoph Waltz plays the traditional role of James Bond's archvillain nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The name of the hotel in Morocco was "L'Americain". The physical shooting location of "Hotel L'Americain" is an old palace in Tangiers, Morocco, and is situated on Rue Ibn Abbou (very near to the Kasbah Museum), the Palace of Abdeslam Akkaboune..
The Ian Fleming Foundation website acknowledges the torture scene's use in this film by saying "there is an interesting link between S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and the very first Bond continuation novel, Colonel Sun (1968) by Kingsley Amis headlining a webpage article declaring, "'Amis' Colonel Sun inspires a scene in Spectre (2015)." It goes on to say in the article that "one of its scenes was inspired by Colonel Sun, Amis' James Bond book" and "The Colonel Sun scene, which features in "Spectre", is one of pivotal importance, both to the film and the book, and fans are encouraged to identify which part stems from Amis' pen." For the first time since the early 1990s, "Colonel Sun" (1968) was recently re-published in the UK, and is also available in the U.S. and Germany as an e-book. Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.,Corinne Turner said of this film: "The Fleming family and the Amis Estate hope that fans of "Spectre" will be encouraged to reach for this thrilling book by one of the finest writers of the 20th Century".
Second Bond film in the official franchise to feature a climactic finale set on a bridge. The first time was A View to a Kill (1985). In that movie, the action finale was set on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, with impressionistic artwork from the sequence featuring prominently on most movie posters for that earlier film, which celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the release of this movie. In this movie, the architectural structure in the film's grand finale is the Westminister Bridge on the River Thames in London, England.
First James Bond movie since Never Say Never Again (1983) to feature Blofeld, who in this earlier movie was played by Max von Sydow. Ironically, Blofeld's alter ego character name is Franz Oberhauser, whose last name is derived from a character in Ian Fleming's "Octopussy" (1966) short story, Hannes Oberhauser (his father). Ironically, the movie Octopussy (1983) was released in the same year as Never Say Never Again (1983).
Second Bond movie, where the scheme of the film's main villain relates to information technology. In Skyfall (2012), it related to cyber-terrorism, whereas in this movie, it relates to the criminal organization hacking and getting access to government-held information, which its own intelligence agencies have acquired. Daniel Craig, in an interview alongside Director Sam Mendes with the New York Times at the The New School: The Auditorium at West 12th Street, New York City on November 4, 2015, Craig said that Skyfall (2012) is like a post-Assange (Julian Assange) film and that this movie is like a post-Snowden (Edward Snowden) movie.
Traditionally in the film franchise, Blofeld, when appearing in a major role in a Bond film, always escapes from Bond. But Blofeld had allegedly been unofficially killed off in For Your Eyes Only (1981), but the character was only billed in that film, as "Man in Wheelchair", so definitively, it can never be proven as a fact beyond a reasonable doubt, that Blofeld was killed off in For Your Eyes Only (1981). This movie and For Your Eyes Only (1981) feature helicopter action sequences at the start of each film.
Third Bond film in the official franchise to utilize story elements from the first non-Ian Fleming James Bond continuation novel "Colonel Sun" (1968) by Robert Markham, a pseudonym for Kingsley Amis. The first was the kidnapping of M in The World Is Not Enough (1999), the second, a character name in Die Another Day (2002), which would have been the book's title character (Colonel Sun Liang-tan), but the Fleming Estate wanted royalties, so the name was changed to Colonel Moon Tan-Sun (Colonel Moon, played by Will Yun Lee); and the third, is in this movie, where Blofeld's torture of Bond, and its interception by a Bond Girl, and a line of dialogue used, were inspired by a similar scene in the "Colonel Sun" novel.
The torture of Bond by Blofeld, and some dialogue in the scene, were inspired by a corresponding sequence included in the first James Bond continuation novel "Colonel Sun" (1968) by Kingsley Amis (originally writing as Robert Markham), but now republished by Vintage under Amis' actual name coinciding with the theatrical release of this movie. The torture scene of the film is partially derived from the book's Chapter 19, which is titled "The Theory and Practice of Torture". The relevant specific dialogue in this movie, is when Blofeld says to Bond and Madeleine: "A man lives inside his head; that's where the seed of his soul is. James and I were both present recently when a man was deprived of his eyes, and the most astonishing thing happened, didn't you notice? He wasn't there anymore. He had gone even though he was still alive, so this brief moment between life and death, there was nobody inside his skull. Most odd." The corresponding paragraph in Chapter 19 of the "Colonel Sun" novel reads: "Sun came over and knelt beside Bond's chair. He spoke in a half-whisper. His throat was trembling. 'A man lives inside his head. That's where the seat of his soul is, and this is true objectively as well as subjectively. I was present once, I wasn't directly concerned, when an American prisoner in Korea was deprived of his eyes, and the most astonishing thing happened. He wasn't there anymore. He'd gone, though he was still alive. There was nobody inside his skull. Most odd, I promise you. So James, I am going to penetrate to where you are, to the inside of your head." Ironically, the passage of text from the book refers to Korea. The hacking of the this movie's screenplay in 2014 is alleged to have occurred from North Korea as a response to the depiction of their leader Kim Jong-un in The Interview (2014).
When Bond shoots at Blofeld in the old MI6 building, the bulletproof glass between the two stops the bullet. The resulting cracks in the glass form the shape of the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. octopus logo found on the ring. For comparison, it is the same pattern made at the end of early Spectre teaser and theatrical trailers.
An early draft had a completely different torture scene for Bond, where he would have been restrained to a chair, in a room with a glass roof, that, when the sun came up, and the temperature rose, would have burned Bond alive. Instead, the skull penetrating torture scene from the first James Bond continuation novel written by Kingsley Amis was used. Ironically, that 1968 book was titled "Colonel Sun", which has a title and an archvillain reflective of the earlier conceived torture for this movie. As the sun torture sequence was not used, and the one from this novel has, it now paves the way for the sun torture sequence to actually be used if "Colonel Sun" is ever adapted into a movie.
Similarities between this movie and past Bond films: The scene where Bond and Swann are brought to Oberhausser's lair in the crater, may be considered similar to Dr. No (1962), when Bond and Honey Ryder were captured and brought to Dr. No. In both instances, the couple were brought to a hotel-like room, given changes of clothes, and told that they were invited for dinner and drinks with their "host" (Dr. No and Oberhausser), and it was made a point that they were not to be late. The dark, ominous, circular room in this movie, in which Oberhausser appears (at first only by voice) to explain the meteorite that created the crater, is also similar to a short scene in Dr. No (1962), in which Professor Dent is brought into a shadowy, circular room where Dr. No speaks to him over an intercom speaker. The scene in which Mr. Hinx fights Bond on the train, is similar to the scene of From Russia with Love (1963), in which Red Grant, a member of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. fights Bond on a train. The white dinner jacket worn in this film by Bond, is also reminiscent of the tuxedo worn by Bond in Goldfinger (1964). The entire idea of using the Alps is a nod to On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), where Blofeld was operating. The outfit worn by Bond towards the end of the film, as he wanders into the ruins of the MI6 building, also seems to be a nod to the same outfit worn by Bond in Live and Let Die (1973). In addition, the costume in the beginning of this movie in Mexico, that Bond dons, seems to be an additional nod to the henchman character in Live and Let Die (1973), Baron Samedi. The observation room, to which Oberhausser escorts Bond and Swann, after they are taken as prisoners, is also similar in size and shape as the space observatory in Moonraker (1979), where Hugo Drax and Jaws hold James Bond. The Thames River chase at the end of this movie, is also similar to the chase in the same river between Bond and an assassin in The World Is Not Enough (1999).
With "surveillance" acting as a major theme in the movie, the picture is kind of a "Big Brother" Bond movie, with the the British Government's fictional Nine Eyes intelligence gathering alliance (based on the real life Five Eyes), S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s "Global Surveillance Initiative" world-domination scheme; MI6 watching and recording (including a telephone conversation between James Bond and Miss Eve Moneypenny) MI6 Agents; S.P.E.C.T.R.E. watching and recording S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agents (including video recording James Bond's meeting with Mr. White, the latter of whom comments that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is everywhere); not surprisingly, a reference is made at one point in the film's dialogue to George Orwell. Orwell wrote "1984" (1949), which has been filmed twice, in 1956 and 1984, but the title of the work is not specifically mentioned in this movie.