In late October 2012, The Daily Mail's 'Mail Online' incorrectly reported that this picture is already in pre-production and planned to start principal photography around October 2013 with the aim to launch in theaters in Autumn 2014.
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).
Daniel Craig said that it was getting harder and harder to get fit for his shirtless scenes as Bond at the age of 47 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."
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" (aka "Agent 007 in New York"). The word "Hildebrand" does appear in the name of the closed "rarities" shop / safe house in this film.
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.
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.
SPECTRE in the earlier Bond films stood for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. SPECTRE has also been known as the Special Executor for Counter-intelligence, 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 December 2014, nine high-end Land Rover Discoverys, including five customized Range Rover Sports, valued at about UK £630,000 (US $1 million) set for filming in the Austrian Alps, were stolen from a parking lot in Neuss (near Düsseldorf/Germany).
In order to complete the London scenes involving low-flying helicopters, the production had to send out 11,000 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 weeks of preparation. We lit under each arch of Vauxhall, Lambeth and Westminster Bridge, 17 arches in total. These lights then remained in position for five weeks. We also lit the river from 10 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/off, or to change the color of their lights for each night-shoot." Each night-shoot involved a location team of nearly 200 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 smoothly each time."
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 Roger Moore with seven, and 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), around forty-two years earlier. Producer Barbara Broccoli says of Bond's apartment in Spectre (2015): "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 James Bond's home in the film.
Italian model and actress Monica Bellucci previously auditioned for a Bond Girl role prior to being cast in Spectre (2015). In 1997, in an interview with 'Playboy' magazine, former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan said that Bellucci had screen-tested 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 American actress Teri Hatcher. Brosnan said: "Monica Bellucci is a ravishing beauty - a gorgeous, gorgeous woman. She screen-tested to be a Bond girl a while back, and the fools said no. Teri Hatcher stole the day instead".
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 US $300 million. It has been estimated to end up at around $350 million. With an estimated $300 to $350 million dollars (US) 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 $200-250 million (US). The budget for this film is more than double the budget of Casino Royale (2006).
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 whilst 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".
Before her audition, French actress 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.
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).
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 SPECTRE Executive Cabinet included "21 people including former Gestapo members, Soviet spy group SMERSH, Josep Tito [Josip Broz Tito]'s secret police, Italian, Corsican and Turkish organised crime gangs", its goals were "profiteering from conflict between the superpowers, eventual world domination", and its methods included "counter-intelligence, brainwashing, murder, extortion using weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological and orbital)".
The "Day of the Dead" (from the Spanish: 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 cultures 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 totally different events.
Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, who played Bond in four films released between 1995 to 2002, commented on Spectre (2015) 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."
Sam Mendes and 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 series 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 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 title is one of a handful of 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)).
The logistics of filming the car chase in Italy's capital city of Rome were difficult to marshal according to Stunt Co-ordinator 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. Picture Vehicle Supervisor Chris Corbould states that the Rome car chase allowed no room for error: "The stunt drivers were driving around Rome at 100mph, 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 regime that the guys put them through."
Financing and distribution arrangements "Spectre" and Bond 25 have been frequently being 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 to Bond movies back-to-back but he balked at the idea due to the enormity of their productions.
Kevin Spacey was rumored at one time to play the main villain as he had been also for Skyfall (2012). While Spacey was in fact 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 or considered to play the Bond villain in Spectre and doesn't know why and where from these rumors keep eventuating.
Daniel Craig's favorite Bond film is From Russia with Love (1963)thus also 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.
SPECTRE 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 SPECTRE - 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 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 fear other manufacturers 'may try to copy its sleek design'. Moreover, the gadgets in the new car are labeled with Dymo Tape a cheap punched adhesive labeling system which is an in-joke nod to the labels in the original Aston Martin car from Goldfinger (1964).
The Rome chase sequence between Bond's Aston Martin DB10 and Mr. Hinx's Jaguar C-X75 marks the first time two prototype vehicles - ones not intended for production - have been featured in a Bond film. It's also the first time any prototype car has been used in a Bond film.
The video message Bond receives from M features her character wearing a blue blouse, sitting on a sofa in her flat as seen in Skyfall (2012). In that film, M is wearing the exact same outfit sitting in the exact same place in the scene where she clicks on Silva's link to view the YouTube video containing the identity of the NATO agents. This means that M films 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 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 (Daniel Craig's apartment when Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) visits there.
According to the book "Bond on Bond" (2015) by Sir Roger Moore, producer Kevin McClory [who previously owned the film rights to SPECTRE, 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 [SPECTRE] 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 & EON Productions with McClory's estate], they could finally bring everything back under one roof".
Pre-production on this film began during the making and release of Skyfall (2012), the 23rd film in the official James Bond series. Similarly, pre-production on the 22nd Bond movie Quantum of Solace (2008) began before its predecessor, the 21st Bond movie, Casino Royale (2006) actually started filming.
It was rumored that the classic Bond henchman, Jaws would make an appearance in this film. What was publicised was there was a definite intention for there to be a villain in the film who was iconic like Jaws or Oddjob.
Third time in the history of the series that an actress playing a leading Bond Girl is older than the actor portraying James Bond. Monica Bellucci, who plays Bond Girl Lucia Sciarra in Spectre (2015) is three years and five months older than Daniel Craig, who plays James Bond in Spectre (2015). Honor Blackman, who played the Bond Girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), is five years and three days older than Sean Connery, who played James Bond in that Bond movie. And Diana Rigg, who played the Bond Girl Teresa "Tracy" Bond (aka Teresa "Tracy" Draco aka Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo) in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), was a year older than George Lazenby, who played James Bond in that Bond film.
Approximately 1,500 people were hired as extras and background artists 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 totaling around 10,000 people.
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 in fact 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 HQ building, 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 the earlier James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), but in fact is a reference to Spectre (2015)'s Supervising Locations Manager Emma Pill .
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 centre of Rome. The funeral was staged in between the columns that connects the two large wings which houses the museum. The film team were actually supposed to film the funeral scene at the Verano cemetery, which is a famous early 19th 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 59 sections which illustrate the history of Roman civilization . . .". In the earlier James Bond film 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 were eventually able to film at the location. They did not actually 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.
As an in-joke among cast and crew, a prescription for Viagra (indicated for male sexual dysfunction) 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 92 alcoholic units per week, which would make him an alcoholic, at high risk of liver problems, impotence, and an early death.
While at the bar in the clinic, When Bond asks Q 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 in the year prior to the debut of Spectre (2015).
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 theatre commitments.
In the classic earlier James Bond movie From Russia with Love (1963), the film's storyline deals with the Lektor Decoding Machine, the name of which was called the Spektor Decoding Machine in the original 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 SPECTRE. 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.
First James Bond film to feature the character with the code-name letter alias name of "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 in 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 mph (miles per hour). The temperature in Erfoud usually was at an average of 113 degrees Fahrenheit (or 45 degrees Celsius). On the hottest day of all, the temperature during the shoot reached 50 degrees Celsius (or 122 degrees Fahrenheit).
Screenwriter John Logan was once reportedly commissioned to write scripts for this movie as well as Bond 25 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. Months later, this rumor was repudiated but no official announcement either way has been made. Logan did pen the script for Spectre and may be considered a front-runner for hemming the Bond 25 script.
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. French actress Léa Seydoux's clothes were inspired by Grace Kelly, whilst Italian actress 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".
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 series 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 both Moonraker (1979) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
Paramount Pictures brought forward the release of their espionage movie 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 Spectre (2015) at the international box-office.
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 centre of town. The stunt team later replicated a massive explosion involving the hotel at Pinewood Studios back home in London, England, 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 preform. However, he still pushed the boundaries, flying just thirty feet above the extras and background artists with two stuntmen re-enacting the fight while hanging out the helicopter. The stunt co-ordinator, Gary Powell said: "The world of stunts has changed a lot and we're very story-orientated with all 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 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".
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 Spectre (2015) 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 (Maud Adams)'s father. An octopus is the traditional symbol of the criminal organization SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). The name of the criminal organization in the James Bond video-game From Russia with Love (2005) is OCTOPUS which was used instead of SPECTRE for legal reasons.
The movie features a ski resort setting in Solden, 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-paneled mountain-top diner and placed adjacent to its associated 3S cable-car and 5-Star "Das Central Hotel" situated onatopp of the 3048 meter high Gaislachkogel (aka Gaislachkogl) Mountain. The locale will likely evoke in a modernist way the mountain peak villain's lair of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas)'s "Piz Gloria" from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) which also featured the criminal organization SPECTRE 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.
First Naomie Harris James Bond movie where her Miss Moneypenny character fulfills the traditional role of the character of being mostly office bound at MI6 intelligence 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".
Early drafts of the earlier James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) featured SPECTRE 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 re-made as Never Say Never Again (1983)) as well as to the names SPECTRE 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). Screenwriter Richard Maibaum's original draft script for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) featured an alliance of international terrorists entering SPECTRE'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. Moreover, 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 SPECTRE 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 SPECTRE of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) film, included "members of the Bader-Meinhof Gang, the Japanese Red Army, and other modern terrorist organizations". SPECTRE 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.
Music composer Thomas Newman, scoring his second consecutive Bond film, actually started composing the movie's music during the actual filming of the picture, rather than via the usual custom of composing the film score during post-production. However large parts of the music have been reused from Skyfall (2012).
Director 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 colour and detail and life. We've built floats and maquettes, the costumes are extraordinary and the craftsmanship is amazing".
One of the earlier rumored titles for the film which proved false was the title "Devil May Care". This is the name of an actual retrospective 2008 James Bond novel by Sebastian Faulks set in 1967 and is actually a book sequel to James Bond creator Ian Fleming's novel of The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
The first James Bond film to feature the SPECTRE criminal organisation was Dr. No (1962), which was also the very first cinema Bond film, but based on the sixth Ian Fleming Bond book. The first of Fleming's Bond books to feature the SPECTRE criminal terrorist organisation was his novel of Thunderball (1965), which had been based on a screen treatment by Fleming, Kevin McClory and Jack Whittington.
The film's "Premiere of the Americas" was held in Mexico City on Monday 2nd November 2015 coinciding with the Mexico nation's '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 once extensively rumored that Spanish actress Penélope Cruz (who is the partner of Javier Bardem who played the main villain in the last Bond film 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 in the end with Italian actress 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.
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 North 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. Spectre (2015) is the only Bond film apart from Licence to Kill (1989) to shoot in Mexico. The series 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. Both Spectre (2015) and Quantum of Solace (2008) share Italy and Austria as countries used for filming. Spectre (2015) is the first ever James Bond film to shoot in the Italian capital city of Rome. Filming locations considered for this picture, according to the MI6 James Bond fan-site, which in the end were not used for the film, included Norway (cancelled), India (abandoned) and Campania, Italy (cancelled).
Actors 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.
It was incorrectly rumoured Philip Winchester would play the American CIAgent Felix Leiter in this film who was last seen in the franchise in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008) both times played by actor 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.
24th James Bond movie in the EON Productions official series and the 26th theatrically released James Bond film overall if one includes the spoof Casino Royale (1967) and the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983). And it's the 27th James Bond film if the tele-movie Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) is included.
On the Empire podcast, director Sam Mendes revealed that the opening tracking shot comprised four shots filmed in both Mexico and Pinewood Studios. He said it was influenced by Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958) and not Soy Cuba (1964) as many people believe.
The CNS BUILDING does not exist at Westminster. Physical shooting location for CNS 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.
Two-time Bond Girl Maud Adams ( The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Octopussy (1983) ) and David Giammarco immediately jetted to Toronto to present the exclusive Canadian Premiere of Spectre (2015) 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 invite-only Gala Premiere presentation and after-party for Canada, sponsored in part by Aston Martin and Belvedere Vodka. Spectre (2015) marked David Giammarco's 007th time hosting the Canadian Premieres of each consecutive James Bond film since Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and a first for Maud Adams.
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 sub-plot 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" (aka in Spanish: "El Día de 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 the earlier film Under the Volcano (1984) which starred Albert Finney who appeared in the previous James Bond movie Skyfall (2012).
Second movie where Christoph Waltz has appeared in a film as antagonist to actress Léa Seydoux. Waltz played Colonel Hans Landa in the opening scene of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009), commandeering the Lapadite family, of which Seydoux played one of the daughter characters, named Charlotte Lapadite.
After Spectre (2015), it is anticipated director Sam Mendes will withdraw from directing James Bond movies and it is anticipated that acclaimed director Christopher Nolan may take over the reins and direct Bond 25 and more to follow.
In the pre-title sequence for both Skyfall (2012) and Casino Royale (2006), James Bond tells his surveillance colleagues to "stop touching your ear". In the pre-title sequence for Spectre (2015), Bond doesn't heed his own advice, and is seen touching his ear-piece when listening in on a secret meeting.
On December 25, 2015 the band Radiohead released their rejected theme song for this film on the internet. Though the song is approximately 23 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 Spectre title appears on screen.
Third James Bond movie in the official franchise series where the opening credits sequence shows clips from previous films. The first two were Goldfinger (1964) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The gap between this time and the last is around forty-six years. Like Goldfinger (1964), Spectre (2015) 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 series to that point in time. It should be noted that in Goldfinger (1964), the third James Bond cinema movie, only two of clips were shown, and these were from the only two previous Bond movies that existed at that time, one from the first Bond cinema movie Dr. No (1962) (scene: the Crab Key Explosion), and one from the second Bond theatrical feature film, _From Russia With Love (1963)_ (scene: James Bond running from the helicopter attack).
In India, the Mumbai-based Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), 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 [James ] Bond and his leading ladies by 50%, deleting about 54 seconds of the passionate exchange. Also, 'asshole' has been replaced with "idiot" while "bastard and balls" have been replaced with 'bighead and cats'."
This film reunites actor Ben Whishaw and Andrew Scott, who previously played lovers in the play "COCK". The latter portrays a character in "Spectre" called Max Denbigh, aka "C", with the letter allegedly being an in-joke for an expletive, perhaps the name of the above-mentioned play.
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 actually named Admiral Sir Miles Messervy, and "M" comes from his initials. Judi Dench's "M" was actually named Barbara Mawdsley, again the "M" being derived from her initials. Moreover, Ralph Fiennes' "M" is actually named Gareth Mallory, with again 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".
First James Bond film to feature a Mexican Bond Girl from Mexico with the appearance of Stephanie Sigman as Estrella during the opening sequence. Despite Sigman's prominent billing in the credits, the actress only appears in the picture's 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."
Before the aerial battle above the main plaza in Mexico City, as a 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 specialist physiotherapist was flown out (from Nottingham) to aid Craig.
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.
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, Africa.
Due to the altitude in Mexico City, Red Bull aerobatic helicopter stunt pilot Chuck Aaron had to rein in his aerobatics though 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 of the machine trading punches. Director 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."
Actor Christoph Waltz was cast in the main villain's role after his notable villainous turns as a circus ringleader in Water for Elephants (2011) and as a Nazi in Inglourious Basterds (2009), for which of the latter film, Waltz won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. Coincidentally, it was Tarantino who once was enthusiastic about directing the new screen version of Casino Royale (2006).
James Bond star 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.
In the earlier James Bond films, the model of identifying and classifying SPECTRE's agents was fixed, numerical and rigorously & scrupulously hierarchical. In the James Bond novels, SPECTRE'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 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 SPECTRE desert lair set is set (via digital composition) is called "Gara Medouar" aka "Gara de Medouar" and is nicknamed "The Portuguese Prison". The film's story-line states that the SPECTRE HQ is situated inside a meteorite crater created from the "The Kartenhoff Meteor". The crater in the actual world is situated in the Errachidia Providence in the environs of the town Rissani in eastern Morocco, about ten to twelve kilometers (km) west of that town, and about fifteen km from its centre, with Rissani being located near the oasis Sahara Desert town of Erfoud which is one of the three major Moroccan shooting locations for "Spectre". Such productions as The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) (which both 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 the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010); Die Frau des Schläfers (2010) (aka The Sleeper's Wife); and Secret of the Sahara (1988) (aka The Secret of the Sahara), all also having shot there. Geological opinion has stated that it is neither an extinct volcano (as per the SPECTRE lair in You Only Live Twice (1967) which was actually a set built out on the back-lot at Pinewood Studios anyway which cost about a then very expensive US $1 million), 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 star 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 (also 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 along the River Ziz in the Tafilalt oasis near the town of Rissani. The town's history was marked by several successive invasions by Berber dynasties. Up until the 14th 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 dessert rally for Morocco women."
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".
With this Bond film, actor 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 Fleming novel first published in 1953, the Quantum of Solace (2008) title was taken from Fleming's source 1960 short story of the same name, Skyfall (2012) is a totally non-Fleming title and also not taken from any Fleming text while Spectre (2015) is adapted from Fleming text, having appeared in his novels, but SPECTRE was never the title of a Fleming novel or short story.
The painting the art dealers are selling in Shanghai in Skyfall (2012) is in Madelaine's room at the desert Spectre base, on the wall to the left of her as she looks at the dress. In reality, the real painting is missing, having been stolen a few years previously.
Actress Léa Seydoux is the first and only ever Bond Girl to have played a character in both the "James Bond" and " Mission: Impossible" film franchises. Seydoux plays Dr. Madeleine Swann in Spectre (2015) and contract killer Sabine Moreau in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011).
The Ian Fleming James Bond novels which prominently feature the criminal organisation SPECTRE actually total to only two. They are "Thunderball" (1961) and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963). SPECTRE features in a more minor capacity in two other Fleming Bond novels they being "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962) and "You Only Live Twice" (1964); the latter has Blofeld operating sans-SPECTRE. Though SPECTRE appears in the Bond movies Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963), SPECTRE did not actually feature in those films' source Fleming Bond novels, nor does SPECTRE feature in the Fleming source novels of the James Bond films Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and You Only Live Twice (1967), where SPECTRE is arguably represented, as both movie's feature arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the No. 1 of SPECTRE, the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, 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 "Q" for Spectre (2015) for him to be given an informal nickname of "Inspectre Gadget".
Second James Bond movie in the official film franchise series to feature an action chase sequence on the River Thames in London with the first having being The World Is Not Enough (1999) around sixteen years earlier.
This is the first ever Bond film whose full title is arguably an acronym - its use in the series' earlier entries in the franchise was as SPECTRE (or S.P.E.C.T.R.E). However, the earlier James Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), has often been abbreviated by the acronym "OHMSS" (aka O.H.M.S.S). However in this film, no mention is made of SPECTRE standing for something other than it just being the name of the Organisation - 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 dots between the letters.
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 director Sam Mendes, because of "the history and an atmosphere of darkness and foreboding - particularly if you're dealing with 1920s and 1930s Fascist architecture. 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 SPECTRE 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 modeled 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 SPECTRE meeting. We were able to do that on the sound stages 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".
The film's director Sam Mendes has said of Spectre (2015): "What we've got here is a kind of creation myth at play. We are not adhering to any previous version of the SPECTRE story. We are creating our own version. Our film is a way of rediscovering SPECTRE and the super villain, setting him up again for the next generation". Mendes says that SPECTRE recalls the classic Bond films in terms of the cars, the tone, the lighting and even the cut of 007'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 13th December 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 Spectre (2015) 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 SPECTRE play-set; Belvedere Vodka; Tom Ford clothing & accessories and Tom Ford Snowdon sunglasses; Heineken Lager Beer; Omega Watches; Mulberry Day Glove Black Deerskin gloves; Crockett & Jones shoes; Sanders and Sanders Chukka Boots; John Varvatos Suede Racer Jackets; The Macallan Whisky; Burberry clothing, with Eve Moneypenny actress Naomie Harris wearing a Burberry Cotton Poplin Trench jacket in the Sony 'Made for Bond' Xperia Z5 smart-phone TV commercial; apparently Persol sunglasses & 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 [See: 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 totaled 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. Moreover, 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 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 fan-site 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 back-to-back Bond picture to do this.
Both major Bond Girls, 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. Moreover, when Italian actress Bellucci was first approached about appearing in the film, Bellucci thought it was for her to play a new 'M' character to replace Judi Dench.
The first James Bond film with a male M character in the major M role since Licence to Kill (1989), although Ralph Fiennes officially became M at the very end of Skyfall (2012), so its Fiennes' second time playing his M character.
Five languages are heard spoken during the movie. They are French, Italian, Spanish, German, and English, with the latter representing the very high 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.
The Dar Bianca Villa near Marrakech in Morocco, which portrays a significant part of the SPECTRE lair in the desert in the movie, went up for sale for 4 000 000 EUR (four million euros) 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 realised a spectacular geometrically engaging villa to provide the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living. The main residence is arranged over 2 levels and comprises 2 receptions, a sleek fitted kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a fitness room. A separate guest house offers a further 3 bedrooms and has its own swimming pool. In all 880m². Surrounded by 2 hectares 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 included "Bond Pizza", "Skyfall Cocktails", "Spectre Shots", "Golden Eye French Fries", and "007 Cordon Bleu of the Month". Moreover, 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.
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 the Austin Powers movie 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 director 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 in a Bond film.
Reputedly, portraying the arch-villain in this movie, actor Christoph Waltz, in his early career, once starred in a movie, his feature film debut, called "Fire and Sword" [Tristan and Isolde (1981)], alongside actor Vladek Sheybal, who had played the villain Kronsteen in the very early James Bond film From Russia with Love (1963), where in that Bond movie, Sheybal's character was an agent of SPECTRE.
The black and white octopus insignia is a symbol of SPECTRE, 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 has no connection to neither story nor SPECTRE. 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 SPECTRE 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.
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 3,000-metre 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 the stage at Pinewood, allowing the actors to transition seamlessly between the exterior and interior sets.
Omega Watches released a new watch that features in the movie in September 2015. The make and model of the new Bond watch is the OMEGA Seamaster 300 "SPECTRE" Limited Edition with only 7,007 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 5-stripe black and grey NATO strap and 007 gun logo engraved on the strap holder. This special timepiece comes with a unique serial number and SPECTRE logo on the back".
Fourth James Bond movie in the official series 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), whilst the third was The Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in Moonraker (1979). The street festivals in both Spectre (2015) and Live and Let Die (1973) both 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.
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 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 approx. 210, whilst local filmmakers from the same totaled to about 250, but the visiting international film crew was comprised of around 600 people. All of this personnel amounted to approximately 30,000 guest room nights in Tirol, Austria during principal photography there.
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 4x4 Jaguar Land Rover four wheel drive vehicles including five customized Jaguar Land Rover Sport model makes valued at about UK £630,000 (US $1 million). The vintage car seen in the desert that picks up Madeleine Swann and James Bond which is identified by the latter is a black and crimson coloured 1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. According to the IMCDb, the Internet Movies Car Database, cars and vehicles seen in the movie apparently 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).
Director Sam Mendes disclosed during July 2015 that the combined crew total for this picture goes over 1000 people beating the number of crew personnel who worked on his previous Bond film Skyfall (2012).
One of this film's leading Bond Girls, Italian model and actress Monica Bellucci, once starred opposite James Bond character contender Clive Owen in the action-espionage film Shoot 'Em Up (2007), where Owen's performance and characterization was compared with James Bond. The picture was released actually in the year Two Double-O Seven (2007). 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 has been announced to perform the Spectre (2015) theme song titled "Writing's On The Wall". The song will be available to purchase and stream on September 25th 2015. It's the 5th James Bond Theme not to bear the title of the movie, and the third in Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond. The song itself is 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 after Tom Jones and Matt Munro and Paul McCartney (live and let die) .
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 canceled the car altogether due to the company's lingering financial difficulties stemming from the then-ongoing global economic crisis.
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, SPECTRE operated out of a volcano" in You Only Live Twice (1967) and helmed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence).
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 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 fx team used eight different planes that were involved in a number of 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, which the plane smashes through. 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".
22nd James Bond movie to use Pinewood Studios for filming and production. Of the 24 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).
According to the James Bond International Fan Club website "Interestingly, [in Morocco, actor 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, star 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 something like 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 organisation only prominently featured in just two of the Ian Fleming novels, "Thunderball" (1961) and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963), with SPECTRE appearing in a much more minor capacity in two others Fleming books, it is actually the organisation SMERSH which was more prominent than SPECTRE 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 60s Bond comedy spoof Casino Royale (1967).
The movie has recorded the second biggest theatrical opening for James Bond film in the USA second only to Skyfall (2012) and only by about US $15 million. Spectre (2015) 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 IMAX location average in IMAX history with an average of $105,000 in 47 IMAX locations.
On the Sony hacking in relation to this film, according to the website the 'James Bond Lifestyle', "On November 24 2014 hackers disabled the computer network at Sony Pictures and stole data including emails, 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."
Director Sam Mendes prefers to refer to the women in James Bond movies not as "Bond Girls" but as "Bond Ladies" whilst 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".
The official early publicity blurb for the picture 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 SPECTRE".
Air and flying vehicles 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 & MiG-23 aircraft as well. The Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander aircraft plane 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.
SPECTRE is one of a number of Ian Fleming spy and criminal organization acronyms, such as the real life SMERSH from the James Bond novels, SPECTRE, the real-life SHAPE from the James Bond films, and UNCLE from the movies and TV series. These acronyms have often been spoofed in film & TV. In the movie Carry on Spying (1964), there were four joke acronym organizations - BOSH, SNOG, SMUT and STENCH. Their meanings were BOSH: The British Operational Security Headquarters; SNOG: The Society for the Neutralisation of Germs; SMUT: The Society for the Monopoly of Universal Technology and STENCH: The Society for Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans.
Non-Ian Fleming written James Bond novels which feature the SPECTRE organization 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.
The SPECTRE henchman James Bond kills in the opening sequence has the surname 'Sciarra', a variation on the Mexican term for a hired assassin. Two of the characters in the film, Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) and Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona), the latter being the hit-man 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 ([which is] not far from the volcano Mt. Etna)." In the earlier James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967), SPECTRE operated out of a hollowed-out volcano lair headquarters.
The name of the organizational front that the headquarters of the criminal SPECTRE organization operated out of in Paris, France in the earlier James Bond film Thunderball (1965) was "The International Brotherhood for Stateless Persons". Other famous SPECTRE villain lairs in the earlier James Bond films 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).
Action star "The Rock" aka Dwayne Johnson, who was originally billed as "Rocky Maivia" in the wrestling world, is actually the grandson of Peter Fanene Maivia, who played a car driver in You Only Live Twice (1967), and whom also worked uncredited on that film as a stunt fight choreographer. Johnson was interested in playing the henchman character of Mr. Hinx in Spectre (2015), a part cast in the end 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 is 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 passing away of James Bond creator Ian Fleming who passed away in 1964.
The weapon James Bond (Daniel Craig picks up while in Q's gadget room is a Thales F90 Rifle . A Sig-Sauer P226 (9mm) is featured prominently on the train sequence as Bond gives a self defense lesson and explicitly states the make and model number. According to the IMFDb, the Internet Movie Firearms Database, weapons seen in the picture include at least one of a Walther PPK sidearm; an Orion Flare Gun; a Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol; a Heckler & Koch VP9 semi-automatic pistol, apparently "one of the first appearances of the VP9 in a feature film"; a double-barreled AF2011 Dueller Prismatic pistol, apparently "one of the first appearances of the pistol in any media"; a Heckler & Koch G36C rifle; and apparently a semiautomatic polymer frame hammer-less Arsenal Firearms LRC-2 9 mm pistol.
In From Russia with Love (1963), the criminal organization SPECTRE had a training ground situated on an isle 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". Moreover, there is a real life place called "Spectre Island" in Mary Esther, Florida in the USA.
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 the earlier Bond movie Quantum of Solace (2008). Both pictures have starred Daniel Craig as James Bond. QUANTUM also featured in the title of the James Bond video game Quantum of Solace (2008). In that sense, that makes Spectre (2015) the third time that a criminal organization has appeared as a title for all James Bond AV media. And it's the fourth time if one counts the James Bond novel COLD (aka "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 rewrite 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". Ironically, actor Dave Bautista recently appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) (which is similarly titled wording to the "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).
Spectre (2015) is the second movie in the official James Bond film franchise series to feature a car chase involving both Jaguar and Aston Martin vehicle makes and models with the first having being Die Another Day (2002) around thirteen years earlier.
Spectre (2015) is at least the 12th time in the official James Bond series that Bond is seen in a game or sport situation with a villain. In this movie, James 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 the earlier James Bond classic From Russia with Love (1963) but Bond does not partake in the game here either. In Skyfall (2012), Bond was forced to partake in a shooting contest with Raoul Silva 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 in Casino Royale (2006), Baccarat and skeet shooting with Emilio Largo in Thunderball (1965), playing backgammon with Kamal Khan in Octopussy (1983), tarot cards with Mr Big / Dr Kananga in Live and Let Die (1973), pheasant shooting with Drax in Moonraker (1979), horse-racing with Max Zorin in A View to a Kill (1985), toy board war-games with Brad Whitaker in The Living Daylights (1987), fencing with Gustave Graves in Die Another Day (2002), and pistols dueling and fun-house games with Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). It's about the 13th time if one counts the World Domination video-game with Maximillian Largo in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983).
The license (or number) 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 customised, an arguable oddity considering Bond is a secret agent.
Including her appearance in a video playback, Judi Dench has had the distinction of playing the same role in 8 consecutive Bond Films over the past 20 years, starting with Goldeneye. She is second only to Desmond Llewelyn who played Q in 17 Bond Films over 36 years, starting with from Russia with Love (1963) to his final appearnce in The World is not Enough (1999).
When the title of the film, previously known as "Bond 24", was announced in early December 2014, an American Southern television news anchorwoman mis-pronounced Spectre as "Specktree". Moreover, the Serbian spelling of the film's title spells the name differently as "Spektar".
Producer Michael G. Wilson confirmed during the theatrical release of "Spectre" that Daniel Craig is not contracted for five films and at the time of the interview Craig is not actually under contract for Bond 25. Wilson told London's The Mirror, "We think we've got him but we don't have a contract" whilst 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'.
The scene 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 Eve Moneypenny saying to James Bond at his apartment that forensics have recovered some items from Skyfall. In the finished film, Moneypenny actually says the forensics have discovered some items from Skyfall line of dialogue to Bond in the MI6 courtyard and not at Bond's home.
The first instance of SPECTRE as a crime organisation in Ian Fleming's original novels appears in Thunderball, published in 1961. The title of chapter 5 in the book 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 Counter-intelligence, 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 previous two were 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).
Following the success of Spectre, Mexico City held its first ever Day of the Dead parade, complete with floats, dancers and giant marionettes, in 2016. Prior to this, no such parade had ever been held, despite the movie scenes.
From Skyfall (2012) to Spectre, this is the first time in the series' history where two back-to-back Bond films have come out sporting 007 letter titles beginning with the same character (the letter "S") and also each having two syllables.
The title song "Writings 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, actress Brigitte Millar was once apparently attached to the movie to play a Bond Girl, believed to be for the part of Lucia Sciarra, the role which in the end was cast with Italian actress Monica Bellucci. However, Millar was cast in the film as SPECTRE agent Dr. Vogel. Moreover, actress Karen Gillan expressed interest in playing a villain in the movie.
The DB10 car seen driven by James Bond in the 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 190 mph and can get from 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds. The sleek car features a shark-inspired nose where the grille sits in shadow, tucked back beneath the main feature line. This new interpretation of the classic Aston Martin grille hints at the vehicle's stealthy character. All of the car's body panels are carbon fibre, which is exposed on the sills and diffuser, and it features a full clamshell 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 Spectre (2015), while the other two were manufactured for promotional use. One of these extra vehicles will be auctioned off for charity in 2016. When designing the car, Aston Martin invited Academy Award winning Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015)_ 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 films have one word titles; it's both Daniel Craig's fourth appearance as Bond as it was Sir Sean Connery's in Thunderball (1965), Spectre (2015) is being released in the 50th Anniversary Year of Thunderball (1965); both films featuring both an Aston Martin car and the SPECTRE criminal organization. SPECTRE is also the name of a chapter in the novel "Thunderball" (1961). That book was the eighth James Bond novel and Spectre (2015) is the eighth James Bond film to have an ice / snow sequence. Moreover, the Chinese title of Thunderball (1965) was actually "007 Averts SPECTRE". Spectre (2015) is also the twentieth James Bond film in the official series to be made after Thunderball (1965).
Acronyms, like SPECTRE, have featured in other non-Ian Fleming written audio-visual James Bond media. The animated series James Bond Jr. (1991) featured a SPECTRE copy called SCUM (Saboteurs and Criminals United in Mayhem) while the official James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) featured a media conglomerate called CMGN (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).
Development of the next Bond film Bond 25 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 will open on the same night in cinemas across the UK and Ireland as its international debut premier screening. The movie will have its Gala Charity World Premiere in London on Monday 26th October 2015. The picture will then start 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 web sites releasing video blogs and production stills of images shot and clapperboards to promote the picture in advance during principal photography after the success of this marketing approach had been seen from the previous Bond movie 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 007 days of theatrical cinema release. The official statement from the film's official site regarding the movie's record-breaking opening states: "SPECTRE has broken all 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 ($63.8 million USD) from 647 cinemas and on 2,500 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, $3.7million USD), Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden (a combined total for the Nordics of $12.7 million) taking the total for its release in the six territories to $80.4 million. In response to the number one 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 24th 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 cinema-goers like no other".
The first James Bond film where the criminal organization SPECTRE appeared was Dr. No (1962) which was coincidentally the first cinema James Bond movie. SPECTRE though did not appear in that picture's source Ian Fleming novel. The gap between the two productions of Dr. No (1962) and Spectre (2015) is around fifty-three years.
There are three distinct types of helicopter seen in Spectre (2015). 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 8th September 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 28th September 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" [Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)]. That French film's French title is "La vie d'Adèle" - Adele having sung the Oscar winning title theme song for Skyfall (2012), the predecessor Bond movie to Spectre (2015).
An octopus is the traditional symbol of the criminal organization SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). The name of the criminal organization in the James Bond video-game From Russia with Love (2005) is OCTOPUS which was used instead of SPECTRE 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).
A farmer in Obertilliach, Austria named two calves that were born on the first day of filming in the region "Léa" and "Daniel" after the film's two major stars Léa Seydoux and Daniel Craig who play love interests in the film.
The Alex Rider book series, almost like a teenage James Bond has an organization, SCORPIA which is akin to SPECTRE; their leader Zeljan Kurst is bald like Blofeld in some of the James Bond movies. Their plans are always thwarted by Alex Rider, a teen James Bond. SCORPIA is almost an acronym for what it does like SPECTRE, but SPECTRE is made up of disillusioned former secret agents who went into business for themselves. A post Ian Fleming James Bond novel entitled "Scorpius" (1988) was written by John Gardner.
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 entitled "Blood, Sweat and Bond: Behind the Scenes of SPECTRE" (2015) curated by Rankin, is published on 27th October 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 & Low and Mary McCartney (the latter whose nick-name 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 Turtle Neck Sweater in dark charcoal grey. The designer's website of the turtleneck sweater NPG-300, which sells for UK £199, says: "As worn by the character James Bond in the official teaser poster for the upcoming SPECTRE film. Crafted from a blend of [70%] Cashmere and [30%] 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 100% cashmere N.Peal NPG-299B Cashmere Cable Roll Neck in Fumo Grey sweater which sells for UK £269. The designer's website says of this item: "This fabulous 100% 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!". The James Bond character has been seen wearing turtleneck sweaters in such earlier James Bond movies as Die Another Day (2002) (Pierce Brosnan), Live and Let Die (1973) (Roger Moore), and You Only Live Twice (1967) (Sean Connery).
Fourth collaboration of director Sam Mendes and production designer Dennis Gassner. Spectre (2015) 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's got such a soul. You get more out of a drawing that Dennis would have done on the back of a napkin than out of 70 pages of technical drawings. And then his sense of color and light, architecture and style and his taste, all these things are impeccable". What the filmmakers dreamed up for Spectre (2015), Gassner says, was guided by what they created in Skyfall (2012). "That was a beginning and then Spectre (2015) 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 USA on 4th December 2015 about a month after Spectre (2015) which debuted stateside on 6th November 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" whilst part of Spectre (2015)'s story-line involves MI5.
At the global world-wide box-office, at the end of November 2015 and the start of December 2015, according to the 'Flickering Myth' website, Spectre (2015) is the " . . . sixth movie to surpass $750 million this year , joining the likes of Inside Out (2015) ($851.5 million), Minions (2015) ($1.157 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) ($1.405 billion), Furious 7 (2015) ($1.515 billion) and Jurassic World (2015) ($1.669 billion)." At the UK box-office, the film is " . . .is currently the third highest grossing movie of all time behind Avatar (2009) and Skyfall (2012)." At the American box-office in the USA, with around a US $176 million take, Spectre (2015) is the second-highest-grossing James Bond picture after Skyfall (2012), overtaking Casino Royale (2006) (US $167 million) and Quantum of Solace (2008) (US $168 million).
During the opening credits and just after the movie title, there is a part in which there is a couple falling and trying to reach other. This is a replica scene from the movie "Quantum Of Solace", where Bond and Camille escape from the Jet plane 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". Moreover, 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" (who is portrayed in the film by Léa Seydoux) is a reference to Marcel Proust's 007 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 James 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. Spectre (2015) is partly about James Bond solving a mystery by remembering his past, hence the connection to Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past".
When stopped by security, James Bond (Daniel Craig) bluffs his way into Spectre'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 star Sean Connery). The security guard laughs off Indy's fake identity by loudly exclaiming, "and I am Mickey Mouse!".
During the opening sequence, Bond and Estrella enter their hotel room, which has the number of 327. Coincidentally, there is a Dutch comic about a secret agent titled "Agent 327", which originally started as 1960's James Bond spoof.
The name and type of water vessel that James Bond (Daniel Craig) motors across Lake Altausee, Austria on, seen in the film as well as shown in trailers for Spectre (2015), 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." Moreover, 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 the country of 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; whilst Spectre (2015) featured various locations in the nation's capital city of Rome including the Colosseum and the Vatican City. Skyfall (2012) is the only Craig Bond movie [to date, November, 2012] not to feature the country of 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 an psychological evaluation with Caroline (Serena Gordon) but ended up being taken for a ride in an Aston Martin and seduced, whilst in Spectre (2015), Bond (Daniel Craig) 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. "Spectre" is the first James Bond movie in around sixteen years where a leading Bond Girl has had the profession of being a doctor. In "Spectre", Léa Seydoux's character is Dr. Madeleine Swann, a Doctor of Psychology, and is the fourth major Bond Girl in the official series 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 appearing 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 CIA 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) features Dr. Natalya Damescu (Beatie Edney - voice); James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003) features Dr. Katya Nadanova (Heidi Klum); and 007 Legends (2012) also features the above-mentioned Dr. Holly Goodhead (Jane Perry), whilst 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. Moreover, Spectre (2015) features a villain henchwoman called Dr. Vogel (Brigitte Millar) whilst the first James Bond cinema arch-villain was called the movie-titled 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 night-time car-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" aka "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 SPECTRE ring of evil. The film's official website states: "This type of ring, which has the famous SPECTRE organisation logo on it, first appeared in the film From Russia with Love (1963) in 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 SPECTRE octopus ring. These two new pieces can be seen along with more than 500 items from the Bond films including costumes, gadgets, props, storyboards and models".
Prior to the release of this movie, Monday 5th October 2015, was celebrated as the official 'Global James Bond Day' for the film. The date was marked as a celebration of 53 years of the James Bond film franchise. The 5th of October date marks the anniversary of the debut release of Dr. No (1962), the first ever James Bond film. 'Global James Bond Day' began in 2012 when the Bond movie series 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 Spectre (2015), the day celebrated the launch of the official music video for the "Writing's On The Wall", the Bond theme song from the movie sung by Sam Smith.
The film shot in three locations in Morocco: Tangier and Erfoud, while the Second Unit also shot in the city of Oujda in the northeast of the county. While the cities were pleasant places to work, the Sahara desert outside Erfoud was a very challenging location to film.
According to show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter', the picture "...could mark the end of the Sony/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. ony 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 8 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 25 percent of the movie's negative cost. In exchange, it has a 25 percent stake in the new movie plus distribution fees for overseeing its worldwide rollout".
With Skyfall (2012) and "Spectre", Ralph Fiennes became the 007th [= 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 super-heroes one. From the original television series The Avengers (1961), three actors 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 actress Joanna Lumley who would later appear in The New Avengers (1976) which also starred MacNee. Whilst Nadim Sawalha appeared in both The Avengers (1998) cinema film as well as two Bond movies: The Living Daylights (1987) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Fiennes actually appeared in The Avengers (1998) cinema movie co-starring with former James Bond Sean Connery who played the villain Sir August de Wynter. Of these OO7 [= seven] actors, both 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) cinema movie. In this 1998 cinema film, 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 (Charles Gray)'s oil rig in Connery's final official series Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
A handful of villains and henchmen in the James Bond universe have had a "Mr." title moniker. The Mr. Hinx henchman (Dave Bautista) and Mr. White (Jesper Christensen characters both appear in "Spectre" but share no scenes together. Spectre (2015) also features a henchman called Mr. Guerra (Benito Sagredo) making the movie have three characters that have a "Mr." title moniker. Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) has appeared in three Daniel Craig James Bond films: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Spectre (2015) - the most Bond films for any henchman type character after Jaws who appeared in two Bond movies. In Dr. No (1962), there was a henchman called Mr. Jones (Reggie Carter); in Goldfinger (1964), there was a henchman called Mr. Ling (Burt Kwouk); in You Only Live Twice (1967), there was a villain called Mr. Osato (Teru Shimada); in The World Is Not Enough (1999), there were two: Mr. Bullion (Goldie) and Mr Lachaise (Patrick Malahide); in Die Another Day (2002), there was a henchman called Mr. Kil (Lawrence Makoare); in Live and Let Die (1973), as with its source 'Ian Fleming novel of the same name, the arch-villain was called Mr. Big, but in the film version he was also known as Dr. Kananga, with the character's real full name in the source novel being Buonaparte Ignace Gallia; in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), there were two henchmen with a Mr. title moniker, Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith), who functioned as a buddy-team henchman double-act; in Ian Fleming's novel of "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962), the villain's employer was Mr. Sanguinetti, but this character does not appear in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) movie. Moreover, a 1987 James Bond novel by John Gardner was entitled "No Deals, Mr. Bond"; a nick-name of the character has been "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"; and an iconic catchphrase said by an arch-villain is "Goodbye, Mr. Bond". As such, these reflect how the iconic spy character himself can also be known using a "Mr." name moniker as well.
According to the Wikipedia Website, the production of the movie featured a taxation benefits controversy stating "whilst 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 [US] $20 million 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 10th January 2016. The exhibition of SPECTRE photos, according to the film's official website, " . . . includes work by Rankin, Anderson & 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 is releasing 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 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, Billfold 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".
When approaching the 24th James Bond movie, Spectre (2015), from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment, the film-makers were keen to ensure that the film followed on closely from its predecessor, the $1.1 billion global smash box-office hit Skyfall (2012) which was made and released about three years before Spectre (2015).
The staggered 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 first 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; whilst Spectre (2015) will still be playing in some theaters in 2016, marking the 10th Anniversary of Casino Royale (2006), as well a Daniel Craig's decade or ten years in playing the role of James Bond.
The movie was released in the same 2015 year as the James Bond novel "Trigger Mortis" by Anthony Horowitz. The book was first published on 8th September 2015 which was about 007 weeks prior to the world premiere of Spectre (2015).
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 18 nights over the course of three weeks shooting the stunning 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 a number of very different challenges when co-ordinating 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 a number of 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."
Director Sam Mendes was awarded the prestigious Britannia Award at a ceremony in Los Angeles, California during the film's debut theatrical release season. 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 honour 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 honour 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 & EON Productions, according to the 20-26 October 1997 edition of show-business trade paper 'Variety', characters and situations the late Kevin McClory claimed he exclusively owned included S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and the organisation's octopus logo; Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his white cat; the Bond Girl characters Fiona Volpe (who appears in Thunderball (1965)) played by Luciana Paluzzi), Fatima Blush (who appears 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 (aka 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 customised rocket-firing motorcycle (which Sean Connery as James Bond rides in the Thunderball (1965) remake Never Say Never Again (1983)).
The picture shot its snow scenes in the region of Tirol in 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". Moreover, 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 Fleming 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 authoress Phyllis Bottome, the wife of Fleming's tutor Ernan Forbes Dennis. Rob Tryan in his article 'Why SPECTRE (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 Organisation, 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 WW2."
At the end of November 2015, Spectre (2015) became the eighth highest grossing James Bond movie at the international box-office with a global cume of approximately US $ 750 million (= UK £500 million).
Actress Naomie Harris, who plays Miss Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films, became the sixth major actor who has starred in motion pictures based on works of both John le Carré and 'Ian Fleming (I)', 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 Spectre (2015). Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery are actors who have both previously portrayed James Bond on screen and both have starred in le Carré filmed adaptations, they being The Tailor of Panama (2001) and The Russia House (1990) respectively, the latter which has a title that evokes Fleming's From Russia with Love (1963) which starred Connery as Bond. 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 have starred in the same two Bond and le Carré spy movies. Moreover, Harris and Brosnan both appeared in the thriller adventure cinema movie After the Sunset (2004). The first actor to portray an M character in the Bond films, Bernard Lee, was the first actor ever to do both Bond and le Carré. Lee appeared as Patmore in le Carré's classic spy movie The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), which was the first ever 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 both Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), as has Harris played Eve Moneypenny in the two. Rachel Weisz, the wife of James Bond actor Daniel Craig, previously starred as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, with Wiesz and Fiennes playing husband and wife in that movie. About thirty cast and crew personnel worked on both Spectre (2015) and the film of John le Carré's 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 arch-villain 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 earlier James Bond film Thunderball (1965) did not involve SPECTRE but Italian 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. Around fifty years later, "Spectre" restores this Italian Connection script element by featuring a Rome setting with Italian-style gangsters for the film's SPECTRE board meeting.
As of mid-December 2015, "Spectre" is the second most successful James Bond film at the global 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.
Spectre is the fourth Bond movie in which there is a fight scene in the train between James Bond and some villain. The first three are 1. From Russia With Love (1963) 2. The Spy Who Loved Me ( 1977) 3 . Golden Eye (1995) In all the four above movies there are different actors who played the role of James Bond.
The shot of Bond walking through the doorway of the former MI6, as well as the Spectre 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/executive producer Tom Pevsner, who died shortly before production began on this film.
Spectre is the sixth James Bond movie that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have either written or have helped to right. The movies are: The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre.
Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan starred in The Matador (2005), an this espionage-action-thriller-comedy filmed principally filmed also in Mexico City in Mexico. The James Bond films to have filmed there have not starred Brosnan though. The Bond movies to have shot in Mexico have been Spectre (2015) and Licence to Kill (1989). Both Spectre (2015) and The Matador (2005), two films made and released around exactly a decade apart, feature a hit on a target, by actors Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan respectively, and both from a roof-top in a central Mexico City square.
Christoph Waltz who won two Oscars for best actor in a supporting role [Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained] and is the third Oscar winning actor to play Bond villain. The others being Christopher Walkin [A View to a Kill] and Javier Bardem [Skyfall].
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 after.
The film's opening scene, set during the Day of the Dead 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 actually on top of the building where the Mexican Senate met for 80 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 SPECTRE 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".
The massive gigantic 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 runs in time for over 7.5 seconds, took 33 kilograms (= 73 pounds) of powder explosives, and 8,418 liters (= 2,224 gallons) of kerosene fuel to explode, which is an equivalent of 68.47 tonnes of TNT. The explosion scene was shot in Erfoud in Morocco and takes place after James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) escape from the SPECTRE 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 2,100 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".
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 arch-nemesis of Bond, and a major character in three pictures. Blofeld regularly escaped from Bond at the end of these 60s Bond films. Moreover, in early draft(s) 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.
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).
When James Bond (Daniel Craig) shoots at Franz Oberhauser / Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) in the derelict MI6 headquarters his bullet strikes on the armored glass take the shape of the SPECTRE octopus. This type of broken glass octopus image has been used in publicity for the film in both trailers and movie posters.
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.
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 in another cameo in a flashback sequence.
According to the MI6 James Bond fan-site: "The last line of the original script when he [James Bond (Daniel Craig] drives away with Madeleine [Swann (Léa Seydoux] 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."
First James Bond movie ever where the James Bond character himself is ejected from an Aston Martin car vehicle ejector seat. An Aston Martin ejector seat first featured in the earlier James Bond film Goldfinger (1964).
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 towards the end of the film 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. As such, Spectre (2015) is the second James Bond movie to utilize Fleming's short-story "The Hildebrand Rarity".
Fourth movie in the series 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 whilst in a 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 Spectre (2015), Blofeld has Bond again strapped to a chair, and is then tortured in the brain with a high-tech device.
Franz Oberhauser / Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz)'s wound at the end of the film will leave him with the same facial scar that actor 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 in a 2017 Bond movie, this would mark the 50th Anniversary of the Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967).
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) (a gap of thirty-two years) 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) (a gap of thirty-four years). The Blofeld character last officially appeared in the official series in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) a gap of forty-four years.
First Daniel Craig James Bond film where Craig appears in the series 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 series style of gun-barrel openings. In both 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 on 50th Anniversary motif.
During the torture scene in which Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) has James Bond (Daniel Craig) strapped to the chair, Waltz utters a line about seeing a man being deprived of his eyes - no doubt a reference to the earlier scene at the SPECTRE 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 novel series of James Bond books.
James Bond (Daniel Craig) having a tracking chip inserted into his arm is almost identical to Casino Royale (2006) except in the earlier film, Bond sarcastically says "Ow", whilst here he mutters, "Christ," and flinches.
Second back-to-back consecutive James Bond film, after Skyfall (2012), where two actors are seen portraying an M character: Ralph Fiennes and Judi Dench, though the latter appears only briefly in the film's opening titles and in a video message in the movie.
As shown in the teaser trailer, the MI6 building is still dilapidated and broken-down from the events that occurred in the previous James Bond film Skyfall (2012). It has been abandoned and scheduled for demolition as cheaper to knock it down than repair it. Moreover, "Skyfall" is also mentioned in this teaser trailer for Spectre (2015).
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 20 gram 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 8-hour time-weighted average (40-hour work week). Thallium is a suspected human carcinogen". This sequence has a basis in fact with the fatal poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in a London restaurant using radioactive polonium.
At the SPECTRE meeting in Rome the member Dr. Vogel (played by Brigitte Millar) reads a report in German without translating it to the others. This indicates that many SPECTRE members understand German or even are German or Austrian or Swiss. But in the German version of "Spectre" this concept is changed completely: Here Dr. Vogel reads her report in Hungarian language. 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 SPECTRE has a significant Hungarian membership. This change was reported in Hungarian media and criticised as a 'bad joke'.
During Ernst Stavro Blofeld's torturing of James 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 in fact drills through the mandible jaw or jawbone and would've entered Bond's mouth. At best doing nothing, and at worst, giving Bond a wicked bad sinusitis or meningitis.
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 SPECTRE agent and the aftermath of Mr. White's suicide.
James Bond and one of the film's main villains, C (Max Denbigh played by Andrew Scott), only share one scene in the entire picture, 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 really done by Q and M.
Several scenes in Spectre (2015) echo scenes from previous Bond movies that have featured Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the criminal organization SPECTRE: Bond fights with a SPECTRE agent aboard a train (as with Donald 'Red' Grant in From Russia with Love (1963)), there is a SPECTRE 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)).
First James Bond film where Ernst Stavro Blofeld as a major villain character 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 Spectre's HQ lair in the same room with Blofeld.
In Skyfall (2012), 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 gunbarrel 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.
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 both 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 Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) has a man over at her place.
The SPECTRE 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).
Henchman 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 US naval attaché was assassinated and thrown from the Orient Express train by a Communist agent. This story inspired Ian Fleming's James Bond novel "From Russia With Love" (1957).
The film marks the first time that Daniel Craig as James Bond has worn a white tuxedo in a Bond film, and the first time he has not worn a black one at all for an entire film. The James Bond character has previously worn a white tuxedo in the Bond movies Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985). Spectre (2015) is the first time that the character has worn a white tux suit in around thirty years, the last time having been in A View to a Kill (1985). Moreover, of the previous films, the only time the James Bond character has worn a white tuxe in a Bond film involving SPECTRE or Ernst Stavro Blofeld was in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
The Ernst Stavro Blofeld villain character returns in this movie, it's his first appearance in the new continuity established by series reboot Casino Royale (2006). Officially, Blofeld's last appearance in the series 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 a SPECTRE criminal organization which does not use the numbering system for its agents and members e.g. SPECTRE agent No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 etc. In the earlier James Bond films, the model of identifying and classifying SPECTRE's agents was fixed, numerical and rigorously & scrupulously hierarchical. In the James Bond novels, SPECTRE'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 "Spectre," James Bond requests "one last thing". And the scene shows him pulling the manual stick of the car , clearly mocking those allegations.
James Bond (Daniel Craig) encounters the beautiful widow Lucia Sciarra, played by Italian 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 series: "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!".
First Daniel Craig James Bond movie where his Bond character has romantic connections with four Bond Girls. Bond goes back to a Mexico City hotel room and kisses Estrella (Stephanie Sigman) at 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), Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) was a leading Bond Girl and shared an erotic shaving scene with James Bond. In "Spectre", 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 late at night at a late hour of 9 pm (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 inverts the traditional series paradigm of Moneypenny pining for Bond. "Spectre" is the first Daniel Craig James Bond movie where his Bond character ends up with a Bond Girl at the end of the movie.
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 has a relationship with Agent XXX (Barbara Bach) whose boyfriend he had killed during that film's opening sequence. Moreover, in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Bond resumes and 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 Spectre (2015), 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 agent Alexander Litvinenko who, according to the Wikipedia website, " . . . was a former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and KGB, 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 terrorism acts to bring Vladimir Putin to power.On 1 November 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 FSB 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".
Judi Dench: Uncredited, as the former M character, in a video message. The appearance celebrates Dench's 20th Anniversary year playing her M character role, which had started with GoldenEye (1995). As such, this will probably now make Spectre (2015) the final appearance by Dench as M, as before, Skyfall (2012) had been expected to be her last.
There are a number of references to animals used throughout the film. They include: The insignia and iconography for SPECTRE is an octopus, as featured prominently during the title sequence, with tentacles surfacing from the silhouette of the arch villain, and on the SPECTRE ring of evil, and when Bond shoots at Blofeld with the bullet hitting the glass, the shatter is in the image of the SPECTRE octopus seen during trailers for the film; whilst Madeleine Swann is sleeping at the Hotel L'Americaine, James Bond sees a mouse which he comically interrogates; James Bond refers to himself as Mickey Mouse whilst gaining access to the SPECTRE meeting in Rome; Black crows are shown feasting off a human corpse in Morocco; the first thing James 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 Ernst Stavro 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, James Bond directly addresses two different animals: a cat and a mouse.
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), he character of Mr. Slate was originally called Mr. Black whilst 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 James 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 Spectre (2015) by Christoph Waltz).
This picture is not actually the first film and television production to use the same title. Spectre (1977) was the first, made and first broadcast in the same year as the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). That teleplay featured actor James Villiers who later portrayed Tanner in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981), coincidentally the last time that the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld appeared in the official series.
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 series henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel) that Dave Bautista's Mr. Hinx character is killed by a rope wrapped around his neck and tied to a barrel, that is then tossed off a train. In the movie Jaws (1975), the title shark was also subdued by barrels on the sea in such a way.
The surname of the Ernst Stavro Blofeld character, played in Spectre (2015) by Christoph Waltz, was allegedly named after Thomas Blofeld, with whom James Bond creator Ian Fleming went to school with at Eton College. Also known as Tom Blofeld, 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 date of birth in the literary James Bond stories is the same date as Fleming's birthday which is 28th May 1908. Moreover, 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 moreover, "As the creator of SPECTRE, Blofeld is in reality the spectre of Ian Fleming that looms ever present within his divided mind".
The press kit / production notes for this picture state that the character portrayed by Christoph Waltz is Franz Oberhauser and there is not 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 titled 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. Blofeld in the James Bond film's is a recurring arch nemesis villain of James Bond.
The final mention of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (played in Spectre (2015) by Christoph Waltz) in a James Bond creator Ian Fleming story, was at the start of Fleming's "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1965) book, his final full Bond novel.
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.
The ending scene which Bond drives away into the sunset with Swann was written in case Daniel Craig decided not to another film as James Bond and the possibility of the 007 film franchise being rebooted again.
Third James Bond film to feature Bond 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).
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 [Ian] Fleming's Ernst Stavro Blofeld" (who is portrayed in Spectre (2015) by Christoph Waltz). 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 ". Blofeld was originally intended to be the villain in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Second back-to-back James 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 Spectre (2015) it relates to the criminal organization hacking and getting access to government held information which its own intelligence agencies have acquired.
The countries participating in the "Nine Eyes" intelligence-gathering alliance include the real life "Five Eyes" of the USA, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, as well as four more eyes: Spain, France, China and South Africa.
Both Spectre (2015) and the earlier James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981) are book-ended with scenes that involve helicopters. Coincidentally, For Your Eyes Only (1981) was the last time that the Ernst Stavro Blofeld character, who features in Spectre (2015), appeared in the official James Bond film series, albeit unofficially, as "Man in Wheelchair".
Ernst Stavro Blofeld, portrayed in Spectre (2015) by Christoph Waltz, is one of three recurring villains in the official James Bond film franchise series. The other two are henchmen Jaws (Richard Kiel), from Moonraker (1979) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), from Spectre (2015), Casino Royale (2006), and Quantum of Solace (2008). Of these three recurring villains, two, Mr. White and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, both appear in one of the same films, which is Spectre (2015). Of the three villains, only two, Jaws and Mr. White, are the only ones who have always ever been portrayed by the same actor.
Andrew Scott, who plays "C" aka Denbigh in Spectre (2015), plays Moriarty, the traditional part of the arch villain nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, in the television series Sherlock (2010). In Spectre (2015), Christoph Waltz plays the traditional role of James Bond's arch villain nemesis of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (aka Franz Oberhauser).
The ending scene was written in-case Daniel Craig decides not to do another film and a possibility of the James Bond film franchise again being rebooted. In 2016, The Batman film franchise which was rebooted in 2005 with Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" was rebooted yet again with "Batman VS. Superman: Dawn of Justice", which Ben Affleck took over the role as Batman/Bruce Wayne.
The name of the hotel in Morocco was " L'Americain". The physical shooting location of "Hotel L'Americain" is an old palace in Tangiers Morrocco 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 the film by saying "there is an interesting link between SPECTRE and the very first Bond continuation novel, Colonel Sun  by Kingsley Amis headlining a web-page 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 USA 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".
Not only was this movie released as the same year as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), but it also shares many similarities to Rogue Nation. 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 movies 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.
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 SPECTRE octopus logo found on the ring. For comparison, it is the same pattern made at the end of early Spectre teaser and theatrical trailers.
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.
Second James Bond film in the official series to feature a climactic finale set on a bridge. The first time was with A View to a Kill (1985) which was made and released approximately thirty years prior to Spectre (2015). In that movie, the action denouement was set on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California in the USA, 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 Spectre (2015). With Spectre (2015), the architectural structure in the film's grand finale is the Westminister Bridge on the River Thames in London, England.
Second back-to-back James 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 Spectre (2015) 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 4th November 2015, Craig said that Skyfall (2012) is like a post-Assange [Julian Assange] film and that Spectre (2015) is like a post-Snowden [Edward Snowden] movie.
First James Bond movie since Never Say Never Again (1983) to feature the Ernst Stavro Blofeld villain character who in this earlier movie was played by Max von Sydow with the gap between films being about thirty-two years. Ironically, Blofeld (Christoph Waltz)'s alter ego character name is Franz Oberhauser, whose last name is derived from a character in James Bond creator 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).
Traditionally in the film series, the character of Blofeld when appearing in a major role in a Bond film, Blofeld always escapes from James Bond, just as he always has done before in the official series when a major villain character [See: You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)]. 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 allegedly be proved as a fact beyond a reasonable doubt that Blofeld was killed off in For Your Eyes Only (1981). Both Spectre (2015) and For Your Eyes Only (1981) feature helicopter action sequences at the start of each film.
Third James Bond film in the official franchise series to utilize story elements from the very 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 Tan-Sun Moon (aka Colonel Moon, played by Will Yun Lee); and the third is in "Spectre", where Ernst Stavro 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 "Spectre". The torture scene of the film is partially derived from the book's Chapter 19 which is entitled "The Theory and Practice of Torture". The relevant specific dialogue in the Spectre movie is when Blofeld says in the film 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 derived 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 Spectre movie's screenplay in 2014 is alleged to have occurred from North Korea as a response to the depiction of their leader Kim Jong Eun in Sony's comedy film The Interview (2014).
The film shares a plot element with Terminator Genisys (2015) also released in 2015: M and Q set out to stop Nine Eyes, a global network that is being controlled by SPECTRE from going online live at midnight.
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), SPECTRE's "Global Surveillance Initiative" world-domination scheme; MI6 watching and recording (including a telephone conversation between James Bond and Eve Moneypenny) MI6 agents; SPECTRE watching and recording SPECTRE agents (including video recording James Bond's meeting with Mr. White the latter of whom comments that SPECTRE is everywhere); not surprisingly, a reference is made at one point in the film's dialogue to George Orwell. Orwell wrote "1984" (aka Nineteen Eighty-Four) (1949) which has been filmed twice [See: 1984 (1956) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)] but the title of the work is not actually specifically mentioned in "Spectre".
An early draft had a completely different torture scene for James 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 burnt Bond alive. Instead, the skull penetrating torture scene from the first ever James Bond continuation novel written by Kingsley Amis was used. Ironically, that 1968 book was entitled "Colonel Sun", which has a title and an arch-villain 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 SPECTRE and past Bond films: The scene where Bond and Swann are brought to "Oberhausser"'s lair in the crater may be considered similar to the very first film, 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/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 SPECTRE 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" 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 well-known scene of From Russia with Love (1963) in which Red Grant, a member of SPECTRE 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 almost an obvious 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 Bond in Live and Let Die (1973). In addition, the costume in the beginning of SPECTRE in Mexico that Bond dons seems to be an additional nod to the henchman character in Live and Let Die, Baron Samedi. The observation room that "Oberhausser" escorts Bond and Swann to 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 SPECTRE is also similar to the chase in the same river between Bond and an assassin in The World Is Not Enough (1999).
First James Bond movie where the villain character of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (played by Christoph Waltz here) has owned a Rolls Royce vehicle. The make and model is a 1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith as identified by James Bond (Daniel Craig) in the desert. The car's color scheme includes both red and black. The last and only other previous time that a villain in a Bond movie has owned a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith was Aristotle Kristatos (Julian Glover in For Your Eyes Only (1981)) who owned a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith II. Bond allie Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendáriz) owned a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith in the second Bond cinema movie From Russia with Love (1963). The M character owns a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith in Ian Fleming's "Dr. No" (1958) novel, the only appearance of this make and model in the Fleming stories, though Rolls Royce vehicles do appear in three other Fleming Bond novels. Moreover, other previous Bond film villains, Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan in Octopussy (1983)) and Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe in Goldfinger (1964)), have both owned Rolls Royce vehicles, but not Silver Wraiths, they being the makes and models of a black Rolls Royce Phantom III and a black-and-yellow 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III respectively. The Rolls Royce luxury car seen in the earlier Bond movie A View to a Kill (1985), a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II, which was driven by Sir Godfrey Tibbet (Patrick Macnee), was actually owned by Albert R. Broccoli, one of that Bond film's producers and co-founding producer of the official series. A Rolls Royce Silver Shadow appeared in the Bond movies Licence to Kill (1989) and The World Is Not Enough (1999) which were made and released around a decade apart. A Rolls Royce Silver Shadow appeared in three Bond movies: Moonraker (1979), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). In Fleming's Bond novels "Goldfinger" (1959), "The Man With the Golden Gun" (1965), and "From Russia With Love" (1957), the following Rolls Royce makes and models appear respectively: a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, a Rolls Royce Phantom, and a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Coupe-de-Ville (also owned by the Kerim Bey character as with the film version).
This movie was released the same year as another big spy movie, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Coincidentally, these movies have many similarities. Some of these include: -Both movies begin with the main character hijacking an aircraft. -Both movies involve the main character hunting a massive criminal organization. -Both movies have sequences which take place in Morocco, and in both movies the main characters enter a compound there. -The climax of both movies takes place in London, England. -In both movies, the villain is not killed.