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Daniel Craig said that it was getting harder and harder to get fit for his shirtless scenes as James 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."
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In the Ian Fleming James Bond stories, Hannes Oberhauser, who is the father of this movie's Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), was a skiing and climbing instructor who taught Bond while he was at Fettes College in Edinburgh, Scotland. In Fleming's "Octopussy" (1966) short story, Bond says of him: "He taught me to ski before the war, when I was in my teens. He was something of a wonderful man. He was something of a father to me at a time when I happened to need one."
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Reportedly, Christopher Nolan was being seriously considered to direct this movie, until Sam Mendes decided to come back for another movie. Associate producer Gregg Wilson said: "Christopher Nolan would be a 'dream' choice for a future Bond director. We would of course be interested to have a discussion with him. We would like to do the same type of movie. It would be a dream to be with Nolan. But we always have an open mind when it comes to directors."
First James Bond movie not to feature the iconic trumpet playing of Derek Watkins. Since Dr. No (1962), Mr. Watkins had featured on the soundtrack of every Bond movie until his death shortly after the release of Skyfall (2012).
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The opening scene, set during The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) parade, is quite unique for a James Bond movie, 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 Marco Sciarra. The interior of this shot is the Gran Hotel Ciudad 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 Marco Sciarra, he is on top of the building where the Mexican Senate met for eighty years.
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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 said: "The biggest challenge, however, was to light the river at night. This involved several weeks of preparation. We lit under each arch of Vauxhall, Lambeth, and Westminster Bridge, seventeen arches in total. These lights then remained in position for five weeks. We also lit the river from ten rooftops along the bank of the Thames, from Vauxhall Bridge to Hungerford Bridge, working with Lambeth Palace, Tate Britain, and the Royal Parks to gain permission. We also worked very closely with the House of Commons, County Hall, and The London Eye to keep various lights on or off, or to change the color of their lights for each night shoot." Each night shoot involved a location team of nearly 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 smooth each time."
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Since this movie does not use an original Ian Fleming story title, there are still only four unused original titles remaining: "The Property of a Lady", "The Hildebrand Rarity", "Risico", and "007 in New York" ("Agent 007 in New York"). The word "Hildebrand" does appear in the name of the closed "rarities" shop and safe house in this movie.
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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.
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Gary Oldman was approached for the role of Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld, but he was unwilling to commit to six months production worldwide.
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Monica Bellucci previously auditioned for a Bond Girl role prior to being cast in this movie. In 1997, in an interview with Playboy Magazine, former James Bond Pierce Brosnan said that Bellucci had screentested for one of the two leading Bond Girl roles, as Paris Carver, in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), the part in the end being cast with Teri Hatcher. Brosnan said: "Monica Bellucci is a ravishing beauty, a gorgeous, gorgeous woman. She screentested to be a Bond Girl a while back, and the fools said no. Teri Hatcher stole the day instead."
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James Bond's new car in this movie is an Aston Martin DB10. The C.E.O. 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, that has ever been witnessed on an Aston Martin.
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Pierce Brosnan, who played James Bond in four movies released from 1995 to 2002, commented on this movie in November 2015, in an interview with "HitFlix". Brosnan said: "I was looking forward to it enormously. I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak, it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did. (It) is neither fish nor fowl. It's neither Bond nor Bourne. Am I in a Bond movie? Not in a Bond movie? But Daniel, in the fourth go-round, has ownership of it. He had a nice looseness to him. He's a mighty warrior, and I think he found a great sense of himself in this one, with the one-liners and a nice playfulness there. Just get a tighter story, and he'll have another classic. I think the guy was just fairly banjaxed by playing it. By the time you finish making a Bond movie, you don't want to hear the name, see the name, or have anything to do with it, because you just want to go to ground. Give him another year off here, and he'll be ready to rock and roll for sure."
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Despite Skyfall (2012) being shot entirely on digital, and rumors that James Bond movies would be shot digitally from then on, this and No Time to Die (2021) were shot on 35mm film.
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S.P.E.C.T.R.E., in the earlier James Bond movies, stood for Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion. S.P.E.C.T.R.E. has also been known as the Special Executor for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion. James Bond creator Ian Fleming originally had the acronym meaning slightly more simply, the Special Executive for Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion.
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Third James Bond movie to show Bond's home after Dr. No (1962) and Live and Let Die (1973). Producer Barbara Broccoli said of Bond's apartment in this movie: "At the beginning of pre-production I said to (production designer) Dennis (Gassner) that Bond's apartment will be one of the most difficult sets to get right, and after we shot it, he said, 'You were right about that', because everyone has an idea in their minds about the kind of place where Bond would live." Broccoli added: "When you actually sit down and figure out what that should be, everyone has different expectations. We knew it would be tricky, but Dennis did a great job, and Daniel (Craig) was also very involved in that set design, because it indicates a lot about the character of Bond himself, and what he calls home." Craig personally selected many of the items found in Bond's home in this movie.
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According to Robbie Collin in the U.K. newspaper "The Telegraph", "Bond author Ian Fleming invented S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in 1959 to replace James Bond's usual, Soviet, enemies. Fleming believed the Cold War might be about to end, and wanted to keep his spy thrillers relevant." Fleming's S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Executive Cabinet included "21 people, including former Gestapo members, Soviet spy group S.M.E.R.S.H., Josip Broz Tito's secret police, Italian, Corsican, and Turkish organized crime gangs", its goals were "profiteering from conflict between the superpowers, eventual world domination", and its methods included "counterintelligence, brainwashing, murder, and extortion using weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological and orbital)."
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In December 2014, nine high-end Land Rover Discoverys, including five customized Range Rover Sports, valued at about £630,000 ($1 million U.S. dollars), set for filming in the Austrian Alps were stolen from a parking lot in Neuss near Düsseldorf, Germany.
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Before her audition, Léa Seydoux said she drank some alcohol, forgot some of her lines, and basically botched up her reading. Seydoux asked if she could come back another day, which the filmmakers allowed, and was, in the end, successful in landing the lead Bond Girl role of Dr. Madeleine Swann.
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Fourth appearance by Daniel Craig as James Bond. Speculation around the time of the release of this movie was mounted as to whether Craig would do a fifth movie. After long speculation, he said that he would do a fifth and final film.
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The painting the art dealers are selling in Shanghai, China in Skyfall (2012) is in Dr. Madeleine Swann's (Léa Seydoux's) room at the desert S.P.E.C.T.R.E. base, on the wall to the left of her as she looks at the dress. In real-life, the real painting is missing, having been stolen a few years previously.
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Reportedly, the movie went over budget and was on track to be the most expensive movie of the James Bond franchise ever made, with costs over $300 million U.S. Its estimated cost at completion was expected to be around $350 million U.S. A Bond movie with an estimated $300 million-plus U.S. budget would be the most expensive Bond movie ever, by far. The previous had been Quantum of Solace (2008), with an estimated budget of approximately $200 million U.S. However, the reports regarding this movie were exaggerated, and the budget actually ended up being "just" $245 million U.S.
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This is the first James Bond movie since Die Another Day (2002) to feature the iconic gun barrel sequence at the start of the movie. 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).
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Following the success of this movie, Mexico City held its first The Day of the Dead parade, complete with floats, dancers, and giant marionettes, in 2016. Prior to this, no parade had ever been held, despite the movie scenes.
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The video message Bond receives from M (Dame Judi Dench) features her character wearing a blue blouse, sitting on a sofa in her flat, as seen in Skyfall (2012). In that movie, she is wearing the same outfit, sitting in the same place in the scene where she clicks on Silva's link to view the YouTube video containing the identity of the N.A.T.O. agents. This means that M filmed her message directly after that scene took place, meaning that she knew about Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona) as far back as that moment in Skyfall (2012).
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Director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan came up with the main concept for the plot together, according to former James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who ended up returning to the franchise to do re-writes on the screenplay, because the inner sanctum of the production (the star, director, and producers) were not allegedly satisfied with the script.
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The climax involved filming on 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.
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Reportedly, Daniel Craig's salary on this movie was £25.4 million ($39 million U.S.), allegedly making Craig the highest-paid actor to portray James Bond.
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The logistics of filming the car chase in Rome, Italy were difficult to marshal, according to stunt coordinator Gary Powell, who said: "In Rome, we saw a load of roads we liked, and sometimes the road is specific to a stunt, because it had a feature which would be really nice to jump. A lot of the time when we asked for permission, we would get a yes, but some of the time we'd get a no, so we would have to try and find other roads. It was a constant process to find the right location to fit the stunts. There was a lot of toing and froing in Rome." In the end, the production was able to shut down key portions of the city, including a section alongside the Tiber, looking towards St. Peter's Square and the Coliseum. Though the audience only ever sees two cars on-screen, the second unit used a total of eight Aston Martins, and seven Jaguars to shoot the chase. Vehicle supervisor Chris Corbould stated that the Rome car chase allowed no room for error: "The stunt drivers were driving around Rome at one hundred miles (one hundred sixty kilometers) per hour, so absolutely everything had to be perfect as far as their performance was concerned. We didn't want the drivers to get injured, and also we didn't want them damaging buildings that are thousands of years old. The stakes were pretty high. We spent a lot of time testing the cars, making sure they could cope with the punishing regiment that the guys put them through."
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Apart from a cameo in 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens' (2015), this was the first acting role in a feature film of Daniel Craig in three years. Craig's previous movie had been the previous Bond movie Skyfall (2012).
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The Rome chase sequence between James Bond's (Daniel Craig's) Aston Martin DB10 and Mr. Hinx's (Dave Bautista's) Jaguar C-X75 marks the first time two prototype vehicles have been featured in a Bond movie. It's also the first time any prototype car has been used in a Bond movie. However, in Casino Royale (2006), he drove a Ford Mondeo sport model, which was not on the market at time of production.
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Dave Bautista is the fourth actor with a professional wrestling background to play a James Bond villain, following in the footsteps of Harold Sakata (Goldfinger (1964)), Peter Fanene Maivia (You Only Live Twice (1967)), and Pat Roach (Never Say Never Again (1983)).
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The movie shares several of the same shooting locations as The Living Daylights (1987), including Tangier, Morocco, London, England, and Austria.
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As an in-joke amongst cast and crew, a prescription for Viagra for James Bond was put in the set of the clinic on the mountain top. It may have been a response to the outcome of a study published in the British Medical Journal, whereby doctors had kept track of Bond's alcohol consumption in the novels. They concluded that Bond consumes an average of ninety-two alcoholic units per week, which would make him an alcoholic, at high risk for liver problems and impotence.
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Daniel Craig's favorite James Bond movie is From Russia with Love (1963), and also Sir Sean Connery's favorite movie. That movie contained an action scene involving a brutal train fight, where Bond fought against a powerful adversary. Similar to this, in this movie, Bond engages in a brutal train fight with another powerful adversary. And still another Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), had a similar fight onboard a train.
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The "Day of the Dead" (Día de los Muertos) festival seen in this movie's trailer, and in the opening sequence, is a real-life Mexican national holiday where all banks are closed. The public holiday is particularly celebrated throughout Mexico, but also in other countries across the globe. Elegant Skulls or La Calavera Catrinas, used in the Day of the Dead celebrations, are artistic manifestations of altars and calavera costumes of the Day of the Dead. An image of one of these skulls featured in the background of one of the main movie posters. Nevertheless, there are no Day of the Dead parades in Mexico, as shown in the movie: the writers somehow mixed Brazil's Carnaval celebrations with the Day of the Dead Mexican tradition, two completely different events.
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When James Bond shoots at Franz Oberhauser (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) in the derelict MI6 Headquarters, his bullet strikes on the armored glass, taking the shape of the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. octopus. This type of broken glass octopus image has been used in publicity for this movie in trailers and movie posters.
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S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agents in the earlier James Bond movies often wore a gold "Ring of Evil". According to the book "James Bond: The Secret World of 007" (2006) by Alastair Dougall, "Top operatives of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and (Ernst Stavro) Blofeld himself, could sometimes be recognized by a distinctive octopus ring, which symbolized the organization's tentacular reach into the murkiest depths of world crime."
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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 movie, has not been put up for sale until after its screen appearance, as Aston Martin feared other manufacturers "may try to copy its sleek design". Also, the gadgets in the new car were labelled with Dymo Tape, a cheap punched adhesive labelling system, which is an in-joke nod to the labels in the original Aston Martin car from Goldfinger (1964).
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(At around fifteen minutes) One of the eyes seen in the opening credits sequence is that of actress, model, writer, and director Karen Gillan. Gillan had expressed interest in playing a Bond villain so she could lick Daniel Craig's head.
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Approximately 1,500 people were hired as extras for the pre-opening titles sequence in Mexico, which included the Day of the Dead festival. CGI effects meant the number would be able to be multiplied to represent an estimated crowd scene totalling around 10,000 people.
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Initially, financing and distribution arrangements for this movie and No Time to Die (2020) were frequently reported together, suggesting that development of these two James Bond movies were being set up for a two-year cycle, with No Time to Die (2020) being targeted for a 2017 release. However, Daniel Craig stated that there was a plan by the studio to film two Bond movies back-to-back, but he balked at the idea, due to the enormity of their productions.
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The movie's trailers, and some movie posters, featured a black background with a ballistics bullet hole mark with a subtle version of the original S.P.E.C.T.R.E. octopus in the shattering glass. This is evocative of the final scene of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The bullet hole octopus shape is seen in this movie when James Bond (Daniel Craig) shoots unsuccessfully at Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz).
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The title is one of a few James Bond movies which utilized text written by James Bond creator Ian Fleming, but were not the actual titles of Fleming Bond novels or short stories. 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 movie of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)).
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The massive explosion seen towards the end of this movie has been awarded a Guinness World Record as the largest movie stunt explosion of all time. The award was presented to the movie's special effects and miniature effects supervisor, Chris Corbould. The explosion lasts for over 7.5 seconds, took thirty-three kilograms (seventy-three pounds) of powder explosives, and 8,418 liters (2,224 gallons) of kerosene to explode, which is an equivalent of sixty-eight metric tons (seventy-five tons) of TNT. The explosion scene was shot in Erfoud, Morocco, and takes place after James Bond and Dr. Madeleine Swann escape from the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. lair headquarters, situated in the base of a meteorite crater. The movie's production notes state: "Here, the special effects team oversaw what might well be the largest movie explosion ever. The team brought in over twenty-one hundred gallons of kerosene to fuel the massive blast." Chris Corbould has said: "It is most definitely the biggest explosion of my career. It was complicated to plan and to pull off, but it was more than worth it." Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said: "The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries. The scene featuring the world's largest film explosion is spectacular, and will live long in the memory as one of the outstanding moments on the Bond franchise."
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First James Bond movie to be shot with anamorphic lenses since Die Another Day (2002). Also, this movie is director Sam Mendes' first experience shooting with this format.
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At one point, the story outline was a well-guarded top secret, the contents known only to Daniel Craig, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and a few other selected personnel at EON Productions.
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Dame Judi Dench's cameo appearance makes this movie her eighth James Bond movie. Dench is the fourth most frequent actor or actress to appear in the franchise, after third placed Bernard Lee, who portrayed M in eleven movies, second placed Lois Maxwell who played Miss Moneypenny in fourteen movies, and first placed Desmond Llewelyn who was Q in seventeen movies.
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According to the book "Bond on Bond" (2015) by Sir Roger Moore, producer Kevin McClory (who previously owned the movie rights to S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the character Ernst Stavro Blofeld, any Thunderball (1965) remake, and other various outlines, scripts and treatments) "had been a long-time pain in Eon's behind, and they couldn't use the Blofeld character or his organization (S.P.E.C.T.R.E.) for fear of litigation, which is how the QUANTUM idea came about, as originally the producers (Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson) had hoped to introduce Spectre as the villains in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008), but now (in 2013), seven years after McClory's death (when a settlement was made by MGM and EON Productions with McClory's estate), they could finally bring everything back under one roof."
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Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, Danny Boyle, Shane Black, Christopher Nolan, and Nicolas Winding Refn, were considered to direct before Sam Mendes agreed to return after directing Skyfall (2012).
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The casting agency character specifications for "Mr. Hinx" (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."
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The Royal Doulton bulldog figurine, with the Union Jack on it, which James Bond inherited from M at the end of Skyfall (2012), can be seen on the coffee table in James Bond's (Daniel Craig's) apartment when Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) visits there.
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Third time in the history of the franchise that an actress playing a leading Bond Girl is older than the actor portraying James Bond. Monica Bellucci (Lucia Sciarra) is three years and five months older than Daniel Craig. Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), is five years and three days older than Sir Sean Connery, and Dame Diana Rigg, who played Teresa "Tracy" Bond (Teresa "Tracy" Draco, Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo) in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), is a year older than George Lazenby.
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Before Christoph Waltz was cast as the villain, Chiwetel Ejiofor was considered for the role.
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Kevin Spacey was rumored at one time to play the main villain, as he had been also for Skyfall (2012). While Spacey was considered to play the villain in Skyfall (2012), before production delays and scheduling conflicts with his play Richard III interfered with his casting, he has indicated, on the record, that he was never offered nor considered to play the James Bond villain in this movie, and doesn't know why and from where these rumors keep eventuating.
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With a running time of 163 minutes, or two hours and 43 minutes, 'No Time to Die' (2020) has the longest ever running time for a Bond movie. At two hours and twenty-four minutes, 'Casino Royale' (2006) was once the longest James Bond movie, beating the previous record holder On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) by four minutes, until the release of Spectre (2015), which beat it by another four minutes. 'Spectre' (2015) was recently the longest James Bond movie record holder, with a running time of two hours and twenty-eight minutes. Daniel Craig has now played Bond in the four longest Bond movies of all time: 'No Time to Die' (2020, 'Spectre' (2015), Skyfall (2012), and Casino Royale (2006). The former long-time record holder, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), is now in fifth place, with Skyfall (2012) in fourth. Conversely, Daniel Craig has also starred in the shortest theatrical Bond film to date, Quantum of Solace (2008), which has a running time of only one hour and forty-six minutes..
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Jesper Christensen is the first actor to play the same Bond villain or henchman more than twice in a James Bond movie. Christensen beat the tie between Anthony Dawson playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Thunderball (1965) and From Russia with Love (1963); and Richard Kiel playing Jaws in Moonraker (1979) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Kiel also portrayed Jaws in the video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003).
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During this movie 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 appeared as the major villain. These movies 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.
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First James Bond movie to show the home of Miss Eve Moneypenny.
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Although supposedly acting as a lone wolf rogue agent in this movie, James Bond gets more help in this movie from MI6 than ever before, M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), Bill Tanner (Rory Kinnear), and Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), who all actively assist him.
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A huge sand storm blew in on the first day of filming in Erfoud, Morocco, shutting down production for the entire afternoon, as there was no visibility at all. The crew had to take cover in their vehicles as winds reached fifty miles per hour. The temperature in Erfoud usually was at an average of one hundred thirteen degrees Fahrenheit (forty-five degrees Celsius). On the hottest day of all, the temperature during the shoot reached one hundred twenty-two degrees Fahrenheit (fifty degrees Celsius).
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In this movie, and also seen in the trailer, there is a shot of a war memorial with a list of names of "Those who died in the service of their country". The names are largely members of the movie crew, such as art department assistant directors Fergus Clegg and Archie Campbell-Baldwin. As James Bond see the names on the memorial wall at the old MI6 Headquarters, the camera focuses on 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 Dame Diana Rigg, who also appeared in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), but is actually a reference to this movie's supervising locations manager, Emma Pill.
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The opening long take actually comprises six separate shots digitally combined to make it look like one seamless take.
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It was rumored that the classic James Bond henchman Jaws would make an appearance in this movie. What was publicized was that there was a definite intention for there to be a villain in this movie who was iconic, like Jaws, Oddjob, or Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
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Andrew Scott allegedly replaced Chiwetel Ejiofor. Rumors have reported Scott was cast because his salary was $1 million less than Ejiofor.
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The costumes worn by the leading Bond Girls, according to costume designer Jany Temime, who also designed the costumes for Skyfall (2012), were inspired by real-life movie stars of from the 1950s. Léa Seydoux's clothes were inspired by Grace Kelly, while Monica Bellucci's outfits were inspired by Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, Italian screen goddesses, who were, according to Temime, "all waist and hips and boobs."
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In From Russia with Love (1963), the storyline dealt with the Lektor Decoding Machine, the name of which was called the Spektor Decoding Machine in the Ian Fleming novel "From Russia with Love" (1957). Its name was changed because of its similarity with the name of the fictitious criminal spy organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Fleming based this device on his knowledge of the Enigma Decoding Machine from World War II. Fleming was involved with the Ultra Network, who cracked the Enigma Code in 1939. The Ultra Network's activities were not released until 1975, in a book called A Man Called Intrepid (1979). Fleming's friend Sir William Stevenson wrote the book, which was published at the time when the closed period on wartime secrets expired, and the records were finally declassified.
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Pre-production on this movie began during the making and release of Skyfall (2012). Similarly, pre-production on Quantum of Solace (2008) began before Casino Royale (2006) started filming.
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First James Bond movie for Daniel Craig where he received billing as a producer, credited for the job and duties of "co-producer".
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First James Bond movie where Bond is ejected from an Aston Martin ejector seat. An Aston Martin ejector seat first featured in Goldfinger (1964). It was also referred to but not used on the drive to Scotland with M in Skyfall (2012).
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Paramount Pictures brought forward the release of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), the fifth in their spy film franchise, as the movie was completed earlier than expected, so as to avoid competing with this movie at the international box-office.
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Director Sam Mendes originally declined working on another James Bond movie, first around the time that Skyfall (2012) launched, and again in March 2013. Reportedly, the production of this movie was delayed a year to get Mendes back, as he could not do the movie earlier, due to theater commitments.
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Thirteenth film in the official James Bond franchise to feature an Aston Martin vehicle, and also the sixth variant of the range. The previous makes and models were the silver birch Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), this movie, and very briefly in The World Is Not Enough (1999) as a satellite image (its other shots were cut); the Aston Martin DBS in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), and very briefly in Diamonds Are Forever (1971); the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante in The Living Daylights (1987); the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish in Die Another Day (2002); the Aston Martin DBS V12 in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008); and now the Aston Martin DB10 in this movie.
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This movie shot in three different locations in Mexico City, The Gran Hotel, Plaza Tolsá, and the Zócalo, the latter which is the main square in the center of town. The stunt team later replicated a massive explosion involving the hotel at Pinewood Studios, although the Zócalo played host to a huge sequence involving an out-of-control helicopter piloted by the world-famous Red Bull aerobatic pilot Chuck Aaron. The Red Bull helicopter is built especially for barrel rolling and free diving. Due to the altitude in Mexico City, Aaron was limited in the aerobatics he could perform. However, he still pushed the boundaries, flying just thirty feet above the extras with two stuntmen re-enacting the fight while hanging out of the helicopter. Stunt coordinator Gary Powell said: "The world of stunts has changed a lot, and we're very story-orientated with all of our action scenes, which is great, because a lot of films forget the story, and just do 'crash, bang, wallop!'" Powell says the Mexico helicopter scene is integral to the story: "We don't just blow stuff up because it looks good. With all of the action in a James Bond film, we tell a story while we're doing it." As much action as possible was shot in-camera, as is the case with every Bond movie. Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould said: "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."
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While at the bar in the clinic, when James Bond (Daniel Craig) asks Q (Ben Whishaw) about his hotel in the Alps, Q says "The Pevsner". This is a reference to Tom Pevsner, former executive producer of the Bond film franchise from For Your Eyes Only (1981) until GoldenEye (1995), who died in 2014.
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Daniel Craig confessed in publicity interviews that this particular 007 movie was the most enjoyable of all that he'd worked on, as of its release.
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First Naomie Harris James Bond movie where Miss Eve Moneypenny fulfills the traditional role of the character of being mostly office bound at MI6 Headquarters. Harris says: "Moneypenny, in this film, is behind the desk again. She's not out with Bond in the field. She is still assisting him, but this time doing something much more secretive."
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Third James Bond movie featuring Jesper Christensen, who appeared in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). Skyfall (2012) is the only Daniel Craig Bond movie in which Christensen has not appeared.
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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 featured flashback sequences in Austria, where this movie was partially filmed. Hannes Oberhauser, in the story, was murdered by Major Dexter Smythe, who, in the movie, Octopussy (1983), is the title character Octopussy's (Maud Adams's) father. An octopus is the traditional symbol of the criminal organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion). The name of the criminal organization in the James Bond video game From Russia with Love (2005) is O.C.T.OP.U.S., which was used instead of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., for legal reasons.
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According to the MI6 James Bond fansite: "The last line of the original script when he (Bond) drives away with Madeleine, had Bond echoing his final line from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), but this was cut. Craig insisted on reshooting the scene where Moneypenny visits Bond's flat towards the end of filming. Dialogue about gossip at MI6, and theories of why he went to Mexico were removed. The scene also originally ended with Moneypenny hearing a women's voice coming from Bond's bedroom."
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Hoyte Van Hoytema replaced Roger Deakins as director of photography when the latter, who had lensed Skyfall (2012), withdrew from this movie.
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John Logan was once reportedly commissioned to write scripts for this movie, as well as No Time to Die (2020) 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 James Bond movies 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 (producers) Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to pen Spectre (2015) and Bond 25 as a two-parter." Several months later, this rumor was repudiated, but no official announcement either way had been made. Logan did pen the script for this movie, and may have been considered a front-runner for helming the No Time to Die (2020) script.
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First James Bond movie where Daniel Craig is not seen shirtless during the movie, except for the opening credits sequence.
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The production team had been reported as wanting to include an iconic henchman for this movie, in the tradition of Jaws and Oddjob. This has resulted in the character of Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista). Sadly though, prior to principal photography starting in December 2014, two of the James Bond franchise iconic henchmen died in 2014, they being Geoffrey Holder in October 2014, who played Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die (1973), and Richard Kiel in September 2014, who portrayed Jaws in Moonraker (1979) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
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First James Bond movie to feature the character with the code name "C" (as with "M", "Q", and "R"). "C" is Max Denbigh, head of MI5, portrayed by Andrew Scott. Denbigh is the fourth main character in the franchise in the British Secret Service to have a single code letter name, and he's the fifth if one counts the Russian Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) who was code-named Agent XXX.
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When M meets James Bond at the safe house, the sign on the door states the premises as being "Hildebrand & Company - Rarities & Antiquities". The Hildebrand safe house is a reference to Ian Fleming's short story in the "For Your Eyes Only" (1960) anthology called "The Hildebrand Rarity". Large portions of "The Hildebrand Rarity" were used in Licence to Kill (1989) starring Timothy Dalton as James Bond. These included the Milton Krest character.
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Reportedly, Dave Bautista had publicly declared himself to be a big James Bond fan several years prior to him being cast as henchman Mr. Hinx in this movie.
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Early drafts of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) featured S.P.E.C.T.R.E., but had to be removed for legal reasons, due to a dispute with then rights owner Kevin McClory, who owned the movie remake rights to Thunderball (1965) (which he remade as Never Say Never Again (1983)) as well as to the names "S.P.E.C.T.R.E." and "Ernst Stavro Blofeld". An early version of the script intended to have Blofeld return as the villain for the first time since Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Richard Maibaum's original draft script for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) featured an alliance of international terrorists entering S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s headquarters and deposing Blofeld, before trying to destroy the world for themselves, to make way for a New World Order. This script was deemed too political by producer Albert R. Broccoli. Also, later, for legal reasons, the name of the villain could not be called "Stavros", and had to be changed, so was called "Stromberg" (Curd Jürgens) instead, because of its similarity with the middle name of Ernest Blofeld which was "Stavro". The traditional black suited S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Army could not wear that color either, and instead wore red outfits in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). According to the book "The Complete James Bond Movie Encylopedia" by Steven Jay Rubin, the initial hypothesized S.P.E.C.T.R.E. of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), included "members of the Bader-Meinhof Gang, the Japanese Red Army, and other modern terrorist organizations." S.P.E.C.T.R.E. does appear briefly in the original Ian Fleming novel "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962), one of few of Fleming's Bond novels to do so.
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Director Sam Mendes said of the movie's pre-titles sequence featuring the Mexican Day of the Dead parade and festival: "I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment. It's the Day of the Dead, everywhere you look, there's color and detail, and life. We've built floats and maquettes, the costumes are extraordinary, and the craftsmanship is amazing."
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Composer Thomas Newman, scoring his second consecutive James Bond movie, started composing the music during filming, rather than via the usual custom of composing during post-production. However, large parts of the music were re-used from Skyfall (2012).
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This movie's "Premiere of the Americas" was held in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, November 2, 2015, coinciding with the Mexican "Day of the Dead" festivities, which feature in the opening sequence. This is the first time that Mexico has hosted an international James Bond launch. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli 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 U.K. 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."
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One of the earlier rumored titles for this movie, which proved to be false, was the title "Devil May Care". This is the name of a retrospective 2008 James Bond novel by Sebastian Faulks, set in 1967, and is a book sequel to Ian Fleming's novel "The Man With The Golden Gun".
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At the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. meeting in Rome, Dr. Vogel (Brigitte Millar) reads a report in German without translating it to the others. This indicates that many S.P.E.C.T.R.E. members understand German, or are German, Austrian, or Swiss. But in the German version of this movie, this concept is changed completely: Here, Dr. Vogel reads her report in Hungarian. Why the German distributor changed the original language in this scene, and chose especially Hungarian instead is unknown, but this movie implies now, in the German version, that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. members understand a lot of languages fluently. This change was reported in Hungarian media, and criticized as a "bad joke".
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Before the aerial battle above the main plaza in Mexico City, as The Day Of The Dead procession was taking place, Bond is seen walking, not running after Marco Sciarra. This is because Daniel Craig had hurt his leg filming a previous scene and couldn't run. A physiotherapist was flown in (from Nottingham) to aid Craig.
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It was confirmed on-line on July 11, 2017 that Daniel Craig would return for No Time to Die (2021).
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On the Empire podcast, director Sam Mendes revealed that the opening tracking shot comprised four shots filmed in Mexico and at Pinewood Studios. He said it was influenced by Touch of Evil (1958), and not Soy Cuba (1964), as many people believe.
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This movie featured a ski resort setting in Sölden, Austria, which has an eatery with a similar real-life name to the regular James Bond film franchise character of "Q". The "Ice Q" restaurant is a cuboid all glass-wall-panelled mountain top diner, and placed adjacent to its associated 3S cable car and five-star "Das Central Hotel" situated on top of the three thousand forty-eight meter (ten thousand foot) high Gaislachkogel (Gaislachkogl) Mountain. The locale will likely evoke the mountain peak villain's lair of Ernst Stavro Blofeld's (Telly Savalas's) "Piz Gloria" from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), which also featured the criminal organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E., but had its snow scenes instead shot in Switzerland. It is this "Ice Q" snow-capped mountain top setting, which was one of the deciding factors why Sölden, Austria was chosen as shooting location for this movie.
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Ralph Fiennes (M) and Léa Seydoux (Dr. Madeleine Swann) appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). That movie also featured Mathieu Amalric, who played the villain Dominic Greene in Quantum of Solace (2008).
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First Daniel Craig James Bond movie where Daniel Craig appears in the traditional opening gun barrel walk and gun barrel sequence at the start of the movie. In Casino Royale (2006), Craig appeared in an opening gun barrel walk sequence, which was different to the traditional style of gun barrel openings. In Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012), Craig appeared in the traditional gun barrel sequence, but this was situated at the end of each of these movies, with the latter having an added 50th Anniversary motif.
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The first James Bond movie to feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E. was Dr. No (1962), which was also the first theatrical Bond movie, but based on the sixth Ian Fleming book. The first of Fleming's Bond books to feature S.P.E.C.T.R E. was "Thunderball" (1961), which had been based on a screen treatment by Fleming, Kevin McClory, and Jack Whittington.
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James Bond having a tracking chip inserted into his arm is almost identical to Casino Royale (2006), except in the earlier movie, Bond sarcastically says "Ow", while here he mutters, "Christ", and flinches.
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Second consecutive James Bond movie to have the climax set in the U.K. All of the movies prior to Skyfall (2012) had their respective climaxes take place overseas.
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It was once extensively rumored that Penélope Cruz (who is the wife of Javier Bardem, who played the main villain in Skyfall (2012)), might play one of the leading Bond Girls in this movie, but this did not eventuate. This would have likely been the part of Lucia Sciarra, cast with Monica Bellucci. It was reported in October 2013 that Helen Flanagan and Kate Upton were in talks to play a Bond Girl in this movie.
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Ralph Fiennes (M), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner), and Ben Whishaw (Q), all now MI6 regular characters in the James Bond film franchise, have portrayed "Hamlet" on the stage, on Broadway, The National Theatre, and The Old Vic, respectively.
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First James Bond movie to feature a Bond Girl from Mexico, with the appearance of Stephanie Sigman as Estrella during the opening sequence. Despite Sigman's prominent billing in the credits, she only appeared in the opening sequence. Sigman has said: "The opening scenes of the film starts with Bond and Estrella celebrating The Day of the Dead in this amazing location with thousands of people. It is a beautiful scene, because it's very close to the reality of how we celebrate that day in Mexico. That was very nice for me, being Mexican, and it wasn't difficult to get fully immersed in the scenes."
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According to the TV Tropes website, the Mexican government allegedly gave some money to Sony Pictures "so that the film didn't portray Mexico in a negative way. Allegedly they wanted to suppress any mentions about Mexican gangsters, a subplot about assassinating a top ranking Mexican official, and to only show on-camera the nice and prosperous side of the country."
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The seventh movie in the official James Bond film franchise to feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E., while it has also appeared in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983). The six official James Bond franchise movies, where S.P.E.C.T.R.E. has previously appeared, include: Dr. No (1962), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), From Russia with Love (1963), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
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The scene involving Ernst Stavro Blofeld's cat was cut in theaters at India, since the conservative Indian censor board felt that the "hello pussy" dialogue was very offensive, just as the Bond Girl "Pussy Galore" was edited or bleeped in some markets around the world, including India, for Goldfinger (1964).
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Third James Bond movie in the official franchise where the opening credits sequence shows clips from previous movies. The first two were Goldfinger (1964) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Like Goldfinger (1964), this movie only showed the earlier movies of the actor playing James Bond at the time. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), the opening titles showed all of the previous movies in the franchise to that point in time.
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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".
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Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci didn't believe they would be successful in obtaining their respective Bond Girl roles in the movie, for the latter, predominantly because of her age. Also, when Bellucci was first approached about appearing in this movie, Bellucci thought it was for her to play a new "M" character to replace Dame Judi Dench.
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Radiohead had recorded a song called "Spectre", which was going to be the film's main theme. However, the song was rejected for being "too dark". The producers opted for Sam Smith's "Writing's On the Wall" in the end. Radiohead later released their song as a free download on Soundcloud on December 25, 2015.
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In both Skyfall (2012) and Casino Royale (2006), James Bond tells his surveillance colleagues to "stop touching your ear". In the pre-title sequence for this movie, Bond doesn't heed his own advice, and is seen touching his earpiece when listening in on a secret meeting.
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On December 25, 2015, Radiohead released their rejected theme song for this movie on the internet. Though the song is approximately twenty-three seconds shorter than Daniel Kleinman's title sequence for the finished movie, it nevertheless lines up such that the verse "I'm a ghost" is sung right before the title appears on-screen.
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Twenty-fourth James Bond movie in the EON Productions official franchise, and the twenty-seventh James Bond movie overall, if one includes the unofficial Casino Royale (1967), Never Say Never Again (1983), and Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) (which was actually a one hour television movie, including commercials).
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The train featured in the movie is the Oriental Desert Express, its make and model being the locomotive ONCF-series DH 370 (EMD GT26CW-2), owned by the Office National des Chemins de Fer du Maroc (ONCF), which runs on the Oriental Desert Express route, that travels between Oujda to Bouarfa in Morocco (which is nowhere near the orient).
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Fourth James Bond movie to feature a love scene or romantic interlude on a moving train. The others being From Russia with Love (1963), Live and Let Die (1973), and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
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It was incorrectly rumored that Philip Winchester would play CIA agent Felix Leiter in this movie, who was last seen in the franchise in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008), played by Jeffrey Wright. Had it been true, it would have harkened back to a tradition in the earlier James Bond movies where several different actors portrayed Leiter.
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Cast members Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz have both appeared in four movies. The pair first appeared together in the first scene of Inglourious Basterds (2009) and later both appear again in the two Bond movies Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2021). In the same year as the latter, the two are also seen in The French Dispatch (2021).
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The acronym "C.N.S." stood for a new intelligence agency, called the Centre for National Security, which was being headed up by Denbigh (C) (Andrew Scott).
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The Day of the Dead sequence involved 1,500 extras, including 77 dancers and 170 make-up artists, as well as ten giant skeletons and 250,000 paper flowers.
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Several scenes in this movie echo scenes from previous James Bond movies that have featured Ernst Stavro Blofeld and S.P.E.C.T.R.E.: Bond fights with a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent aboard a train (as with Donald "Red" Grant in From Russia with Love (1963)), there is a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. board meeting, at which a member is killed (as with Thunderball (1965)); Bond travels to a snow-capped mountain top clinic (as with On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)); and the villain has a base inside a crater (as with You Only Live Twice (1967)).
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This movie was shot on three continents: Africa, Europe, and North America; and across five countries: Italy, Austria, and England, these three all being European nations; with Mexico in North America, and Morocco in Africa. Of the non-English locations, the James Bond movies that have previously lensed in Austria include Quantum of Solace (2008) and The Living Daylights (1987), the latter movie of which, like this movie, also conducted filming in Morocco. This movie is the only Bond movie, apart from Licence to Kill (1989), to shoot in Mexico. The franchise has shot in Venice, Italy on three occasions, in Moonraker (1979), Casino Royale (2006), and From Russia with Love (1963), as well as Lake Como, Italy and Lake Garda, Italy for Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008), respectively. This movie and Quantum of Solace (2008) share Italy and Austria as countries used for filming. This movie is the first James Bond movie to shoot in Rome, Italy. Filming locations considered for this movie, according to the MI6 James Bond fansite, which, in the end, were not used for this movie, included Norway (cancelled), India (abandoned), and Campania, Italy (cancelled).
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Although special props were made for the Mexican representation of The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) Festival that takes place in the beginning of this movie, Mexico City officials lent the production eight monumental skulls that were used in the real "Ofrenda" placed on the Zócalo in 2014. A Day of the Dead Festival also featured in Under the Volcano (1984), which starred Albert Finney, who appeared in Skyfall (2012).
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As shown in the teaser trailer, the MI6 building is still dilapidated and broken down from the events that occurred in Skyfall (2012). It has been abandoned and scheduled for demolition, as it's cheaper to knock it down than repair it. Also, "Skyfall" was mentioned in the teaser trailer for this movie.
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It may be no coincidence that M's rival, MI5's head of intelligence, Denbigh (Andrew Scott), is code-named "C". The original "M" (played by Bernard Lee) was named Admiral Sir Miles Messervy, and "M" comes from his initials. Dame Judi Dench's "M" was named Olivia Mawdsley, again the "M" being derived from her initials. Also, Ralph Fiennes' "M" is named Gareth Mallory, with the "M" derivative from the first letter of his surname. The practice of the Director of Intelligence signing with a single letter dates back to Mansfield Smith-Cumming, who signed with a "C", but his first name Mansfield was a word which started with an "M". Also, traditionally speaking the Head of MI5 was codenamed "K", as in Vernon Kell.
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The movie's meteorite cul-de-sac circular crater real-life geographical location in Morocco, where the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. desert lair set is set (via digital composition), is called "Gara Medouar" (Gara de Medouar), and is nicknamed "The Portuguese Prison". This movie's storyline states that the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Headquarters is situated inside a meteorite crater created from the "The Kartenhoff Meteor". The crater in the real world, is situated in the Errachidia Providence in the area of the town Rissani, Morocco, about ten to twelve kilometers (six to seven and a half miles) west of that town, and about fifteen kilometers (nine and a half miles) from its center, with Rissani being located near the oasis Sahara Desert town of Erfoud, which is one of the three major Moroccan shooting locations for this movie. Such productions as The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) (both of which starred Daniel Craig's wife Rachel Weisz), where the crater portrayed the fictional Egyptian Valley of the Kings' City of the Dead "Hamunaptra"; as well as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), The Sleeper's Wife (2010), and Secret of the Sahara (1988), also having shot there. Geological opinion has stated that it is neither an extinct volcano (as per the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. lair in You Only Live Twice (1967), which was actually a set built out on the backlot at Pinewood Studios anyway, which cost about one million dollars, nor a volcanic caldera, nor a meteorite crater, nor a meteorite impact crater, nor a meteorite impact related crater, but is actually what is termed an "erosional crater". Coincidentally, former James Bond Sir Sean Connery appeared in a movie called Meteor (1979). "The Maverick Guide to Morocco" (1999) book by Susan Searight says of Gara Medouar: "the whole thing is a vast natural fortress, protected by this massive wall of carefully quarried stone. The function and date of the monument are uncertain, but it was possibly a refuge for families fleeing from Sijilmassa in times of trouble". According to the Wikipedia website, "Sijilmasa (Sijilmassa, Sidjilmasa, Sidjilmassa, and Sigilmassa) was a medieval Moroccan city and trade entrepôt at the northern edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. The ruins of the town lie for five miles (eight kilometers) along the River Ziz, in the Tafilalt oasis, near the town of Rissani. The town's history was marked by several successive invasions by the Berber dynasties. Up until the fourteenth century, as the northern terminus for the western trans-Sahara trade route, it was one of the most important trade centres in the Maghreb, during the Middle Ages." The Ardeth Bay website states: "It is an extinct volcano, where one can find etrilobites and anmmonites. Nowadays, the volcano is part of a desert rally for Morocco women."
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Third consecutive James Bond movie, after Skyfall (2012) and Quantum of Solace (2008), where Rory Kinnear played MI6 Chief of Staff Bill Tanner. Kinnear now takes the record for playing the character the most times in a Bond movie, previously having tied with Michael Kitchen, who portrayed Tanner in GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999) (as well as voicing the character with his image in the video game The World Is Not Enough (2000)). Kinnear has also voiced Tanner with his image in three James Bond video games, they being 007 Legends (2012), GoldenEye 007 (2010), and James Bond 007: Blood Stone (2010). Taking all of these, this takes Kinnear's appearances as Bill Tanner in all Bond visual media to six times. James Villiers and Michael Goodliffe each played Tanner once in Bond movies, in For Your Eyes Only (1981) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), respectively.
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Second James Bond movie after Skyfall (2012) where two cast members are portraying M: Ralph Fiennes and Dame Judi Dench, though the latter appears only briefly in the opening titles and in a video message in the movie.
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The cost of the Aston Martin vehicles that were crashed and blown up in the movie amounted to approximately £24 million ($36.7 million U.S.).
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The S.P.E.C.T.R.E. lair facility Headquarters in the desert, set inside the grounded remnants of 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).
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Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Naomie Harris, director Sam Mendes, producer Michael G. Wilson, and former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore appeared in a Spectre (2015) making-of behind-the-scenes mockumentary comedy sketch, written by David Walliams and the Dawson Brothers for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, which was broadcast on BBC One on March 13, 2015.
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In India, the Mumbai-based Central Board of Film Certification (C.B.F.C.), mandated, and then censored two of movie's kissing scenes between James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Bond Girls Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci be trimmed back. According to "The Times of India", "These included reducing the two kissing scenes between Bond and his leading ladies by fifty percent, deleting about fifty-four seconds of the passionate exchange. Also, 'asshole' has been replaced with 'idiot', while 'bastard and balls' have been replaced with 'bighead and cats'."
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Ben Whishaw and Andrew Scott played lovers in the play "COCK".
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Principal photography took, according to Naomie Harris, two hundred twenty-eight days.
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Christoph Waltz was cast as Ernst Stavro Blofeld after his notable villainous turn as a circus ringleader in Water for Elephants (2011), Dr. King Schultz (a good guy) in Django Unchained (2012), and villainous Nazi Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009), for which Waltz won a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Award. Coincidentally, it was Quentin Tarantino who once was enthusiastic about directing the new screen version of Casino Royale (2006).
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Daniel Craig has now appeared in each and every type of James Bond movie in terms of Ian Fleming title type and relatedness. Casino Royale (2006) was from an original full Ian Fleming novel published in 1953, Quantum of Solace (2008)'s title was taken from Fleming's 1960 short story of the same name, Skyfall (2012) is a completely non-Fleming title, and also not taken from any Fleming text, while this movie's title was adapted from Fleming text, having appeared in his novels, but "Spectre" was never the title of a Fleming novel or short story.
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As James Bond aproaches the meeting of Spectre, the members are talking about how their vaccinations against H.I.V. and Malaria are a success. There is, to date, no such vaccinations.
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The dining establishment where M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), and Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) meet is Rules Restaurant. Located on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden, it was established by Thomas Rule in 1798, and is the oldest restaurant in London.
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Following on from Skyfall (2012), this movie marks the first time since Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) that James Bond movies have had consecutive one-word titles. Those earlier Bond movies were the third and fourth Bond movies of Sir Sean Connery, while just like this, Skyfall (2012) and this movie are the third and fourth Bond movies of Daniel Craig.
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While filming the Aston Martin scenes, Daniel Craig admitted to crashing three or four DB10s. This is significant because Aston Martin "admitted" to making only a limited edition of ten, to go on sale after the movie premieres. The issue on all car aficionados' minds is did the crashed DB10s figure into the limited edition of ten? Per Aston Martin's press releases on the subject, yes, they were part of the limited edition run of ten. However, it is unknown whether they would repair the damaged cars and sell them as part of that limited edition run of ten, which would be likely to sell for well over $1 million each, considering their rarity.
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Two-time Bond Girl Maud Adams (The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Octopussy (1983)) and David Giammarco immediately jetted to Toronto, Ontario to present the exclusive Canadian Premiere of this movie, after attending the Royal World Premiere in London at Royal Albert Hall. As producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, director Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig, and the rest of the cast were also dispatched from London in various pairings to such cities as Paris, Berlin, Rome, Moscow, Amsterdam, Madrid, Beijing, and Mexico City to present a whirlwind schedule of global "Spectre" Premieres, 007 alumni Adams and Giammarco handled the invitation-only Gala Premiere presentation and after-party for Canada, sponsored, in part, by Aston Martin and Belvedere Vodka. This movie marked David Giammarco's seventh time hosting the Canadian premieres of each consecutive James Bond movie since Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and a first for Maud Adams.
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This movie marks the first time that Daniel Craig as James Bond has worn a white tuxedo in a Bond movie, and the first time he has not worn a black one at all for an entire movie. Bond previously wore a white tuxedo in Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Octopussy (1983), and A View to a Kill (1985). Also, of the previous movies, the only time Bond wore a white tuxedo in a Bond movie involving S.P.E.C.T.R.E., or Ernst Stavro Blofeld, was in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
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When Daniel Craig was chosen to play James Bond, one of the fan's complaints was that he couldn't drive manual transmission cars. At the end of this movie, Bond requests "one last thing", and the scene shows him (or someone else's gloved hand, which may be purposeful) shifting the manual transmission of the car, clearly mocking those allegations, or clearly Craig has since been taught how to shift in the intervening time, just as he did in Skyfall (2012).
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Second James Bond movie in the official film franchise to feature an action chase sequence on the River Thames. The first being The World Is Not Enough (1999).
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Fourth James Bond movie in the official franchise to feature a prominent city street festival with The Day of the Dead parade celebration in Mexico City, Mexico. The first was the Junkanoo Street Parade Festival in the Bahamas in Thunderball (1965), the second was the opening Jazz Funeral sequence in Live and Let Die (1973), and the third was The Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in Moonraker (1979). The street festivals in Spectre (2015) and Live and Let Die (1973) feature during the movie's opening sequences.
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The order of the first four Daniel Craig James Bond movies, quite unintentionally, were also listed in alphabetical order: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015). No Time to Die (2021) broke that trend.
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Sam Mendes has said of this movie: "What we have here is a kind of creation 'myth' at play. We are not adhering to any previous version of the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. story. We are creating our own version. Our film is a way of rediscovering S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and the super villain, setting him up again for the next generation." Mendes says that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. recalls the classic Bond films in terms of the cars, the tone, the lighting, and even the cut of Bond's suit. Mendes states: "Also, I wanted to get back to some of that old-school glamor that you get from those fantastic, otherworldly locations. I wanted to push it to extremes." Mendes adds: "It all starts from character with me, and I wanted to explore all sorts of different aspects of the characters that I'd left behind in Skyfall (2012). We had populated MI6 with a whole new generation of people, a new M, a new Moneypenny, and a new Q. I wanted to let those relationships develop and grow."
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First Daniel Craig James Bond movie where he has romantic connections with four Bond Girls. Bond is seen with Stephanie Sigman at the start, implying a liaison, has love scenes with Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux, driving off with the latter at the end, implying he gets the girl, and shows jealousy when he learns Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) has a man over at her place.
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Fifth successive James Bond movie, and the fourth in a Daniel Craig Bond movie, that an Aston Martin is shown suffering major damage.
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The movie has recorded the second biggest theatrical opening for James Bond movie in the U.S., second only to Skyfall (2012), and only by about $15 million. This movie has also set new box-office records in the European countries of Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands, and also recorded the all-time high opening for a movie in the U.K. at the British box office. This movie has set a new record for its IMAX format release, recording the highest per location average in IMAX history, with an average of $105,000 in 47 locations.
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Léa Seydoux is the only Bond Girl to have played a character in the "James Bond" and "Mission: Impossible" film franchises. Seydoux played Dr. Madeleine Swann in this movie and contract killer Sabine Moreau in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011).
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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".
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Due to the name of this movie, and the existence of the gadget quartermaster character "Q" (Ben Whishaw), has lead to a joke name for him for this movie, for him to be given an informal nickname of "Inspectre Gadget".
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The Dar Bianca Villa, near Marrakech, Morocco, which portrays a significant part of the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. lair in the desert, went up for sale for four million euros (4.72 million U.S. dollars) by real estate agency Emile Garcin of Marrakech about three weeks after the picture world premiered. The real estate agent's property description for the prestigious Moroccan villa, headlined as an "Exquisite architect designed villa near Marrakesh", states: "A renowned architect (Imaad Rahmouni) and associate of Phillipe Starck was the creative force behind this exquisite example of cutting edge contemporary design. Built in 2006, a harmonious combination of concrete, metal, and glass has realized a spectacular geometrically engaging villa to provide the ultimate in indoor and outdoor living. The main residence is arranged over two levels, and comprises two receptions, a sleek fitted kitchen, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a fitness room. A separate guest house offers a further three bedrooms, and has its own swimming pool. In all, eight hundred eighty square meters (9,472 square feet) Surrounded by two hectares (five acres) of parkland, with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. The property has been featured in the latest James Bond film Spectre (2015)."
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Product placements, brand integrations, corporate partners, and promotional tie-ins for this movie include: Sony mobile and Sony electronics, including the Sony RX100 IV camera and Sony Xperia Z5 "Made for Bond" Edition smart phone; Bollinger champagne; N.Peal sweaters; Hornby Hobbies' Scalextric S.P.E.C.T.R.E. play-set; Belvedere vodka; Tom Ford clothing and accessories, and Tom Ford Snowdon sunglasses; Heineken Lager beer; Omega watches; Mulberry Day Glove Black deer skin gloves; Crockett and Jones shoes; Sanders and Sanders Chukka boots; John Varvatos suede racer jackets; The Macallan Whisky; Burberry clothing, with Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) wearing a Burberry Cotton Poplin Trench jacket in the Sony "Made for Bond" Xperia Z5 smart phone television commercial; Persol sunglasses and Canada Goose jackets; vintage Px Vuarnet 027 model glacier goggle sunglasses; Sunspel underwear; Missoni sweaters; Gillette; Mac cosmetics; Château Angélus wine; Matchless jackets; Visit Britain; Clarks Nanu Rise GTX shoes; Ghost Hollywood Salma dresses; Globe-Trotter suitcases and leather goods; David Deyong Diamond Dust Sterling Silver Drop hexagon-style earrings; and GLU's James Bond 007 World of Espionage - The Official Mobile Game (James Bond: World of Espionage (2015)).
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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 movie, he orders a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, but Bond cannot have it, as they don't sell alcohol.
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The first Daniel Craig James Bond movie in which Bond does not say the first line of dialogue.
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Omega watches released a new watch that featured in the movie in September 2015. The make and model of the new Bond watch is the OMEGA Seamaster 300 "S.P.E.C.T.R.E." Limited Edition with only seven thousand seven editions of the watch being manufactured. The movie's official website states: "The model, worn by James Bond in Spectre (2015), features a bi-directional, rotating diving bezel made from black, polished ceramic, LiquidMetal 12 hour scale (so that time can be kept with any country in the world) a five-stripe black and grey N.A.T.O. strap and 007 gun logo engraved on the strap holder. This special timepiece comes with a unique serial number, and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. logo on the back."
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The name of the clinic atop the snowy mountain was "The Klinik" or "The Hoffler Klinik". Production designer Dennis Gassner says: "The Klinik was really the beginning of the adventure for me. We went to the Alps in Switzerland and Austria and Italy. Luckily, I found Sölden in Austria, and a restaurant, the Ice-Q, at the top of this ski lift, which became the foundation for what we needed. The Klinik is a little bit of an ice jewel in the middle of the movie." Gassner says that the Ice-Q structure had the perfect clean and clinical Alpine aesthetic for the Hoffler Klinik, and its position atop the three thousand forty-eight meter (ten thousand foot) Gaislachkogl Mountain made it especially attractive. With key scenes set inside the Klinik, however, the production built the interior though at Pinewood Studios in England, the traditional home of the James Bond films. Knowing Sam Mendes' penchant for the symmetrical, both in set design and composition, Gassner tried mirroring the existing architecture to form a butterfly shape. As the idea developed, the new footprint was mirrored again to form a final design that was made up of four cantilevered wings radiating around a central courtyard. To balance the symmetry of the new building, a central concrete entrance tunnel was built, both on-location in Austria, and on a soundstage at Pinewood, allowing the cast members to transition seamlessly between the exterior and interior sets.
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Monica Bellucci (Lucia Sciarra) is the first leading Italian Bond Girl since Solange Dimitrios (Caterina Murino) in Casino Royale (2006). Other leading Italian Bond Girls have included Luciana Paluzzi in Thunderball (1965), and Daniela Bianchi in From Russia with Love (1963).
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The opening title sequence was set up as an homage to Live and Let Die (1973), as this was the first James Bond movie seen by Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes.
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When James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) are in Oberhuser's Moroccan lair, two paintings can be seen hanging over their respective beds in their rooms. In Bond's, Le Pigeon aux Petit Pois (The Pigeon with Green Peas) by Picasso, and in Madeleine's, Woman with a Fan, by Modigliani. The latter was first seen in Skyfall (2012) when James Bond spots Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe) for the first time, showing the painting to a potential buyer, who is subsequently assassinated.) When Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) refers to the deaths of all the women in Bond's love life, his association with this painting serves to underscore this. These paintings are amongst the five that were stolen from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in May 2010, which together are worth about one million euros (one hundred eighteen million U.S. dollars). This could be a nod to Dr. No (1962) where Goya's painting Portrait of the Duke of Wellington, stolen from the National Gallery, London in 1961, displayed in Dr. No's lair. The fact that the Modigliani was being shown in a private transaction reflects the fact that it was stolen.
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When this movie won the Oscar for Best Original Song, recipient Sam Smith incorrectly identified himself in his acceptance speech as the first ever openly gay man to win an Oscar.
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As has been stated, the production team wanted Dave Bautista's character to be in the mold of Jaws as portrayed by Richard Kiel. This is surely why his final appearance and death are reinforced by references to both that character and the film, "Jaws". Firstly, the characters are both hugely strong and rarely speak.The final fight takes place on a train as did one of the most iconic fights between Bond and the original character and both end with the villain being ejected from the train. Bond attaches Mr Hinx to a row of barrels to pull him from the train in a clear reference to the barrels used by Quint to wear down the shark and pull it to the surface in Jaws. There are the same number of barrels on the rack in this film as there are barrels on the rack in the Orca.
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The first James Bond movie with a man in the major M role since Licence to Kill (1989), although Ralph Fiennes officially became M at the end of Skyfall (2012).
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The official statement posted by EON Productions on December 13, 2014, regarding the Sony Pictures hacking scandal reads: "EON PRODUCTIONS, the producers of the James Bond films, learned this morning that an early version of the screenplay for the new Bond film 'Spectre' is amongst the material stolen, and illegally made public by hackers who infiltrated the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer system. Eon Productions is concerned that third parties, who have received the stolen screenplay, may seek to publish it or its contents. The screenplay for 'Spectre' is the confidential information of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq, LLC, and is protected by the laws of copyright in the United Kingdom and around the world. It may not (in whole or in part) be published, reproduced, disseminated, or otherwise utilized by anyone who obtains a copy of it. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Danjaq, LLC will take all necessary steps to protect their rights against the persons who stole the screenplay, and against anyone who makes infringing uses of it, or attempts to take commercial advantage of confidential property it knows to be stolen."
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This is the first James Bond movie whose full title is arguably an acronym. Its use in the franchise's earlier entries in the franchise was as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. However, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), has often been abbreviated by the acronym "OHMSS". However, in this movie, no mention is made of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. standing for something other than it just being the name of the Organization, like QUANTUM was previously. Arguably, the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. acronym for the criminal organization has technically been removed for this movie in the new James Bond film franchise continuity, and as such is referred to as just "SPECTRE" without the periods after each letter.
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Director Sam Mendes prefers to refer to the women in James Bond movies not as "Bond Girls", but as "Bond Ladies", and this movie's fifty-one-year-old Bond Girl Monica Bellucci prefers to refer to her character not as a "Bond Girl", but as a "Bond Woman".
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With a (grossly exaggerated) production budget of $300 million U.S., this movie is the second most expensive movie ever made, tying with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007). In reality, the budget was $245 million U.S.
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The MI6 James Bond fansite states: "The backstory of James Bond's childhood, first touched upon in Skyfall (2012), is used in this film again as a central plot device" thus making the movie the second consecutive Bond movie to do this.
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Due to its violence, the British Board of Film Classification stated this movie received the most complaints out of all the movies released in 2015.
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The Ian Fleming James Bond novels which prominently feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E total to only two: "Thunderball" (1961) and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963). S.P.E.C.T.R.E. features in a more minor capacity in two other Fleming Bond novels, "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962) and "You Only Live Twice" (1964), with the latter having Blofeld operate without S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Though S.P.E.C.T.R.E. appears in the Bond movies Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963), S.P.E.C.T.R.E. did not actually feature in those movie's source Fleming Bond novels, nor does S.P.E.C.T.R.E. feature in the Fleming source novels of the James Bond movies Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and You Only Live Twice (1967), where S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is arguably represented, as both movie's feature archvillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion.
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Early rumors about this movie suggested that Fiat had signed on as one of the 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).
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Final James Bond movie seen by former 007 star Sir Roger Moore.
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007 wearing a top hat and skull mask at the beginning of this movie is reminiscent of Baron Samedi, Mr. Big's henchman, in Live and Let Die (1973).
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This movie is not the first time that "Spectre" has been considered as a James Bond movie title. 'The James Bond Bedside Companion' by Raymond Benson states that "Spectre" was one of the working titles (others were "Longitude 78 West" and "James Bond of the Secret Service") for the various original scripts, outlines, and treatments, which totalled to at least ten literary properties, that Ian Fleming, Kevin McClory, and Jack Whittingham developed prior to Fleming using story elements from this material for his novel of Thunderball (1965), which later was adapted into that movie, and from which resulted a long-standing legal dispute. Also, after McClory's Never Say Never Again (1983), which was a remake of Thunderball (1965), McClory planned "a series of James Bond movies based on the copyrights of "the film scripts" and the movie rights to Thunderball (1965). Paradise Productions III made an announcement in February 1984 that the first movie would be titled "Spectre".
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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, said 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 (Mendes used this word without looking up the actual meaning, and used an incorrect one, 'fascist' applies to a person or government, not an inanimate object). There is something dark and intimidating." Production designer Dennis Gassner says: "All cities are challenging, and Rome was no different. But what we wanted to transfer to the screen, was the sense of power you get from the architecture in that city." A key scene set in Rome, which was shot at Pinewood, is the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. meeting that introduces this movie's primary antagonist, Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz). Gassner adds: "Again, when designing that scene, it was all about power; that was what we were looking for. The original location that we modelled our interior on, was the Palace of Caserta in Naples. There was a sense of scale that was massive, and we wanted to convey that during the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. meeting. We were able to do that on the soundstages that we had available. I think that we achieved what we needed, and it is a great entrance for Oberhauser. That's a key moment in the film."
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Running at two hours and twenty-eight minutes, this is not only the longest James Bond movie, but also director Sam Mendes' longest movie. His shortest movie, Away We Go (2009), is just fifty minutes shorter.
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Second highest grossing Daniel Craig James Bond movie after Skyfall (2012), which grossed $1.108 billion worldwide. This movie earned a solid $880 million during its theatrical release. This was an improvement on Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008), which made $599 million and $586 million, respectively.
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The theme song "The Writing's On The Wall" by Sam Smith is about a man haunted by his past.
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The CNS building seen from the river Thames and from aerial shots is a computer generated graphic. At the time of filming, the area was a construction site. However, the building that was actually constructed was an apartment block. Similarly, the MI6 Headquarters across the river was replaced by a digital model to achieve the bomb damaged appearance and final destruction. The real MI6 building is still there and still in business.
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Mr White is the only Bond villain to return for three films played by the same actor, Jesper Christensen. Whilst the character of Blofeld would appear in no less than 8 Bond movies he was always portrayed by a different actor.
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The Centre for National Security BUILDING (CNS) does not exist at Westminster. The actual building on the A202 looks completely different, and is a residential building called RIVERWALK. Physical shooting location for CNS was at City Hall, Home of the Mayor and London Assembly, and in SPECTRE when digitally altered, appeared as the Centre for National Security at Westminster.
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The title for the theme song "Writing's On The Wall" shares a similarity with the earlier James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough (1999), by being the only other Bond movie to feature a song name mentioned in a previous Bond movie. "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).
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Director Sam Mendes disclosed during July 2015 that the combined crew total for this movie goes over 1,000 people, beating the number of crew personnel who worked on Skyfall (2012).
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After being linked several times, finally Sam Smith had been announced to perform this movie's theme song, titled "Writing's On The Wall". The song was available to purchase and stream on September 25, 2015. It's the fifth James Bond theme song not to bear the title of the movie, and the third in Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond. The song was co-written by Smith and Grammy Award winner James Napier Robertson. Sam Smith is the fourth British male singer to perform the James Bond theme song, after Sir Tom Jones, Matt Munro, and Sir Paul McCartney (Live and Let Die (1973)).
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Ernst Stavro Blofeld returned in this movie, it's his first appearance in the new continuity established by Casino Royale (2006). Officially, Blofeld's last appearance in the franchise was in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), although in the opening sequence of For Your Eyes Only (1981), an unnamed character (due to a legal rights dispute) resembling Blofeld was apparently killed by being dropped down a chimney.
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Makes and models of vehicles seen in this movie include: a C-X75 Jaguar, a new custom made-to-order silver two-door Aston Martin DB10 coupe, and at least nine high-end Jaguar Land Rover four wheel drive vehicles, including five customized Jaguar Land Rover Sport model makes valued at about £630,000 ($1 million U.S.). The vintage car seen in the desert that picks up Madeleine Swann and James Bond, which is identified by Bond, is a black and crimson colored 1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. According to IMCDb, the Internet Movies Car Database, cars and vehicles seen in the movie include at least one of an Alfa Romeo 166; a 2015 Aston Martin DB10; a 2011 Ferrari FF; a 2014 Hyundai ix35; a 2014 Jaguar C-X75; a 2005 Toyota Hilux; a Jaguar XJ (X350); a 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and a 2014 Land Rover Defender Big Foot.
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Villains who have worked for S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in the earlier James Bond movies have included: Ernst Stavro Blofeld (number one, in at least seven Bond movies), Emilio Largo (number two, Thunderball (1965)), Rosa Klebb (number three, From Russia with Love (1963)) and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number three (You Only Live Twice (1967)); S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number four (You Only Live Twice (1967)); Kronsteen (number five, From Russia with Love (1963)) and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number five (Thunderball (1965)); Colonel Jacques Bouvar (number six, Thunderball (1965)); S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number seven (Thunderball (1965)); Pierre Borraud (number eight, Thunderball (1965)), Helga Brandt (number nine, You Only Live Twice (1967)), and Marius Domingue (number ten, (Thunderball (1965)). Other Agents of S.P.E.CT.R.E. have included: from Dr. No (1962) (Mr. Jones, Miss Taro, Professor R.J. Dent, and Dr. Julius No); from From Russia with Love (1963) (Morzeny and Donald "Red" Grant); from You Only Live Twice (1967) (Hans and Mr. Osato); from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) (Grunther and Irma Bunt); from Diamonds Are Forever (1971) (Bert Saxby, Mr. Witt, and Mr. Kidd) and from Thunderball (1965) (Janni, Vargas, Quist, Fiona Volpe, Count Lippe, Angelo Palazzi, and Professor Ladislav Kutze, amongst others, especially underwater operatives). In the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983), the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agents included Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Fatima Blush (S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number twelve), Count Lippe, Jack Petachi, S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number five, and Maximillian Largo (S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent number one).
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The Jaguar C-X75 driven by Mr. Hinx in the Rome chase sequence is a variation of a prototype Jaguar introduced at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. Its original design incorporated four separate hybrid-electric motors, each powering a single wheel, and in total producing 778 horsepower. In 2011, Jaguar announced plans to put the vehicle into production, though with a more traditional gasoline-powered engine (partially boosted with hybrid hydraulics), but later cancelled the car altogether, due to the company's lingering financial difficulties stemming from the then-on-going global economic crisis.
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The black and white octopus insignia is a symbol of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the criminal spy organization seen in earlier James Bond movies. However, in Ian Fleming's "Octopussy" (1966) short story and the movie Octopussy (1983), the octopus insignia had no connection to either story or S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Even if the production had wanted to resurrect the Octopus symbol for Octopussy (1983), the legal settlement with Kevin McClory gave McClory all the rights to the use of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and as such the black and white octopus insignia could not have been used in Octopussy (1983) (see the same year's Never Say Never Again (1983)). The type of octopus seen on the Octopussy girls' bodies was different, it was a blue ringed octopus. In Octopussy (1983), this symbol was a sign of an old secret order of female bandits and smugglers.
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Five languages are heard spoken during the movie, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and English, with the latter representing the vast majority of what is heard spoken throughout this movie, the other four are heard in a few sections of the movie, some with English subtitles, and some without.
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Menu meal and drink items at bars and restaurants in the Tirol, Austria region, where this movie shot the sequences set in the snow, which were created due to filming there, include: "Bond Pizza", "Skyfall Cocktails", "Spectre Shots", "Golden Eye French Fries", and "007 Cordon Bleu of the Month". Also, James Bond themed carnival floats were elaborately created at various places such as Sillian, and 007 was included in the program at the Villach Carnival.
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Portraying the archvillain in this movie, Christoph Waltz, in his early career, once starred in a movie, his feature film debut, called "Fire and Sword" (Tristan and Isolde (1981)), alongside Vladek Sheybal, who had played the villain Kronsteen in From Russia with Love (1963). In that movie, Sheybal's character was an Agent of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Also, Waltz played a German spy in the later Ian Fleming biopic television movie Goldeneye (1989).
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This movie shot in three different locations in Austria: Lake Altaussee, Obertilliach, and Sölden, the latter being the home of the Ice-Q restaurant, and the cable cars that feature in a tense sequence with Q. According to special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, the main action sequence in Austria proved to be very complicated, technically: "We had planes hanging on high wires coming down the valley approaching one of our villains and his men who are in Range Rovers. Then the plane wings hit a tree before it lands. It's going down the hill using its engines to propel itself, but it's on the ground. Hence, we built planes that had skidoos inside, so they are actually being driven." Corbould and his effects team used eight different planes that were involved in several separate rigs. Two of the planes could actually fly, while another two were fitted to the wire rig. Another four planes were carcasses fitted with hidden skidoos, which the stunt team could use to drive the plane down the mountainside, ensuring total control. Corbould adds: "It is a matter of getting the right vehicle for the right terrain, and incorporating it and hiding it inside the relevant vehicle. In Spectre (2015), our sequence sees the plane smash into a barn, and it explodes out the other end, dropping from twenty feet." When shooting this sequence, the Spectre (2015) team added ten sheds and a barn to the area in which they filmed. Eight of the sheds were found in the local mountains nearby, and were bought and rebuilt on the set. A total of twenty miles of reclaimed wood siding was used to create the remaining sheds and the barn, through which the plane smashes. The biggest challenge in Austria, however, lay elsewhere. Corbould says: "Initially, in Austria, there was no ice or snow. All our preparations were delayed, and we had to travel quite a few miles to a different location to test the plane rigs and skidoos." So unseasonal was the weather in Austria, that the production had to make four hundred tonnes of man-made snow to cover the hillside, which would normally be blanketed in white. Corbould concludes: "Austria was a full-on sequence."
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The movie features a story element referring to "L'Americain" (The American). Reportedly, George Clooney was once considered for the role of James Bond for Casino Royale (2006). Apparently, producer Barbara Broccoli originally wanted Clooney for the role, and eventually met him to discuss the part, but Clooney turned it down, saying, "I'm American, and it wasn't right for James Bond. James Bond is English and not American." Clooney has been likened to the late great American movie star Cary Grant, who was considered to play James Bond during the 1960s, and was the best man at the wedding of Dana Broccoli and co-founding Bond film franchise producer Albert R. Broccoli, and father of Barbara. Clooney later starred in an espionage picture called The American (2010), which was released between Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012), in a year where there would have been a Bond movie with a two year cycle.
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On the Sony Pictures hacking in relation to this movie, according to website "James Bond Lifestyle", "On November 24, 2014, hackers disabled the computer network at Sony Pictures, and stole data, including e-mails, files, salary, and Social Security numbers for thousands of Sony employees, including celebrities, plus aliases used by celebrities. Sony spokesman Robert Lawson has denied reports that the cyber attack had forced the studio to stop production. 'Productions are still moving forward', Lawson told the Reuters news agency."
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Christoph Waltz is the first Austrian actor to play a main villain in a James Bond movie in the official film franchise, though he's the second, if one counts Klaus Maria Brandauer as Maximilian Largo, in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983). Both movies featured the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. criminal organization. Gert Fröbe in Goldfinger (1964), and Curd Jürgens in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), were from the neighboring country of Germany, with Jurgens dying in Austria in 1982. Henchwoman Lotte Lenya, as Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love (1963), was born in Austria-Hungary (now Austria). The Living Daylights (1987) and Quantum of Solace (2008) were partially set and filmed in Austria. Austrian filming locations in this movie include Sölden, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee. Ian Fleming began writing while at school in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
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Second James Bond movie to be co-released in the IMAX format, after Skyfall (2012) which was the first, though this movie was not filmed with any IMAX cameras.
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First James Bond movie featuring S.P.E.CT.R.E. which does not use the numbering system for its agents and members, for example, S.P.E.C.T.R.E. agent number one, number two, number three, et cetera. In the earlier Bond movies, the model of identifying and classifying S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s agents was fixed, numerical, rigorously, and scrupulously hierarchical. In the James Bond novels, S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s system of identifying and classifying its agents was random, and based on numbers, being a rotating numbering model, and the numbers would by allocated randomly, so as other intelligence agencies would not be able to identify them regularly and get book on them.
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One of this movie's leading Bond Girls, Monica Bellucci, once starred opposite James Bond character contender Clive Owen in Shoot 'Em Up (2007), where Owen's performance and characterization was compared with James Bond. In Shoot 'Em Up (2007), the first gun Smith (Clive Owen) uses is a Walther PPK, the usual gun of James Bond. The gun jams on him, and he calls it a "piece of crap". This is considered to be an in-joke to the fact that Owen was once considered for the role of Bond, which eventually went to Daniel Craig.
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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 movies, such as Gods of Egypt (2016) and Ride Along 2 (2016), shot with the lenses first, but were released later.
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Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig appeared in Skyfall (2012), The Trench (1999), Layer Cake (2004), Enduring Love (2004), and No Time to Die (2020).
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The production originally submitted this movie to the BBFC in the U.K. for advice on whether the movie 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, this movie was passed with a 12A certificate without further cuts.
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This movie and Skyfall (2012) each took one hundred twenty-eight days to film.
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This is the first James Bond movie since Die Another Day (2002) in which James doesn't end up alone at the end of the movie.
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Léa Seydoux is the sixth fully French actress to portray a leading Bond Girl, after Eva Green (Casino Royale (2006)), Claudine Auger (Thunderball (1965)), Corinne Cléry (Moonraker (1979)), Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only (1981)), and Sophie Marceau (The World Is Not Enough (1999)). Skyfall (2012) Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe was born to a half-Cambodian, half-Chinese father, and a French mother, so in another sense, Seydoux could be considered to be the seventh French actress to play a leading Bond Girl.
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The official early publicity blurb for this movie states: "A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the Secret Service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind S.P.E.C.T.R.E."
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This is the second time since 2006 that both the James Bond film franchise and Mission: Impossible film franchise released movies in the same year. Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Casino Royale (2006) were released in 2006, and now Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) was released in the same year as this movie. The actors who portray the lead of each franchises are still the same (Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, and Daniel Craig as James Bond).
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Producer Michael G. Wilson confirmed during the theatrical release of this movie that Daniel Craig is not contracted for five movies, and at the time of the interview, Craig is not under contract for No Time to Die (2021). Wilson told London's The Mirror, "We think we have him, but we don't have a contract", while Wilson said to The Hollywood Reporter, "that the studio (MGM) is confident of securing Craig for the inevitable Bond 25", according to website "We Got this Covered".
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Third James Bond movie where Bond is seen sitting and/or dining in a train cabin car dining suite with the movie's leading Bond Girl. The first two being Casino Royale (2006) and From Russia with Love (1963).
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Development of the next James Bond movie 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."
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This movie concludes the Quantum story arc.
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Including her appearance in a video playback, Dame Judi Dench has the distinction of playing the same role in eight consecutive James Bond movies over twenty years, starting with GoldenEye (1995). She is second only to Desmond Llewelyn, who played Q in seventeen Bond movies over thirty-six years, starting with from Russia with Love (1963) to his final appearnce in The World is not Enough (1999).
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According to Perri Nemiroff at the website "Collider", the last name of the Bond Girl Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) character is a "habitational name from Sciarra, in Palermo province, Sicily, named with a word denoting a volcanic area. As Bond fans know, S.P.E.C.T.R.E. operated out of a volcano" in You Only Live Twice (1967) and helmed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence).
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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 (yet), 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."
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Though "Spectre" is a movie title of its own, the criminal organization only prominently featured in just two of the Ian Fleming novels, "Thunderball" (1961) and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963), with S.P.E.C.T.R.E. appearing in a much more minor capacity in two others Fleming books, it is actually the organization S.M.E.R.S.H., which was more prominent than S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in the Ian Fleming James 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, S.M.E.R.S.H. never appeared in any of the official franchise's filmed versions of these books, except for From Russia with Love (1963). S.M.E.R.S.H. has also appeared in such Bond movies as The Living Daylights (1987) (though not in its source short story) and the unofficial Casino Royale (1967).
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This movie is not actually the first movie or television production to use this title. Spectre (1977) was the first, broadcast in the same year as The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). That teleplay featured James Villiers, who later portrayed Bill Tanner in For Your Eyes Only (1981), coincidentally, the last time that Ernst Stavro Blofeld unofficially appeared in the official franchise.
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Sam Smith's theme song the "Writing's On The Wall" is the first Bond Song to get to the U.K. Pop Chart's number one spot.
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Dave Bautista (Mr. Hinx) previously portrayed a character called Drax (Drax the Destroyer) in the science fiction movie Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), that being the same name as the villain in the James Bond movie Moonraker (1979), where Drax was played by Michael Lonsdale. Moonraker (1979) is arguably the most science fictionesque of all of the Bond movies. Two of Bautista's Spectre (2015) co-stars have worked with Lonsdale, leading Bond Girl lady Léa Seydoux in The Last Mistress (2007), and Daniel Craig in Munich (2005).
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The title of this movie was announced to the public in late 2014, which is the same year as the 50th anniversary of the death of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, who died in 1964.
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In late October 2012, The Daily Mail's "Mail Online" reported that this movie was already in pre-production, and planned to start principal photography around October 2013, with the aim to launch in theaters in Autumn 2014.
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The S.P.E.C.T.R.E. henchman James Bond kills in the opening sequence has the surname "Sciarra", a variation on the Spanish term for a hitman (sicario). Two of the characters in this movie, Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) and Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona), the latter being the hitman killed, have the last name of "Sciarra". According to website "ScreenRant", "in Italian, 'Sciarra' is a nickname for someone with a fiery, combative demeanor. The word actually began to be used as a name for those originating from Palermo, Sicily (not far from the volcano Mt. Etna)." In You Only Live Twice (1967), S.P.E.C.T.R.E. operated out of a hollowed-out volcano lair headquarters.
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The movie is a direct sequel to Skyfall (2012) as Quantum of Solace (2008) was a direct sequel to Casino Royale (2006). Story elements and characters from all three previous Daniel Craig James Bond movies are referenced in this movie.
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Christoph Waltz has stated in an interview that he was a James Bond fan when he was younger, and owned a Corgi Aston Martin DB5, as did director Sam Mendes.
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Fifth official James Bond movie named after a villainous character or organization. The movies are Dr. No (1962) (villain), Goldfinger (1964) (villain), Quantum of Solace (2008) (organization), this movie (organization), and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) (villain). Two Bond movies are named after Bond Girls (Octopussy (1983) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)); three after a story's MacGuffin (Moonraker (1979), GoldenEye (1995), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971)); three after a location in the story (Skyfall (2012), GoldenEye (1995), and Casino Royale (2006)), three movies reference precious materials (Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)); and 007 titles reference a line written or spoken in the movie (From Russia with Love (1963), You Only Live Twice (1967), For Your Eyes Only (1981), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), Die Another Day (2002), and The World Is Not Enough (1999)). Of the remaining movies, two reference Bond's status as an MI6 Agent (Licence to Kill (1989) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)).
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This movie is main title designer Daniel Kleinman's seventh James Bond movie for which he has designed the main titles. This number is now exactly half the total of fourteen Bond movies which former regular title designer Maurice Binder designed for the franchise. Kleinman's previous six have been GoldenEye (1995), Skyfall (2012), Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and The World Is Not Enough (1999). Kleinman also directed the title song's music video tie-in for Licence to Kill (1989), sung by Gladys Knight.
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who was originally billed as "Rocky Maivia" in the wrestling world, is the grandson of Peter Fanene Maivia, who played a car driver in You Only Live Twice (1967), and who also worked uncredited on that film as a stunt fight choreographer. Johnson was interested in playing the henchman "Mr. Hinx" in this movie, a part cast with another wrestler, Dave Bautista. However, MGM and EON executives believed The Rock's price tag would be too high.
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The age difference between Daniel Craig, who was born in 1968, between the release of You Only Live Twice (1967) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), and this movie's main Bond Girls, are as follows: Craig is seventeen years older than Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), who was born in 1985, the same year that A View to a Kill (1985) debuted; nineteen years older than Stephanie Sigman (Estrella), who was born in 1987, the same year that The Living Daylights (1987) premiered; eight years older than Naomie Harris (who plays Miss Eve Moneypenny) who was born in 1976, between the release of The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); and four years younger than Monica Bellucci (who plays Lucia Sciarra), who was born in 1964, the same year that Goldfinger (1964) came out.
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According to the Cine Tirol Film Commission, thirty-one days were spent location shooting in the Austrian region of Tirol. Approximately 8.9 million euros (ten and a half million U.S. dollars) were spent in Tirol, which included "production costs, accommodation, and meals, as well as transportation, location rentals, and the salaries." The number of outside suppliers from Tirol and Austria added up to approximately two hundred ten, while local filmmakers from the same, totalled to about two hundred fifty, but the visiting international film crew was comprised of around six hundred people. All of this personnel amounted to approximately thirty thousand guest room nights in Tirol, Austria during principal photography there.
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The press kit and production notes for this movie state that the character portrayed by Christoph Waltz is Franz Oberhauser, and there is no mention at all of the name "Blofeld". There is no mention of the character that Waltz plays during the opening credits, which is consistent with the other actors and actresses in this movie. During the closing credits roll, Waltz's character is listed as "Blofeld", as the plot reveals late in this movie, that his character has in fact changed his identity from Franz Oberhauser to Ernst Stavro Blofeld after faking his death under the other name.
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Third James Bond movie where the two leading Bond Girls have been French and Italian. The first time was with Luciana Paluzzi (Italy) and Claudine Auger (France) in Thunderball (1965), and the second time was Casino Royale (2006) with Eva Green (France) and Caterina Murino (Italy). The two leading Bond Girls in this movie are Léa Seydoux (France) and Monica Bellucci (Italy).
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According to the MI6 James Bond fansite, models and actresses who screentested for Scandinavian Bond Girl parts include: Disa Östrand, Ida Engvoll, Isabel Edvardsson, Synnøve Macody Lund, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen. Also, Joanne Froggatt earlier screentested for a British Bond Girl role. Previously, in development and pre-production, it was reported that the two leading Bond Girls would be of British and Scandinavian nationalities, but this is not the case with this movie as released, as they are French and Italian, Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, respectively.
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The weapon James Bond picks up while in Q's gadget room is a Thales F90 Rifle. A Sig-Sauer P226 9mm is featured prominently in the train sequence, as Bond gives a self-defense lesson, and explicitly states the make and model number. According to IMFDb, the Internet Movie Firearms Database, weapons seen in the picture include: a Walther PPK sidearm; an Orion Flare Gun; a Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol; a Heckler & Koch VP9 semi-automatic pistol; a double-barreled AF2011 Dueller Prismatic pistol; a Heckler & Koch G36C rifle; and a semi-automatic polymer frame hammerless Arsenal Firearms LRC-2 9 mm pistol.
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S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is one of several Ian Fleming spy and criminal organization acronyms, such as the real-life S.M.E.R.S.H., from the James Bond novels, S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the real-life S.H.A.P.E. from the James Bond movies, and U.N.C.L.E. from the movies and television series. These acronyms have often been spoofed in film and television. In Carry on Spying (1964), there were four joke acronym organizations, B.O.S.H., S.N.O.G., S.M.U.T., and S.T.E.N.C.H. Their meanings were B.O.S.H.: The British Operational Security Headquarters; S.N.O.G.: The Society for the Neutralization of Germs; S.M.U.T.: The Society for the Monopoly of Universal Technology; and S.T.E.N.C.H.: The Society for Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans.
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First James Bond movie which had its world and associated premieres in numerous territories on the same day as its first general release screenings.
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Despite prominent billing, Monica Bellucci only has a small role in this movie.
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During this movie's theatrical run, a special event was organized, titled "The Black Women of Bond". It starred Naomie Harris (Miss Eve Moneypenny), who is the first black British actress in the franchise, as well as Halle Berry (Jinx Johnson from Die Another Day (2002)), Gloria Hendry (Rosie Carver from Live and Let Die (1973)), who was James Bond's first African-American love-interest, and Trina Parks (Thumper from Diamonds Are Forever (1971)), who was the first major black Bond Girl. The event was hosted by the African-American Film Critics Association at the California African-American Museum, as a tribute to the Black Women of Bond. Not present at the event were Nicaise Jean-Louis (One of Drax's Girls from Moonraker (1979)), Grace Jones (May Day from A View to a Kill (1985)), and Sylvana Henriques (The Jamaican Girl from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)), the first Black Bond Girl.
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The sequence in the car chase of Bond calling Miss Eve Moneypenny was originally three separate shots throughout the chase, but these were edited into one.
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The license plate of Bond's Aston Martin DB10, is "DB10 AGB", an abbreviation for "DB10, Aston Martin, Great Britain". It could also easily be an abbreviation for "DB10 (Aston Martin), Agent Bond." In the second abbreviation, the car make, Aston Martin is in parentheses because the make is implied, not actually stated. While the plate fits the standard number scheme used on U.K.-issued plates (two letters, two numbers, a space, and three more letters), it is nevertheless clearly customized, an arguable oddity considering James Bond is a Secret Agent. However, this is intentionally tongue-in-cheek, just as almost everyone Bond comes across knows who he is, and bartenders the world over seem to know what he likes to drink, and how it is made, also anathema to Britain's greatest "Secret Agent".
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The shot of James Bond at the doors of the old MI6 building marks the first time Bond is seen outside of the real MI6 building, which has been used in the movies since GoldenEye (1995).
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Just prior to this movie, Ben Whishaw and Léa Seydoux filmed The Lobster (2015). That movie also starred Rachel Weisz, who is married to Daniel Craig.
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The title of this movie was announced to the public in late 2014, which was the same year as the 50th anniversary of the franchise's relationship with the Aston Martin car company, which started with the silver birch Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger (1964), as well as the 50th anniversary year of the death of Ian Fleming, who died in 1964.
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Seventh James Bond movie to have a one-word title. The others being Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), Moonraker (1979), Octopussy (1983), GoldenEye (1995), and Skyfall (2012).
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Twenty-second James Bond movie to use Pinewood Studios for filming and production. Of the twenty-four official Bond movies (to date, November 2015), the two Bond movies that didn't use Pinewood Studios, were Licence to Kill (1989) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
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According to the James Bond International Fan Club website "Interestingly, (in Morocco, Christoph) Waltz stayed at the famous El Minzah Hotel, which just happens to be a hotel where James Bond author Ian Fleming once stayed while conducting research for his non-fiction book The Diamond Smugglers (1957). Fleming, who had also visited Tangier during the War, flew into Tangier in April, 1957, and stayed in room 52 of the hotel, a lovely old Arab-style hotel which has a tiled forecourt and arched windows."
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Daniel Craig is the fifth actor to play James Bond and have action on ice or snow in a Bond movie, with Sir Sean Connery the only cinema James Bond actor not to appear in a snowbound action sequence (the scenes in Austria in Goldfinger (1964) are about as close as Connery got). There have been five Bond movies to have a skiing action sequence:On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), For Your Eyes Only (1981), A View to a Kill (1985), and The World Is Not Enough (1999). The total is six, if one counts The Living Daylights (1987), with its car on skis sequence. There are seven movies, if one counts the ice and snow sequences in Die Another Day (2002), which don't include any skiing action scenes. This movie is the eighth James Bond film in the official franchise to have a snowbound setting, but the movie does not include any skiing sequences.
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Second James Bond theatrical movie to feature the name of a criminal organization forming part or all of the movie's title. The criminal organization "QUANTUM" formed part of the title of Quantum of Solace (2008). QUANTUM also featured in the title of the James Bond video game Quantum of Solace (2008). In that sense, that makes this movie the third time that a criminal organization has appeared as a title for all James Bond audio-video media, and it's the fourth time, if one counts the James Bond novel "C.O.L.D." ("Cold Fall" (1996), written by John Gardner), the title being an acronym, which stands for "Children of the Last Days".
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In From Russia with Love (1963), S.P.E.C.T.R.E. had a training ground situated on an island, called "Spectre Island", which was really just the main building and front section of Pinewood Studios. From Russia with Love (1963) is the only James Bond movie to feature "Spectre Island". In his book "Bond on Bond" by Sir Roger Moore, it says Spectre Island "was inspired by the movie, Last Year at Marienbad (1961), which had a lush garden setting, complete with eerie statues to stalk amongst. Director Terence Young dressed the gardens at Pinewood Studios, and introduced a few false hedgerows to achieve a similar setting." Also, there is a real-life place called "Spectre Island" in Mary Esther, Florida.
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First time a director has directed a second consecutive James Bond movie since John Glen (The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989)), and its the fifth time a James Bond movie has someone directing consecutive back-to-back movies for the franchise. Sam Mendes (Skyfall (2012) and this movie) joins Terence Young, who directed Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Thunderball (1965); Guy Hamilton, who directed four Bond movies including Goldfinger (1964), with three consecutive between 1971 and 1974: Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974); Lewis Gilbert directed The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) back-to-back (as well as You Only Live Twice (1967) earlier); and John Glen, who directed five consecutive Bond movies between 1981 and 1989: For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), and Licence to Kill (1989).
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The name of the organizational front, out of which the headquarters of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. operated, in Paris, France, in Thunderball (1965) was "The International Brotherhood for Stateless Persons". Other famous S.P.E.C.T.R.E. villain lairs include: the hidden mountain interior belonging to Dr. No (1962), the big oil rig in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), the gigantic interior volcano in You Only Live Twice (1967), the Palmyra Estate with swimming pool from Thunderball (1965), and the snow-capped mountain-top Piz Gloria clinic from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
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A clip in one of the trailers shows James Bond (Daniel Craig) walking through MI6, with people stopping and looking at him, was cut from the final movie. It would have also featured Bond noticing a camera, and asking C (Andrew Scott) about watching his own agents. One of the trailers also shows Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) saying to Bond, at his apartment, that forensics have recovered some items from Skyfall. In the finished movie, Miss Eve Moneypenny says the "forensics have discovered some items from Skyfall" line of dialogue to Bond in the MI6 courtyard, and not at his apartment.
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The fourth James Bond movie to win an Academy Award (it picked up Best Original Song). It also marks the first time since Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) where successive Bond movies won Oscars.
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This is the second movie in the official James Bond film franchise to feature a car chase involving Jaguar and Aston Martin vehicles. The first being Die Another Day (2002).
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Non-Ian Fleming James Bond novels, which feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E., include: "For Special Services" (1982), "Role of Honour" (1984), and "Nobody Lives Forever" (1986), all three written by the late John Gardner, who died in 2007, having also written the source novels for the movies 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.
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The final mention of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in an Ian Fleming James Bond story, was at the start of Fleming's "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1965), his final full Bond novel.
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Aircraft seen in the movie include: a Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander airplane, and an Aérospatiale SA 365 N2 Dauphin 2 helicopter, and allegedly MiG-21 and MiG-23 aircraft as well. The Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander airplane seen flying during the snow chase sequence in Austria, is G-BUBP; a mock-up airframe was used for the later part of the sequence. After filming concluded, G-BUBP returned to its previous job as a passenger airliner flying between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (it had previously flown between Southampton and the Channel Islands).
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This is at least the twelfth time in the official James Bond franchise that Bond is seen in a game, sport, or activity with a villain. In this movie, Bond is seen with Mr. White, who is seated at table with a chess board and chess pieces. A game of chess is seen in From Russia with Love (1963), but Bond does not partake in the game there either. In Skyfall (2012), Bond was forced to partake in a shooting contest with Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), using reproduction Percussion Cap Ardesa 1871 Duelling Pistols. Bond's previous rounds with villains included playing golf with Goldfinger (1964), Texas Hold 'Em poker with Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) in Casino Royale (2006), Baccarat and skeet shooting with Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) in Thunderball (1965), playing backgammon with Kamal Khan (Louis Jordan) in Octopussy (1983), tarot cards with Mr. Big (Dr. Kananga) (Yaphet Kotto) in Live and Let Die (1973), pheasant shooting with Drax (Michael Lonsdale) in Moonraker (1979), horse racing with Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) in A View to a Kill (1985), toy board wargames with Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker) in The Living Daylights (1987), fencing with Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) in Die Another Day (2002), and pistols dueling and fun-house games with Scaramanga (Sir Christopher Lee) in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). It's about the thirteenth time, if one counts the World Domination video game with Maximillian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer) in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983).
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According to the U.K. Daily Mail, this movie's "producers were forced to re-write the plot 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."
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Monica Bellucci played a similar role to her role in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). In this movie, Lucia Sciarra (Bellucci) is the widow of criminal and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Marco Sciarra. In The Matrix sequels, Bellucci's character Persephone is the wife of organized crime syndicate leader The Merovingian, who is a program residing in "The Matrix".
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The seventh film in the official franchise to feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E. The first six were Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971), with Goldfinger (1964) being the only one of the first James Bond movies not to feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E. This is the eighth Bond movie overall, if one also counts the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983).
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During the opening sequence, James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Estrella (Stephanie Sigman) enter their hotel room, which has the number of 327. There is a Dutch comic about a Secret Agent, titled "Agent 327", which originally started as a 1960s James Bond spoof.
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Sam Smith's theme song, "Writing's on the Wall", became only the second Bond theme to win an Academy Award, after Adele's title song to Skyfall (2012).
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"Writing's on the Wall" became the fifth James Bond song to be nominated for an Academy Award. The others in this elite club are Sir Paul McCartney and Wings' "Live and Let Die", Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only", and Adele's "Skyfall".
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The safe house is identified an abandoned shop bearing the name of "Hildebrand". This refers to a Germanic and Norse mythic legend of a man named Hiltibrant or Hildibrandr (old Norse), which literally translates as "battle sword". Hildebrand is an armorer who, after an absence of thirty years, engages in an epic battle with the army of his son, Hadubrand, who refuses at first to recognize him. While there are different versions of the tale, they end with Hildebrand's death at the hands of either his son or his half-brother. While there is no direct connection between this folktale and the conflict between James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), there are parallels in the thirty-year separation, and the battle between the two half-brothers.
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The later Bond movie 'No Time to Die' (2020)'s title song sung by Billie Eilish broke the record for the biggest ever opening week for a James Bond theme/title song in the UK. The track sold about 90,000 copies in its first week of seven days in release and also had 10.6 million streams in the same, racing to the UK No. #1 spot on the pop charts. Previously, Sam Smith's theme song from 'Spectre' (2015), entitled 'Writing's On The Wall', previously held the record, selling almost 70,000 copies when it debuted in late 2015, also hitting the UK No. #1 spot on the music single charts. Adele's title song for 'Skyfall' (2012) sold about 84,000 copies when it debuted in late 2012 which at the time made it to the UK No. #2 rank on the UK top of the pops chart.
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Ernst Stavro Blofeld's surname was allegedly named after Thomas Blofeld, with whom James Bond creator Ian Fleming went to school at Eton College. He was a Norfolk farmer, a fellow member of Boodle's, and the Chairman of the Country Gentleman's Asssociation. His son is cricket commentator Henry Blofeld. Ernst Blofeld's birth date in the literary James Bond stories is the same date as Fleming's birthday, which is May 28, 1908. Also, Ernest Cuneo was a friend of Fleming's. According to the book "Martinis, Girls, and Guns: 50 Years of 007" (2003) by Martin Sterling and Gary Morecambe: "Cuneo may have also have inspired Blofeld's forenames, it is but a short leap from Ernest Cuneo to Ernst Stavro." According to the book "For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming + James Bond" (2009) by Ben Macintyre: "Alternatively, Blofeld may owe his name to China scholar John Blofeld, who was a member of Fleming's club Boodles, and whose father was named Ernst." In addition, the book "The Bond Code: The Dark World of Ian Fleming and James Bond" (2008) by Philip Gardner states: "The name is also revealing in a psychological way. Ernst is Teutonic for 'earnest', and Stavros is Greek for 'victor', and so he is the 'earnest victor'", and "the name Blofeld means 'blue field', a swipe at his own blue blood rampant in the field, like heraldry", and also, "as the creator of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Blofeld is, in reality, the spectre of Ian Fleming that looms ever present within his divided mind."
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During the final part, the joke meanings of "M" and "C", as stated by C (Andrew Scott) and M (Ralph Fiennes), respectively, were "moron" and "careless".
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When the title of this movie, previously known as "Bond 24", was announced in early December 2014, an American news anchorwoman mispronounced Spectre as "Specktree". Also, the Serbian spelling of the title spells the name differently as "Spektar".
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The countries participating in the "Nine Eyes" intelligence gathering alliance, include the real-life "Five Eyes" of the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, as well as four more eyes: Spain, France, China, and South Africa.
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From Skyfall (2012) to this movie, this is the first time in the franchise's history where two back-to-back James Bond movies have come out sporting seven letter titles beginning with the same letter (S), and also each having two syllables.
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Second James Bond movie for several cast and crew members, including director Sam Mendes, screenwriter John Logan, composer Thomas Newman, costume designer Jany Temime, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris.
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The DB10 in this movie is a concept car. It has a chassis that is based on a modified V8 Vantage, though with a longer wheelbase, and it boasts a 4.7 litre V8 engine. It has an estimated top speed of one hundred ninety miles (three hundred six kilometers) per hour, and can get from zero to sixty-two miles (zero to one hundred kilometers) per hour in just 4.7 seconds. The sleek car features a shark-inspired nose, where the grill sits in shadow, tucked back beneath the main feature line. This new interpretation of the classic Aston Martin grill hints at the vehicle's stealthy character. All of the car's body panels are carbon fiber, which is exposed on the sills and diffuser, and it features a full clamshell hood (bonnet) with a heat mapped perforation pattern, ensuring that there is no need for a vent surround. In a move designed to evoke the Aston Martin DB5, the car's designers worked hard to make sure that when seen in profile, the DB10 has one elegant shoulder line, running from front to back. The DB10 is the sixth different Aston Martin car to appear in a James Bond movie, and only ten of these concept cars were built. Eight were employed to film key scenes in this movie, while the other two were manufactured for promotional use. One of these extra vehicles was auctioned off for charity in 2016. When designing the car, Aston Martin invited Academy Award winning Skyfall (2012) and this movie's director, Sam Mendes to provide input. Mendes said: "I felt very involved. I don't know whether it was Aston's brilliance at making me feel that way, or whether I genuinely was. But I went and saw the initial model, and I was particularly concerned with removing unnecessary details. I wanted a car that had clean, clear lines, something classic where it is almost impossible to place its year of birth. The car felt like it was born anywhere between the early '70s and now."
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The title song "Writing's On The Wall" by Sam Smith is not included on the soundtrack album (neither physically nor digitally). This follows a pattern which started with Casino Royale (2006) and (except for Quantum of Solace (2008)) continued with all subsequent Bond movies.
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The movie has had the biggest opening of all time in the United Kingdom, with an estimated U.K. 41.7 million pounds taken at the British box-office in its first seven days of release. The official statement from the film's official site regarding the movie's record-breaking opening states: "'Spectre' has broken all of the records to become the biggest opening of all time in U.K. box-office history. In its first seven days of release, it has made an estimated 41.7 million British pounds (63.8 million U.S. dollars) from six hundred forty-seven cinemas, and on twenty-five hundred screens, making it the widest release of all time in the U.K. and Ireland. It also made box-office history for the biggest openings in the Netherlands (3.3 million euro, 3.7 million U.S. dollars), Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden (a combined total for the Nordics of 12.7 million U.S. dollars) taking the total for its release in the six territories to 80.4 million U.S. dollars. In response to the numbers from the U.K. 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 U.K. 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 U.K. audiences, for what is our twenty-fourth outing, is nothing short of amazing. We can't wait for the rest of the world to see 'Spectre'," said Gary Barber, MGM Chairman and CEO. Peter Taylor, Managing Director of Sony Pictures U.K., also commented, "We are delighted that audiences in the U.K. and Ireland continue to embrace these stories about one of our biggest and best cultural icons. This opening proves once again, that the film world of James Bond speaks to cinemagoers like no other."
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Fourth James Bond movie with a fight scene inside of a train with a henchman. The movies are (in order): From Russia with Love (1963), Live and Let Die (1973), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and this movie, with the heavies fighting Bond inside train cabins, being Red Grant (Robert Shaw), Tee Hee (Julius Harris), Jaws (Richard Kiel), and Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista), respectively. Bond also has a fight on the top of a moving train in Octopussy (1983) and Skyfall (2012), the latter with henchman Patrice (Ola Rapace). A train is also featured in GoldenEye (1995), You Only Live Twice (1967), Casino Royale (2006), and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Skyfall (2012) and Live and Let Die (1973) featured two trains. Only Sir Roger Moore and Daniel Craig have performed fight action sequences both on the top, and in cabins of moving locomotives, with the latter performing them in consecutive movies.
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The opening title cards read: "The dead are alive. Mexico City. Day of the Dead."
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Reportedly, Brigitte Millar was once attached to the movie to play a Bond Girl, believed to be for the part of Lucia Sciarra. However, Millar was cast in this movie as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Dr. Vogel. Also, Karen Gillan expressed interest in playing a villain in the movie.
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According to the book "James Bond: A Celebration" (1987) by Peter Haining, who died in 2007, "Jules Verne's Captain Nemo was the inspiration for Fleming's Ernst Stavro Blofeld". The book states that the character "has his origins in Captain Nemo, the hate-fuelled rebel of Jules Verne's classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1870)". Blofeld was originally intended to be the villain in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
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Second Daniel Craig James Bond movie where Bond is seen sitting and/or dining in a train cabin car dining suite with the movie's leading Bond Girl, who is Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux). The first time was with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in Casino Royale (2006).
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Third theatrical movie collaboration of Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes. The others being Skyfall (2012) and Road to Perdition (2002).
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Some movie posters featured Daniel Craig as James Bond with this movie's leading Bond Girl Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the latter of whom is wearing a blue dress. Seydoux had recently starred in an erotic French movie called Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013). The French title is "La vie d'Adèle", Adele having sung the Oscar winning title theme song for Skyfall (2012).
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The production of this movie utilized social media and websites releasing video blogs, production stills of images, and clapperboards to promote the movie in advance, during principal photography, after the success of this marketing approach had been seen from Skyfall (2012).
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Some of the movie's literal English language translations of its foreign language movie titles include: "Spektar" (Serbia); "007 Against Spectre" (Brazil: "007 Contra Spectre"); "007: Spectrum" (Russia); "James Bond: Spectre" (Norway); "James Bond 007 - Spectre" (Germany); and "007 Spectre: The Phantom Returns" (Hungary: "007 Spectre: A Fantom visszatér"). The English language translation of the Bulgarian version of the earlier Daniel Craig James Bond movie 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".
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There are three distinct types of helicopter seen in this movie. A light utility McDonnell Douglas MD500E features in Morocco, while a lightweight, twin-engine AgustaWestland AW109 forms an integral part of the sequence on the Westminster Bridge in London. The most notable chopper, however, is probably the Messerschmitt-BölkowBlohm Bo 105, which is another light, twin-engine machine, which stars in the thrilling sequence that unfolds in Mexico City. The Bo 105 was piloted by the Red Bull aerobatic helicopter stunt pilot Chuck Aaron, whose machine was built especially for free-diving and barrel rolling.
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This movie and For Your Eyes Only (1981) are bookended with scenes that involve helicopters. Coincidentally, For Your Eyes Only (1981) was the last time that Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who featured in this movie, appeared in the official James Bond film franchise, albeit unofficially, as "Man in Wheelchair".
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When stopped by security, James Bond bluffs his way into S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s Rome villa meeting, by claiming to be Mickey Mouse. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), the title character attempts to bluff his way into a European castle to rescue his captive father (played by former Bond Sir Sean Connery). The security guard laughs off Indiana's fake identity by loudly exclaiming, "If you are a Scottish Lord, then I am Mickey Mouse!"
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The first James Bond movie where S.P.E.C.T.R.E. appeared was Dr. No (1962), which was coincidentally the first theatrical Bond movie. S.P.E.C.T.R.E., though, did not appear in that movie's source novel.
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On September 8, 2015, it was officially revealed that Sam Smith would be singing the theme song. The song does not share the same name as this movie, however, and was called "Writing's on the Wall". The single was released on September 28, 2015.
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This is the seventh James Bond movie to have a one-word title. The earlier movies were (in order) Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), Moonraker (1979), Octopussy (1983), GoldenEye (1995), and Skyfall (2012). In the official franchise, Sir Sean Connery, Sir Roger Moore, and Daniel Craig have each appeared in two of these movies, making it a three way tie for the most, with Pierce Brosnan doing just the one. Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby never appeared in a one-word titled Bond movie.
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Second James Bond movie where the scheme of the main villain relates to information technology. In Skyfall (2012), it related to cyber-terrorism, whereas in this movie, it relates to the criminal organization hacking and getting access to government-held information, which its own intelligence agencies have acquired.
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This movie and Thunderball (1965) have many things in common. Both have one word titles; it's Daniel Craig's fourth appearance as James Bond, as it was Sir Sean Connery's fourth in Thunderball (1965), this movie was released in the 50th Anniversary year of Thunderball (1965); both movies featuring an Aston Martin and S.P.E.C.T.R.E. "S.P.E.C.T.R.E." is also the name of a chapter in the novel "Thunderball" (1961). That book was the eighth James Bond novel, and this movie is the eighth James Bond movie to have an ice and snow sequence. Also, the Chinese title of Thunderball (1965) was "007 Averts S.P.E.C.T.R.E." This movie is the twentieth James Bond movie in the official franchise, after Thunderball (1965).
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First James Bond movie since Casino Royale (2006) to have a villain from an original Ian Fleming's James Bond novel or short story, in this case, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz). In Casino Royale (2006), it was Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), footage of whom also appears in this movie.
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Christoph Waltz is the seventh actor to officially portray Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the official franchise. The first and second were Eric Pohlmann (voice) and Anthony Dawson (appearance) in From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965); the third was Jan Werich, before he was replaced by the fourth, Donald Pleasence in You Only Live Twice (1967), some shots of Werich, not showing his face, still remained in the movie; the fifth was Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969); and the sixth was Charles Gray in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Waltz is the ninth, if one counts the unofficial Blofeld appearance as the "Man in Wheelchair" from For Your Eyes Only (1981), where the character was played by John Hollis (appearance) and Robert Rietty (voice), the latter of whom died just over six months prior to the theatrical debut of this movie. Waltz is the tenth actor to play Blofeld in a James Bond movie, if one counts the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983), where the character was portrayed by Max von Sydow. Waltz is Austrian, like Klaus Maria Brandauer, who also appeared in Never Say Never Again (1983), as Maximilian Largo. The pair are the only two Austrian actors to play leading Bond villains.
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The first instance of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. as a crime organization in Ian Fleming's original novels, appears in Thunderball (1961). The title of chapter five is simply "S.P.E.C.T.R.E." In that chapter, it is identified as, quoted directly, "in S.P.E.C.T.R.E., The Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion."
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Acronyms, like S.P.E.C.T.RE., have featured in other non-Ian Fleming written audio-visual James Bond media. The animated series James Bond, Jr. (1991) featured a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. copy called S.C.U.M. (Saboteurs and Criminals United in Mayhem), while Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) featured a media conglomerate called C.M.G.N. (the Carver Media Group Network).
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Ernst Stavro Blofeld appeared in the following James Bond movies and video games (in order): From Russia with Love (1963), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), informally in the official For Your Eyes Only (1981), in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983), GoldenEye 007 (2010), GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004), 007 Legends (2012), this movie, and No Time to Die (2020).
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The name of the hotel in Morocco was "L'Americain". The physical shooting location of "Hotel L'Americain" is an old palace in Tangiers, Morocco, and is situated on Rue Ibn Abbou (very near to the Kasbah Museum), the Palace of Abdeslam Akkaboune..
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First James Bond movie since Never Say Never Again (1983) to feature Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who in the earlier movie was played by Max von Sydow. Blofeld's alter ego's name is Franz Oberhauser, whose last name was derived from a character in Ian Fleming's "Octopussy" (1966) short story, Hannes Oberhauser (his father). Octopussy (1983) was released in the same year as Never Say Never Again (1983).
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First time that a James Bond movie opened on the same night in cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland as its international debut premiere screening. The movie had its Gala Charity World Premiere in London on Monday, October 26, 2015. This movie started its roll-out into cinemas around the world in various regions and territories mostly during November 2015.
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Ernst Stavro Blofeld is one of three recurring villains in the official James Bond film franchise. The other two are henchmen Jaws (Richard Kiel), from Moonraker (1979) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), from this movie, Casino Royale (2006), and Quantum of Solace (2008). Of these three recurring villains, Mr. White and Blofeld, appeared in one of the same movies, which is this movie. Of the three villains, Jaws and Mr. White are the only ones who have always been portrayed by the same actor.
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Ernst Stavro Blofeld returned to the official film franchise in this movie, but since he last appeared in the official franchise movies Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and informally in For Your Eyes Only (1981), and the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983), Blofeld has appeared in three Bond video games. Wikipedia states: "Blofeld appears in the 2004 video game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, this time with the likeness of Donald Pleasence (from You Only Live Twice (1967)), voiced by Gideon Emery. Blofeld is a playable multiplayer character in the 2010 video game GoldenEye 007 for the Wii, with the likeness of Charles Gray (from Diamonds Are Forever (1971)). Blofeld is one of the main characters in the 2012 video game 007 Legends (2012), featured in the mission based on On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in which the character was an amalgamation of the three actors (who had) appeared in the official film franchise (they being Telly Savalas, Charles Gray, and Donald Pleasence). Throughout the game, he is voiced by Glenn Wrage."
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The official September 16, 2015, World Premiere Announcement press release states: "'Spectre' has been selected for The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's (CTBF) Royal Film Performance 2015. The World Premiere will be attended by Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge) and Prince Harry (Prince Harry), and will take place on October 26 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The World Premiere will also be attended by the film's leading actors and actresses Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, and Ralph Fiennes. The cast will also be joined on the red carpet by director Sam Mendes and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, vice patrons of the CTBF." The producers said: "We are honored that Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend the Royal Film Performance of 'Spectre', and delighted the CTBF will be the beneficiary of the event."
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An octopus is the traditional symbol of the criminal organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion). The name of the criminal organization in the James Bond video game From Russia with Love (2005) is O.C.T.O.P.U.S., which was used instead of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. at the time for legal reasons.
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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).
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Not only was this movie released as the same year as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), but it also shares many similarities to that movie: Both movies begin with the main character hijacking an aircraft. Both movies involve the main protagonist going up against a mysterious massive terrorist organization that works in secret, that the protagonist goes rogue in order to catch them. Only a few loyal Agents assist the hero off the grid. Both also featured 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. Both movies have sequences which take place in Morocco, and in both movies the main characters enter a compound there. 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. Both climaxes culminate in the villain being captured not killed.
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C (Andrew Scott) played Professor James Moriarty, the traditional archvillain nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, in the television series Sherlock (2010). In this movie, Christoph Waltz played the traditional role of James Bond's archvillain nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
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A farmer in Obertilliach, Austria named two calves that were born on the first day of filming in the region "Léa" and "Daniel" after Léa Seydoux and Daniel Craig, who played love interests in this movie. Hopefully "Daniel" is a bull (male), and not a cow (female).
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One of two espionage movies that debuted in 2015 which had music scores composed by Thomas Newman. The other being Bridge of Spies (2015).
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Christoph Waltz, who won two Oscars for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012)), is the third Oscar winning actor to play a Bond villain. The others being Christopher Walken (A View to a Kill (1985)) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall (2012)).
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One of the movies affected by the Sony Pictures computer hacks of November and December 2014. The script and Sony executives' e-mails about the project leaked.
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In this movie, it is revealed that James Bond's enemies in the previous movies were all working for S.P.E.C.T.R.E., unbeknownst to him at the time. In From Russia with Love (1963), it is similarly retroactively revealed that Dr. No was also a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. operative.
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The sixth biggest grossing movie of 2015.
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When James Bond (Daniel Craig) enters Mr. White's (Jesper Christensen's) chalet, two ravens fly out. These are an apparent nod to Norse mythology. The supreme god Odin has two crows (Hugin and Munin) that serve as his eyes and ears on Earth. They also represent two aspects of the human mind: thought and memory. On an ominous note, a theme in the myth is that Odin fears that one day the ravens may go out and not return. This may symbolize the impact of the global intelligence initiative. As mentioned by one of the participants in the Spectre meeting, the initiative will simultaneously inform Spectre and make it possible for Spectre to avoid being noticed. Once the "ravens" of thought and memory are gone, Odin will no longer be aware of things unfolding on Earth.
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When James Bond (Daniel Craig) hands the gun to Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) she asks, "What if I shoot you by mistake?" Bond responds, "It won't be the first time." The first time he was shot by mistake was in Skyfall (2012) when Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), as a sniper in the field, was ordered by M (Dame Judi Dench) to shoot an opponent atop a moving train, despite the likelihood of hitting Bond.
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The train featured is the Oriental Desert Express, which operates on a little-used two hundred seventy-six-mile stretch of rail between Oujda and Bouarfa, Morocco. This has no connection to the original Orient Express of Dame Agatha Christie fame, which during its final decades only operated within Europe. (West Africa is hardly the orient.) It is actually a special train that only runs twice a year and operates as a special, limited seating tourist enterprise.
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After Skyfall (2012), this movie is the second consecutive James Bond movie to begin with the same letter (S) since The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989) (L). In addition, both pairs of Bond movies were directed by the same directors: John Glen, for The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989); and Sam Mendes, for Skyfall (2012) and this movie.
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Second James Bond movie in the official franchise to feature a climactic finale set on a bridge. The first time was A View to a Kill (1985). In that movie, the action finale was set on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, with impressionistic artwork from the sequence featuring prominently on most posters for that movie, which celebrated its 30th Anniversary with the release of this movie. In this movie, the architectural structure in the grand finale is the Westminister Bridge on the River Thames in London, England.
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The official video game tie-in for the movie is called James Bond: World of Espionage (2015), and is known as "The Official Mobile Game" for this movie, was 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.
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Second James Bond movie where the scheme of the main villain relates to information technology. In Skyfall (2012), it related to cyber-terrorism, whereas in this movie, it relates to the criminal organization hacking and getting access to government-held information, which its own intelligence agencies have acquired. Daniel Craig, in an interview alongside director Sam Mendes with the New York Times at the The New School: The Auditorium at West 12th Street, New York City on November 4, 2015, Craig said that Skyfall (2012) is like a post-Assange (Julian Assange) movie, and that this movie is like a post-Snowden (Edward Snowden) movie.
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The main villain in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), wears a grey Nehru dress coat, a classic trademark of James Bond archnemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who headed up S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in the early James Bond movies, a similar evil organization to the one in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).
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Fifth James Bond movie where the title is the name of the villain or organization in the movie. The others are Dr. No (1962), Goldfinger (1964), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and Quantum of Solace (2008).
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Traditionally, in the film franchise, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, when appearing in a major role in a James Bond movie, always escapes from Bond. But Blofeld had allegedly been unofficially killed off in For Your Eyes Only (1981), but the character was only billed in that movie as "Man in Wheelchair", so definitively, it can never be proven as a fact beyond a reasonable doubt that Blofeld was killed off in For Your Eyes Only (1981). This movie and For Your Eyes Only (1981) featured helicopter action sequences at the start of each movie.
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First consecutive James Bond movie which has the same number of letters, begins with the same letter, and has the same number of syllables, as the previous Bond movie.
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The production shoot on this movie was expected to run for around seven months, but with re-shoots, principal photography went for about eight months.
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Reportedly, Sam Mendes specifically wanted a more experienced actress for the role of Dr. Madeleine Swann in this movie, after working with a less experienced actress on Skyfall (2012).
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Second of two major appearances of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the official James Bond film franchise where he is seen with hair, as he had been in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), where he was played by Charles Gray. In You Only Live Twice (1967) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Blofeld was bald, and portrayed by Donald Pleasence and Telly Savalas, respectively. In minor roles and appearances, Blofeld was bald in the unofficial appearance in For Your Eyes Only (1981), but had hair in Thunderball (1965), From Russia with Love (1963), and the unofficial movie, Never Say Never Again (1983).
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This movie was released in the same year as several other spy, espionage, intelligence, and Secret Agent movies, with a couple of them also comedies. The movies include Spy (2015) (a Bond spoof); this movie; Sicario (2015) (F.B.I.; which has a title which is almost an anagram of Ian Fleming's "Risico" (1960) James Bond short story, bar the letter "A"); Survivor (2015) starring Pierce Brosnan; Black Mass (2015) (F.B.I.); Mortdecai (2015) (has an MI5 Agent lead character); Queen of the Desert (2015) (central character was a World War I attaché to the British Secret Service); the Bondian Furious 7 (2015); Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015); Bridge of Spies (2015) (a cold war espionage thriller); The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) (Ian Fleming was an original co-Creator), MI-5 (2015); and even Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) (a Bondesque homage), a 2014 movie, but which was mostly widely theatrically released in 2015. Also in theaters in 2015 from 2014, was Pierce Brosnan and Quantum of Solace (2008)'s Olga Kurylenko in The November Man (2014); and The Imitation Game (2014). First released in 2014 were 3 Days to Kill (2014) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).
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First James Bond movie since Die Another Day (2002) not to have a "Bond on Set" book by Greg Williams published, featuring photographs about the making of the movie. An official book titled "Blood, Sweat, and Bond: Behind the Scenes of Spectre" (2015) curated by Rankin, was published on October 27, 2015. This movie's official website states: "The book showcases the actors, locations, stunts, film sets, and special effects of Spectre. With contributions from unit-photographers Jonathan Olley and Jasin Boland, and guest photographers Graciela Iturbide, Brigitte Lacombe, Anderson and Low, and Mary McCartney (the latter whose nickname is coincidentally "M"), the book also includes specially commissioned portraits of the cast and crew shot by Rankin."
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Fourth collaboration of director Sam Mendes and production designer Dennis Gassner. This movie is Gassner's third James Bond movie after Skyfall (2012) and Quantum of Solace (2008). Mendes says: "Working with Dennis is like a bit of magic; he has such a soul. You get more out of a drawing that Dennis would have done on the back of a napkin, than out of seventy pages of technical drawings, and then his sense of color and light, architecture and style, and his taste, all of these things are impeccable." What the filmmakers dreamed up for this movie, Gassner says, was guided by what they created in Skyfall (2012). "That was a beginning, and then Spectre is the continuation of that", he says of the production design. "In my initial discussions with Sam I said, 'Where do you want to go with this film? What's your direction?' and he said, 'Can you find me something hot, and then something cold?'"
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The production shot for four days in Rome, Italy at the Museo della Civiltà Romana, which doubled for a cemetery where Bond first sees the widow, Lucia. The second unit then spent a further eighteen nights over the course of three weeks shooting the nighttime car chase sequence, where Bond in his Aston Martin DB10, and Hinx in a Jaguar C-X75, race through the city streets. Producer Barbara Broccoli said: "We always try to do things on-screen that have never been seen before, and the result is that in Rome, we had the most spectacular car chase. It is something that we feel very proud of, and I think also that the Romans will feel very proud as well."
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At the worldwide box office, at the end of November 2015 and the start of December 2015, according to the "Flickering Myth" website, this movie was the "sixth movie to surpass $750 million this year (2015), 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 U.K. box office, the movie "is currently the third highest grossing movie of all time, behind Avatar (2009) and Skyfall (2012)." At the U.S. box office, with around a $176 million take, this movie is the second-highest grossing James Bond movie after Skyfall (2012), overtaking Casino Royale (2006) ($167 million), and Quantum of Solace (2008) ($168 million).
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Third James Bond film in the official franchise to utilize story elements from the first non-Ian Fleming James Bond continuation novel "Colonel Sun" (1968) by Robert Markham, a pseudonym for Kingsley Amis. The first was the kidnapping of M in The World Is Not Enough (1999), the second, a character name in Die Another Day (2002), which would have been the book's title character (Colonel Sun Liang-tan), but the Fleming estate wanted royalties, so the name was changed to Colonel Moon Tan-Sun (Colonel Moon, played by Will Yun Lee); and the third, is in this movie, where Blofeld's torture of Bond, and its interception by a Bond Girl, and a line of dialogue used, were inspired by a similar scene in the "Colonel Sun" novel.
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The original draft scripts for Thunderball (1965) did not involve S.P.E.C.T.R.E., but Sicilian mobsters in the Sicilian Mafia, with Largo as a crime boss. In that earlier Bond movie, this was the reason why many of the villains were played by Italian actors. Fifty years later, this movie restores this Italian Connection script element by featuring a Rome setting with Italian-style gangsters for this movie's S.P.E.C.T.R.E. board meeting.
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As of mid December 2015, this movie is the second most successful James Bond movie at the worldwide box-office (not adjusted for ticket price inflation) according to website Box Office Mojo, and the fourteenth ranked, if the movie is adjusted for ticket price inflation.
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During the opening credits, and just after the movie's title, there is a part in which there is a couple falling and trying to reach each other. This is a replica scene from Quantum of Solace (2008), where James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Camille Montes Rivero (Olga Kurylenko) escape from the jet by skydiving.
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The shot of James Bond walking through the doorway of the former MI6, as well as the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. meeting, mark the first time since Goldfinger (1964) that footage from the movie is featured in the title sequence. The last time footage from any Bond movie 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 movies, rather than from the movie of the sequence.
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Daniel Craig became the second Bond to serve under two different cast members playing M, after Sir Roger Moore, who served under Bernard Lee from Live and Let Die (1973) to Moonraker (1979) and then under Robert Brown in Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985). However, it is not confirmed if, like Dame Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes, the two cast members are playing two different M's, or the same M (one popular fan theory is that Robert Brown's M is Admiral Hargraves, who appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
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On DVD and Blu-ray, this was the second biggest seller of 2015, just after Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
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Ralph Fiennes and Andrew Scott have played Professor James Moriarty, with Scott playing the character on Sherlock (2010), and Fiennes playing the character in Holmes and Watson (2018).
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Cast members actor Christoph Waltz and actress Dame Judi Dench later both appeared in 'Tulip Fever' (2017).
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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 cast members Naomie Harris and Dave Bautista. Bautista said: "To have the opportunity to be a part of an iconic chase scene in a Bond movie and to drive the C-X75 supercar was like a dream come true for me. It truly is a beautiful beast of a car, that will go down in movie history". Also, Harris said: "The incredible cars featured in the films have always been an important part of the Bond DNA. I'm lucky enough to have driven not only the universally loved and indestructible Defender, but also the new and sleek Discovery Sport. I still can't decide which one I loved more."
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The English spy thriller "Spooks: The Greater Good" (MI-5 (2015)) was released in the U.S. on December 4, 2015, about a month after this movie, which debuted stateside on November 6, 2015, where the Spooks movie was re-titled "MI-5". 2015 also saw the release of the fifth Mission: Impossible movie Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), it having an informal title of "MI5", while part of this movie's storyline involves MI5.
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The character name of "Dr. Madeleine Swann" (Léa Seydoux) is a reference to Marcel Proust's seven part volume novel saga "Remembrance of Things Past" (1871-1922). A "madeleine" is a pastry that figures prominently in the novels that provokes a case of involuntary memory when tasted by the protagonist, like how the photographs of James Bond's childhood provoke similar feelings in him. There is also a character in the work named "Swann", which is the surname of this movie'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 movie adapted from the second part of the book's first volume. This movie is partly about Bond solving a mystery by remembering his past, hence the connection to Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past".
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Portraying the character of Lucia Sciarra, Monica Bellucci previously played a character with the same "Lucia" first name, in the Italian movie, Manual of Love 2 (2007).
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The seventh cinema movie directed by Sam Mendes.
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The Alex Rider book series, almost like a teenage James Bond, has an organization, S.C.O.R.PI.A., which is akin to S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Their leader, Zeljan Kurst, is bald like Blofeld in some of the Bond movies. Their plans are always thwarted by Alex Rider, a teen Bond. S.C.O.R.P.I.A. is almost an acronym for what it does, like S.P.E.C.T.R.E., but S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is made up of disillusioned former Secret Agents, who went into business for themselves. A post Ian Fleming James Bond novel titled "Scorpius" (1988) was written by John Gardner.
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Andrew Scott played the role of Professor James Moriarty in Sherlock (2010). In the movie starring Robert Downey, Jr., that role was played by Jared Harris, son of actor Sir Richard Harris, whose younger brother, Dermot Harris, was the first husband of Cassandra Harris, who played the Bond Girl "Lisl Baum" in For Your Eyes Only (1981), who, around that time, was the wife of former Bond Pierce Brosnan.
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Seventh appearance in the official James Bond film franchise of the classic silver-birch gun-metal grey Aston Martin DB5 spy car. The movie marks yet another return of the vehicle in the series, which first appeared in Goldfinger (1964), and had last appeared in the third act of the then previous Bond movie 'Skyfall' (2012), as well as also having appeared briefly in 'Casino Royale' (2006). The Aston Martin DB5 has also appeared in Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). The Aston Martin DB5 was going to appear in 'The World is Not Enough' (1999) at Sir Robert King's funeral, but the shots were deleted, though some believe a thermal image of the Aston Martin DB5 can be seen right at the end of the film. The car also features in the James Bond video games 007: Agent Under Fire (2001), 007 Racing (2000), James Bond 007: Blood Stone (2010), and From Russia with Love (2005). The famous DB series of Aston Martin cars was named after Sir David Brown. Brown was an entrepreneur, adventurer, and chairman of Aston Martin from the late 1940s to the 1970s. The DB initials of the Aston Martin car makes and models are from the name ''David Brown''.
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The license plate numbers of the Aston Martin DB5 in the Daniel Craig James Bond movies are as follows: In 'No Time to Die' (2021) it is ''A 4269 00'' whereas in 'Casino Royale' (2006) it had been ''56526'' whilst in 'Skyfall' (2012) and 'Spectre' (2015) it was ''BMT 216A'' - the same as it had been in both Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). The Aston Martin DB5 did not appear in 'Quantum of Solace' (2008). In the two Pierce Brosnan Bond films, GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), the license plate number of the Aston Martin was ''BMT 214A''.
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The London scenes were filmed at approx 3am UK time.
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The name and type of water vessel that James Bond motors across Lake Altausee, Austria on, seen in this movie, as well as shown in trailers, is a traditional Austrian flat boat made of wood called a "Plätte", but are also known as "Plätten" boats, or "Plättenfahrten". According to the Austrian "Klostergasthof Raitenhaslach" website, "'Plätten' are flat wooden boats, which served to ship salt during the Middle Ages." Also, the Austrian "Burghausen Tourism" website states: "wooden boats called 'Plätten' (were) previously used to transport salt, the 'white gold' was transported from the salt mine at Hallein near Salzburg to Burghausen in the Middle Ages."
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Prior to the 2013 settlement between the McClory Estate and MGM and EON Productions, according to the October 20-26, 1997 edition of "Variety", characters and situations the late Kevin McClory claimed he exclusively owned included S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and the organization's octopus logo; Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his white cat; the Bond Girl characters Fiona Volpe (who appeared in Thunderball (1965)) played by Luciana Paluzzi), Fatima Blush (who appeared in Never Say Never Again (1983) played by Barbara Carrera), and Domino Smith (played by Claudine Auger (appearance) and Nikki Van der Zyl (voice - uncredited) in Thunderball (1965) as Domino Derval (Dominique Derval), and also played by Kim Basinger in Never Say Never Again (1983) as Domino Petachi); the Bahamas location (though this setting was still used in Casino Royale (2006)); the Shrublands Health Clinic; the James Bond character versus the Sicilian Mafia (an original plot outline for Thunderball (1965)), as well as Bond tackling an A-bomb hijacking scheme; a Flying Saucer Yacht with a hidden hydrofoil (which features in Thunderball (1965) with the vessel being called 'The Disco Volante'); and a customized rocket-firing motorcycle (which Sir Sean Connery as James Bond rode in Never Say Never Again (1983)).
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The title lends its name to a trio of original Ian Fleming James Bond novels which have been published as "The Spectre Trilogy". The books, all featuring archvillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, include "Thunderball" (1961), "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963), and "You Only Live Twice" (1964), which were filmed in the 1960s in a slightly different order than which they were originally published, this being: Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
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Fifth James Bond movie in which there is a fight scene on a train between James Bond and a villain. The first four were From Russia with Love (1963), Live and Let Die (1973), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and GoldenEye (1995).
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This is the sixth James Bond movie that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have either written, or have helped to write. The other movies are: The World Is Not Enough (1997), Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum Of Solace (2008), and Skyfall (2012).
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Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan starred in The Matador (2005), which was also primarily filmed in Mexico City, Mexico. This movie and The Matador (2005), feature a hit on a target, by Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan, respectively, and both from a rooftop in a central Mexico City square.
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Ben Whishaw (Q) and Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) appeared in Skyfall (2012), The Hollow Crown (2012), and No Time to Die (2020).
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Starting with Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), where one of the main characters is named "Groot", real-life stuntman, Rob de Groot, became Dave Bautista's stunt double for the character Drax the Destroyer. Rob de Groot appeared in this movie as well, for Bautista's character, Hinx.
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There was much publicity about Italian actress Monica Bellucci, at age 51, playing a 50 year old Bond Girl, being the oldest ever Bond Girl in the series, in the James Bond actioner 'Spectre'(2015). In the later actioner, 'Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' (2021), Mexican fellow brunette actress Salma Hayek actually declares in a behind-the-scenes video for the film that she is aged 52.
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A selection of photographs of the cast and crew from the movie are on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England until January 10, 2016. The exhibition of "Spectre" photos, according to the film's official website, "includes work by Rankin, Anderson and Low, Graciela Iturbide, and Mary McCartney, alongside set images taken by Jonathan Olley and François Duhamel. The photographs in this display are all inkjet prints and were taken during the filming of 'Spectre' between 2014 and 2015. A further selection can be seen in the recently published book 'Blood, Sweat, and Bond: Behind the Scenes of Spectre', published by DK."
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Seventy thousand combined streams and sales copies of Sam Smith's theme song "Writing's on the Wall" were sold early in the track's debut launch.
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The teaser poster for the movie was released in December 2014, and shows Daniel Craig as James Bond wearing a N.Peal 300 Spectre mock turtleneck sweater in dark charcoal grey. The designer's website of the turtleneck sweater NPG-300, which sells for one hundred ninety-nine British pounds, says: "As worn by the character James Bond in the official teaser poster for the upcoming Spectre film. Crafted from a blend of (seventy percent) cashmere and (thirty percent) silk worsted yarn, this mock turtle neck sweater is lightweight, and perfect for action. A design-led garment, which will make an excellent addition to any man's wardrobe." Reportedly, Bond, in the film, is also seen wearing a one hundred percent cashmere N.Peal NPG-299B Cashmere Cable Roll Neck in Fumo Grey sweater, which sells for two hundred sixty-nine British pounds. The designer's website says of this item: "This fabulous one hundred percent Mongolian Cashmere Cable Roll Neck is super stylish and truly luxurious in Fumo Grey. Designed specifically for a very special customer, we know it is bound to be a big hit with the style conscious Gent, and with the Ladies wishing to dress their men as Secret Agents!" James Bond has been seen wearing turtleneck sweaters in such Bond movies as Die Another Day (2002) (Pierce Brosnan), Live and Let Die (1973) (Sir Roger Moore), and You Only Live Twice (1967) (Sir Sean Connery).
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The production faced several different challenges when coordinating their scenes in London, England. Key external locations included City Hall, The Home of the Mayor and London Assembly, which appeared as the Centre for National Security, as well as several bridges along the River Thames. Westminster Bridge, in particular, played a pivotal role in the climax, and a section of this was built at Pinewood Studios. Supervising Locations Manager Emma Pill explained: "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 added: "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."
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Third Daniel Craig James Bond movie to feature Italy as a filming location. Casino Royale (2006) utilized Venice, Lake Como, and Lombardia; Quantum of Solace (2008) shot in Basilicata, Tuscany, Lombardia, and Lake Garda; while this movie featured various locations in and around Rome, including the Colosseum and the Vatican City. Skyfall (2012) is the only Craig Bond movie (to date, November, 2012) not to feature Italy.
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Second James Bond movie where Agent 007 is assessed by a Bond Girl who is a psychologist. At the start of GoldenEye (1995), James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) was sent for a psychological evaluation with Caroline (Serena Gordon), but ended up being taken for a ride in an Aston Martin and seduced, while in this movie, Bond is psychologically appraised by being tested and interviewed by Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux). Both women psychologists become love interests with James Bond.
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Director Sam Mendes was awarded the prestigious Britannia Award at a ceremony in Los Angeles, California during this movie's theatrical run. The movie's official site reported: "Spectre Director Sam Mendes received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, presented by The Great Britain Campaign, at the 2015 British Academy Britannia Awards. The honor pays tribute to the legacy of the brilliant British Director. Mendes has effortlessly moved between theatre and cinema, earning an Academy Award for his first film, American Beauty (1999), and recently taking the Bond franchise to new heights with 'Skyfall' and 'Spectre'. Recipients of this honor are deeply respected, distinctive, and innovative directors, whose contributions as both technicians and artists, represents the zenith of the directing profession."
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This movie shot its snow scenes in the region of Tirol, Austria, where James Bond Creator Ian Fleming spent some time during his early life. In 1927, Fleming was sent there by his mother to the town of Kitzbühel, in the Tirol. The Cine Tirol Film Commission's website reports that its Director, Johannes Kock, has said of this: "Even though this will be the first time that Agent 007 will be filmed in Tirol, there is an enduring connection between the most famous Secret Agent of all time, and our region. Ian Fleming, the author of the Bond novels, lived in Kitzbühel in the 1920s, and studied at a private school." Also, Fleming returned to Kitzbühel with his son and wife when he was aged around fifty years. But during Fleming's youth, Tirol was the place where he had learned to ski, with a downhill event in Kitzbühl later being named after him, and also was where he was encouraged to write by author Phyllis Bottome, the wife of Fleming's tutor Ernan Forbes Dennis. Rob Tryan in his article 'Why S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (and Bond) is at home in Austria' at his 'Books, Travel, Music & Food' website says: "In the thirties he (Fleming) would also meet the splendidly named Conrad O'Brien-ffrench in the Tirol. He was an adventurer, explorer, an excellent skier and a spy. He worked for the Z Organization, a kind of shadow MI6 that was sympathetic to Winston Churchill's insistence that Adolf Hitler wanted war. He set up a network of Agents across Austria and Southern Germany. Ian and his older brother Peter Fleming (at that point a very successful author) often bumped into O'Brien-ffrench, as the man's cover was that of a travel agent looking to open up the region to British tourism. When war broke out, O'Brien-ffrench escaped from the Nazis by hiking over the Alps into Switzerland. Some claim he was later very influential in securing Fleming a post in Naval Intelligence during World War II."
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With "surveillance" acting as a major theme in this movie, this movie is kind of a "Big Brother" Bond movie, with the the British Government's fictional Nine Eyes intelligence gathering alliance (based on the real-life Five Eyes), S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s "Global Surveillance Initiative" world domination scheme; MI6 watching and recording (including a telephone conversation between James Bond and Miss Eve Moneypenny) MI6 Agents; S.P.E.C.T.R.E. watching and recording S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agents (including video recording James Bond's meeting with Mr. White, the latter of whom comments that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is everywhere); not surprisingly, a reference is made at one point in the dialogue to George Orwell. Orwell wrote "1984" (1949), which has been filmed twice, in 1956 and 1984, but the title of the work is not specifically mentioned in this movie.
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This movie shares a plot element with Terminator Genisys (2015): M (Ralph Fiennes) and Q (Ben Whishaw) set out to stop Nine Eyes, a global network that is being controlled by S.P.E.C.T.R.E. from going on-line live at midnight.
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Pieces of music excerpted and briefly heard during the Rome nighttime vehicle chase, were "Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici" from Act 1 of Giuseppe Verdi's opera "La Traviata" and Ray Quinn's version of "New York, New York". One of Ian Fleming's James Bond short stories is called "007 in New York" (Agent 007 in New York), which was first published in 1963.
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Christoph Waltz is the second actor to play a Bond antagonist whose name is "Franz". Robert Davi played Bond antagonist Franz Sanchez in Licence to Kill (1989).
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Kim Kardashian West expressed an interest in being in this movie.
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First James Bond movie to open in an odd numbered year, since The World Is Not Enough (1999). Before that, the last Bond movie to open on an even numbered year was The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
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Christoph Waltz is the third actor in the official James Bond franchise to play a major villain who has a first name beginning with the letters "Christoph". The first was Sir Christopher Lee as Scaramanaga, in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and the second was Christopher Walken as Max Zorin, in A View to a Kill (1985).
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"The Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" exhibition has had items from this movie added to the display. These include the clapperboard and the iconic S.P.E.C.T.R.E. ring of evil. This movie's official website states: "This type of ring, which has the famous S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization logo on it, first appeared in the film From Russia with Love (1963), but has been updated for Spectre (2015). Production Designer Dennis Gassner worked with key Graphic Designer Laura Grant to create a more up-to-date version of the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. octopus ring. These two new pieces can be seen, along with more than 500 items from the Bond films, including costumes, gadgets, props, storyboards, and models."
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At the end of November 2015, this movie became the eighth-highest grossing James Bond movie at the international box-office, with a global take of approximately seven hundred fifty million U.S. dollars (five hundred million pounds sterling).
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Naomie Harris (Miss Eve Moneypenny) became the sixth major actor or actress who has starred in movies based on works of John le Carré and Ian Fleming, both famous spy novelists. Harris' role as Gail Perkins in Our Kind of Traitor (2016) follows her two previous appearances in James Bond movies, in Skyfall (2012) and this movie. Pierce Brosnan and Sir Sean Connery portrayed James Bond on screen and starred in le Carré filmed adaptations, they being The Tailor of Panama (2001) and The Russia House (1990), respectively. Of Connery's 007 Bond movies, his one unofficial Bond movie, Never Say Never Again (1983), co-starred Klaus Maria Brandauer, who also appeared in The Russia House (1990). Also, Connery and Brandauer starred in the same two Bond and le Carré spy movies. Also, Harris and Brosnan appeared in After the Sunset (2004). The first actor to portray "M", Bernard Lee, was the first actor to do both Bond and le Carré. Lee appeared as Patmore in le Carré's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), which was the first filmed adaptation of a le Carré novel. The le Carré adaptation movie The Constant Gardener (2005) starred Ralph Fiennes, who played Justin Quayle, and has portrayed the Bond series' new M character Gareth Mallory in Skyfall (2012), this movie, and No Time to Die (2020), as has Harris played Miss Eve Moneypenny in the three. Rachel Weisz, the wife of Daniel Craig, previously starred as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award, with Wiesz and Fiennes playing husband and wife in that movie. About thirty cast and crew personnel worked on this movie and Our Kind of Traitor (2016).
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The character name of henchman Mr. "Hinx" (Dave Bautista) rhymes with the name of Bond Girl "Jinx" (Halle Berry) from Die Another Day (2002).
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Prior to the release of this movie, Monday, October 5, 2015, was celebrated as the official "Global James Bond Day" for this movie. The date was marked as a celebration of fifty-three years of the James Bond film franchise. The October 5 date marks the anniversary of the debut release of Dr. No (1962), the first Bond movie. "Global James Bond Day" began in 2012, when the Bond movie franchise celebrated their 50th, or Golden Anniversary, with events being held all around the globe coinciding with the launch of Adele's title Bond song for Skyfall (2012). For this movie, the day celebrated the launch of the official music video for the "Writing's on the Wall", the Bond theme song from this movie, sung by Sam Smith.
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Five James Bond movies have featured leading Bond Girls with a doctor qualification. This was the first James Bond movie in sixteen years where a leading Bond Girl has had the profession of being a doctor. In this movie, Léa Seydoux's character is Dr. Madeleine Swann, a Doctor of Psychology, and she was the fourth major Bond Girl in the official franchise to be a doctor. Seydoux reprised this role in No Time to Die (2020). The previous time in the film franchise prior to this movie, that a Bond Girl was a doctor, there were two, Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards, a doctor of nuclear physics) and Dr. Molly Warmflash (Serena Scott Thomas, a doctor, who is a physician to MI6 Agents), both appeared in The World Is Not Enough (1999). Prior to this, the first leading Bond Girl who was a doctor, was Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) (a C.I.A. Agent, and an astronaut space scientist doctor of astrophysics) in Moonraker (1979). In the James Bond video games, 007: Agent Under Fire (2001) featured Dr. Natalya Damescu (Beatie Edney, voice); James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003) featured Dr. Katya Nadanova (Heidi Klum); and 007 Legends (2012) also features the above-mentioned Dr. Holly Goodhead (Jane Perry), while The World Is Not Enough (2000) also featured Dr. Christmas Jones (Sumalee Montano) as well as archive footage of Denise Richards from the movie version also in the video game. Also, this movie features a villain henchwoman called Dr. Vogel (Brigitte Millar), while the first James Bond theatrical archvillain was called Dr. No (1962). In Ian Fleming's James Bond novel "You Only Live Twice" (1964), the alias name of Ernst Stavro Blofeld is "Dr. Guntram Shatterhand".
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In 2007, Bond Girl Léa Seydoux appeared in French Director Catherine Breillat's French movie The Last Mistress (2007), which also featured Michael Lonsdale, who had portrayed the villain Drax in the earlier James Bond movie Moonraker (1979). Lonsdale and Daniel Craig appeared in Munich (2005).
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This movie shot in three locations in Morocco: Tangier, Erfoud, and Oujda. While the cities were pleasant places to work, the Sahara desert outside Erfoud was a very challenging location to film.
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This James Bond movie features two chase sequences set at night, one a car chase in Rome, and the other a boat and helicopter chase along the River Thames in London.
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Debut screenwriting credit for a James Bond movie of Jez Butterworth, who had previously co-written Fair Game (2010).
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According to "The Hollywood Reporter", this movie "could mark the end of the Sony and MGM collaboration. Spectre (2015) is the last in a two-picture deal that Sony struck in 2011 with MGM, which controls rights to Bond, along with EON Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Sources say MGM expects to pursue an especially tough bargain once other studios come calling. Sony established a successful track record with the first two 007 movies starring Daniel Craig as the tuxedoed superspy, Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). But it still had to fend off competition from rivals when it sat down with MGM, headed by CEO Gary Barber, in 2011 to renew its deal. Paramount came close to snapping up Bond, but walked away from MGM's demands, and the relatively low eight percent distribution fee MGM was willing to pay. Sony prevailed by throwing other movies into the pot, taking on MGM as a co-financing partner on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and Total Recall (1990). But while Sony had been 50-50 partners on Casino (Royale) and Quantum (of Solace), it capped its investment in Spectre (2015) to twenty-five percent of the movie's negative cost. In exchange, it has a twenty-five percent stake in the new movie, plus distribution fees for overseeing its worldwide rollout." MGM has since partnered with Universal Pictures for the production and release of No Time to Die (2020).
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Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema previously lensed Swedish Director Tomas Alfredson's espionage thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). Hoytema was born in Switzerland, which is a neighboring country of Austria, where part of this movie was filmed.
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First James Bond movie where Ernst Stavro Blofeld has owned a Rolls-Royce. The make and model is a 1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, as identified by James Bond in the desert. The car's color scheme includes red and black. The last and only other time that a villain in a Bond movie owned a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith was Aristotle Kristatos (Julian Glover in For Your Eyes Only (1981)). Bond ally Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendáriz) owned a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith in From Russia with Love (1963). M 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 appeared in three other Fleming Bond novels. Also, other previous Bond movie villains Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan in Octopussy (1983)) and Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe in Goldfinger (1964)) owned Rolls-Royces, but not Silver Wraiths, they being a black Rolls-Royce Phantom III, and a black and yellow 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, respectively. The Rolls-Royce luxury car seen in A View to a Kill (1985), a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, which was driven by Sir Godfrey Tibbet (Patrick Macnee), was owned by Albert R. Broccoli, one of that movie's producers, and co-founding producer of the official film franchise. A Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow appeared in Licence to Kill (1989) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). 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 models appear respectively: a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, and a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Coupe DeVille (also owned by Kerim Bey, as with the movie version).
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The name of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s world domination scheme was their "Global Surveillance Initiative".
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Second Daniel Craig James Bond movie to feature a desert landscape. The first being Quantum of Solace (2008).
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Numerous 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 appeared in this movie. This movie also featured a henchman called Mr. Guerra (Benito Sagredo). Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) appeared in three Daniel Craig James Bond movies: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and this movie, the most Bond movies 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 archvillain was called Mr. Big, but in the movie 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, 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 did not appear in the movie.
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With Skyfall (2012) and this movie, Ralph Fiennes became the seventh major actor or actress who has appeared in both the "James Bond" and "The Avengers" universes, the latter being the English spy one, and not the comic superheroes one. From the original television series The Avengers (1961), three cast members appeared in Bond movies: Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Patrick Macnee portrayed Sir Godfrey Tibbett in A View to a Kill (1985), and Dame Diana Rigg played Tracy Di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The latter movie also featured as The English Girl, Joanna Lumley, who appeared in The New Avengers (1976) which also starred MacNee. Nadim Sawalha appeared in The Avengers (1998), as well as two Bond movies: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and The Living Daylights (1987). Fiennes appeared in The Avengers (1998), co-starring with former James Bond Sir Sean Connery, who played the villain Sir August de Wynter. Of these seven actors and actresses, Fiennes and Macnee have portrayed The Avengers' character of John Steed, in the theatrical movie and television series, respectively, with the latter also voicing the Invisible Jones character in The Avengers (1998). In that movie, John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) get across the frozen river by "walking" on the surface inside inflatable plastic bubbles which is similar to how James Bond gets aboard Ernst Stavro Blofeld's (Charles Gray's) oil rig in Connery's final official series Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
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According to Wikipedia, the production of the movie encountered a taxation benefits controversy, stating "while filming in Mexico City, speculation in the media claimed that the script had been altered to accommodate the demands of Mexican authorities, reportedly influencing details of the scene and characters, casting choices, and modifying the script, in order to portray the country in a 'positive light', in order to secure tax concessions and financial support worth up to twenty million dollars for the film. This was denied by Producer Michael G. Wilson, who stated that the scene had always been intended to be shot in Mexico, as production had been attracted to the imagery of The Day of the Dead, and that the script had been developed from there. Production of Skyfall (2012) had previously faced similar problems while attempting to secure permits to shoot the film's pre-title sequence in India before moving to Istanbul."
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This movie was released with the launch of a special luggage range called the "Globe-Trotter Spectre Collection". The movie's official website states: "Globe-Trotter has announced the launch of two new product ranges to celebrate the release of 'Spectre'. The first, named after the 24th Bond adventure, is made up of suitcases, including 16" slim attaché, 21" trolley case, and a 30" suitcase with wheels. The range also includes leather bags, such as a canvas and leather overnight bag, and accessories, such as a passport holder, wallet, business card holder and a luggage tag. The second is a range of women's bags and accessories called 'Moneypenny'. Designed by Globe-Trotter's Charlotte Seddon, who worked closely with Spectre costume designer Jany Temime. Items include: a business bag and a tote bag, a 13" Vulcan Fibre vanity case, tablet cover and a purse. Each piece in the Moneypenny range features a subtle 'M' logo stitched beautifully into each product."
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The three trailer releases for this movie 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.
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When approaching this movie, the filmmakers were keen to ensure that this movie followed on closely from its predecessor, the 1.1 billion dollar box-office smash hit, Skyfall (2012).
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The movie was released in 2015, which celebrated 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 theaters in 1975, marking a 40th Anniversary year; while this movie will still be playing in some theaters in 2016, marking the 10th Anniversary of Casino Royale (2006), as well as Daniel Craig's decade in playing the role of James Bond.
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The movie was released in the same year as the James Bond novel "Trigger Mortis" by Anthony Horowitz. The book was published on September 8, 2015 which was seven weeks prior to the world premiere of this movie.
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The plot element M and Q set out to stop the Nine Eyes global network that is being controlled by S.P.E.C.T.R.E from going on-line a midnight, was similar to a plot element in Terminator Genisys (2015). Emilia Clarke, who played Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015), starred opposite Sean Bean on Game of Thrones (2011). Sean Bean played Alec Trevalyan in GoldenEye (1995). Linda Hamilton, who played Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and Terminator: Dark Fate (2019), starred opposite former James Bond Pierce Brosnan in Dante's Peak (1997).
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Initially, it was reported that Christopher Nolan was eyed to direct this movie before Sam Mendes decided to return. In an interview in 2018, Christopher Nolan stated that besides he's a huge fan of the franchise he does not intend to direct a James Bond movie right now, since he believes what they are doing with Daniel Craig is excellent and he wouldn't add something great or fresh to the movies. However, he is open-minded if a reboot with a new actor is made.
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When Madeleine says "What if I shoot you by accident?" this is a reference to when Moneypenny accidentally shoots Bond off a moving train in the opening sequence of 'Skyfall (2012)'
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Monica Bellucci: As Lucia Sciarra.
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Tom So: Uncredited, as the man with gray hair in a ponytail on the palazzo balcony situated to James Bond's immediate right. Tom So played Mr. Fukutu in Casino Royale (2006).
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Mads Mikkelsen: Uncredited, archive footage of his Le Chiffre character from Casino Royale (2006) is seen during the opening titles sequence.
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Javier Bardem: Uncredited, archive footage of his Tiago Rodriguez, a.k.a. Raoul Silva character from Skyfall (2012) is seen during the opening titles sequence.
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Michael G. Wilson: Uncredited, as a man, alongside his son Gregg Wilson, who also performs a cameo in the same scene, in the sequence where M (Ralph Fiennes) calls C (Denbigh) (Andrew Scott) a "cocky little bastard".
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Eva Green: Uncredited, archive footage of her Vesper Lynd character from Casino Royale (2006) is seen during the opening titles sequence.
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Judi Dench: Uncredited, as the former M, in a video playback sequence shown on a television. The appearance celebrates Dench's 20th anniversary year playing M, which had started with GoldenEye (1995). As such, this will probably now make this movie the final appearance by Dench as M, as before, Skyfall (2012) had been expected to be her last.
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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 movie where this outcome occurred, though it was implied that Koskov would be executed shortly thereafter.
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When C (Andrew Scott) is confronted by M (Ralph Fiennes) in his office near the end, C reaches for a gun concealed in his desk, only to find that M has already discovered it and removed the bullets. James Bond pulled the same trick on traitorous Agent Dryden (Malcolm Sinclair) in the opening black-and-white sequence of Casino Royale (2006).
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In an early version of the script, James Bond was going to shoot Franz Oberhauser (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) on the bridge at the 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 movie. Also, in early drafts of the script, when James Bond drives off with Dr. Madeleine Swann, it was written that Bond threw his gun into the river, and another alias name of Blofeld/Oberhauser was Heinrich Bochmann.
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It is revealed in this movie that in all of the earlier Daniel Craig James Bond movies, Skyfall (2012), Casino Royale (2006), and Quantum of Solace (2008), all of these villains and henchmen: Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), Patrice (Ola Rapace), and Tiago Rodriguez, a.k.a. Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), have all been really working for S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and all under the leadership of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz). Major agents of the organization in this movie include Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista), Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona), Dr. Vogel (Brigitte Millar), C (Max Denbigh) (Andrew Scott), and Franz Oberhauser (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) (Christoph Waltz).
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Franz Oberhauser's (Ernst Stavro Blofeld's) wound at the end of this movie will leave him with the same facial scar that Donald Pleasence's interpretation and characterization of Blofeld had in You Only Live Twice (1967). Blofeld returned to the franchise with this wound as a facial disfigurement scar in No Time to Die (2020), which marks the 52nd anniversary of You Only Live Twice (1967).
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Franz Oberhauser (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) is James Bond's foster brother. Bond and Blofeld are revealed to have been like childhood brothers in this movie. In Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Austin Powers and Dr. Evil (the character who is a spoof of Dr. No and Donald Pleasence's interpretation and characterization of Ernst Stavro Blofeld from You Only Live Twice (1967)), are revealed to be brothers.
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The funeral of Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona) sequence, according to the James Bond Locations blogspot, "was filmed around the Museum of Roman Civilization (Museo della Civiltà Romana) (in Piazza Giovanni Agnelli, Rome, Lazio, Italy) in EUR (the Esposizione Universale District), south of the city center of Rome. The funeral was staged in between the columns that connects the two large wings, which houses the museum. The film team was actually supposed to film the funeral scene at the Verano cemetery, which is a famous early nineteenth century cemetery in the central part of Rome, close to the Termini Station. It boasts the graves of several Italian cultural icons. However, the film team was refused to film there by an ancient Christian confraternity, namely the Arciconfraternita di Carità verso i Trapassati. Thus, the team had to relocate to the EUR district and use the museum to recreate a mausoleum. The cemetery is reminiscent of the Slumber cemetery in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). The film crew converted the area to a cemetery with fake headstones between the columns before filming took place. The museum itself consists of fifty-nine sections, which illustrate the history of Roman civilization." In For Your Eyes Only (1981), another shooting location interruption was also caused by a religious group, which risked to stop the production filming with the matter going to court. The monks who lived in the monastery on top of the Meteora Mountain placed sheets and plastic on top of the roofs and external infrastructure so as to halt filming. A special hearing of the Greek Supreme Court was convened, where a panel of judges decreed that the monks only had rights over the interiors of the mountain top monastery, but the exteriors were the domain of the people and the local government. The film crew was eventually able to film at the location. They did not film inside the monastery (known as St. Cyril's in this movie), 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.
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Rare for a James Bond movie, in that despite the high body count, there are no allies of Bond or innocent characters killed off during the course of the movie. All of the characters who die are members or former members of S.P.E.C.T.R.E..
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In Daniel Craig's three previous James Bond movies, Bond has vowed to protect a female ally, and each of them died. These include Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in Casino Royale (2006), Agent Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton) in Quantum of Solace (2008), and Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe) in Skyfall (2012), and arguably also M (Dame Judi Dench) in Skyfall (2012) as well. In this movie, with Craig as Bond, finally neither of the women, with whom Bond has major romantic liaisons, they being Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) and Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), die. Also, neither do the other two leading Bond Girls in this movie, Estrella (Stephanie Sigman) and Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), come to any harm. Both of the major Bond Girls, Vesper Lynd and Solange (Caterina Murino), died in Casino Royale (2006). This is the first Bond movie since Licence to Kill (1989) where neither of the two leading Bond Girls die.
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