Spectre will make an excellent addition to the Bond canon, but in an effort to help Bond fans avoid being shaken and not stirred, Glen Falkenstein warns you to “step away from the trailer…”



Car chases. Explosions. Gadgets. Stunts. Bigger explosions.

These are things you would typically expect from a Bond film and the trailer for the franchise’s 24th entry Spectre.

It did not have any.

Instead there were lots of dark rooms, a larger, darker room and a bad guy saying stuff like, “You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond.”

Spectre picks up where Skyfall left off, with the destruction of Bond’s childhood home unearthing what appears to be a family secret. Bond’s history has only ever been referenced in passing in a few of the entries (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldeneye) and director Sam Mendes appears determined to delve deeper into what proved to be a successful formula in Skyfall.

From all reports, Spectre will not be as dull as its first trailer, with veteran Bond producer Michael G. Wilson confirming that a sequence shot in Mexico, featuring a Day of the Dead parade and a fight inside a helicopter will be the “biggest opening sequence we’ve ever done.” The Mexican government have reportedly subsidised the production to the tune of $US14 million, with the crew occupying the centre of Mexico City for four days to shoot the 5-10 minute prologue. Images from the fight are already available, with the pilot being the only person in the world who can do 360-degree flips in a helicopter.

Footage has also been released of a key action sequence set in the Austrian mountains, with additional filming taking place in Morocco and England. The marketing for Spectre has had mixed reactions, with an early-release image of Daniel Craig in a turtleneck mirroring Sterling Archer’s fond use of the garment in the FX show Archer, commonly referred to as a “#tacktleneck.”

The Spectre shoot has not been without incident, with Craig sustaining minor injuries while filming a car chase in Rome and a fight scene in Buckinghamshire. More recently, the official 007 jet, en-route to Mexico, issued an international air alert after members of the crew reportedly went on a drunken rampage, threw up in the aisles and attempted to remove a pin securing one of the cabin doors.

Starring Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux, Spectre is set for a global release on November 6.

Based on everything known about Spectre  (ignoring the trailer), it will be worth the wait.


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