The majority of the creative crew from Skyfall is returning: in addition to Craig and Mendes, John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are also returning as screenwriters. The film received the worldwide release date of November 6, 2015.
In the film, a stolen computer program used to delete identities from databases around the world sets James Bond navigating the layers of a sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. As M continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6, Bond draws closer to uncovering a hidden truth that threatens to destroy everything he has fought to protect.
The film's title is derived from the criminal organizationSPECTRE, which was prominent during the original Bond films and several Ian Fleming novels. The organisation's logo, an octopus, is also referenced in the official teaser poster.
Shortly after Skyfall premiered, pre-production on Bond 24 began. Bond franchise staples Barbara Broccoliand Michael G. Wilson are returning as executive producers and EON Productions, MGM and Sony/Columbia Pictures are returning as production companies. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment secured the rights for home distribution.
With Daniel Craig under contract for two more Bond films, MGM and EON Productions hired Skyfall writer John Logan to pen Bond 24 and 25 as a two-parter, to film simultaneously and release in 2014 and 2015. Immediately after Skyfall Mendes had shown interest in directing Bond 24 but passed the torch in March 2013 in order to focus on his stage work. MGM, EON, and Mendes continued to meet and plan the future of the Bond franchise and decided to abandon the two-parter concept and push back the release of Bond 24 to 2015 to accommodate Mendes' schedule.
On July 11, 2013, it was officially announced that Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes, and John Logan would return for Bond 24 for an Autumn 2015 release.
On October 21, Ralph Fiennes confirmed he would be in Bond 24 saying "I think everyone knows that, I don’t think that’s particularly a secret." On November 24 Naomie Harris confirmed she would also be returning forBond 24. In February 2014, while promoting his film The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes revealed that shooting for Bond 24 would occur in October 2014. He also teased that Gareth Mallory might not be stuck behind a desk in the film. In late March 2014 John Logan teased that he had completed the first draft of the script but was cautious to reveal any spoilers about the possible return of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Quantum, other 00 agents, or other returning elements. In an April 2014 interview with Charlie Rose, Sam Mendes revealed that Bond 24 would be a "continuation" of the character stories he began in Skyfall, namely the new characters' (M,Moneypenny, Tanner, and Q) relationships with Bond and each other.
On June 27, it was announced that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were hired to polish the script, specifically to "punch up the script and sprinkle in more gags" and improve the banter between Bond, Moneypenny and M. Some reports indicate the re-write may be more significant than originally planned. Due to the re-writes, production has been pushed back to December 6 2014 with the same hopeful autumn 2015 release date. In November screenwriter Jeremy "Jez" Butterworth was hired to do a final polish of the script, which reportedly did not affect the filming schedule.
Months after it was confirmed Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins would not be returning for Bond 24. Hoyte van Hoytema was named cinematographer. Set construction was spotted in Obertilliach, Austria. In October 2014 French actress Lea Seydoux was announced as being cast as a Bond girl in the film. In November two time Oscar winning actor Christoph Waltz was announced as being cast in a unspecified role. On December 4, 2014 the official title and cast were announced.
Production began on December 5 at Pinewood Studios. Locations for Spectre include Mexico City, Rome, Tangier, Morocco, Sölden Austria, Obertilliach and Lake Altaussee.
- The character of Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, does not appear
- in Spectre.
- Christoph Waltz is the first Austrian actor to play a James Bond villain, and the third Oscar-winner to appear in a Bond film.
- Christoph Waltz and Léa Seydoux previously worked together on Inglorious Basterds.
- Much speculation surrounded the role taken by Christoph Waltz, with most saying he would play a new version of Bond's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, although it was later revealed that Waltz' character was SPECTRE's "No. 2" agent and head of extortion, debunking this rumour.
- Synnove Macody Lund, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Disa Östrand, Ida Engvoll, Isabel Edvardsson and Joanne Froggatt were rumored to star as Bond Girls before Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci were cast.
- Chiwetel Ejiofor was considered for a role, but declined due to scheduling conflicts.
- The full cast was announced at the press conference on December 5, 2014.
- Directed by: Sam Mendes
- Written by: Ian Fleming (characters only), Raymond Benson, John Logan,Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (screenplay)
- Produced by: Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
- Cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema
- Production Design by Dennis Gassner
- Edited by Lee Smith
- Music composed by Thomas Newman
- 2nd Unit Director Alexander Witt
- SFX Supervisor Chris Corbould
- VFX Supervisor Steve Begg
- Costume Designer Jany Temime
- Stunt Coordinator Gary Powell
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Austria Photo Call Edit
Behind The Scenes Edit
Home Video Releases Edit
Spectre was released on Digital HD on February 5th across all digital stores including Amazon, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, VUDU and Xbox Live. The Skyfall Blu-ray and DVD followed on March 14th in North America and March 17th in the United Kingdom with additional international markets to follow through April. There are more than three hours of in-depth special features on the Blu-ray.
Special Features Edit
Blu-ray Special Features:
- Shooting Spectre
- Opening Sequence
- The Title Sequence
- End Sequence
- Spectre Premiere
- Director Sam Mendes
- Producers Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli; Production Designer Dennis Gassner
- Theatrical Trailer
DVD Special Features:
- Shooting Spectre
- The Title Sequence