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Spectre [2015] (1 disc)

Director:Sam Mendes
Writer:Jez Butterworth
John Logan
Neal Purvis
Robert Wade
Composer:Thomas Newman
Length:148 minutes
(2 hours 28 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
Sorting Tub:Hotel
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:64%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

Reaction: It's interesting to see this new introduction of old Bond staples. Fun.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Sam Mendes => Director
Jez Butterworth => Writer
John Logan => Writer
Neal Purvis => Writer
Robert Wade => Writer
Thomas Newman => Composer
Adel Bencherif => Abrika
Alessandro Cremona => Marco Sciarra
Andrew Scott => C
Ben Whishaw => Q
Benito Sagredo => Guerra
Brigitte Millar => Vogel
Christoph Waltz => Blofeld
Daniel Craig => James Bond
Dave Bautista => Hinx
Domenico Fortunato => Gallo
Erick Hayden => Marshall
Francesco Arca => Francesco
Jesper Christensen => Mr. White
Judi Dench => (uncredited)
Léa Seydoux => Madeleine
Marc Zinga => Moreau
Matteo Taranto => Marco
Michael G. Wilson => Man in corridor when M and C meet (uncredited)
Monica Bellucci => Lucia
Naomie Harris => Moneypenny
Oleg Mirochnikov => Valerian
Peppe Lanzetta => Lorenzo
Ralph Fiennes => M
Rory Kinnear => Tanner
Stephanie Sigman => Estrella

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • English actor Gary Oldman was approached for the role of Franz Oberhauser but he was unwilling to commit to six months production worldwide. In the end, the part was cast with Christoph Waltz.
  • Italian model and actress Monica Bellucci previously auditioned for a Bond Girl role prior to being cast in Spectre. In 1997, in an interview with 'Playboy' magazine, former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan said that Bellucci had screen-tested for one of the two leading Bond Girl roles, as Paris Carver, in Tomorrow Never Dies, the part in the end being cast with American actress Teri Hatcher. Brosnan said: "Monica Bellucci is a ravishing beauty - a gorgeous, gorgeous woman. She screen-tested to be a Bond girl a while back, and the fools said no. Teri Hatcher stole the day instead".
  • Before her audition, French actress Léa Seydoux said she drank some alcohol, forgot some of her lines, and basically botched up her reading. Seydoux asked if she could come back another day, which the filmmakers allowed, and was in the end, successful in landing the lead Bond Girl role of Dr. Madeleine Swann.
  • Daniel Craig's first acting role in three years, apart from a cameo in Star Wars episode VII: The Force Awakens. Craig's last film was Skyfall.
  • Before Christoph Waltz was cast as the villain Chiwetel Ejiofor was considered for the role.
  • First Naomie Harris [James Bond] movie where her Miss Moneypenny character fulfills the traditional role of the character of being mostly office bound at MI6 intelligence headquarters. Harris says: "Moneypenny in this film is behind the desk again; she's not out with Bond in the field. She is still assisting him, but this time doing something much more secretive".
  • Kevin Spacey was rumored at one time to play the main villain as he had been also for Skyfall. While Spacey was in fact considered to play the villain in Skyfall before production delays and scheduling conflicts with his play Richard III interfered with his casting, he has indicated on the record that he was never offered or considered to play the Bond villain in Spectre and doesn't know why and where from these rumors keep eventuating.
  • Both major Bond Girls, Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, didn't believe they would be successful in obtaining their respective Bond Girl roles in the movie, for the latter, predominantly because of her age. Moreover, when Italian actress Bellucci was first approached about appearing in the film, Bellucci thought it was for her to play a new 'M' character to replace Judi Dench.
  • According to the MI6 [James Bond] fan-site, models and actresses who screen-tested for Scandinavian Bond Girl parts included [?] Disa Östrand, [?] Ida Engvoll, [?] Isabel Edvardsson, [?] Synnøve Macody Lund, [?] Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, and [?] Birgitte Hjort Sørensen. Moreover, [?] Joanne Froggatt also earlier screen-tested 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 the film as launched, as they are French and Italian actresses Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci respectively.
  • Léa Seydoux is the sixth fully French actress to portray a leading Bond Girl after Eva Green (Casino Royale), Claudine Auger (Thunderball), Corinne Cléry (Moonraker), Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only), and Sophie Marceau (The World Is Not Enough). Skyfall Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe was born to a Cambodian / Chinese father and a French mother, so in another sense, Seydoux could be considered to be the 007th French actress to play a leading Bond Girl.
  • Reportedly, actress Brigitte Millar was once apparently attached to the movie to play a Bond Girl, believed to be for the part of Lucia Sciarra, the role which in the end was cast with Italian actress Monica Bellucci. However, Millar was cast in the film as SPECTRE agent Dr. Vogel. Moreover, actress Karen Gillan expressed interest in playing a villain in the movie.
  • Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, [?] Danny Boyle, Shane Black, Christopher Nolan, and [?] Nicolas Winding Refn, were all considered to direct before Sam Mendes agreed to return after directing Skyfall. Regarding Nolan, associate producer Gregg Wilson has said: "Christopher Nolan would be a 'dream' choice for a future Bond director. We would of course be interested to have a discussion with him. We would like to do the same type of movie. It would be a dream to be with Nolan. But we always have an open mind when it comes to directors."
  • 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, who was left to be arrested, the first [James Bond] film where this outcome occurred, though it was implied that Koskov would be executed shortly after.
  • First Daniel Craig [James Bond] film in which all of the leading Bond Girls (Stephanie Sigman, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux and Naomie Harris) survive the events of the film. Spectre is the second [James Bond] movie where no leading Bond Girls die in the film's story or are known to have died. The other is The Living Daylights.
  • The film's opening scene, set during the Day of the Dead parade, is quite unique for a [Bond] film, in that it marks the first time it appears to be shot in one take. Actually done in three shots, it begins from the moment the camera pans down to the massive crowd, following a masked Bond and his lady partner, following them back to their hotel room, and ending at the point Bond has his gun sight set on Sciarra. The interior of this shot is the Gran Hotel Cuidad de Mexico. The exterior is another building, a few blocks away, which is across the street from the Palace of Mining (the large building in the background as Bond is walking on the roof). When Bond has his gun sight set on Sciarra, he is actually on top of the building where the Mexican Senate met for 80 years.