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A cryptic message from James Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth abo... Read all A cryptic message from James Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth about the author of all his pain in his most recent missions. A cryptic message from James Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth about the author of all his pain in his most recent missions.

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  • Trivia 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."
  • Goofs In the train, Bond and Madeleine order dirty martinis (a break from his normal routine), but when the drinks arrive, they are perfectly clear. Dirty martinis contain olive juice, so they would be cloudy. The International Bartenders Association standard recipe requires Olive Juice/brine. The traditional number of olives is that it should be odd, with 5 seen as excessive and 3 the norm.

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  • The eye gouging now only shows an establishing shot of the thumbs being inserted, then cuts to a counter-shot from behind the victim's head when the slightly bloody thumbs emerge. The uncut version showed this all from the front, including the aftermath.
  • The suicide now takes place off-screen and with reduced detail. The uncut version showed the man putting the gun under his chin and firing with a spray of bloody mist, and two subsequent shots showed brain tissue hanging down from the back of his head.
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  • November 6, 2015 (United States)
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Daniel Craig returns for a fourth round as James Bond in this exciting yarn, which sees him investigating the nefarious organization SPECTRE (despite being 007's longtime foes, this is the group's first appearance since 1971's "Diamonds Are Forever"). Along the way, Bond forges an alliance with the daughter of a former adversary while investigating a sinister plot involving surveillance and drones.


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James Bond films are, and always have been, more imitative than innovative. Even in the 1960s they were essentially superhero movies starring an indestructible character who wore street clothes (and the occasional wet suit) instead of tights and a cape. He ran, jumped, drove and flew through loosely connected setpieces that borrowed whatever cliches happened to be popular in action cinema at that moment and amped them up with more beautiful locations, bigger explosions, cornier jokes, and lush, loud music by John Barry . Given the franchise's lineage, it was only a matter of time before the producers went the extra kilometer and started modeling the Bond films on the Batman and Marvel franchises. The new superhero films featured fussy world-building and onion-layered subplots doled out over many films and many years. Their conception owed quite a bit to comic books and to serialized television like "24" (James Bond by way of " Die Hard "). The last three Bond films drew on all of those traditions, plus Bond's own distinctive set of cliches, and set the stage for this fourth Craig outing, "Spectre."

The second Craig Bond, " Quantum of Solace ," built a convoluted narrative scaffolding atop 2006's "Casino Royale"—the best movie in the fifty-plus-year-old franchise, and the only one that would satisfy even if the main character were named Oswald Chutney. The final act of "Royale" killed off Bond's one true love, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), which set the stage for an emotionally burned-out, extra-icy Bond investigating a global conspiracy in "Solace" that turned out to be connected to the bad guys he fought in "Royale." "Spectre" occurs in the aftermath of MI-6's decimation in the last Bond picture. It retroactively forces connections between "Royale," "Solace" and " Skyfall ," by way of a video-recorded warning sent to Bond by his old boss M (Judi Dench) right before her death, urging Bond to follow the trail from Mexico City to Italy to Morocco and beyond, and dig to the bottom of the conspiracy that claimed so many agents' lives.

The movie feels like a culmination of everything the franchise has been building toward since Craig stepped into the part in "Casino Royale." The most recent incarnation of Bond doesn't just have stunts and quips and gadgets and curvy women with porno names. Courtesy of "Skyfall," it has a mythology that turns Bond into Batman minus the cape and cowl, and boasts a Bond version of Stately Wayne Manor; an Alfred-the-butler figure ( Albert Finney in "Skyfall"); a tragic orphan back-story (repeated via the death of Dench's matriarchal figure, who's even called "Mum"), and a Joker-type bad guy (Javier Bardem's fey torturer).

If you loved all that stuff, you'll adore "Spectre," which revives the titular organization from the Sean Connery era Bond flicks. It has subplots, characters and incidents that amount to what genre fans would call "ret-cons." And it introduces us to a new big bad, Franz Obenhauser ( Christoph Waltz )—aka Ernst Stavro Blofeld; please don't act surprised, neither of us were born yesterday! This new (old, really) villain makes Bardem's character in "Skyfall" seem like a junior Joker at best, if that. He even lures Bond into a ruined building that he's transformed into a combination haunted house and gallery installation, and by the end, he acquires a scar whose gruesomeness rivals the Joker's mouth disfigurement.

If "Spectre" were a great movie, or even a consistently good one, this might be wonderful, or at least intriguing. But this is a weirdly patchy, often listless picture. The Craig Bonds are so expensive and expansive that they can't help but impress with sheer scale. And every now and then they come up with bold images, like the silhouettes of Bond and a foe grappling in front of neon signage in "Skyfall," and the overhead shot of Bond entering the bombed-out ruins of MI-6 headquarters in "Spectre" preceded by a shadow four times as long as he is tall. But an hour or two after you've seen "Spectre" the film starts evaporating from the mind, like "Skyfall" and "Solace" before it. It's filled with big sets, big stunts, and what ought to be big moments, but few of them land. 

What's the problem? Maybe it's the script. It's credited to a murderer's row of gun-for-hire writers, but it can't seem to come up with anything but undistinguished chases and fights and quips pasted together by exposition that's half baked even by Bond standards. Like Christopher Nolan's Batman, Bond shows up wherever he has to be and escapes certain death as needed, without a hint as to how he pulled it off. And even by Bond's damn-the-rules, full-speed-ahead standards, the character is such a suitcase nuke in a cable-knit sweater that it's hard to see him as England's (or the West's) disreputable protector, which is how you pretty much have to see Bond if you're going to root for him. (Omelets, eggs.) In the pre-credits sequence, Bond wreaks destruction on Mexico City, creating an international incident that gets him suspended for the umpteenth time; when he argues that the terrorists he was trying to foil would've caused more damage, he sounds like a parody of the sort of hero who would say such things. At least when Tom Cruise offers similar defenses the " Mission: Impossible " movies (the latest of which has a plot not hugely different from this one's, come to think of it) it's meant to be ludicrous and frothy, not freighted with righteous woe. 

Or maybe the problem is the production itself. The crew teams "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes with production designer Dennis Gassner and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema (" Interstellar ") and fills the screen with deserts and lakes and forests and mountains and historic skylines and converging perspective lines and tastefully arranged rectangles-within-squares and shallow planes of focus (the movie often seems to be in 3-D even though it's not), but too often ends up looking rather like a SuperBowl ad for cell phone service or cologne.

Or maybe—blasphemy alert—the problem is Craig's performance. He might be the most drop-dead-serious actor  to play Bond, and he probably comes closer than anyone to making the character seem plausibly human ( Pierce Brosnan had his moments, even though the scripts were even less inclined to support his efforts than Craig's). But as the character has become increasingly opaque and recessive—so much so that Mendes and company seem less interested in Bond as a cold but complex person than as a sculptural object to light and pose—you may wonder what the point is. This Bond is a sinewy husk of a man, pursing his lips and staring into the middle distance. He's turned into the narrator of Edgar Allan Poe's " The Raven " but with a sidearm. The actor and the writers give us so little to grab onto that it's hard to sense Bond's feelings, much less feel with him. Late in "Spectre," we're supposed to believe that Bond is truly attached to his love interest, Lea Seydoux's Madeleine Swann (nice double Proust reference there). She reciprocates the craggy killer's affection even though, as she rightly observes, she was living in hiding for years until Bond led the bad guys straight to her. But there's little in this film's writing of Bond, or in Craig's performance, to imply that the character is capable of investing in anything more emotionally fraught than a martini mixed with house vodka. 

Or perhaps the problem is historical fatigue. Even the better bits of "Spectre," such as a close-quarters fistfight on a passenger train between Bond and a thick-necked henchman ( Dave Bautista of " Guardians of the Galaxy "), and a mostly wordless, almost one-take stalking/assassination sequence set during a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City, pale in comparison to their Bondian inspirations (respectively, "From Russia with Love," and " Live and Let Die " by way of "Octopussy"). We've been assured by the producers that "Spectre" contains homages to every previous Bond picture. That's great if you go to films mainly for Easter egg-style trivia in the form of situations and props. But it's not so great if you're inclined to take the makers of these films at their word, and expect a Bond film like "Casino Royale," something with more brains and nuance than the usual, as opposed to a film that purports to be that kind of movie but is content to posture and strut rather than doing the necessary dramatic spadework.

Whatever the explanation(s), "Spectre" is the third Bond film in a row to write conceptual and dramatic checks that the movie itself can't cash. We're at the point now where these films are consistently more fun to anticipate than they are to watch. The media campaigns tend to be more cunning and surprising than anything that ends up onscreen. This film won political correctness kudos for casting Monica Bellucci as Bond's first age-appropriate lover (she's two years older than Craig), but "Spectre" itself squanders her in two scenes, then ditches her for the 30-year old Seydoux. Blofeld's chief henchman is a bust, just a muscleman in a suit; he makes a memorably nasty entrance blinding a rival with his thumbs, but from then on, he's all sneers and punches and kicks. Blofeld fizzles, too. Waltz, who tends to give the same performance over and over with minor variations but at least has the decency to be a hoot each time, is in "Spectre" only slightly longer than Bellucci, and has been drained of the glee he displayed in Quentin Tarantino's films. The payoff of his character's storyline is so dumb that it makes the "twist" in " Star Trek Into Darkness " seem sensible and heartfelt. Stupider still is Bond's reaction when he finally gets the drop on his nemesis. Bags of Scrabble tiles make more sense.

Even the look of "Spectre" makes promises that the film won't keep. Between the copious mirror and reflection shots, the surveillance screens and wall-mounted cameras, and Waltz's all-seeing, all-knowing baddie, we're tacitly promised the first James Bond horror movie: a creepy Cubist study in voyeurism and fear, powered by nightmare logic and silhouettes and moments of physical violation; Bond by way of " The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari " or Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse films. Beyond novelty, such an approach would have made the film's instances of slipshod plotting feel all-of-a-piece, like the "because I said so" storytelling in Nolan's Batman pictures.

But of course "Spectre" can't give us that, because Bond films are products before they're anything else, and products aren't allowed to challenge or upset people. If Mendes didn't keep finding original ways to stage unoriginal moments, this film's star rating would be lower than it is. Even by the generous standards of Bond pictures, which have been graded on a curve since 1962, "Spectre" has to be considered a missed opportunity.

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Spectre (2015)

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On a rogue mission in Mexico City Bond kills an assassin. Back in London, Bond is grounded by M but confides in Moneypenny that he was acting on orders from the previous M before she died. Bond travels to Rome and infiltrates a secret meeting, but their leader Franz Oberhauser, reveals Bond’s presence. The terrifying Hinx pursues Bond in a car chase. In Austria, Bond meets his old nemesis Mr White and makes a promise to keep Mr White’s daughter safe in exchange for leading him to Oberhauser. The daughter, Dr Madeleine Swann, is reluctant to help, but after Bond rescues her from Hinx she agrees. She reveals the secret organisation is SPECTRE. Swann leads Bond to Tangier and from there they journey by train to a desert location, Swann makes Bond question the life he has chosen for himself. Hinx appears and a vicious fight ensues. At a high-tech facility in the desert Bond and Swann meet Oberhauser, He amasses information to manipulate events and is about to gain control of a global surveillance network. After Oberhauser tortures Bond and reveals himself to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Bond and Swann escape and destroy the base. In London Bond debriefs M, is captured by Blofeld, then rescues Swann. Bond has the opportunity to kill Blofeld but decides to let him live. Bond joins Swann, leaving his old life behind.

Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, Jesper Christensen

Michael G. Wilson Barbara Broccoli

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26 October 2015 (UK) 6 November 2015 (USA)

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26 October 2015, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Pinewood Studios, London locations, UK; Lake Altaussee, Obertilliach and Sölden, Austria; Rome, Italy; Mexico City, Mexico; Tangier, Erfoud and Sahara desert, Morocco

“Writing’s On The Wall” – performed by Sam Smith, written by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes

Aston Martin DB5 , Aston Martin DB10 , Jaguar C-X75 , Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, Land Rover Discovery Sport SVR, Land Rover Defender Big Foot,  Fiat 500, Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander aircraft, McDonnell Douglas MD500E, AgustaWestland AW109. Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm Bo 105


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The pre-title Day of the Dead sequence employed 1,520 extras, dressed and made up by 107 different make-up artists, 98 of whom were local. On each working day it took three and a half hours to get the crowd prepared

The Red Bull helicopter that featured in the pre-title sequence is built especially for barrel-rolling and free-diving and piloted by aerobatic pilot Chuck Aaron

Spectre marked the first time Bond has filmed in Rome, Italy

It was also the first time Aston Martin and the Bond production team collaborated on creating a new car designed specifically for the film with the DB10

Stefan Zurcher began looking for appropriate locations in Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France, 12 months before shooting commenced. His first Bond film was On Her Majesty’s Secret Service where he played a Piz Gloria guard. He continued to work on eight more Bond films in different capacities. He is also known as “The Snowman”

The exterior of the Ice Q in Solden was selected for the start of the chase. The main outdoor set was constructed in Obertilliach, a small village with 500 inhabitants in the Austrian Tirol

Two 20 tonne cranes were used in order to simulate the flight in the forest. The plane was 18m wide and the path through the trees was only 20m wide. Special carbon fibre cables were used between the cranes. Laser equipment was used to ensure the one kilometre path through the trees was in a straight line

A snow team of 30 people worked round the clock to guarantee perfect snow conditions on the road and in the forest

Spectre includes a Guinness World Record for the largest on screen explosion (of Blofeld’s lair)

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A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.

Rating: PG-13 (Language|Intense Sequences of Action|Sensuality|Some Disturbing Images|Violence)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery & thriller

Original Language: English

Director: Sam Mendes

Producer: Michael G. Wilson , Barbara Broccoli

Writer: John Logan , Neal Purvis , Robert Wade , Jez Butterworth

Release Date (Theaters): Nov 6, 2015  wide

Release Date (Streaming): Jul 24, 2016

Box Office (Gross USA): $200.1M

Runtime: 2h 28m

Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Production Co: Danjaq Productions, Eon Productions Ltd., Columbia Pictures, MGM, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

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Daniel Craig

Christoph Waltz

Léa Seydoux

Ralph Fiennes

Monica Bellucci

Ben Whishaw

Naomie Harris

Dave Bautista

Andrew Scott

Rory Kinnear

Jesper Christensen

Alessandro Cremona

Marco Sciarra

Stephanie Sigman


Neal Purvis

Robert Wade

Jez Butterworth

Michael G. Wilson

Barbara Broccoli

Callum McDougall

Executive Producer

Hoyte Van Hoytema


Film Editing

Thomas Newman

Original Music

Dennis Gassner

Production Design

Christopher Lowe

Supervising Art Direction

Andrew Bennett

Art Director

Ben Collins

Mark Harris

Neal Callow

Anna Pinnock

Set Decoration

Jany Temime

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Audience reviews for spectre.

Visually stylish and a nice homage to the 60s Bond movies, neatly tying together plot points from the previous Daniel Craig bond movies, but felt quite pedestrian, I never really felt anything for any of the characters: things just happened without any excitement or emotion. At least it wasn't too silly, but again lacked humour.

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One of the most obvious characteristics of the Bond series is that each instalment of the franchise can sit on its own. Modern audiences are asked to believe that the character has been the same age for more than 50 years, and the series has bent or tinkered with its conventions ever so slightly as the decades have rolled past in order to stay relevant. While this has kept the Bond series as a whole firmly in the realms of fantasy, it has allowed individual entries in the series to push for something more gritty or realistic; if it works, it's embraced and carried forward, and if not the series reverts to type with very few tears. Since the franchise was effectively rebooted with Casino Royale, an approach more becoming of comic books has been employed: different writers and directors come in and somehow try to stitch all the character's actions together into an overarching narrative. Doctor Who, Sherlock and Star Wars have all shown that this is not an easy thing to pull off, and it's harder still to convince an audience that such an undertaking was always intentional. Spectre attempts to tie together the events of its predecessors with a story about chickens coming home to roost - and while there is much to applaud about Sam Mendes' film, it is also riddled with problems. The first such problem is the amount of emphasis given to each of the previous films. You would imagine that any story which seeks to claim that the events of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall were all an elaborate means to bring us to this point would place an equal weight on each instalment and the events therein. Instead, Quantum of Solace has been practically airbrushed out of history; besides the odd mention of Quantum, we get no reference to its plot and Dominic Greene is never seen on camera. The refusal to even hint at it is too constant a factor for it to be an accident; it is as though the whole production threw up their hands, admitted that it was terrible, and then asked us to forget that it ever existed. A related problem is that the script for Spectre is deeply conflicted, especially when it comes to the film's female characters. Madeleine Swann is written like two completely different people who have been composited; one moment she's being icy cold, compelling and giving Bond a run for his money with a gun, the next she's being captured for the umpteenth time and needing to be rescued. For all the steps forward that the Daniel Craig era has taken, it still can't resist a damsel in distress. None of the women in Spectre are given a fair crack of the whip. Even if we put Léa Seydoux to one side, that still leaves us with Monicca Bellucci. The film has a great opportunity here, casting an older woman with the promise of a deeper relationship. Instead, she gets five minutes of screen time to look scared, sleep with Bond and then leave. Dressing her in stockings is at best a nod back to Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies and at worst just lazy fanservice. Not every woman in Bond's life has to be helpless without him, and the series has been at its best when the women are equal to him - either in a fetishistic way, like Xenia Onatopp or Bambi and Thumper, or something more mature and three-dimensional. Then there are the villains to consider. Sherlock's Andrew Scott waltzes through the whole film like he has "bad guy" tattooed on his forehead, but at least he's fully committed to what he is doing. Christoph Waltz, meanwhile, is completely underwhelming as Blofeld. Having Bond and Blofield as adopted brothers is workable, but Waltz can't decide whether to play it as the Jew Hunter from Inglorious Basterds or as a straight-up pantomime. He seems uncomfortable in the costume, looking like Hyman Roth in The Godfather Part II but without the threat. Either it's just a bad performance, or Mendes didn't know what he wanted from the character. Further evidence of a confused director can be found in the torture scene. The rope torture and poisoning scenes in Casino Royale were justified; they were both an effective means of moving to a grittier style and a meaningful way of showing Bond's vulnerability. Torture has been used as a novelty in Bond films before - there's a lot of it in the Brosnan era, whether Xenia's thighs in Goldeneye or the neck-breaking chair in The World Is Not Enough. But here it feels all too routine, as if Mendes said: "We need a torture scene here" and then got the specifics from a trip to the dentist. Like Skyfall before it, Spectre makes a number of conscious nods to its back catalogue. There's a lot more references to the Connery era this time around, with the DB5 and the gadgets on the DB10 nodding to Goldfinger, and Blofeld's cat and base borrowing heavily from You Only Live Twice. The sequence on the train is essentially a more stereoidal take on the train fight in From Russia with Love, and Swann's appearance particularly in the dining car is strongly influenced by Tatiana Romanova. But unlike its predecessor, these references are here for their own sake rather to make any attempt at justifying the franchise's longevity. There are a lot of plot details in Spectre which don't make sense or which are disappointing - another probable consequence of having four writers. The DNA scan on the Spectre ring is both a very arbitary gadget and a contrived plot device, asking us to accept both the technology and the fact that all the people involved would have worn the same ring. Then there's the ease with which Bond is able to blow up Blofeld's base, or the comparable ease with which Blofeld is able to wire up the whole of the MI6 building without anyone noticing. The final act is deeply anticlimatic, falling emotionally short where The Bourne Ultimatum hit a home run. In the midst of all these niggles, flaws and frustrations, there is an awful lot about Spectre which can be enjoyed, at least in the moment. For all its concessions to cliché, the film does make some interesting points about our increasingly surveillance-driven world and how easily it can be manipulated. The set-pieces are beautifully filmed, with Mendes lending excellent coverage to both the car chases and the long opening shot in Mexico. If you only watch Bond films for the car chases and fight scenes, rest assured they are still exhilirating enough to allow you to gloss over the plot holes. There are also improved performances within the supporting cast. Ben Whishaw's Q in Skyfall was essentially Brains from Thunderbirds, but here he becomes more rounded and appealingly tetchy. It's a different Q from Desmond Llewellyn's, but it still feels like a kindred spirit. Ralph Fiennes was always going to have a hard job following Judi Dench as M, but here he rises to the occasion, taking the tension he exhibited in In Bruges and bringing along some devil-may-care attitude for the ride. The best aspect of Spectre, however, is the scene involving Mr White - if nothing else because it is the most effective at tying up a part of the overarching story. There's a wonderfully bleak, pathos-ridden quality to the scene, with one man utterly defeated and the other delaying the inevitable. The writing is unpredictable but coherent, with Craig and Jesper Christiansen dualling brilliantly and the latter giving a sad, dead-eyed performance. Hoyte von Hoytema, who shot Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, does a fantastic job, contrasting the dark, oppresive colours in the cabin with the stark, deathly white of the snow. Spectre is a watchable slice of the Bond saga which pales in regard to two of the three films which preceded it. It's still heaps better than Quantum of Solace, if only because it always has a rough idea of where it is going even during its moments of writing conflict. But while its visual spectacle can give Casino Royale and Skyfall a run for their money, it doesn't have either the brains or the heart to rise above them. Bond fans will embrace it, but the rest of us will be expecting more effort next time around.

This is the movie that fans wanted to be even better than the critically acclaimed "Skyfall" that was released back in 2012. This movie clearly isn't that sequel! However, it really is a movie that can be enjoyable if you watch it with the right audience. If you watch it with the most die-hard Bond fans, this movie probably isn't for you, but if you just love Bond and love spy films, this movie is definitely something that you should check out. Daniel Craig once again proves why he was chosen back in 2006 and Christoph Waltz (who probably wasn't the Bond villain everyone was hoping for) shows why he is one of the best actors out there right now.

Every couple of years we get to go to the movies and hear the immortal words "Bond is back!". It's been 53 years since Sean Connery stepped into the role that he made iconic or made him an icon. That is a debate for a later time. Six Bonds later and the franchise still delivers enjoyable adventures that span the globe (with the occasional dud). Spectre is officially the 24th film and it really harkens back to the Bond of 30 years ago. The previous three films have built to this point in which Bond (Daniel Craig) has found that there is a huge criminal syndicate called Spectre that has been behind the events going all the way back to Casino Royale. Spectre represents a series of events in which Bond attempts to pull back the curtain and expose the puppet master in the form of Ernst Stravo Blofeld (Christophe Waltz). What's interesting about Spectre is that after 45 years of legal wranglings James Bond finally gets to face his arch nemesis. Blofeld is a characters that has never been played by the same actor twice and Christophe Waltz is a wonderful return for the character. Cold, calculated evil delivered. Craig once again fits into Bond and exudes that dark, brooding Bond. Some have mentioned the Roger Moore era of Bond being represented in this film, but Craig keeps the film grounded. Each Bond is his own man, yet the same man. Bringing us to the story, it once again leads to world control. Not from nukes or space stations, but information. We live in an information age. Our bogeymen sit at computer screens now. Who is on the other end of that camera watching you.Bond stories tend to recycle themselves, but amazingly most of them hold up. Spectre is a very good follow up to the almost perfect Skyfall. What's enjoyable about James Bond films, particularly when comparing films with the Bournes and Mission: Impossibles out there. Each individual Bond film makes its own mark, be it in villains, locales, or general bad assery. Other spy franchise seem to blend together, creating a murky identity when trying to remember what film had this or that happen. Bond has never had that problem and it's one of the many reasons that these films endure and continue to endure.

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2015 Directed by Sam Mendes

A Plan No One Escapes

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.

Daniel Craig Christoph Waltz Léa Seydoux Ralph Fiennes Monica Bellucci Ben Whishaw Naomie Harris Dave Bautista Andrew Scott Rory Kinnear Jesper Christensen Alessandro Cremona Stephanie Sigman Tenoch Huerta Mejía Adriana Paz Domenico Fortunato Marco Zingaro Stefano Elfi DiClaudia Ian Bonar Tam Williams Richard Banham Pip Carter Simon Lenagan Alessandro Bressanello Marc Zinga Brigitte Millar Adel Bencherif Gediminas Adomaitis Peppe Lanzetta Show All… Francesco Arca Matteo Taranto Emilio Aniba Benito Sagredo Dai Tabuchi George Lasha Sargon Yelda Andy Cheung Erick Hayden Oleg Mirochnikov Antonio Salines Miloud Mourad Benamara Gido Schimanski Nigel Barber Patrice Naiambana Stephane Cornicard Gary Fannin Sadao Ueda Phillip Law Wai Wong Joseph Balderrama Eiji Mihara Junichi Kajioka Victor Schefé Harald Windisch Tristan Matthiae Detlef Bothe Bodo Friesecke Wilhelm Iben Noemi Krausz Noah Saavedra Francis Attakpah Michael Glantschnig Marlon Boess Lili Epply Marie Wohlmuth Konstantin Gerlach Lara Parmiani Umit Ulgen Amra Mallassi Ziad Abaza Walid Mumuni Derek Horsham Nari Blair-Mangat Michael White Adam McGrady Nader Dernaika Pezh Maan Judi Dench Kim Adis Steve Barnett Romeo Visca Taylor Murphy

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Alexander Witt Marlene Chazot

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Daniel Craig Barbara Broccoli Gregg Wilson Michael G. Wilson Stacy Perskie Jayne-Ann Tenggren

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Callum McDougall

Writers Writers

John Logan Robert Wade Neal Purvis Jez Butterworth

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Ian Fleming

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Debbie McWilliams Nicole Schmied Stéphane Foenkinos Tusse Lande Amal El-Farfachi Celebrity Booker Lucy Hellier

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Hoyte van Hoytema

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Lorenzo Senatore Luis David Sansans Peter Field Kenji Katori Sebastian Meuschel Julian Morson Clive Jackson Łukasz Bielan

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David Smith Stefano Marino Hanz Kawson

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Carlos De Carvalho

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Dennis Gassner

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Chris Lowe Roxana Alexandru Neal Callow Mark Harris Ben Collins Andrew Bennett Sami Gaidi Lydia Fry Liam Georgensen Hugh McClelland

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Anna Pinnock

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Franco Ragusa Lynne Corbould

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Laura Schultz Mark Curtis Ken Dailey Kilou Picard Tim Keene Catherine Mullan Stuart Bullen Greg Fisher Leslie Lerman Steven Begg Zave Jackson Jonathan Knight Alex Wuttke Mark Bakowski Paul Round

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Daniel Kleinman

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Franco Maria Salamon Gerardo Albarrán Marvin Campbell Gordon Alexander Omar Ayala Nina Armstrong Mauro Aversano David Anders Nick Chopping Gary Powell Gemita Samarra Dean Bailey Gary Arthurs Odin Ayala Danilo Capuzi Mirko Zamperla Jo McLaren Ignacio Arteaga Nicola 'Nikki' Berwick Paolo Antonini Federico Benvenuti Teresa Arteaga Mohamed Attougui Tolga Kenan Elaine Ford Daniele Chiofalo Mark Archer Alejandro Avendano Christopher Bowdern Maurice Chan Marc Mailley

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Thomas Newman

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Christopher Assells Per Hallberg Dan O'Connell Gregg Rudloff Scott Millan John T. Cucci Peter Michael Sullivan Ann Scibelli Karen Baker Landers Peter Staubli Russell Edwards Ando Johnson

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Jany Temime

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Eithné Fennel Letizia Carnevale Gerardo Perez Arreola Alex Rouse Sharon O'Brien Angelo Vannella Zoe Tahir Estrella Lorrabaquio Elena López Carreón Francesca Crowder John Nollet Zineb Bendoula

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Review by demi adejuyigbe 13

imagine christoph waltz mumbling in anger after getting his ass kicked, printing off black and white photos of people bond knows and taping them up like "oh he's gonna be sooo scared about this." fucking dork. i'm not scared of any man who can work an officejet

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Review by Evan ★★ 29

Uninteresting. Uneventful. Uninspiring. Under-used Villain. Seriously, Christoph Waltz was completely wasted in this role. Wooden Acting. Boring as shit. Horrible Script. These were just a few of my thoughts after Spectre ended. Dave Bautista was the best part of the movie and he literally says one single word. I mostly enjoyed the set pieces, although they were still underwhelming. The fight between Craig and Bautista was the highlight.

The theme song "Writings on the Wall" was better than the movie and that song was okay at best.

Spectre is 2015's biggest disappointment thus far. I really wanted to like this movie, but it was an absolute mess!

Matt Singer

Review by Matt Singer ★★½ 3

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

If I live to (00)700 years old I will never understand why Sam Mendes et al. decided the right move after Skyfall , a film about whether James Bond deserves a place in the modern world, was to make Spectre , a film about ... whether James Bond deserves a place in the modern world. I’ve loved the Bond franchise my whole life, and Craig is a terrific 007 when he’s allowed to be. But at a certain point, if the creators of these movies feel so uncertain why this guy continues to exist — and in any other franchise the conclusion of this movie would essentially mean he doesn’t exist anymore — doesn’t that, like, say something?

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Review by DirkH ★★★★ 15

So how do you top Skyfalll?

Well, you don't, nor should you try to, a thing Mendes and his team seem to understand really well.

I've always been a fan of Craig as Bond, as he (and perhaps Timothy Dalton) comes so very close to the Bond of the novels. Skyfall seemed to be the start of the amalgamation of book Bond and movie Bond, clearly setting a break off point. The result of that budding symbiosis is Spectre, Craig is still Flemming's Bond, but he now walks the halls of the Bond Universe created for the movies. And in the hands of the fantastic Mr. Mendes it has turned out rather well.

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Review by davidehrlich ★★★½ 7

so many thoughts. so few hours of sleep.

will dive in next week, but 1st half = yesssss. 2nd half = …that's it?

all told, it's hard to imagine that we'll ever get another run of Bond movies this good, warts and all.

all hail Mendes.


Review by ScreeningNotes ★★★ 34

"You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond."

The trilogy of Casino Royale , Quantum of Solace , and Skyfall formed a thematic arc for James Bond as a character. Casino Royale finally built him up with both his strengths and his weaknesses; Quantum of Solace broke him down after taking away the one thing he loved; and Skyfall built him up again by directly confronting him with his real weakness (not his fear of loss, but his age). Spectre essentially abandons this development in favor of going all-in on the Bond mythology: not only does it resurrect the famous shadow organization of the film's title, it desperately crams every Bond trope into its padded run time, from women, cars…

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Bond's Mad Max movie. Espionage as a dry, hazy (extremely flammable) wasteland—Bond a mutilated, regretful husk wandering the trail of carnage he's left behind. Psychological isolation, questionable impulsiveness and efficient brutalizing of state-sanctioned killing have resulted in a literal haunted house of corpses and repressed feelings; and still, nothing is scarier than forgetting a loved one's face.


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New Bond Film ‘Spectre’: Meet The Full Cast

Find out who's playing who in the 24th Bond film following the full cast announcement

The title and full cast of the 24th Bond film has finally been announced, but who’s playing who in the intriguingly-named Spectre ? Here’s our guide to the film’s impressive array of acting talent, plus a sneak peek at the new Bond car

cast of bond film spectre

French actress Léa Seydoux, 29, is best known for her role in the much-talked-about romantic drama Blue Is the Warmest Colour , which won the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. She’ll play a “Bond girl” named Madeleine Swann.

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Ben Whishaw – currently the voice of Paddington in the hit film – will return for his second appearance as Bond’s gadgets guru Q, a role he revived for Skyfall after the popular character had sat out the previous two 007 films.

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Naomie Harris also made her Bond debut in Skyfall , when it was revealed right at the end that her enigmatic MI6 agent was in fact the iconic Miss Moneypenny. This highly-regarded British actress earned rave reviews earlier this year for her performance as Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom .

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Judi Dench made her seventh and final appearance as M in Skyfall , and Ralph Fiennes’ Gareth Mallory was seen succeeding her as the head of MI6. The two-time Oscar nominee, 51, is the seventh actor to portray M on screen following Bernard Lee, John Huston, David Niven, Robert Brown, Edward Fox and Dench.

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Italian actress Monica Bellucci, 50, is perhaps best known to English audiences for playing Persephone in The Matrix franchise. She’ll play a character called Lucia Sciarra, and some outlets are already branding her, rather ungallantly, “the oldest ever Bond girl”.

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Spectre Cast

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Daniel Craig as James Bond

Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavros Blofeld

Christoph Waltz  as Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann

Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann

Ben Whishaw as Q

Ben Whishaw  as Q

Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny

Naomie Harris  as Eve Moneypenny

Ralph Fiennes  as M

Ralph Fiennes  as M 

Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx

Dave Bautista  as Mr. Hinx

Andrew Scott as Max Denbigh

Andrew Scott  as Max Denbigh

Jesper Christensen who played Mr White in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Spectre

Jesper Christensen  as Mr. White

Rory Kinnear

Rory Kinnear  as Bill Tanner

Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra

Monica Bellucci  as Lucia Sciarra

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Stephanie Sigman  as Estrella

Alessandro Cremona as Marco Sciarra

Alessandro Cremona  as Marco Sciarra

Bond 24: a cinematic tapestry woven with stars and secrets.

In the dimly lit corridors of espionage and drama, Bond 24 – helmed by the astute Sam Mendes – fashioned an array of talent that shimmered and sizzled on screen. As we traipse through this cinematic tapestry, the luminaries of Spectre await our awe.

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Daniel Craig, donning the ever-sharp tuxedo of the famed 007 , drenched us in his unwavering resolve, almost as if Mendes whispered tales of Bond’s tenacity into his very being. This rendition of Bond? Ferociously relentless. Though the purists might tut at Craig’s emotional luggage, dismissing the elegance of yore, the kinetic theatre of his action sequences silence many a critic.

Then enters Christoph Waltz, a virtuoso whose theatrics never cease to beguile. As Ernst Stavro Blofeld (or should we say, Franz Oberhauser?), he crafts a malevolent symphony, his every glare a testament to a vendetta aged like fine wine.


Léa Seydoux, our Dr. Madeleine Swann , is more than just a pretty face lost amidst the snowy Alps. She’s the intricate melody, adding layers and allure to Bond’s song.

Watch an interview with some of the cast of Bond 24

Ah, MI6’s triumvirate: Whishaw’s Q , Harris’s Moneypenny , and Fiennes’ M . Their transition from mere footnotes in Bond’s saga to crucial stanzas is both heartening and riveting. Whimsy, gravitas, and a sprinkle of wit – all three provide it all.

Dave Bautista, entering this drama as Mr. Hinx , resurrects shades of the iconic Jaws . With scarce words, he mesmerises, proving actions do speak louder. And as for his fate? Well, Bond’s world is ever teeming with mysteries.

Andrew Scott, as the duplicitous Max Denbigh , painted the canvas with his deceit. It’s a delight, really, watching him be so deplorably good. It’s a peculiar sensation, being enraptured by someone embodying deception so completely, but Scott is a master of it.

The familiar notes of Rory Kinnear’s Bill Tanner and Jesper Christensen’s thrice-returned Mr. White hum in the background. And Dame Judi Dench ? Even in spectral form, she commands attention.

Adding to this mosaic, we have Stephanie Sigman’s Estrella , Alessandro Cremona’s Marco Sciarra , and the timeless allure of Monica Bellucci’s Lucia Sciarra . Oh, and the latter, with her record-breaking age, did cause quite the stir .

Those focused on Bellucci’s age missed the essence of her appeal. Bellucci, with her timeless elegance and potent charisma, seamlessly reinvented the archetype of a Bond girl. Age, after all, is but a number, and Monica proves that sophistication and allure transcend such trivial metrics. Just a shame her role was minor.

Sam Mendes, after a slight dalliance of doubt, decided to orchestrate this ensemble once more, striking chords of contemporary concerns. In this rendition, Mendes resonated with the heartbeat of our times.

His direction of the Spectre cast was a deliberate dive into the issues pressing against the zeitgeist of the contemporary world. By crafting a film that mirrored our anxieties and aspirations, Mendes transformed Spectre into a reflective lens, making the audience not just spectators, but participants in a dialogue on present-day concerns.

And while Spectre might dance on the peripheries of some Craig-era rankings, the symphony of old familiars and new virtuosos ensures its cinematic notes won’t soon be forgotten.

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  • Daniel Craig
  • Léa Seydoux – Madeleine Swann
  • Christoph Waltz – Ernst Stavro Blofeld
  • Monica Bellucci – Lucia Sciarra
  • Naomie Harris – Miss Moneypenny
  • Ben Whishaw – Q
  • Andrew Scott – Max Denbigh
  • Ralph Fiennes – M
  • Rory Kinnear – Bill Tanner
  • Dave Bautista – Mr. Hinx
  • Stephanie Sigman – Estrella
  • Erick Hayden – Marshall
  • Javier Bardem
  • Tenoch Huerta – Mexican Man in Lift
  • Jesper Christensen – Mr. White
  • Adriana Paz – Mexican Woman in Lift
  • Tam Williams – Moneypenny’s Boyfriend
  • Noemi Krausz – Snowboarder #1
  • Detlef Bothe – Cable Car Heavy #1
  • Victor Schefé – Clinic Barman
  • Ernesto Siller
  • Alessandro Cremona – Marco Sciarra
  • Lili Epply – Snowboarder #7
  • Francesco Arca – Francesco
  • Albert Finney
  • Bill Buckhurst
  • Elize du Toit
  • Nicholas Woodeson
  • Joseph Balderrama – Head of Nation #8
  • Vladimir Eryomin
  • Adel Bencherif – Abrika
  • Lasha Okreshidze – Businessman #2
  • Noah Saavedra – Snowboarder #2
  • Benito Sagredo – Guerra
  • Harald Windisch – Clinic Security Guard #1
  • Michael Glantschnig – Snowboarder #4
  • Marc Zinga – Moreau
  • Peppe Lanzetta – Lorenzo
  • Simon Lenagan – SC019 Police Officer
  • Domenico Fortunato – Gallo
  • Oleg Mirochnikov – Valerian
  • Alessandro Bressanello – Priest
  • Marco Zingaro – Gallo’s Accomplice #1
  • Brigitte Millar – Vogel
  • Sargon Yelda – Businessman #3
  • Stéphane Cornicard – Head of Nation #3

Who were the producers for Spectre ?

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli produced Bond 24, Spectre .

Who was the Director of Spectre ?

Sam Mendes was the Director of Spectre .

Who were the screenplay writers for Spectre ?

The screenplay was written by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Jez Butterworth.

Who was responsible for the cinematography in Spectre ?

Cinematography was done by Hoyte van Hoytema.

Who edited the film Spectre ?

Spectre was edited by Lee Smith.

Who composed the music for Spectre ?

The music was composed by Thomas Newman, and the theme was sung by Sam Smith.

What were the release dates for Spectre ?

Spectre was released on 26 October 2015 in the UK and on 6 November 2015 in the USA.

What was the budget for Spectre ?

The budget for Spectre ranged from $245–300 million.

How much did Spectre earn at the Box Office?

Spectre grossed $880.7 million at the Box Office.

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The Next James Bond Movie Will Be Called 'Spectre' — Here's The Full Cast

The cast and name of the next James Bond movie was announced Thursday morning by director Sam Mendes at an event in London at Pinewood Studios.

Bond 24 will be called "Spectre" and will be released in theaters Nov. 6, 2015.

Daniel Craig will return as James Bond, Ralph Fiennes as M., and Rory Kinnear will reprise his role as Tanner. Naomie Harris will also be back as Moneypenny.

Here are the new members of the cast:

Andrew Scott ("Sherlock") will play Denbigh.

And welcoming... Andrew Scott as Denbigh pic.twitter.com/UNBlMoBmXz — James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014

Christoph Waltz will star as Oberhauser

And Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser! #SPECTRE pic.twitter.com/CPUXDDf0jt — James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014

David Bautista ("Guardians of the Galaxy") will play Mr. Hinx.

...David Bautista as Mr Hinx pic.twitter.com/tJxGnt5tct — James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014

Monica Bellucci will play Lucia Sciarra.

...Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra pic.twitter.com/41klBClFzN — James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014

Léa Seydoux will star as Madeleine Swann. 

...Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann. #SPECTRE pic.twitter.com/DR7DfAWkb1 — James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014

The new car in the film will be the Aston Martin DB10.

The movie will film over the next seven months in locations including London, Rome, Mexico City, Morocco, and Austria. 

Here's the first teaser poster for the movie.

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SPECTRE Explained: All You Need to Know About James Bond's Big Bad

Sean Connery, as James Bond, demonstrates his disarming charms to Charles Gray’s SPECTRE chief Blofeld in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever

You know, for a supposedly clandestine criminal organization, SPECTRE isn’t exactly hiding in the shadows anymore. On Wednesday, it was revealed that SPECTRE will be front and center for James Bond’s 24th adventure, with its name serving as the movie’s title and new version of its famous octopus symbol adorning the teaser poster. And even though new cast member Christoph Waltz wasn’t introduced as SPECTRE’s cat-stroking, chrome-domed leader, Ernst Blofeld, speculation is high that his character, Oberhauser, will turn out to be Bond’s No. 1 nemesis before the credits roll.

This marks the organization’s first appearance in the franchise’s rebooted continuity, which started over from scratch when Daniel Craig inherited 007’s license to kill in 2006’s Casino Royale . But SPECTRE’s tentacles reach far into Bond’s past. Here’s a quick primer on the many headaches it has caused for Her Majesty’s top secret service agent over the decades.

Related: James Bond 24 Title and Stars Announced, Teaser Poster Revealed

Bond mastermind (and real life ex-spy) Ian Fleming first introduced SPECTRE — which stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion — in his eighth 007 novel, Thunderball , published in 1961, a year before Dr. No kicked off the film series. It was intended to serve as an apolitical replacement for SMERSH, a Soviet Union-based espionage group that bedeviled Bond for much of ‘50s, when Cold War tensions were running high.

The shattered glass “octopus” in the Spectre poster (left) and the real SPECTRE logo

On the page, SMERSH supposedly disbanded after the events of Goldfinger , although they reappeared in later, post-Fleming books. (SMERSH has never been an official part of the Bond film canon, although it has been referenced in both 1963’s From Russia with Love and 1987’s The Living Daylights . In both cases, though, it’s revealed to be a fake-out.)

SPECTRE made its big-screen debut at the same time as James Bond himself in the franchise-launcher Dr. No , with the titular baddie working amongst its ranks. The sequel, From Russia With Love , introduced Blofeld into the mix, albeit under the nom-de-mystery name “Number 1.” (That bit of misdirection, by the way, lends credence to the “Waltz is Blofeld” theory.) In both cases, SPECTRE’s goal is to instigate a cataclysmic conflict between the East and West — and profit from the remains. It’s up to Bond to put out whatever fire they attempt to cause, before they escape back into the shadows to try again.

After being left out of the movie version of Goldfinger , SPECTRE served as Bond’s primary antagonist in the next four installments — Thunderball , You Only Live Twice , On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Diamonds are Forever . Blofeld himself joins in the fun in Twice in the form of Donald Pleasance. He’s later played by Telly Savalas in Secret Service , and Charles Gray in Diamonds ,  with the explanation that he regularly undergoes plastic surgery to remain a true international man of mystery.

Gray, in Diamonds, was one of four actors who played Blofeld in six different Bond films

SPECTRE delivers its most devastating blow to Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service , when Blofeld and henchwoman Irma Bunt kill the one female conquest that got the love-‘em and leave-‘em spy to the altar: Tracy di Vicenzo, played by the incomparable Diana Rigg.

Appropriately, SPECTRE retired from the Bond series along with original 007 Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever . But both Connery and Blofeld were both back in 1983’s Never Say Never Again , a remake of Thunderball that was famously — and controversially — produced thanks to a convoluted contract dispute with producer Kevin McClory and exists outside of the primary Bond movie canon. To tweak McClory’s claim to Blofeld, 1981’s For Your Eyes Only opens with Roger Moore’s Bond dropping an unnamed, but immediately identifiable bald baddie down a smokestack, writing the character out of continuity for good. At least…until now. Maybe.

Related: Daniel Craig: Blame ‘Austin Powers’ For the Super Serious James Bond Movies

Although SPECTRE was left out of the Royale reboot, Daniel Craig’s Bond adventures have previously introduced a potential replacement organization — Quantum, which had a hand in the events of both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace . Considering the title, there’s no mistaking who’s running the show in Bond 24, though. And if you’re wondering why it’s taken so long for the new Bond movies to get back to SPECTRE, maybe blame it on Mike Myers, who modeled his Austin Powers villain, Dr. Evil, after both Blofeld and his Saturday Night Live mentor Lorne Michaels.

Donald Pleasance (who played Blofeld in 1967’s You Only Live Twice, left ) and Mike Myers as Dr. Evil

As Daniel Craig himself said in a recently unearthed interview from 2012 , the Austin Powers series put the kibosh on the comedic elements of vintage Bond movies, including the notion of a bald criminal mastermind with plans for world domination and a soft spot for cats.

Spectre  will open in theaters on Nov. 6, 2015*

Photos: Everett, Columbia

*This post has been corrected since its original publication.

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Spectre to be title of next James Bond film

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Director Sam Mendes reveals the title, the car and the cast

Spectre will be the title of the 24th official James Bond film, its makers have announced.

Director Sam Mendes revealed the title at a launch event at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, where principal photography is due to begin on Monday.

Daniel Craig will play 007 for the fourth time in the film, to be released in the UK on 23 October 2015.

Other cast members were also announced at Thursday's event, which was beamed around the world.

They include Sherlock's Andrew Scott, as a Whitehall-based character called Denbigh, and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista, playing a henchman called Mr Hinx.

Italian actress Monica Bellucci and France's Lea Seydoux have been unveiled as the new 'Bond girls', named Lucia Sciarra and Madeleine Swann respectively.

Daniel Craig with Lea Seydoux (left) and Monica Bellucci

As previously reported, double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz will have a role in the film, playing a character called Oberhauser.

The name of the character is the same as that of Bond's former ski instructor, though it has been rumoured Waltz will really be playing Bond's old nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Spectre - Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion - was the name of an international crime syndicate, whose 'Number One' was Blofeld himself.

The organisation featured in the Bond films of the 1960s and was part of a legal tussle with a rival film producer that was recently resolved after many years.

Thursday's event also saw the unveiling of the Aston Martin DB10 which Bond will be driving in his latest screen adventure.

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Returning cast members Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner) were also presented before the world's media, alongside Craig himself.

Craig, 46, first played Ian Fleming's legendary secret agent in 2006's Casino Royale, then in 2008's Quantum of Solace and 2012's Skyfall.

"We've got an amazing cast and, I think, a better script than we had last time," Craig told the BBC's Lizo Mzimba after the announcement.

But he refused to confirm Waltz would be playing Blofeld in the film, saying people would have to "wait and see".

Daniel Craig popped up behind Lizo Mzimba as he was live on the BBC News Channel

"We started something in Skyfall, it felt like a beginning of something," the actor went on.

"This feels like a continuation of that. We're going to put all of those elements in, and much more."

According to the film studio, the plot will see "a cryptic message from Bond's past send him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation.

Aston Martin DB10

"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."

The 007 production will be based at Pinewood Studios and on location in London, Mexico City, Rome and Tangier and Erfoud, in Morocco.

Bond will return to the snow once again, this time in Solden, along with other Austrian locations, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee.

"All of them are amazing places," said Mendes. "I'm very excited to be going to these locations over seven months, which is how long we'll be shooting."

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Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were "excited to announce Daniel's fourth instalment in the series".

They also said they were "thrilled that Sam has taken on the challenge of following on the success of Skyfall with Spectre".

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Details revealed for new Bond film Spectre

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Details of the eagerly anticipated 24th James Bond film  have been revealed. On Thursday it was announced that for the fourth time Daniel Craig would reprise his role as 007 in the Secret Service agent's latest adventure Spectre , which will be directed by Sam Mendes . SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO Making up the star-studded cast are previous Bond actors Ralph Fiennes ,  Ben Whishaw , Rory Kinnear and Bond girl Naomie Harris . 

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Django Unchained actor Christoph Waltz , French star  Léa Seydoux and martial artist Dave Bautista have also signed up for the movie along with Italian screen siren Monica Bellucci .Léa and Monica will play Bond girls Madeleine Swann and Lucia Sciarra.As was rumoured, Sherlock  star Andrew Scott , who plays Moriarty in the show alongside  Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman , is also joining the film franchise.According to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment, Spectre  will be shot across London, Mexico City, Rome and Tangier and Erfoud in Morocco.

Monica Bellucci

"A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation,"  said the film's producers of its plot. "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." Spectre, which stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, is a fictional global terrorist organisation headed by the villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld, which features in Ian Flemming's original James Bond novels.Christopher Waltz will be playing the character of Hans Oberhauser, fuelling rumours that he will revive the character of Blofeld – who is a master of disguise. David Walliams , a known super fan of the spy series , excitedly heralded the return of the evil organisation by retweeting  Sir Roger Moore 's statement: "So Blofeld is back!"

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Bond enthusiasts were also excited to learn that the secret agent has a sleek new Aston Martin, the DB10, which has been created exclusively for for the film.Spectre is due for release on 23 October 2015.

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SPECTRE (an acronym of Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion ), stylised simply as Spectre in its 2015 film reboot, was a fictional global criminal and terrorist organisation featured in the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming and their EON Productions and non-EON film Never Say Never Again . Led by 007's nemesis  Ernst Stavro Blofeld , the organisation first formally appeared in the novel Thunderball (1961) and subsequently in the movie Dr. No (1962). After a four-decade absence from the film series made by EON Productions , the organisation was reintroduced in the twenty-fourth Bond film, Spectre  (2015) and reappeared in the twenty-fifth, No Time to Die (2021).

When introduced in 1961, the organisation effectively replaced SMERSH as Bond's primary antagonist. SPECTRE is not aligned to any nation or political ideology, enabling the later Bond books and Bond films to be regarded as apolitical. Originally conceived of as a small group of professional criminals in the novels, SPECTRE became a vast international organisation with its own elaborate facilities and operations in the film series.

  • 2 Headquarters
  • 3 Leadership & Hierarchy
  • 4.2 Classic film continuity
  • 4.3 Non-EON Productions film
  • 4.4 Modern film continuity
  • 4.5 Video games
  • 5.2 Films (classic continuity)
  • 5.3 Films (modern continuity)
  • 6 Equipment
  • 10 References

Ideology [ ]

SPECTRE rings comparision

Comparison of Fiona Volpe's octopus insignia ring from Thunderball (1965), with Marco Sciarra's one from Spectre (2015).

In Ian Fleming's novels, SPECTRE was primarily a commercial enterprise led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld . Their top-level members were 21 individuals, 18 of whom handled day-to-day affairs and were drawn in groups of three from six of the world's greatest criminal organisations—the Gestapo, SMERSH , Marshal Josip Broz Tito's secret police, the Mafia, the Unione Corse , and a massive heroin-smuggling operation based in Turkey, as well as a now-defunct intelligence network run by Blofeld. [1] The remaining three members are Blofeld himself as leader, a physicist and an electronics expert, added for their expertise on specialist matters. Their debut was in Thunderball . At the time of writing the novel (c.1959), Fleming believed that the Cold War might end during the two years it would take to produce a film adaptation, which would leave it looking dated; he, therefore, thought it better to create a politically neutral enemy for Bond. [2]

In the classic James Bond films produced by EON Productions , the organisation had a more active role, often as a third party in the ongoing Cold War. The goal of world domination was only ever stated in You Only Live Twice , and SPECTRE was working not for itself but for an unnamed Asian government whose two representatives Blofeld speaks to during the movie; perhaps Red China, who earlier backed Goldfinger . SPECTRE 's goals in the other films it has appeared in have always been less lofty. Its long-term strategy, however, is illustrated by the analogy of the three Siamese fighting fish Blofeld keeps in an aquarium in the film version of From Russia with Love . Blofeld notes that one fish is refraining from fighting two others until their fight is concluded. Then, that cunning fish attacks the weakened victor and kills it easily. Similarly,  SPECTRE 's main strategy was to instigate conflict between two powerful enemies, namely the superpowers, hoping that they would exhaust themselves and be vulnerable when it seizes power. SPECTRE thus worked with both sides of the Cold War.

In all novel and film depictions, organisational discipline within SPECTRE was notoriously draconian with the penalty for disobedience or failure being death. With the cinematic Blofeld stating on several occasions: "This organisation does not tolerate failure". Furthermore, to heighten the impact of the executions, Blofeld often chose to focus attention on an innocent member, making it appear his death is imminent, only to suddenly strike down the actual target when that person is off guard. Despite this, success sometimes does not spare members of the organization from death because of Blofield's whim as it showed when Blofield ordered the death of Count Lippe for simply hiring a greedy Palazzo even though Lippe and Pallazo succeed in their mission for the organization. Fleming's SPECTRE had elements inspired by mafia syndicates and organised crime rings that were actively hunted by law enforcement in the 1950s. The strict codes of loyalty and silence, and the hard retributions that followed violations were hallmarks of U.S. gangster rings, Mafia, the Unione Corse, the Chinese Tongs/Triads and the Japanese Yakuza/Black Dragon Society.

Headquarters [ ]

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Blofeld hosting a SPECTRE meeting

In both the novel and film adaptation of  Thunderball , the physical headquarters of the organisation were located in Paris , France , operating behind a front organisation aiding refugees ("Firco" in the novels; "International Brotherhood for the Assistance of Stateless Persons" in the films). Similarly, in the non-EON 1983 film Never Say Never Again , SPECTRE meets in a secret underground meeting room beneath an unidentified French bank. With their reintroduction and reimagining in the 2015 film  Spectre , the organisation's base of operations were primarily centred around a data-gathering centre in the Saharan desert, with a separate meeting location (presumably intended to be temporary) at the Palazzo Cardenza in Rome , Italy.

Leadership & Hierarchy [ ]

Blofeld (From Russia With Love)

Ernst Stavro Blofeld , as he appears in From Russia with Love

In most of its iterations,  SPECTRE was founded and headed by the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld  (who usually appeared accompanied by a white Persian cat in the movies, but not in the books). In both the films and the novels, Emilio Largo was the second in command. It is stated in the novel that if something were to happen to Blofeld, Largo would assume command. [3]

The members of the headboard of SPECTRE went by numbers (e.g.: Number 1) as codenames. In the novels, the numbers of members were initially assigned at random and then rotated by two digits every month to prevent detection. For example, if one was Number 1 this month, he would be Number 3 next month. In the novel, Thunderball Blofeld has been assigned "Number 2", while Emilio Largo is assigned "Number 1". This particular example of numbering was perhaps deliberately borrowed from revolutionary organisations, wherein members exist in cells and are numerically defined to prevent identification and cross-betrayal of aims. By deliberately drawing attention away from the true leader of the organisation, he was protected by masquerading as a target of lower importance, and the structure of the organisation was also obscured from intelligence services. Conversely, in the classic film series, the individual's number indicates rank: Blofeld is always referred to as "Number 1" and Emilio Largo, in the film Thunderball , is "Number 2".

Appearances [ ]

In the original Bond novel series, SPECTRE 's first and last appearance as a worldwide power is in the novel Thunderball , published in 1961. In the novel, SPECTRE , headed by Blofeld, attempts to conduct nuclear blackmail against NATO. Temporarily weakened in the story's aftermath, SPECTRE is said to be active again in the next book, The Spy Who Loved Me , where Bond describes investigating their activities in Toronto before the story begins. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service , the second chapter of what is known as the "Blofeld Trilogy", Blofeld is hired by an unnamed country or party (though the Soviet Union is implied) to ruin British agriculture. Blofeld's final appearance, sans SPECTRE , is in the final novel of the trilogy, You Only Live Twice .

Later, the John Gardner Bond novel, For Special Services introduces a revived SPECTRE led by Blofeld's daughter, Nena Bismaquer. Although Bond ultimately prevents SPECTRE from reforming, it continued, under the leadership of Tamil Rahani, to play a part in Role of Honour and Nobody Lives For Ever . The next Bond novelist, Raymond Benson , reintroduces Irma Bunt , Blofeld's assistant, in his short story "Blast From the Past", which is a sequel to You Only Live Twice .

Classic film continuity [ ]

In the EON Productions James Bond series, which began in 1962 with Dr. No , SPECTRE plays a more prominent role. The organisation is first mentioned in Dr. No as the organisation for which Dr. Julius No works. This was changed from Fleming's novels, which had Dr. No working for the USSR. In the films, SPECTRE usually replaced SMERSH as the main villains, although there is a brief reference to SMERSH in the second EON Bond film, From Russia with Love . The film adaptation of From Russia with Love also features the first on-screen appearance of Blofeld, although he is only identified by name in the closing credits of the film. After being absent from Goldfinger , SPECTRE returns in Thunderball and subsequently is featured in the following films You Only Live Twice , On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Diamonds Are Forever .

Following Diamonds Are Forever , SPECTRE and Blofeld were retired from the EON film series due to a long-standing litigation case starting in 1961 between producer/writer Kevin McClory and Ian Fleming over the film rights to Thunderball and its contents. In 1963 Ian Fleming settled out of court with McClory, which awarded McClory with the film rights to Thunderball , although the literary rights would stay with Fleming and thus allow continuation author John Gardner to use SPECTRE in a number of his novels. Although SPECTRE and Blofeld are used in a number of films before and after Thunderball , the issue over the copyright of Thunderball did prevent SPECTRE and Blofeld from becoming the main villains in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me . Consequently, the producers chose to dispose of Blofeld (not identified by name, but bald and accompanied by the character's trademark cat ), writing him out of the series during the opening sequence of For Your Eyes Only .

Non-EON Productions film [ ]

In 1963 the producers of EON Productions , Albert R. Broccoli , and Harry Saltzman had made an agreement with McClory to adapt the novel into the fourth James Bond film. The agreement also stipulated that McClory would not be allowed to make further adaptations of Thunderball for at least ten years after its release. In autumn 1983, after almost a decade of development and complications,  Warner Bros. finally released Kevin McClory 's James Bond film Never Say Never Again . The film retells the story of Thunderball and reintroduces both SPECTRE and its leader Blofeld ( Max von Sydow ).

Video games [ ]

As with EON's official film series, the 007 video game series was also affected adversely by ongoing litigation prior to 2013. To avoid possible legal action, several video games hinted at SPECTRE without explicitly referencing them or their leader. They are first referenced in GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004), where it is implied to be the "powerful criminal organisation" behind many of the game's events. It is depicted as being much more powerful than any preceding iteration, possessing a massive undersea black market known as "The Octopus" (resembling Karl Stromberg 's lair from The Spy Who Loved Me ), the main base of operations built into an extinct volcano, and also the personal structures of its members Auric Goldfinger and  Dr. Julius No .

In 2005, following actor Pierce Brosnan 's departure from the role of 007, Electronic Arts released a video-game adaptation of a previous Bond adventure titled From Russia with Love . Given SPECTRE 's prominence in the eponymous 1962 film, and the continuing dispute between United Artists/MGM and the now-deceased McClory, the organisation was renamed " Octopus " for the video game and appeared to lack a central leader in the same vein as Blofeld. The game features a recurring symbol that bears a close resemblance to SPECTRE 's classic film insignia: a simple octopus outline with semicircular eyes and blade-like tentacles.

With EON's acquisition of the rights to Blofeld and SPECTRE in 2013, a mobile video game titled James Bond: World of Espionage was released to tie in with the 2015 James Bond film Spectre . The game was the first to explicitly refer to the organisation SPECTRE (notably capitalized).

Organisation members [ ]

Henchmen working for SPECTRE or directly for Ernst Stavro Blofeld in (order of appearance):

  • Count Lippe
  • Giuseppe Petacchi
  • Pierre Borraud
  • Marius Domingue
  • Dr. Kandinsky
  • Horst Uhlmann

Films (classic continuity) [ ]

  • Dr. Julius No
  • Jacques Bouvar
  • Ladislav Kutze
  • Angelo Palazzi
  • Helga Brandt
  • Dodge Driver
  • Blofeld's cat

Films (modern continuity) [ ]

  • Blofeld's Right-Hand Man
  • Dominic Greene
  • Raoul Silva
  • Max Denbigh
  • Marco Sciarra
  • Sir Sebastian D'ath
  • Joy Saward [6]
  • Stella Rorvick [6]
  • Dill Webern [6]
  • Karl Toberman [6]
  • Maz Howland [6]
  • Bruce Mavey [6]
  • Lawrence Grimwade [6]
  • Lovett Power [6]
  • Elwyn Foryn [6]
  • Khepren Manser [6]
  • Bors Sherier [6]
  • Erskine Follett [6]
  • Owen Lanchester [6]
  • Albert Dastor [6]
  • Stef Kobris [6]
  • Woody Tradbert [6]
  • Suze Ringway [6]
  • Tarquin Mabrly [6]
  • Marshal Tabman [6]
  • Serge Sheldon [6]
  • Maleka Mae [6]
  • Mark Hinch [6]
  • Colm Berger [6]
  • Steadman Prowber [6]
  • Merce Beilam [6]
  • Sam Venville [6]
  • Leroy Coulber [6]
  • Tracey Merrimon [6]
  • Griff Carstairs [6]
  • Stanley Oroe [6]
  • Roderick Hoyland [6]
  • Ivon Merridew [6]
  • Blake Greenford [6]
  • Sandra Simone [6]
  • Mara Te Hord [6]

Equipment [ ]

  • When Ian Fleming first conceived of SPECTRE in a 1959 memo, it stood for "Special Executive for Terrorism, Revolution and Espionage." [7]
  • SPECTRE is often miswritten as S.P.E.C.T.R.E., even in some of the Bond movie publicity material. The 'P' though, does not stand for a word, and therefore, periods after each letter are inappropriate. [7]
  • The James Bond spinoff animated series, James Bond Jr. , featured a clone of SPECTRE called "SCUM".
  • In the mid-80s, a highly successful James Bond tabletop RPG was released. With the films as inspirations, the stories were adapted for players. Minor changes to plots and villains were made. For example, Kidd & Wint were freelance assassins working for SPECTRE . They in fact leased out services to other terrorist organisations and various crime syndicates. The most noted change was SPECTRE . It was later renamed TAROT and the face cards represented various departments. This was due to the copyright issues referenced above. Victory Games (the game's publisher) worked with Eon productions (the film producers) for the rights to Bond, and were told they were not allowed to negotiate with McClory for the rights to SPECTRE , hence the hasty renaming.
  • The organisation is consisted of almost 52 members and agents.
  • SPECTRE has some local law enforcement in its pocket. This is first seen in Thunderball , when a French police officer immediately recognizes Emilio Largo and allows him to park in a no-parking zone.
  • In the climax of Thunderball , a small octopus is seen latching on to a deceased SPECTRE agent. Ironically, SPECTRE's logo is an octopus.

Thunderball - SPECTRE ring 2

See also [ ]

  • The controversy over Thunderball
  • List of James Bond villains
  • Octopus (organisation)

References [ ]

  • ↑ Thunderball , Ian Fleming, Page 63, 1961, London: Johnathon Cape
  • ↑ Ian Fleming , Andrew Lycett, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1995.
  • ↑ Thunderball , Ian Fleming, 1961
  • ↑ Johnson, Ted (November 15, 2013). MGM, ‘James Bond’ Producer End Decades-Long War Over 007 . Variety . Retrieved on November 27, 2013.
  • ↑ Neal Purvis, Robert Wade (November 2015). "Spectre Files #3" segment (in En). Empire Magazine. “"PURVIS & WADE: Dominic Greene was running SPECTRE's South American operation. He was trying to control one of the world's most valuable resources. Bond discovered the operation and left him for dead in the desert. With no water.”  
  • ↑ 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.27 6.28 6.29 6.30 6.31 6.32 6.33 6.34 (2021). No Time to Die . Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer .
  • ↑ 7.0 7.1 Multiple authors. ( 1996 ). James Bond 007: The Ultimate Dossier (CD-ROM). Eidos Interactive . ISBN 0-7928-3274-4 .
  • 1 Lyutsifer Safin
  • 2 Madeleine Swann
  • 3 Blofeld (Christoph Waltz)

The James Bond Film That Is Secretly a Christmas Movie

This Bond movie's message about humanity isn’t necessarily uplifting, but it’s an important one to remember during the holiday season.

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  • Younger viewers associate Daniel Craig's James Bond with darker attributes, while older viewers see Roger Moore's Bond as goofier.
  • George Lazenby's version of Bond was among the best because he brought a human, empathetic quality to the character.
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service is a great Christmas movie, as it has endearing and emotional elements similar to It's A Wonderful Life .

A movie fan’s favorite James Bond actor is a very personal decision that is largely dependent upon when they grew up with the character. It’s very easy to associate Ian Fleming ’s 007 with the version of the character that you were introduced to first. Younger viewers who grew up with Daniel Craig ’s Bond may associate the character with his darker attributes, while older viewers who were introduced to Bond through Roger Moore ’s films might think of him as a slightly goofier character . While every actor who has played 007 has their fans, the cheering section for George Lazenby ’s version of Bond may not be very significant. Lazenby only got one chance to play Bond, but his screen debut in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was certainly a memorable one. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service isn’t just one of the best Bond films ever made; it’s also a surprisingly great Christmas movie.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

James Bond woos a mob boss' daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Ernst Stavro Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps involving beautiful women from around the world.

What Is 'On Her Majesty’s Secret Service' About?

After five appearances as Bond in the early EON productions, Sean Connery decided to temporarily retire from the role after his appearance in 1967’s You Only Live Twice . The film marked the completion of the character arc that had been initiated with Dr. No . You Only Live Twice served as a final battle between Bond and the agents of SPECTRE, and while it left the door open for future Bond adventures, it served as a graceful way for Connery to exit the series. The search for a new Bond would begin, but EON didn’t necessarily find an actor as big as Connery. George Lazenby was an unknown Australian actor with no previous screen credits. While Lazenby lacked the inherent charisma that had made Connery so endearing, this was why his version of Bond was among the best . Lazenby brought a human, empathetic quality to a character that had previously been impenetrable on an emotional level.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service follows Bond’s investigation into a new evil plan hatched by the evil SPECTRE head Ernst Blofeld ( Telly Savalas ), who had previously appeared in You Only Live Twice . Blofeld has established a secret mansion within the Swiss Alps, where he plans to release a toxic chemical that will deteriorate the world’s supply of livestock and plants. Threatening to release the toxin would essentially give Blofeld the ability to hold the world as his hostage, and Bond’s goal is to assassinate him. However, Bond encounters a few things that he didn’t expect upon his arrival in the winter citadel. The first is that Blofeld has recruited several young women to serve as his brainwashed “angels of death.” These enigmatic young women appear to be impervious to Blofeld’s chemical toxins. The second is his new ally, Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo ( Diana Rigg ), a.k.a. Tracy, whom he had encountered on a previous mission. Although Bond had some romantic flings in his past , Tracy is the first woman that he thinks he could potentially spend the rest of his life with.

Why 'On Her Majesty’s Secret Service' Is a Christmas Movie

“Endearing” and “emotional” aren’t generally words that are associated with the Bond franchise . Bond is generally a suave, collected character who doesn’t have any issue completing his missions on his own. There’s something superficial about Bond’s abilities that make him cool, but Lazenby’s version of the character was far more personable . He’s a version of Bond that is vulnerable, willing to admit his mistakes, and susceptible to human emotions. Lazenby’s version of Bond feels like a more relatable character , and in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service , he learns a few lessons about the lifestyle that he has committed himself to. It makes the entire film feel like an extended holiday adventure where Bond gets a healthy dosage of the Christmas spirit; like It’s a Wonderful Life ’ s George Bailey ( James Stewart ) , Bond learns that the thing he desires most has been sitting in front of him the entire time.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service shows how Bond opens himself to empathy after his experiences with the “angels.” Similar to how angels in Christmas stories teach characters to be more kind or generous, Bond learns about the human collateral that is left behind after his missions. Even if On Her Majesty’s Secret Service exists somewhat outside of the core series timeline , this is still a version of Bond that has been on more than a few adventures, and left wreckage behind him. After seeing how the angels have been tortured by Blofeld, Bond realizes that he’s fighting for more than just his reputation. His mission is of critical importance to many people who rely upon his bravery. If the Angels themselves didn’t seem “Christmas-y” enough, the winter decorations and ornate design of Blofeld’s mansion certainly doesn’t hurt!

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service keeps the Christmas spirit alive during one of the franchise’s best action sequences . After Bond and Tracy make a narrow escape from Blofeld’s henchmen, the pair ski down the Swiss Alps mountains. While initially this is just a kinetic action sequence where Bond is once again fighting with bad guys, the scene turns more ethereal when the ski track makes way to a beautiful winter village. Bond and Tracy venture through the charming village of Lauterbrunnen, realizing that their love for each other is more important than any single mission could ever be. Although Bond has pledged his loyalty to England, he sets aside his service to the crown and proposes to Tracy. It all feels like an extended excerpt from a Christmas romantic comedy , and not befitting of the Bond franchise at all. It’s as if the holidays have taught Bond to be a more caring, sensitive, and festive character moving forward.

Sadly, Bond’s newfound Christmas spirit doesn’t last all that long. Shortly after he and Tracy are wed, Bond’s new bride is gunned down by enemy fire. Bond may have learned the value of human life as a result of his Christmas adventure, but it came with a cost; the girl he had once thought he could spend a lifetime loving has now been taken away from him. It’s a tragic ending, but it doesn’t end with Bond turning into a scrooge . Now privy to human emotion, he starts breaking down and crying. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ’s message about humanity isn’t necessarily uplifting, but it’s an important one to remember during the holiday season.

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