6 Nov 2015
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Daniel Craig said that it was getting harder and harder to get fit for his shirtless scenes as Bond at the age of 47 saying, “Am I getting my kit off in this movie? Of course I’m getting my kit off! I seem to be bare-chested throughout this film again! Yes, I’ve been working out for six months. I work myself to death’ to get fit. No secret method involved, just sheer hard graft. It’s getting harder I will admit, but such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able.”
James Bond’s new car
James Bond’s new car in the film is an Aston Martin DB10. The CEO of Aston Martin tweeted that it is “strictly created for James Bond and strictly limited to ten cars only. It is the most exclusive car of the DB series ever.” New styling direction has also been taken, with a more angular look than has ever been witnessed on an Aston Martin.
How could Mr White have the secret room in the hotel?
It is most likely a leftover from the War of Independence/Civil War in neighbouring Algeria, we don’t know how long Spectre has been around so it may have played a role in these conflicts.
What does SPECTRE mean?
SPECTRE is an acronym standing for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. It is a fictional global terrorist organisation featured in the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming and prominent in the 1960s James Bond films.
Casting of Monica Belluci
Italian model and actress Monica Bellucci previously auditioned for a Bond Girl role prior to being cast in Spectre (2015). 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 (1997), 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”.
Previous story of Hannes Oberhauser
In the Ian Fleming James Bond stories, Hannes Oberhauser, who is the father of this film’s Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), was a skiing and climbing instructor who taught Bond whilst 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”.
How did SPECTRE and/or Blofeld influence or take part in the actions in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall?
According to the film, all of the things that happened in the previous three movies were directly or indirectly influenced by SPECTRE and Blofeld and all villains were also (indirectly) working for SPECTRE (“You’ve come across me so many times, yet you never saw me.”) in an attempt to ruin Bond’s personal life and gain world domination, which they almost achieved by activating the new surveillance network. Another possibility is that SPECTRE financed and influenced the activities of these prior villains, but may not have expected them to be brought down by James Bond or may not have endorsed all of their actions in these films. One example of this would be Le Chiffre – Quantum of Solace already established him as a member of Quantum, and Spectre goes a step further by making Quantum an arm of SPECTRE. As a result, we can view Le Chiffre as a member of the various arms of SPECTRE, but that isn’t to say that they are the ones telling him what to do directly or that they would have necessarily endorsed his high-stakes poker game. Apparently, the reason SPECTRE is only named in this most recent film is due to a lengthy legal battle over the ownership of the idea which MGM only just resolved.
As an additional point that may be of interest, while the information in the link is correct for the historical chronology of SPECTRE in film, citing Dr. No as its initial occurrence, in the novels, the first instance of it is in Thunderball, which was published in 1961; the film of the same name was released in 1965. In the novel chronology, since Casino Royale and the others pre-date Thunderball, SPECTRE was not the organization behind any of the evil-doing in those earlier novels.
What does ‘The dead are alive’ mean at the beginning of the film?
The dead are alive at the beginning of the film probably refers to all the people that died being around Bond in the previous movies (Vesper Lynd, Sévérine, M, Le Chiffre etc.), which is also referenced throughout the film by Blofeld, especially at the old MI6 headquarters at the finale of the film. This iteration of Bond paints him as a broken man, probably haunted by all those people in his past who died from being around him. Blofeld says he’s responsible for all their deaths to ruin Bond. Alternatively, the phrase may be a reference to the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico. The first action scene in the movie takes place during the Day of the Dead festival. It could also be a reference to Oberhauser, as he is thought to have died as a child but is found to still be alive.
Brutal Train Fight
Daniel Craig’s favorite bond film is From Russia with Love (1963). That movie contains an action scene involving a brutal train fight where Bond fought against a powerful adversary. Similar to this, in this film, Bond engages in a brutal train fight with another powerful adversary.
Bond author Ian Fleming invented SPECTRE in 1959
According to Robbie Collin in UK newspaper ‘The Telegraph’, “Bond author Ian Fleminginvented SPECTRE in 1959 to replace James Bond’s usual, Soviet, enemies. Fleming believed the Cold War might be about to end and wanted to keep his spy thrillers relevant”. Fleming’s SPECTRE Executive Cabinet included “21 people including former Gestapo members, Soviet spy group SMERSH, Josep Tito [Josip Broz Tito]’s secret police, Italian, Corsican and Turkish organised crime gangs”, its goals were “profiteering from conflict between the superpowers, eventual world domination”, and its methods included “counter-intelligence, brainwashing, murder, extortion using weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological and orbital)”.
Day of the Dead
Director Sam Mendes has said of the movie’s pre-titles sequence featuring the Mexican Day of the Dead parade and festival: “I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment. It’s the Day of the Dead, everywhere you look there’s colour and detail and life. We’ve built floats and maquettes, the costumes are extraordinary and the craftsmanship is amazing”.