SPECTRE (2015)

Above: UK poster artwork


A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal.  Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

Release Data
UK: 26th October 2015 (12A)
USA: 6th November 2015 (PG-13)
World Premiere: 26th October 2015 (Royal Albert Hall, London, UK)
Running Time: 148 minutes
Classification: 12A (UK), PG-13 (US)
Budget: $250m (unconfirmed)

Cast & Characters
James Bond
Daniel Craig
Madeleine Swann
Léa Seydoux
Franz Oberhauser
Christoph Waltz
Gareth Mallory
Mr. Hinx
Dave Bautista
Lucia Sciarra
Monica Bellucci

Eve Moneypenny
Naomie Harris
Ben Whishaw
Rory Kinnear
Max Denbigh / C
Andrew Scott
Mr White
Jesper Christensen
Judi Dench
Stephanie Sigman

Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
Director: Sam Mendes
Co-Producers: Daniel Craig, Andrew Noakes, David Pope
Screenplay: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Composer: Thomas Newman

Mexico City, Mexico; London, UK; Rome, Italy; Austria; Morocco.

Pre-Credits Sequence
007 tracks down the illusive assassin Sciarra to complete one last mission for M by eliminating him in Mexico City during the Day of the Dead festival. Despite destroying the building, Sciarra escapes Bond until the two meet up again in a helicopter above the city. After making good on his deed, 007 discovers a clue to the shadowy organisation behind it all.

The title comes from the evil organisation that has been pulling the strings in 007's last three missions and is an acronym for the 'Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.' James Bond creator Ian Fleming invented the group to be a viable long term enemy for 007 long after the Cold War.

Above: Daniel Craig is James Bond 007.


Cut Scenes & Alternate Versions
The last line of the original script when he drives away with Madeleine had Bond echoing his final line from 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', but this was cut.

Craig insisted on reshooting the scene where Moneypenny visits Bond's flat towards the end of filming. Dialogue about gossip at MI6 and theories of why he went to Mexico were removed. The scene also originally ended with Moneypenny hearing a women's voice coming from Bond's bedroom.

Best Lines
Madeleine: "You shouldn't stare like that."
Bond: "You shouldn't look like that."

Madeleine: "What is your occupation?"
Bond: "That's not the sort of thing that looks good on a form."

M: "Now we know what 'C' stands for."

Best Mistake
The fight between Bond and Hinx ends with the henchman falling out of a large sliding door in the cargo carriage. However, in establishing shots, the train consists entirely of passenger cars.

Distinguishing Feature
At 148 minutes, this is the longest film in the series and the first where the leading actor also has a production credit (Daniel Craig is Co-Producer).

Anything Else?
The backstory of James Bond's childhood, first touched upon in 'Skyfall', is used in this film again as a central plot device. An unusued title from an Ian Fleming short story gets used for the name of the MI6 safe house - 'Hildebrand Antiques & Rarities'.

Vital Statistics
Conquests: 3
Martinis: 1
"Bond, James Bond": 1

MI6 Rating