The international release of the 24th Bond film produced by Eon Productions takes place on 6 November, following the world premiere in London and UK and Republic of Ireland release on 26 October.
‘Spectre’ features Daniel Craig in his fourth performance as James Bond and Craig’s first encounter with the global criminal agency known as SPECTRE (last seen in 1971’s ‘Diamonds Are Forever’).
Litigation regarding the ownership of the SPECTRE organisation and its characters started in 1961 between Ian Fleming and Kevin McClory, as Fleming had incorporated elements of an undeveloped film script written by McClory into ‘Thunderball’. In an out-of-court settlement in 1963, McClory was awarded film rights and Fleming retained the literary rights.
In November 2013, however, MGM acquired the full copyright film rights to the concept of SPECTRE and all of the characters associated with it. Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade then were able to provide a minor retcon to the continuity of the previous films, with the Quantum organisation (featured in ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’) reimagined as a division within SPECTRE.
It is director Sam Mendes’ second James Bond film, and he became the first director to oversee two consecutive Bond films (‘Spectre’ and ‘Skyfall’) since John Glen directed ‘The Living Daylights’ (1987) and ‘Licence to Kill’ (1989). The combined crew of ‘Spectre’ was over one thousand, with production beginning early December 2014 at Pinewood Studios. Other locations during the 128-day filming included: London; Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire; Sölden in Austria; Mexico City; Morocco; and Rome.
Sam Smith wrote and performed the title theme, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’. Released in September to mixed reviews, the song went on to become the first Bond theme to reach No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart (Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ reached No. 2).
And to celebrate its 50-year relationship with James Bond films, Aston Martin unveiled its new sports car, the DB10, created especially for ‘Spectre’. Handmade in a run of 10 units to be used in the film’s production, the new look is also understood to translate to Aston Martin’s road cars by 2016.
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See below for a sneaky peek as to what’s coming up throughout the rest of 2015.