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How Spectre references all 23 previous James Bond films

November 1, 2015 by Simon Columb

Moonraker ­ – Granted, no Star Wars money-grabbing in Spectre , but deeper into Oberhauser’s base, his black suited sat-at-computer-desks army seem to have more than a whiff of Moonraker about them. I’m sure a NASA spacecraft is lurking somewhere in that bunker.

For Your Eyes Only – The attempt at seriousness for Roger Moore was rooted in a personal story about fathers and daughters – and how family is the key to “seriousness”. Spectre (unnecessarily) employs a family subplot to heighten the tension as Bond and Blofeld are apparently brothers.  For Your Eyes Only is also the strange opening with bald-headed, grey-suited “villain” who, for legal reasons, is not Blofeld.

Octopussy – At this stage it starts to get tricky. But, other than the Octopus logo, the mention of 009 in Spectre (Remember, it was 009’s car 007 nabs from Q branch) is the same 009 agent (dressed as a clown) killed at the opening sequence of Octopussy . There is also a neat link to the Fleming book as ‘Oberhauser’, the birth name of Spectre ’s Blofeld, originally appeared in the novel.

A View To A Kill – I’ll admit that I’m grasping at straws here, but the climax of A View to a Kill is Max Zorin, flying his blimp over San Francisco Bay Bridge. There’s also an explosive finale above, and on, a bridge in Spectre …

The Living Daylights – Famously, The Living Daylights set up a deeply serious Bond figure decades before Daniel Craig arrived. Apart from the similar deserts that feature in both The Living Daylights and Spectre (Tangier is a location appearing in both films – remember that “magic” carpet?), I’m sure Daniel Craig would’ve revisited Timothy Dalton’s duo to build his character throughout his tenure.

Licence to Kill – Spectre , again, see’s M tell James Bond he’s “grounded”. This idea of MI6 stopping the agent conducting any missions (but he shoots and kills anyway) only harks back to the ‘Bond goes rogue’ trope of Licence to Kill (in turn, inspired by Die Hard, Lethal Weapon , etc) .

GoldenEye – In the Mexico-based, loopy helicopter beginning, the stunt peaks as the ‘copter heads south and Bond pulls on the throttle as best he can, managing to pull it up in the nick of time. Brosnan managed the same feat, in a plane, after falling off the edge of a cliff.

Tomorrow Never Dies – The idea of an ex-girlfriend of James Bond, turning up in an adventure was recently toyed with in Tomorrow Never Dies as villain Elliot Carver’s wife, Paris (Teri Hatcher), has had a relationship with Brosnan’s Bond. More interesting is how Monica Bellucci was tested for the role of Paris, only for the “fools” to say no, according to Brosnan.

The World is Not Enough – As soon as a boat smashes out of that iconic London building and onto the Thames, no one forgets the outstanding opening sequence to The World is Not Enough – I’m sure Mendes didn’t forget it when he had the same stunt as the final action sequence.

Die Another Day – This was the 20th film and, like Skyfall and Spectre , it was filled with references to previous exploits, including a bunker that houses items including the poisonous shoe in From Russia With Love and a crocodile-boat from Live and Let Die . Spectre wasn’t the first film to be filled with wall-to-wall references in the series.

Casino Royale – Obviously, from this point on, all the films are interconnected. But there is a neat call back to the snarky bullet-removal bluff Bond uses for his second kill in Casino Royale  as Ralph Fiennes’ M repeats it in Spectre when facing C.

Quantum of Solace – As I understand, Quantum is an offshoot of the SPECTRE organisation but the reoccurring role of Mr White is a welcome return to a character truly fleshed out in Quantum of Solace .

Skyfall – Let us be perfectly clear here, Skyfall and Spectre are a duo – and virtually every ‘death’ theme introduced in Skyfall is resolved in Spectre . Not to mention how the history and upbringing of James is the emotional core of the film before it is built upon in Spectre .

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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

Release Date

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

World Premiere

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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  • Blofeld’s torture chair
  • Nine Eyes Surveillance System
  • Laser microphone attached to Bond’s gun
  • Hinx’s thumbnails

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 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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  • After the death of his beloved boss M, James Bond receives a message which sends him on the hunt for a deadly assassin. But then a mysterious symbol appears on a ring which sends Bond on a personal vendetta which started in Mexico City. He comes across information regarding a sinister organization known only as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Bond's trail leads him to an old nemesis while retrieving information on his daughter, Dr. Madeleine Swann, who might hold some crucial information. Meanwhile, the new M fights political interference to keep the MI6 spy branch alive. As Bond pieces together all the clues about S.P.E.C.T.R.E., he finds out a horrifying secret which links him with the enemy whom he must kill. — Blazer346
  • James Bond hunts and kills a criminal kingpin in Mexico City. It was an unsanctioned kill, and the repercussions are swift and dire. He is tracked 24/7. However, this won't stop our intrepid hero. He is on the track of a massive criminal syndicate, an organization whose name he does not know. It transpires that the secrets of the organization lie with a long-time enemy of his, and his own childhood. — grantss
  • After carrying out an unauthorised kill, James Bond uncovers the exsistence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. As M battles political forces to keep the 00 section alive, Bond embarks on a personal mission to discover the connection he has with the group's leader and thwart their global surveillance network. — vsuperkuns
  • A posthumous message from the previous M (Judi Dench) leads MI6 agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) to carry out an unauthorized mission in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, where he stops a terrorist bombing plot. Estrella (Stephanie Sigman), a Mexican agent who accompanies Bond on his mission to assassinate Marco Sciarra. Bond kills Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona), the terrorist leader (who makes a reference to the Pale King, and Bond overhears it), and takes his ring, which is emblazoned with a stylized octopus. Upon his return to London, Bond is suspended from field duty by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the current M, who is engaged in a power struggle with Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott) (whom Bond dubs "C"), the Director-General of the new, privately backed Joint Intelligence Service formed by the merger of MI5 and MI6. C campaigns for Britain to join the global surveillance and intelligence initiative "Nine Eyes", and uses his influence to close down the '00' field agent section, which he believes is outdated. Secretly C is an agent for Spectre, heavily involved with their plan to merge nine national intelligence agencies into the Nine Eyes Committee, thus allowing Spectre the power to take over the world Bond calls Moneypenny & shows her a video from the previous M (Judi Dench), sent to Bond, after her death. In that M asked Bond to track Marco if she were to die. She also asks Bond to attend his funeral. Bond asks Moneypenny to investigate Macro's history & associates. The previous M also left Bond a personal folder, which had the letter of guardianship for Bond to his foster father. and a photo, in which the picture of the foster father's real son was burnt. Bond disobeys M's orders and travels to Rome to attend Sciarra's funeral (As that was also mandated by the previous M in her video message to Bond). He seduces Sciarra's widow, Lucia (Monica Bellucci), who tells him Sciarra belonged to an organization of businessmen with criminal and terrorist connections. Bond first saves Lucia from the hit-men send to kill her, & then he seduces her to extract information that the Organization Marco worked for never met, but they called an emergency meeting in Rome to chose Marco's replacement. Bond uses Sciarra's ring to infiltrate a meeting to select Sciarra's replacement, where he identifies the leader, Franz Oberhauser (Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz)). After hearing Oberhauser give the order for the "Pale King" to be assassinated. When Oberhauser addresses Bond by name, Bond is pursued across the city in his Aston Martin DB10 by the organization's assassin, Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista), driving a Jaguar C-X75. Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) informs Bond that the Pale King is Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), a former member of the organization's subsidiary Quantum who had fallen afoul of Oberhauser. Bond asks her to investigate Oberhauser, who was presumed dead 20 years earlier. Meanwhile C presents his vision of the 9 eyes initiative to the security heads of 9 countries in Tokyo. But South Africans vote against the initiative and since the resolution is not unanimous it is not adopted. M is happy & tries to counsel C that 9 eyes will be against the spirit of privacy. Bond locates White in Altaussee, Austria, where he is dying of thallium poisoning. He admits to growing disenchanted with Quantum and He tells Bond to find and protect his daughter, psychiatrist Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), who will take him to L'Américain in order to locate Oberhauser; White then commits suicide. Bond confronts Swann and rescues her from Hinx and his forces. The pair meet Q (Ben Whishaw), who links Oberhauser to Bond's previous missions, identifying Le Chiffre, Dominic Greene and Raoul Silva as agents of the same organization, which Swann identifies as SPECTRE. Swann reveals that L'Américain is a hotel in Tangiers (L'Americain is a place & not a person). At the same time news breaks of a massive terrorist strike in South Africa, which inevitably leads to an emergency meeting of the security heads of state, called by C which leads to 9 Eyes program being sanctioned unanimously. C also closes down the OO program with immediate effect. This pisses M off. Swann takes Bond to L'Américain, a hotel in Tangier, and they discover that White left evidence directing them to Oberhauser's base at a crater in the Sahara (They find a hidden Chamber in Mr White's usual room, which had the coordinates for the base). Taking a train to a remote station, Bond and Swann encounter Hinx, who gets ejected from the train in the ensuing fight (Bond and Swann fight together in tandem and Swann even shoots Hinx in the shoulder), and later they are escorted to Oberhauser's base (after they get down at the nearest train station, a car comes to pick them up). Oberhauser reveals that SPECTRE has funded the Joint Intelligence Service while staging terrorist attacks around the world, creating a need for the Nine Eyes program. In return, C will give SPECTRE unlimited access to intelligence gathered by Nine Eyes, allowing them to anticipate and counteract investigations into their operations. Bond is tortured as Oberhauser discusses their shared history: after Bond was orphaned, Oberhauser's father, Hannes, became his temporary guardian. Jealous of his father's affection for Bond, Oberhauser killed his father, staged his own death, adopted the name Ernst Stavro Blofeld and went on to form SPECTRE and target Bond; he reveals that he is ultimately responsible for several tragedies in Bond's life, such as the deaths of M and Vesper Lynd. Blofeld also shows Swann the video of Bond confronting her father and helping him commit suicide. Blofeld then proceeds to torture Bond on a modern rack. Bond and Swann stun Blofeld by setting off an explosive wristwatch in his face, and the two escape to London to prevent Nine Eyes from going online. In London, Bond and Swann meet M, Q, Bill Tanner (Rory Kinnear) and Moneypenny with the intention of arresting C. Swann and Bond are separately abducted by SPECTRE operatives, while the rest of the group proceed with the plan. After Q succeeds in preventing Nine Eyes from going online, a struggle between M and C ends with C falling to his death. Bond is taken to the ruins of the old MI6 building, scheduled for demolition after Silva's bombing. Blofeld - still alive, but now scarred over his right eye - tells Bond that he must escape before explosives are detonated in three minutes' time, or die trying to save Swann. Bond finds Swann and they escape by boat as the building collapses. Bond shoots down Blofeld's helicopter, which crashes onto Westminster Bridge. Blofeld survives and manages to crawl away from the wreckage, only for Bond to confront him at gunpoint. Blofeld dares Bond to kill him, but Bond refuses and instead leaves him to be arrested by M; he reunites with Swann and the two leave the bridge. The next morning, Bond collects the repaired Aston Martin DB5 from Q and drives away with Swann.

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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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Cast & Crew

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

Costume Design

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Critic Reviews for Spectre

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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Omega Constellation Quartz

Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) wears an Omega Constellation watch in the movie SPECTRE (2015).

Swann can be spotted wearing the watch during her first meeting with James Bond in the Hoffler Klinik.

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Sig Sauer P226

During the Daniel Craig era, from Quantum of Solace and SPECTRE to No Time to Die , James Bond is armed with the Sig Sauer P226 in conjunction with his preferred carry handgun, the Walther PPK . The handgun is carried in both the standard and railed models throughout these films.

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Timothy Everest

London tailor Timothy Everest has dressed Ralph Fiennes’ character, “M” in SkyFall and SPECTRE and No Time To Die , as well as villain Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) and henchman Mr Hinx (Dave Bautista) in SPECTRE .

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Vuarnet Px 027 glacier goggles / sunglasses

James Bond (Daniel Craig) wears vintage Vuarnet Px model 027 or PX5000 glacier goggles / sunglasses in SPECTRE (2015).

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Tom Ford JB Cufflinks

James Bond (Daniel Craig) wears cufflinks engraved with his initials JB in the movie SPECTRE  (2015). He wears a lapis lazuli (blue) pair and pair in mother-of-pearl. The cufflink panels are engraved with monogram J B for James Bond, to single-link connections, and signed Tom Ford.

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Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin N2

In the 2015 film SPECTRE , the main villain Franz Oberhauser (Blofeld, played by Christoph Waltz) uses a Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin N2 helicopter to watch the MI6 building collapse and then fly away.

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Sony ICD-SX1000 16GB Voice Recorder

Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) uses a Sony ICD-SX1000 16GB Voice Recorder in the movie SPECTRE (2015).

Swann is talking into the recorder when James Bond (Daniel Craig) enters her office at the Hoffler Klinik.

Sony ICD-SX1000 16GB is a High Definition professional voice recorder with 16GB built in flash storage and two slots for optional M2 or MicroSD cards.

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Caran D'Ache Alchemix Ballpoint Pen

In SPECTRE (2015), on the desk of Dr. Madeleine Swann, a Caran D'Ache Alchemix Ballpoint Pen can be spotted.

When James Bond visits Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) at the Hoffler Kilink, Swann is sometimes holding the pen, and she uses it to fill in a form.

Aston Martin DB10 die-cast model cars

Aston Martin DB10 die-cast model cars

The Aston Martin DB10 is a unique car that was exclusively developed for the James Bond film SPECTRE . There were only 10 cars made, all for the use of the film.

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Rado D-Star Automatic Chronograph

Blofeld's henchman Hinx in SPECTRE (2015) wears a Rado D-Star Automatic Chronograph Plasma Treated High-tech Ceramic watch, ref. 604.0198.3.015.

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Anglepoise Original 1227 Desk Lamp

Bond's apartment in SPECTRE doesn't have much in it, but next to the leather chair we can spot a black Anglepoise Original 1227 Desk Lamp.

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Gran Hotel Ciudad de México

The 5-star Gran Hotel Ciudad de México features in both Licence to Kill (1989) and SPECTRE (2015).

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LSA Bar Tapered Jug and Una Tumbler

On the large table at the SPECTRE meeting in the movie SPECTRE (2015), the members of this evil organisation are drinking water from large glass jugs and tumblers. Some of the jugs and tumblers can be assumed 'broken in action' after Bond throws one of the SPECTRE henchmen on the table.

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Vintage Omega Chronograph Caliber 321

Bond Lifestyle can exclusively confirm that James Bond wears a vintage Omega watch in the last scene of SPECTRE when he drives away in the Aston Martin DB5 .

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Aston Martin DB10

In SPECTRE (2015), James Bond (Daniel Craig) drives an Aston Martin DB10. This car was especially designed for the film. 10 DB10 cars were manufactured in total of which eight have been used for SPECTRE filming, along with two show cars.

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Longines Conquest Heritage L1.611.8.78.4

M (played by Ralph Fiennes) wears a Longines Conquest Heritage L1.611.8.78.4 rose gold watch in the movie SPECTRE (2015). That watch can hardly be seen in the film, but thanks to the SPECTRE auction at Christie's we know the brand and model of the watch.

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Clevo P151SM1

A Clevo laptop, model P151SM1, is used by Q (Ben Whishaw) in SPECTRE (2015). The laptop is dressed with stickers and tape to refect Q’s character. Q uses this Clevo computer in his underground London lab and takes it to Sölden, Austria where he uses it to discover the link between Mr. White and the Spectre organisation.

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Jaxon & James Hats Victorian Top Hat

James Bond wears a Jaxon & James Hats Victorian Top Hat as part of his disguise at the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico during the opening sequence of SPECTRE  (2015).

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Gerber 06 Automatic Knife S30V Drop Point

M (Ralph Fiennes) gives James Bond (Daniel Craig) a Gerber 06 Automatic S30V Drop Point knife in SPECTRE .

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Samsung GT-S5611

In SPECTRE , James Bond (Daniel Craig) sends Moneypenny a mobile phone disguised as a gift so that he can communicate with her as he continues on his rogue mission to track down the criminal organization behind Sciarra.

The phone is a metallic silver Samsung GT-S5611, but the Samsung logo has been removed from the phone used in the film.

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Christian Louboutin So Kate

Monica Bellucci, as Lucia Sciarra, wears a pair of black Christian Louboutin So Kate stiletto shoes in the Rome funeral scene in SPECTRE (2015).

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Canada Goose Como Parka

In the 2015 film SPECTRE , Q (Ben Whishaw) wears a Canada Goose Como Parka.

The jacket can first be spotted hanging on the wall of the underground Q workshop when Bond visits Q. Later Q wears the coat when he goes to Austria and meets Bond at the Höffler Klinik and in the following cable car scene.

The color of the jacket is brown, with a light fur hood.

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Tom Ford O'Connor Small Check Three-Piece Suit

James Bond (Daniel Craig) wears a dark Tom Ford O'Connor Small Check Three-Piece Suit in  SPECTRE .

Bond wears the suit in the very last scene of the film when he visits Q one more time and the following final shot.

The O’Connor suit has been crafted with pure wool and features an all-over navy check design, notched lapels, a chest pocket and single vented hem.

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Agnelle gloves

James Bond (Daniel Craig) wears Agnelle gloves in the Austria scenes in SPECTRE .

The gloves can be seen when Bond visits Mr. White's lake cabin. They are seen more clearly later, when Bond starts chasing Hinx and Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux).

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Brunello Cucinelli Cowhide Boston bag

In SPECTRE , James Bond (Daniel Craig) carries a Brunello Cucinelli Cowhide leather Boston travel bag when he arrives in Austria. The bag can briefly be seen when Bond walks through the snow towards the Höffler Klinik.

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Prada PR03RS

Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) wears a pair of Prada PR03RS sunglasses in SPECTRE .

The glasses are worn by Oberhauser during the funeral scene in Rome. The glasses have a black frame, grey gradient lenses, color code 1AB0A7, and a metal line with Prada logo along the temples.

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Interstuhl KINETICis5 and MOVYis3 chairs

The futuristic lair of Franz Oberhauser in the Moroccan desert in SPECTRE features several Interstuhl chairs.

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Tudor Oak Greenwich Early English chairs

The chairs at the SPECTRE meeting in the movie SPECTRE are made by British bespoke furniture company Tudor Oak.

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Kenzo Graphic Trees Shirt

Q (Ben Whishaw) wears a Kenzo Graphic Trees shirt in cobalt blue in the 2015 movie SPECTRE .

Q wears the Kenzo shirt in the scene at Q's lab, when Bond gets his Omega Seamaster 300 SPECTRE limited edition and they look at the 009's Aston Martin DB10.

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Paul & Joe Lesable sweater

Q (Ben Whishaw) wears a Paul & Joe sweater with the Billy Reid jacket outfit in SPECTRE .

The lightweight sweater has a red and blue multicolor pattern, round collar, long sleeves, no appliqués. The model name is Lesable, color code 31 (blue).


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009 may refer to:

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Characters [ ]

Literary characters [ ].

  • 009, an agent mentioned in Ian Fleming 's novel Thunderball (1961).
  • 009, an agent mentioned in John Pearson 's novel, James Bond: The Authorised Biography (1973).
  • 009, an agent mentioned in R.L. Stine 's gamebook, James Bond in Win, Place or Die (1985), which is based on the film A View to a Kill . This 009 is based on 003 of the film, who has recovered a Zorin microchip and the reader must elect to see if it is hidden inside a locket or a ski ticket (having time to only take one).
  • 009 , an agent mentioned in Semic Press' 1986 comic arc, Dödlig Dubbelgångare .
  • 009 , an agent who appeared in Acme press and Dark Horse Comics ' 1991 graphic novel, Serpent's Tooth .

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  • An apparent 009, an agent present at the "00 Section" briefing in the film Thunderball (1965).
  • 009 , an agent portrayed by actor and stunt performer Andy Bradford in the film Octopussy (1983).
  • 009 , an agent mentioned in the film The World Is Not Enough (1999).
  • 009 , an agent mentioned in the film, Spectre (2015).

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  • 1 Mr. White
  • 2 James Bond (Daniel Craig)
  • 3 Blofeld (Christoph Waltz)

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Spectre: 13 Questions About the New James Bond Movie Answered (Spoilers!)

The new James Bond film, Spectre, leaves lots of questions behind. We try and answer some of them here...

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This article contains spoilers for lots of James Bond films, but especially  Spectre .

The 24th instalment, and Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as 007, comes on the heels of the billion dollar success of Skyfall , currently the highest-grossing film of all time at the UK box office and the highest-grossing British film of all time, full stop. With Sam Mendes back in the director’s seat, the shadow of that success hangs over its sequel a bit.

As Bond faces SPECTRE, the criminal organisation whose first mention on-screen came in the very first Ian Fleming adaptation, 1962’s Dr. No , it’s even more of a throwback to the pre-reboot continuity than its predecessor, which brought back characters like Q and Miss Moneypenny as recurring characters.

We liked the film, but admit that it’s deceptively convoluted, with callbacks to the continuity of all Craig’s films thus far and some of the iconography of much older films. As the longest Bond film to date, it covers a lot of ground and still leaves more questions than any previous instalment. We’re going to have a bash at answering some of those questions, relating them back to previous films in the series and finally speculating on where we go from here.

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Hopefully this won’t be a nitpicky article, because a lot of our genuine quibbles are part and parcel of the series’ conventions. All the same, it will be a spoilery one, so if you haven’t seen Spectre   yet, be wary of that beyond this point.

What does “The dead are alive” mean?

Many have celebrated the return of the famous gun-barrel sequence to its rightful place at the beginning of the film (the last two films did it before the end credits and Casino Royale only paid homage before its title sequence) but we’re interested in what immediately follows. To our knowledge, this is the only Bond film ever to employ an opening epigraph – “The dead are alive.”

From this message, we smash cut to a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City, which suggests an obvious and immediate parallel with the spiritually oriented national holiday in which revellers remember friends and family members who have passed on. But after a barnstorming opening sequence through, around and above the festivities, the rest of the film is suffused with this thematic statement.

Daniel Kleinman’s reliably epic opening title sequence also sets the tone, showing dearly departed faces such as Vesper Lynd from Casino Royale , Raoul Silva from Skyfall and Judi Dench’s M, as Sam Smith wheedles on about “a million shards of glass that haunt me from my past” in his theme song. Notably exempt from this mini In Memoriam reel for the Craig era are Strawberry Fields, Dominic Greene, René Mathis, Elvis the shit-wigged henchman and basically anyone who kicked the bucket in Quantum Of Solace .

But over the course of the film, the villains take perverse pleasure in reminding Bond that every woman in his life, from his mother to Vesper and, most recently, M, winds up dead. Even the villain himself turns out to be someone he has long thought dead, back to haunt him once again. Opening on “The dead are alive” could be seen as shouting the subtext a bit, but it does strike a tone that resonates throughout Spectre .

How was SPECTRE involved in the events of Casino Royale , Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall ?

One criticism that could be levelled at the Craig era of what has traditionally been a series of standalone adventures is that his films don’t know a clean break when they see one. While the previous three films all wrapped up neatly and left things open for the next adventure, each successive film has gone back over previous plot threads, even when they weren’t necessarily dangling.

This is more in evidence in Spectre than any of Craig’s other outings, and the octopus tentacles of the antagonists’ emblem could as easily be seen as a bunch of loose threads that Mendes and screenwriters John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth aimed to tie up. The biggest and most obvious way of doing that is bringing back SPECTRE, (which stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge & Extortion, if you’re ever in a tight spot at a pub quiz.)

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Although Quantum Of Solace is largely left to one side here, we’re to take it that Quantum, the criminal organisation behind Le Chiffre and Greene in the first two films was just one tentacle of an even larger criminal cabal. Where Quantum was clearly intended as a 21st century answer to SPECTRE (the digital version to its analog, to use a turn of phrase that’s particularly pertinent in this film), there’s some judicious retconning to wipe away any callbacks to Craig’s difficult second outing.

More unusually, it also brings Silva’s actions, who seemed to be on a deeply personal vendetta against M in the last film, under the umbrella of SPECTRE too. While some of us assumed that Silva would be to SPECTRE as Goldfinger was back in the day (as the only film with no mention of the organisation during the early run from Dr. No up to Diamonds Are Forever ), Skyfall ‘s standalone status has also been revoked as part of the retcon.

Some reviewed Craig’s first three films in advance of watching SPECTRE , but it’ll now be more interesting to see if the quartet holds together now that we’ve learned that SPECTRE was apparently the Big Bad all along.

How did M know about Sciarra?

Early on, Bond is grounded by M’s successor for his antics in Mexico City, where he killed a hitman named Sciarra, who was planning a devastating terrorist attack on a stadium. Acting outside of orders, Bond has caused a diplomatic crisis of the kind that happens every time he goes abroad, and either it was a coincidence or he’s unwilling to tell his boss about what his real mission was. As he later reveals to Moneypenny, he was left a video message by M before she died. Cue surprise cameo by Dame Judi!

In the event of something happening to her, she orders Bond to “find a man called Sciarra. Kill him. Don’t miss the funeral.” This eventually puts Bond on the track to a secret meeting, precipitated by the untimely death of Sciarra, discussing who is to assassinate former adversary Mr. White, (codenamed ‘the Pale King’) who has become a liability to them.

It gets the plot going nicely and M’s orders fit in with the ‘dead are alive’ theme, but it begs the question of how long she knew about Sciarra and his connections without mentioning it to Bond. The suggestion would seem to be that Lucia, the widow played by Monica Bellucci, was willing to inform on SPECTRE and was previously only protected by her hated husband.

We’ve seen M squeeze informants similarly in the past, most notably in pitting Bond against Le Chiffre at Casino Royale so that he would have nowhere to turn but MI6. The film doesn’t spoon-feed this information to us, but given what we know of the character, we don’t have to take too much of a leap there.

Did Bond make the best use of his 48 hour headstart?

On a visit to Q Branch, Bond gets an injection of nano-technology that the quartermaster dubs smart-blood, which M has ordered so that they can keep track of their incorrigible agent’s movements. Building upon the camaraderie of Skyfall , Bond wields his bad influence on Q to get him to invent a 24 – nay, 48 hour warm-up period where he’ll be untraceable. And then thanks him for it by nicking 009’s tricked-out Aston Martin DB10.

Far be it from us to suggest that Bond didn’t make the best use of that time by driving to Rome for Sciarra’s funeral. It’s an 18 hour drive, but we suppose that it might just be a more discreet way of getting out of the country while grounded. Even if it’s not that discreet, it’s certainly pretty cool.

But Bond then calls Moneypenny for assistance, and their conversation is inevitably recorded by government snooping services, and puts her career in jeopardy. Q is also in trouble for the same thing- their friendship feels a bit one-sided in this one. Maybe putting the ejector seat in the driver’s side was actually Q’s way of getting back at him for this kind of bullshit, rather than a clever escape and it just happened to work out in Bond’s favour. Bastard.

Did Sciarra’s widow Lucia get away?

Bellucci’s role as Lucia has rightfully been the subject of some disappointment – we get a Bond girl who is Bond’s own age for approximately the first time since Octopussy and it’s little more than an extended cameo. When Bond arrives to pump her for information (ew), she’s under armed guard. Before/during/after a bit of sexy time with Bond, Lucia tells him what he needs to know and he tells her that he’s arranged for her to be extracted by his friend in the CIA, Felix.

This is a reference to Felix Leiter, who has been played many different actors over the last 50 years of Bond films, but most recently and consistently by Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace . Counter to the usual first girls that Craig’s Bond shags, Lucia doesn’t seem to meet a protracted death, but neither does she ever appear again.

It’s odd, but that almost exaggerates her importance in and of itself – it’s partly because she’s not dead but mostly because she’s played by one of the current greats of European cinema that you keep expecting her to have a more important role, but the film moves on, altogether dropping her character. Did Felix get her out? Who knows, but it’s disheartening that ‘didn’t die’ is a relative step-up as a resolution for a Bond girl.

Why did Franz Oberhauser rename himself as Blofeld?

At the SPECTRE meeting, the head of the organisation recognises and calls out Bond, who in turn recognises Franz Oberhauser, a hitherto unmentioned surrogate brother. As far as anyone knew, he died in an avalanche with his father years ago, as Moneypenny and then Q consistently explain to a determined Bond.

In Fleming’s stories, Oberhauser was the name of a man who taught Bond to ski and acted as a father figure to him after the death of his parents and it goes in much the same way here. Only in this adaptation, Franz is Oberhauser’s biological son and as is gradually teased out over the course of the action, he killed his father after he felt alienated by the devotion he showed to James, and reinvented himself with a new name – Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Let’s get this bit out of the way. This was Star Trek Into Darkness syndrome all over again, with Mendes and Christoph Waltz both stridently denying that the latter was playing Blofeld when most of us connected the dots after watching the very first trailer. Just as JJ Abrams denied for months on end that Benedict Cumberbatch would play a character from the previous continuity in the Star Trek sequel, they were protecting a twist that doesn’t even work in the post-reboot context of the film.

The weight of the revelation that Franz is the reboot’s version of Blofeld, the SPECTRE head honcho who pulled the strings in most of the first seven Bond movies, is purely meta-textual. A well-versed audience may go “Ohhh”, but the name means little to new viewers and, more importantly, nothing at all to Bond himself. Blofeld’s name has not even been seeded through the plot of this film before that point, so it’s little more than an Easter egg and the months of denial didn’t make it any less predictable.

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That said, it’s managed a little better than Into Darkness ‘ parallel scene – there’s more going on in the already infamous torture scene than merely a name reveal and we did enjoy the pre-emptive reveal of a Chinchilla Persian cat as Blofeld’s pet. On top of that, if you really want to get pernickety about the building of this character into the reboot, you might also surmise that Dr. Vogel, the female SPECTRE operative played by Brigitte Millar in the meeting scene, could turn out to be shoe-knifing henchwoman Rosa Klebb in a future instalment.

As to the ‘why’, we’re dealing with a character who faked his death and completely reinvented himself for the purpose of making Bond suffer. Just as Bond rose through the ranks of British intelligence, so Blofeld has become a super-rich criminal mastermind who has lobbed pain and suffering at his former foster brother at every turn. He had to change his name for that to work. Blofeld was his mother’s maiden name (there’s that security question out the window for him) and Ernst Stavro is, as Bond remarks, “catchy.”

Why do SPECTRE put digital files on their rings?

Sciarra’s ring, emblazoned with SPECTRE’s octopus insignia, is hugely important to the good guys in this one, partly because it’s so helpfully full of incriminating information. When Q meets Bond in the field, he manages to scrape DNA and digital files off of the ring. This enables them to track the organisation to Blofeld’s bona-fide secret villain lair, in a meteor crater in Tangier.

SPECTRE probably doesn’t bank on Q getting hold of one of these and decrypting the files on it, but it does seem a tad careless. Incidentally, if we were to expand our 25 objects article , this might be the object to represent SPECTRE – comprehensive in the information it gives us, but perhaps not as well thought through as we’ve come to expect from the people behind it. But while Bond is tracking SPECTRE, how do they know how to track him?

C is the codename of Max Denbigh, the government overseer who aims to modernise and digitise global espionage by cutting back on agents like Bond and launching a new global surveillance cooperation called Nine Eyes at the new Doughnut-esque Centre For National Security. At the start of the film, MI6 has been merged with MI5 (hear the dripping disdain of Ralph Fiennes’ M as he says that) and Bond’s conduct is hardly helping the case for continuing the 00 program.

We’re making SPECTRE sound terribly predictable here, but if you don’t want someone to project a sudden but inevitable betrayal, Andrew Scott might not have been the best casting. He’s brilliant, as usual, but it’s hard to not see Jim Moriarty from the moment he appears. C could have been a character more in line with Alec Baldwin’s CIA director in the recent Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation , but his satisfaction in pulling MI6’s legs off one by one is all too obvious and there’s no bait-and-switch there.

Of course, that turns out to be because he’s a mole for SPECTRE and has been feeding intelligence directly to Blofeld. When Nine Eyes goes online, they’ll oversee the whole world. It really seems as if M suspects C all along, but maybe that’s because we do too. The film does have a slightly naïve view of how governments would feel about such an invasion of civil liberties in the name of protecting the world, but Fiennes does do a good line in healthy scepticism and delivers the best zinger in the movie too- “Now we know what C stands for.”

Depending on how long Denbigh has been acting as a mole before he appears here, you could use his affiliation with SPECTRE to retroactively explain a few plot holes from before, especially concerning Silva’s preternatural planning abilities in the second act of Skyfall , while his access to MI6 and maybe even Bond’s smart-blood tracker might explain how the imperious Mr. Hinx knows where Bond is all the time. We did see a Quantum agent, Craig Mitchell, in deep cover as M’s bodyguard at the beginning of Quantum Of Solace , so it’s fair to say that MI6 might even run a little more smoothly now that C has gone the way of Hans Gruber.

How did Blofeld make the money to fund a massive global surveillance project?

When M asks where the government found the money for such a massive surveillance project, C alludes to a private sector donation that, of course, comes from SPECTRE. For straightforward answers on where Blofeld gets his finance, look no further than the sort of stuff Quantum was up to in Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace (a title that makes no sense at all when Quantum also happens to be a thing in the movie rather than just a synonym for an infinitesimal amount.)

The high-stakes poker game is pivotal for Le Chiffre as a financier after Bond prevents the bombing of a prototype airliner. Le Chiffre’s efforts to sink the prototype’s manufacturers in the stock market go awry, leaving him no choice but to gamble it all. The stock market plan seems more in line with how the criminal organisation raises money, along with Greene’s more audacious bid for Bolivia’s water supply by arranging to put the country in the hands of a mad general in the sequel.

You build quite a bit of capital as an insane criminal mastermind and Blofeld has managed to do this more successfully and for longer than some of his known associates.

Why did Blofeld leave the trail of graffiti and mugshots for Bond at Vauxhall Cross?

This is definitely a nitpick – Bond and M’s car is rammed by baddies, who then throw a bag on Bond’s head, cable-tie his hands and take him to face Blofeld at the condemned MI6 building at Vauxhall Cross. Upon arrival, Bond breaks his restraints, overpowers his captors and kills them. Now he has a gun and he knows where Blofeld is.

But then we get the shot from the trailers where ‘James Bond’ has been spray-painted onto the memorial to MI6 agents in the atrium, along with a bunch of arrows pointing him in the direction he needs to go. Following the directions, he gets a makeshift haunted house tour of his recent past, with pictures of Vesper, M and other deceased allies and enemies tacked up along the route before he finds Blofeld behind a pane of bulletproof glass.

So, did Blofeld’s plan for this confrontation hinge on Bond killing his men before they brought him in? The choice he presents to Bond – chase him or find Madeleine in the MI6 building before it explodes – doesn’t seem like it would have been particularly well managed if Bond were in restraints. Waltz’s Blofeld is in many ways a throwback to the Bond villains of old, taking the ‘why don’t you just kill him?’ threshold back to pre- Austin Powers levels.

Who is Madeleine Swann?

Bond’s investigation leads him to a dying Mr. White in a desolate cabin on Lake Altaussee in Austria, where he makes a pact with the former Quantum honcho – he’ll protect White’s daughter Madeleine, who can help him unpick SPECTRE’s tangled web of deceit, if he tells Bond where she is. He agrees and then shoots himself with Bond’s gun.

It’s Madeleine (Léa Seydoux) who tells Bond what SPECTRE is called and offers more information that leads to Blofeld, but more importantly, she’s a different kind of Bond girl than we’ve seen of late. For starters, she’s super-capable on her own, thank you very much, and over the course of the film, we get the kind of dizzying love affair that hasn’t been seen at least since Casino Royale .

As the best love interest in any of his films, Vesper looms over this as she has with other Daniel Craig sequels, but in far less time than expected, Bond and Madeleine go from having a love affair to actually being in love. Indeed, in a moment that is more romantic but not atypical of the series, Bond sustains and survives what should be a memory-obliterating intrusion into his temporal lobe when Madeleine tells him that she loves him.

While surviving Bond girls typically disappear between films, she’s markedly the first one to break up with him on screen, unable to fathom a life with an assassin, having seen how her father’s lifestyle worked. She’s almost immediately nabbed by Blofeld to raise the stakes in the third act of course, but it’s a marked departure at the end of the film when Bond chooses to give it all up and drive off with her in his newly repaired DB5. This can only end brilliantly…

Which characters will we see in Bond 25?

As mentioned, SPECTRE leaves more dangling threads than any Bond film before, and while characters have returned before – Quantum Of Solace brings back pretty much everyone who’s still alive at the end of Casino Royale – it’s hard to imagine that the 25th James Bond film won’t be an even more direct sequel. You can bet the farm on Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Rory Kinnear returning as Bond’s allies in MI6, particularly as they’re being given more to do than previous incarnations of their characters, but who else might be back?

In addition to being the first one to leave Bond on-screen, the ending makes it seem very likely that Seydoux will be amongst the returning players in Bond 25, which would make her the first non-regular actress to return as the same character since Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench in From Russia With Love .

Monogamy probably won’t suit 007 very well and if it does, it can only lead to tragedy. The biggest downer ending of the series came in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service , when Bond’s new bride Tracy was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. Madeleine’s card seems similarly marked by the ending of SPECTRE , because something must spur Bond back into action for the next movie.

Blofeld was behind the assassination of Tracy in OHMSS , which was supposed to lead into a revenge movie in Diamonds Are Forever , but the recasting of Sean Connery seemed to put paid to that idea. Given how Waltz’s Blofeld survives in detainment at the end of this one, we’d be shocked if he wasn’t already signed up to finish the story over the course of at least one more film.

As for that Persian cat, we think it’ll be ‘Mr. Not Appearing In Bond 25’, given to Blofeld’s unfortunate proliferation of explosive tanks in his secret lair. There may well be another cat though – an organisation with SPECTRE’s reach must have pussies galore.

James Bond will return… but will Daniel Craig?

Despite endless speculation, it has been a foregone conclusion for some time that Daniel Craig is signed on for at least one more Bond movie. If he were really desperate to be released from his contract, perhaps this might be his last, but again, while there’s an element of finality to this that could make it the last James Bond movie of this current reboot, we know that’s unlikely to happen.

It wouldn’t be without precedent to continue a plot through seismic cast changes. The original trio of films that showed Blofeld’s face never had the same two actors as Bond and Blofeld twice in a row. You Only Live Twice revealed Donald Pleasence as the villain, while On Her Majesty’s Secret Service picked up after he’d undergone plastic surgery to look like Telly Savalas. Meanwhile, Bond had regenerated into George Lazenby, so it’s a marvel that the two characters recognised each other at all.

Then in Diamonds Are Forever , Sean Connery returned to face a Blofeld who looked like Charles Gray, the actor who had played a completely different character in You Only Live Twice . But suspension of disbelief is not what it used to be and it’s hard to imagine that Eon Productions would want to let actors like Craig and Waltz go if they want to continue this story.

If Craig really does get out, the second option would be another hard reboot, making this quartet a complete story of one version of Bond, just like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is a self-contained story of Batman’s career. That seems more unlikely, although Eon could still do that and hold onto Fiennes et al, as they did with Judi Dench between Die Another Day and Casino Royale if they really wanted to.

As it is, many fans have come to the Bond series thinking that Daniel Craig is the definitive Bond and despite precedents, the ending seems to necessitate his return for at least one more movie. In a series that used to thrive on standalone adventures, it’s not as simple as slamming down hard on the reboot button, especially as we’ve ended on a note where 007 would seem to have ample reason not to return. But as the credits always promise, he inevitably will.

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Every other 00- agent in james bond movies besides 007.

The James Bond movies follow 007 from one misadventure to another, but Bond isn't the only 00- agent on MI6's books. Which other spies have appeared?

Here are all of the 00 agents in the  James Bond franchise, other than 007 himself. In the world of cinematic espionage, there's none more famous than Britain's silky smooth spook, James Bond . In Ian Fleming's iconic novels, Bond works for a fictionalized (probably, who knows?) version of the MI6 intelligence service, but even within the walls of Vauxhall Cross HQ, he's among the best of the best. So valuable is Bond to his country's security, he's part of MI6's clandestine 00 program - a curated handful of elite secret agents bestowed with a license to kill. Bond, of course, is designated the code name 007.

The  James Bond movies keep their focus squarely on Bond himself. The other agents with a 00 designation rarely reveal themselves and, quite frankly, it wouldn't be much of a secret service if they did. But somewhere out there in the  James Bond universe, at least six other British spies are operating on the same level as 007 . They may not be as thrilling, promiscuous or exciting to watch, but they're out there nonetheless, and that's what counts.

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Although it's a rare occurrence, the  James Bond franchise has occasionally featured these mysterious 00 agents. Some are merely mentioned or appear very briefly, while others have left the spy game behind for one reason or another. Whatever their situation, revealing new 00 agents is always exciting, enriching  James Bond 's fictional world by expanding upon Fleming's mythology. These are the lesser-known 00 agents James Bond pretends to ignore in the MI6 cafeteria line.

008 (Goldfinger & The Living Daylights)

The first on-screen acknowledgement that other 00 agents exist comes courtesy of 1964's  Goldfinger . Sean Connery's James Bond reports back to MI6 following Jill Masterson's fateful brush with a can of gold paint, and M (played by Bernard Lee) is less than impressed by 007 taking his eye off Auric Goldfinger. Concerned that Bond is now emotionally involved, M tells his top man " 008 can replace you ." James assures his boss that he's fine to continue, and 008 is left still waiting by the phone.

The Living Daylights pays homage to this  Goldfinger scene, recreating the same scenario for Timothy Dalton. M (this time played by Robert Brown) accuses Bond of jeopardizing a mission when he refuses to kill a sniper, later revealed to be Maryam d'Abo's Kara Milovy. Putting 007 on leave, M insists he'll " recall 008 from Hong Kong " before Bond manages to convince MI6's chief otherwise.

Various (Thunderball)

1965's  Thunderball includes a briefing with every 00 agent under MI6's employ, and while the scene doesn't offer much detail, it's the  James Bond franchise's best look at the 00 division in its entirety. Nine agents sit across from M and the British Home Secretary in numerical order, but most remain unseen. 005 and 006 are glimpsed - both white males around the same age as Bond. 004 looks to be a little bit older, while 003 is a younger female - a first for  James Bond . The briefing seems to confirm that, despite what wider franchise media may suggest, there are only 9 agents in MI6's 00 division.

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Bill Fairbanks (The Man With The Golden Gun)

A rare instance of a named 00 agent, Bill Fairbanks is mentioned as 002 in  The Man With The Golden Gun . Investigating Christopher Lee's villainous assassin, Francisco Scaramanga , Bond tracks down a dancer in Beirut by the name of Saida. Through his new friend, 007 learns that Fairbanks was assassinated by the eponymous gunman several years before the film's events.

009 (Octopussy)

Andy Bradford plays 009 in  Octopussy , although he's not easy to spot through the clown mask. 1983's  Octopussy begins with a disguised 009 fleeing from Octopussy's Berlin circus cradling a Fabergé   egg. The agent is chased through the forest locale by twin henchmen and professional knife-throwers called Mischka and Grischka, and fatally wounded during the pursuit. 009 manages to dutifully stagger as far as the British embassy to hand over the egg before dying. Roger Moore's Bond is assigned as 009's replacement, and the deceased spy is honored by 007 when he kills Grischka later in the movie.

003 (A View To A Kill)

Another ill-fated 00 agent makes a rather stiff appearance in 1985's  A View To A Kill . 003 fails to report in while on a mission to investigate EMP-proof microchips in the hands of the KGB. Roger Moore sets off to Siberia and soon discovers his colleague's corpse in the snow. Although  A View To A Kill doesn't explicitly confirm how 003 died, the corpse proffers a microchip and sends Bond on the path to Christopher Walken's Max Zorin. The dead agent is found carrying a locket with a photograph of his wife and child, giving a stinging reminder of the human cost that comes with Bond's job.

002 & 004 (The Living Daylights)

In a rare slice of multi-agent action,  The Living Daylights includes a training sequence in Gibraltar between Bond, 002 and 004. Played by Glyn Baker, 002 is disqualified from the exercise when his parachute is caught in a tree and he gets "shot" by a guard with a paintball gun. Still, 002 gets off lightly compared to Frederick Warder's 004. A KGB operative infiltrates the session, killing one of the SAS participants and cutting 004's rope as he scales a cliff. The assassin also leaves a note reading "death to spies" in Russian. Charming.

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Alec Trevelyan (Goldeneye)

Comfortably the most important non-Bond 00 agent (so far) is Sean Bean's  Goldeneye  villain , Alec Trevelyan. Considering the job description demands giving one's life for Queen and country only to be disowned if a mission ever goes awry, it's surprising that no 00 agents went rogue before 1995, but go rogue Alec Trevelyan certainly did. Trevelyan's Cossack ancestors surrendered to the British in World War II, only to be sent back to Russia where they were promptly executed. Despite being trusted with the 006 designation, Alec was never truly loyal, playing the long game to get revenge for his people. On a mission with Bond almost a decade before the events of  Goldeneye , Trevelyan faked his death and left MI6 none the wiser. He adopted the code name Janus, turned his 006 skills toward criminality, and devised a masterplan to cripple Britain's economy using the Goldeneye satellite.

The plot is eventually foiled by 007, as the two old friends do battle atop a towering antenna mast. Trevelyan falls and Bond instinctively catches him, before choosing to let the villain tumble. Thus, Sean Bean's reputation for dying many an on-screen death was bolstered.

009 (The World Is Not Enough)

Although 009 doesn't feature in Pierce Brosnan's  The World Is Not Enough , the unseen spy does play a vital role in the plot of this 1999 James Bond adventure. Before the film begins, M (now played by Judi Dench) sent 009 to take out Elektra King's kidnapper - a terrorist known as Renard. King managed to escape without MI6's assistance, but 009 pursued his target anyway and shot Renard square in the head. The villain stayed alive on borrowed time in a convenient quirk of fortune, (and with the added benefit of feeling no pain) while 009 slipped off into the night wondering how on Earth Renard survived.

Various (The World Is Not Enough)

Mirroring the briefing scene in  Thunderball , a gaggle (flock... herd?) of 00 agents are gathered in MI6's temporary Castle Thane base to discuss the Elektra King situation during  The World Is Not Enough . Whereas  Thunderball  helpfully lined up the agents in order,  The World Is Not Enough only includes a selection of 00s sat in a small briefing room at random. Once again, there's a female agent among them.

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009 (Spectre)

Precious little gets between James Bond and an Aston Martin, and Daniel Craig's gruff iteration of the character is no exception. Following Spectre 's Day of the Dead debacle in Mexico, Bond is skating on thin ice with his employers, and is fitted with "smart blood" for his troubles. As Q equips 007 with the only gadget he's currently allowed (a watch hiding a loud alarm), Bond's eye is caught by a spanking new Aston Martin DB10. Ben Whishaw's Quartermaster confirms the car was originally intended for 007, but has been reassigned to 009 after Bond's insubordination. Alas, when 009 arrives (off-screen, sadly) to collect his new ride, the vehicle has mysterious vanished. No prizes for guessing who took it.

Nomi (No Time To Die)

The newest addition to  James Bond 's canon of 00 agents is Nomi , making history as the first black female of Bond's rank. Although  No Time To Die remains unreleased due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, Nomi appears to be Bond's direct replacement as 007 in MI6, with Daniel Craig's character retired when the film begins. Nomi has been active for several years, and looks to play a major role in bringing down  No Time To Die 's big villain, Lyutsifer Safin. Trailer footage highlights Lashana Lynch's character looking useful with a gun, driving a top-range Aston Martin , and mocking Bond's advancing years. She also pilots a snazzy folding plane with Bond as a passenger, but her ultimate fate in the film, as well as her  James Bond future, remains unknown.

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SPECTRE Explained: A Guide To James Bond’s Latest Adventure

Daniel Craig’s 007 is back… and this time he’s bringing a ton of plot threads with him.

SPECTRE opens this weekend and is set to follow up on Skyfall ‘s massive popularity. Still, the film very much expects you to be familiar with Bond’s previous outings. While we created a handy guide for watching all the relevant Bond films, you may not have the time to go through 50 years of espionage.

Well, not to worry. If you’re wondering what SPECTRE is and why they’ve chosen to wear octopus rings, we’ve got you covered.

Except maybe the thing about the octopus rings.


Alright, who is this James Bond guy?


He’s an orphan who was conscripted into the world of British espionage after his parents died in a climbing accident. But there was a period of time after his parents died and before he became a spy that he was taken in by the Oberhauser family. He became a surrogate brother to Franz Oberhauser, who may have a few sociopathic tendencies (which, you guessed it, will totally come back later).

Anyway, Bond was promoted to the elite spy rank of 00 Agent in Casino Royale , and his first mission ended in the death of his true love Vesper Lynd. That pretty much sealed his fate as a misogynistic, nationalistic, martini drinking bad ass.

So, this film takes place after that?

Yes. Casino Royale is the first film. The second, Quantum of Solace , features Bond getting revenge for Vesper and uncovering a vast criminal organization called Quantum. The third, Skyfall , is a more personal film that follows Bond protecting his mentor M (Judi Dench) from a rogue MI6 agent, Mr. Silva, obsessed with killing her.

At the end of Skyfall , Bond and M make a stand against Silva at Bond’s parent’s old estate. The estate is destroyed and Silva is killed, but unfortunately M dies in Bond’s arms.

So, how long after Skyfall does SPECTRE take place?

A few weeks at most.

What’s Bond been up to since Skyfall?

Hunting, apparently. It seems after M’s death, she sent Bond a video message in the mail (in a cameo we kinda sorta called ) telling him to track down a man named Marco Sciarra and kill him.

bond dead

Well, Bond has found him in Mexico City during the Day of the Dead celebration. So, in an unsanctioned operation, Bond attacks Sciarra as he’s arranging to blow up a stadium. Bond eventually chases him to a helicopter where he steals an octopus ring from his finger before throwing him to his death.

An octopus ring?

Like we said, we’re not really in a position to judge villain fashion. But it’s definitely a clue Bond needs to follow up on.

So, how does MI6 feel about Bond’s after school activities?

Well, they’re pretty darn pissed. The new M (Ralph Fiennes) indefinitely suspends Bond from field duty. It seems M has been having some trouble lately, as MI6 and MI5 have been consolidated in preparation to join an international joint intelligence service. That means M is going to have a much harder time keeping Bond’s off books adventures secret when the rest of the world is breathing down his neck.


What’s the deal with this new intelligence service?

Well, it’s a privately funded (never a good sign) program that would meld nine country’s intelligence services into one program. It’s supposedly  nice because everyone would be able to freely share intel and resources.

The problem is, this new intelligence initiative is run by a guy Bond not-so-lovingly refers to as C (we’ll let you imagine what that one stands for). C thinks field agents, including those in the 00 program, are obsolete. He wants to replace them with drones and eliminate the human element of espionage entirely.

So, Bond’s been fired and it looks like he can never get his job back. What does he do?

Well, Judi Dench didn’t just want Bond to kill Sciarra. She wanted him to attend the funeral too. So, Bond’s off to Rome… but not before getting an explosive watch from Q.

Oh, yeah, and Bond also steals 009’s gadget filled Aston Martin DB10.


Because Bond’s a glorious, unapologetic asshole.

We’re sure he’ll get over it.

So, what happens at this funeral?

Bond meets the newly widowed Mrs. Lucia Sciarra, who tells Bond about the criminal organization her husband belonged to in exchange for protection and a tumble in the sheets.

And, it so happens that organization is having a meeting that night.

Bond’s gonna crash a party, isn’t he?

Does Bond know how to do anything else at a party?

Good point.

Indeed. So, Bond wears that octopus ring and manages to get in to a secret meeting. It turns out this organization has been upping terrorist attacks, including the one that was going to take place in Mexico City.

SPECTRE meeting 2

That’s when Bond’s surrogate brother Franz Oberhauser shows up. Turns out he’s at the very top of this organization… and he’s none too happy about Bond interfering with Mexico City.

What does he do?

He has his henchmen Mr. Hinx stab a guy’s eyes out with his thumbs.

That’s disgusting.

Don’t worry. Mr. Hinx cleans up with a hanky. He’s proper like that.

What happens next?

Well, Bond overhears the organization talking about some guy named “The Pale King,” but that’s the last bit of info he gets.

Why is that?

Because Oberhauser recognizes Bond and calls him out.

Yeah, Bond is pretty surprised by that one.

So, Bond runs his ass off, yeah?

car chase

Right into the sweet embrace of 009’s DB10. Unfortunately, Mr. Hinx is right behind him in a Janguar X-X75 sports car. So, Bond decides to break out the gadgets… only there’s a problem.

What’s that?

Most of the gadgets don’t work. Bond stole the car before they could be installed properly.


Understatement of the year.

Bond calls Moneypenny and has her search for The Pale King. It turns out that’s an alias for Mr. White , head of the Quantum organization Bond went after in Quantum of Solace . It seems  Quantum was just a small branch of this bigger organization .

He has time to do research during the car chase? That doesn’t sound like he’s in a lot of danger. 

To be fair, the car’s bulletproof.

*sigh* Alright, how does Bond escape Mr. Hinx?

Bond discovers the car’s ejector seat works just fine, so he triggers that and makes a clean(ish) gettaway.

So, Bond goes to find Mr. White?


Yup. He finds him hiding in Austria dying of Thallium poising. It seems Mr. White’s old friends didn’t want him leaving after he decided he didn’t want any part of their new edict which involved hurting women and children.

Wait a second, wasn’t Mr. White directly involved in the extortion and murder of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale because he was trying to get millions of dollars to an African warlord who was shown to have child soldiers?

Um… yes. Maybe he turned over a new leaf?

… right. Anything else? 

Mr. White has been hiding his daughter, Madeline Swann, from his old friends. White agrees to give Bond a new clue if he’ll protect his daughter. Bond agrees, then gives White his gun to commit suicide with rather than die slowly.

Does Mr. White do it?

What’s the new clue.

He tells Bond to go to L’Americain, but doesn’t specify who or what it is.

Bummer. What does Bond do next?

He finds Dr. Swann in a medical facility in the Austrian Alps. It turns out she hates her dad and really doesn’t want to go with Bond.

Can’t he try to charm her or something?


She is impervious.

So, what does Bond do?

He goes to the bar, of course. That’s where Q meets up with him.

Wait, Q? Wasn’t it stated in Skyfall that he hates to fly?

Well, Bond has put his career in jeopardy (again), and Q’s so pissed he’s willing to brave the friendly skies to convince Bond to give up the chase and come home.

That doesn’t work, does it.

Nope. Bond gives Q the octopus ring to analyze, then heads after Dr. Swann who’s been taken by Mr. Hinx.

How did Mr. Hinx find her?

This organization has tapped into the computers of MI6 (among other agencies). Anything they look up, the bad guys know about. Moneypenny looked up Mr. White’s location… so Mr. Hinx found him and stole his camera tapes to watch his conversation with Bond.

Oops. Does Bond get her back?


It takes a crashed plane and a few totaled cars, but yup. He gets her back and convinces her to help him. She tells Bond and Q the organization after them is called SPECTRE and they’re super evil and stuff.

Q also discovers DNA from every recent Bond villain on the ring, which includes Le Chiffre ( Casino Royale ), Dominic Greene ( Quantum of Solace ), and Raoul Silva ( Skyfall ).

Wait a second… they all wore that ring?

How’s that possible.

Presumably, they all wore it at one point or another.

Quantum of Solace took place directly after Casino Royale. How’d they get the ring to Mr. Greene right after Le Chiffre died? For that matter, did they even wear rings in those movies?

le chiffre

Isn’t it a little convenient that in this massive organization the three exact guys who have taken on Bond all wore the same ring?

Yes, but fan service must be paid.

At the expense of logic?

It’s a burden we all have to bear.

Alright, what happens next?

Swann takes Bond to L’Americain, which is actually a hotel in Morocco Mr. White visited every year. There, they find a secret room full of SPECTRE records… including a video of an interrogation of Vesper Lynd.

Does Bond watch it?

No. He gets distracted by map coordinates in the African desert. It looks like there’s a secret base there. So, they take a train there. As they’re having dinner, Mr. Hinx attacks them.

train fight

How’d he find them?

Because we need an action scene right now.

Fine. Do they kill him?

Yes, they throw him out of the speeding train.

Do they say “No ticket” afterward?

bond swann kiss

Nope. They engage in adrenaline fueled fornication.

So much for her being impervious.

Just out of curiosity… is anything happening back in england.

Yup. M, his assistant Tanner, Q, and Moneypenny all know something is up with SPECTRE, but C doesn’t care. The new joint intelligence program will go live in 72 hours, which means the end of the 00 section. M tells the rest they can’t help Bond, since it’s clear SPECTRE can track everything they do.

It’s all in Bond’s hands.

What happens with him?

train station

He and Dr. Swann get off their train, then are taken by chauffeur to SPECTRE’s compound in the middle of a crater.

Wait, SPECTRE just transports them over in style?

If that’s the case, why did they have mr. hinx just try to murder them on their way over.

Um. Because we needed an action scene? It’s possible Mr. Hinx hadn’t had any new contact with SPECTRE was just following his original orders.

… Fine. What happens next?

Oberhauser meets them, and reveals to Bond he’s pretty pissed that Papa Oberhauser liked him so much, which is why he killed his own dad. Apparently, Oberhauser faked his death and changed his name to Ernst Stavro Blofeld, because Franz Oberhauser wasn’t complicated enough to pronounce.


He tells Bond that the joint intelligence program is actually funded by SPECTRE (told you) and C is their operative. They’ve been increasing terrorist attacks to convince countries to join in, but this new program will actually just give all the information they collect straight to SPECTRE, which will be all powerful.

Wait a second. Can’t SPECTRE already tap into almost every camera ever and view the movements of everyone anyway?

So why do they need this plan.

Um… well… you can never have too much information we suppose.

Uh… huh.

In our defense, they’re totally evil. We know this because they torture Bond.

How do they torture him?

They strap him into a chair that allows you to perform selective lobotomies. Apparently, Blofeld heard that Bond is impervious to having his testicles slapped with a rope.

So, Bond gets… lobotomized?

Well, Blofeld targets his memory center and drills a hole in it. But, it seems that doesn’t take away his memory at all.

Um… why not?

Because he’s impervious.

You keep using that word…

How about… because he’s James Bond?

We’re just throwing science out the window, aren’t we?


Speaking of throwing, Bond has Dr. Swann chuck his explosive watch which allows them to escape. Bond shoots a few guys, then shoots a gas line which blows up the entire facility.

Wait, the entire facility? With one bullet?

Yeah, SPECTRE kinda went discount with their gas lines. Perhaps they hired the same guy who keeps designing villain lairs in movies that don’t have any guardrails.

Does Bond have any trouble escaping at all?

Nope. He kills like eight guys, blows up the facility, and escapes in a helicopter in about two minutes flat.

That’s gotta be a record.

We wouldn’t be surprised.

So Bond goes back to England?

Yup. He meets with M’s gang and tells them SPECTRE’s plan. They set out to stop it, but Dr. Swann decides to leave because she doesn’t want to be part of Bond’s lifestyle despite the fact she now loves him.

It’s even more of a bummer because she and Bond get kidnapped. Bond is taken to the old MI6 building Silva blew up in Skyfall while M’s gang heads off to stop C.

Do they stop him?

Yes. Q stops the program from coming online at the last second. M and C fight, which results in C slipping to his death.

He… slips to his death?

Yes. In his defense there was totally broken glass on the ground.

Alright, plotline resolved. What about Bond?

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Bond finds Blofeld in the MI6 building, though he’s now sporting the classic Blofeld scar from the Connery films thanks to that miraculous explosion Bond set off:


He taunts Bond with pictures of Vesper, Judi Dench’s M, and his past villains. He then tells Bond Dr. Swann is in the building, which is rigged to blow in three minutes. He can either escape and live in pain, or try to rescue her and probably die.

Does he try to rescue her?

Yup. He finds her tied up in M’s old office. They escape just in the nick of time on a boat and chase after Blofeld’s helicopter, which Bond brings down with his pistol.

Bond’s bullets are incredibly powerful and accurate in this movie.

Bond boat

Yeah, especially considering Bond has a bum shoulder and totally botched his marksmanship test in Skyfall , which took place just a few weeks ago.

So, the helicopter crashes?

Yup, onto the Westminster Bridge. But, this being a Bond film Blofeld survives. Bond catches up to him, as does M’s gang.

Does Bond kill Blofeld?

Well, Blofeld certainly tries to taunt Bond into doing so, but Bond is —

 — don’t say impervious.

We don’t care. don’t say it..

Okay. Bond tells Blofeld he has better things to do and leaves him to be arrested by M.

Because that’s what a mainstream action hero does. After killing everyone who works for the bad guy, you repeatedly try and fail to kill the bad guy. Then, when you finally have him at your mercy, you let him live to appease mainstream moral values.

skyfall car

Yup, then Bond drives off with Dr. Swann in his newly repaired Aston Martin DB5 from Skyfall .

So, he’s given up his spy life?

It seems that way.

Will we ever see him back in action?

Well, if the franchise has taught us anything… it’s that somehow… someway… James Bond will return.

Also, impervious.

The report that they all had the ring in common was a toxicology report, presumably from their blood. So rather than one piece they all wore, I got the impression it was a unique alloy that showed traces in all of the wearers’ blood. It was a shorter leap than the Brotherhood of the Traveling Jewelry…

“Brotherhood of the Traveling Jewelry”, nice!

I believe you’re right.

Thanks for this – I enjoyed the films but didn’t remember anything about any of them. All this time barely pieced together that they were related.

Great and funny article at the same time, but more importantly it is highlighting few main plot holes of the film. I personally think that Spectre could be a much better movie, but Mendes was certainly out of ideas. Being someone who is not a big fan of Daniel Craig’s Bond, I must say that he has done a fabolous job and finally looking good after three movies to take the character of 007 back to classic Connery era. I also really loved few exceptional causal pieces Craig wore during the whole but especially the John Varvatos Suede Racer Jacket he wore in the finale!

Another hypothesis of how the DNA of several villains was on the ring is that Marco Sciarra was so awestruck when he first met his peers that he never washed his hands after shaking all of theirs.

Loved that article, watched the movie yesterday and have to say that it is my second 007 film after Casino Royale. I think Daniel Craig has improved a lot, he looks as gorgeous as Connery in Spectre, its a good idea to putt on white dinner suit to pay homepage to the classic 007 movies but I still believe that Casino Royale tuxedo was certainly the best one in all Craig’s outings. Although the movie has some plot holes but its still a pleasurable experience seeing Blofeld back with fantastic henchman

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In November 2013 Danjaq announced that it had acquired all the remaining James Bond rights it had not previously held from the McClory estate. This opened the door for the use of the name/organisation SPECTRE and its head, Blofeld.

"SPECTRE" is left ambiguous in its meaning. The organisation's name is mentioned only twice in the film, once when Madeleine reveals the name of the organisation to Q and Bond in Austria and once when 007 reports to M in the London safe house. Bond fans know that SPECTRE is an acronym for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. Many in the press assumed that the title was not an acronym and wrote it in title-case: 'Spectre.' However, the title treatment on the EON/Sony marketing consistently wrote it with capitals.

The plot was devised by John Logan in consultation with Sam Mendes. Regular Bond scribes, Purvis and Wade, were expected to have departed the franchise with 'Skyfall'  but when the producers were unsatisfied with Logan's drafts, Purvis and Wade were recruited again. Around the same time, the filmmakers also considered but then rejected the possibility of a two-film story arc, presumably involving Blofeld. The film is also the first time that Jez Butterworth gets a 007 screenwriting credit, having previously helped Mendes polish dialogue on 'Skyfall'.

The opening shot comprised of four separate shots strung together by ILM in post production. The first swooping intro picks up Bond in the streets of Mexico City and follows him to the door of the hotel. The second shot – filmed on location in Mexico – follows Bond up the stairs and into the elevator. The third shot takes over when Bond and Estrella arrive at their hotel room, the interior of which was shot at Pinewood. The fourth shot sees Bond exiting the window and walking along the rooftop. A 'skeleton' set was built on location so Craig could move smoothly from interior to exterior. Mendes credited Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil" (1958) for the inspiration for the shot.

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"SPECTRE" marks Rory Kinnear's third appearance as Tanner , making him the most frequent actor to play Bond's friend and M's chief of staff.

Several of the key locations, including Morocco, Austria, and London are held in common with Timothy Dalton 's 'The Living Daylights' .

Moneypenny's visit to Bond's flat was re-filmed at the end of the shoot, removing the presence of another woman in Bond's bed.

The DB10 was manufactured by Aston Martin exclusively for EON Productions. The design was all new but it used the chassis and engine from their V8 Vantage. The run was limited to ten cars, some of which were adapted by the stunts team to include a rig atop the car, allowing it to seem as if Craig was performing the high octane action. One of the two 'hero' cars was sold at auction in 2016 for £2.4 million.

Switches on the DB10 console are: Backfire (which reveals a hidden gun from behind the rear AM badge and allows Bond to sight up adversaries in the rear view mirror); Atmosphere (triggers the radio, comically playing "New York, New York"); Exhaust (fires a flamethrower); Air (launches the ejector seat).

The ejector seat surprise was spoiled by leaked planning permissions that documented the filmmakers intent to use a parachute on one night of their Rome shoot.

This is one of the rare Bond films to reference/feature another 00-agent . Although never seen on screen, it is 009 who is due to pick up the DB10 when Bond steals it from Q-Branch, leaving a bottle of champagne in its place. 009 was also the 00-number assigned to Bond's colleague in 'Octopussy' who was assassinated by circus performers Mischka & Grischska .

The DB10's number plate is DB10 AGB.

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Monica Bellucci was cast as Lucia Sciarra age 51, making her the oldest 'Bond woman' to date. She previously auditioned for the role of Paris Carver in 'Tomorrow Never Dies' .

At the last minute, the production had to find a new location to double for the mausoleum at which Sciarra's funeral takes place. Permission was denied for the use of the Verano cemetery in Rome after the religious order, Archconfraternity of the Departed, vetoed the shoot. Instead, the Museo Della Civilta Romana (Museum of Roman Civilisation) was dressed to suit the filmmakers' needs.

The only film in which Felix Leiter is referenced but not seen on screen.

Christoph Waltz and Léa Seydoux previously played together in "Inglourious Basterds" (2009).

Car marques on display at the SPECTRE meeting, filmed at Blenheim Palace , Oxford, UK, include Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Porsche, and BMW.

Bond's first encounter with Oberhauser has the villain cry "cuckoo". This is a reference to Bond being a "cuckoo in the nest", the foreigner disrupting the happiness of Oberhauser's family life.

Franz Oberhauser is supposed to be the son of the Fleming-created character, Hannes Oberhauser. The latter is reported (in Fleming's "Octopussy") to have taught Bond to ski as a teenager and served as a father figure. However, the Blofeld of the books was of no relation to Bond.

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The second unit travelled to Rome without certain permissions to film the stunning approach to the Vatican. Permissions were finally granted whilst the filmmakers were on location.

Several prior Bond films have featured early-release cars, but all of these would eventually be put into production. The use of the Jaguar C-X75 marks the first time in the franchise that a concept car was used on screen. The C-X75 was first unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.

News of Bond's Roman antics reaches Tanner when he and M are listening to C's Nine Eyes pitch in Japan. He is sent a web page that looks spookily like BBC news, albeit with the BBC logo redacted.

Nine Eyes is loosely based on the real world multilateral intelligence sharing agreement between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States known as Five Eyes.

Q reports Bond's location as Chelsea, London, when he is really in Altaussee, Austria. In the Fleming novels, Bond's flat is located in Chelsea, but its location is never formally declared in the film universe. The exterior to Bond's flat was filmed in Stanley Gardens, Notting Hill for "SPECTRE". This is only the third time, after 'Dr. No' and 'Live And Let Die' that Bond's flat is seen on screen. Sam Mendes is known to be a fan of 'Live and Let Die'.

Jesper Christiansen has now played Mr. White in three Bond films, giving him the most appearances as the same villain in the franchise's history.

SPECTRE trivia

Thallium, which was put in Mr. White's cellphone, is atomic number 81. It is soluble and toxic on contact with skin. It is an effective poison as it is colourless, odourless and tasteless.

Q tells Bond he is staying at The Pevsner Hotel, a reference to Tom Pevsner, the producer on six Bond adventures throughout the '80s and '90s.

After Bond and Madeleine find the coordinates to SPECTRE's headquarters, M and Moneypenny arrive too late to attend the Nine Eyes meeting. Here C is chatting to two familiar gentlemen, played by Michael G. Wilson and his son, Gregg Wilson .

The CNS building does not exist, but the production shot at the Home of the Mayor and London Assembly after having been declined permission to shoot in the Welsh parliament.

In a nod to 'From Russia With Love' the train line that Bond and Madeleine travel on in Morocco is known as the Oriental Desert Express.

On the train trip through Morocco Bond departs from his usual Vodka 'Vesper' Martini, choosing instead to join Madeleine in a dirty martini. This is the first time Bond drinks this variant on screen. The major difference is the inclusion of an olive and olive brine, rather than Bond's preferred twist of lemon.

SPECTRE trivia

The real-life location of the villain's Moroccan lair is Gara Medouar. The crater was created by erosion, not a meteorite. The fictional meteorite Blofeld proudly shows to Bond and Madeleine is named "Kartenhoff".

The plaque on the door of the safe house in which Bond, Moneypenny, Tanner, and M meet in London reads "Hildebrand Prints & Rarities" in homage to the Fleming short story "The Hildebrand Rarity".

Among the names on the wall of the fallen at the Vauxhall building is set decorator Fergus Clegg and draughtsman Archie Campbell-Baldwin.

Approximately £24 million worth of cars were destroyed in the making of the film.

The British band Radiohead recorded and subsequently released on Soundcloud a potential title-track for "SPECTRE".

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'SPECTRE' is the second consecutive Bond picture to win an Oscar. Sam Smith won the best original song award for 'Writing's on the Wall'. 

It is understood that the film cost upwards of $250 million to produce, making it the most expensive Bond film in history.

Brands and products that were associated with the film include Sony Mobile, Sony Electronics, Belvedere Vodka, N.Peal clothing, Bollinger Champagne, Tom Ford clothing, Crockett & Jones shoes, Heineken, and Hornby Hobbies.

"SPECTRE" is the longest Bond film to date with a running time of 2 hours and 28 minutes.

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Briefing SPECTRE (2015) is the new James Bond film and the 24th in the series. It will be the fourth outing for Daniel Craig as 007, and the second film to be directed by Sam Mendes from a screenplay by John Logan , Neal Purvis & Robert Wade . The new MI6 team of Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Tanner) and Ben Whishaw (Q) are all reprising their roles. The cast will include Lea Seydoux , Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Christoph Waltz . Production commences on December 8th 2014, with location work as early as 5th January 2015 in Austria . The film will also shoot on location in: Erfoud and Tangier, Morocco ; Rome, Italy and Mexico City, Mexico. SPECTRE is scheduled for release on 7th November 2015.

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