Saturday, 18 April 2015

SPECTRE opening sequence set to be the biggest in Bond history

The opening sequence of the 24th James Bond film SPECTRE, currently filming in Mexico City, is set during the national Day Of The Dead festival, as these latest pictures demonstrate. It will also, claims long time James Bond producer Michael G Wilson, be "the biggest opening sequence we've ever done, maybe the biggest sequence we've ever done". Coming from a series which has previously sent its hero off a cliff on a motorbike to freefall into a crashing plane, that's no mean feat.

Speaking from behind the scenes on location, where Empire magazine recently watched the Bondian shenanigans unfold, Wilson went on to say that the traditionally explosive pre-title sequence wasn't just going to be a massive on-screen event, but that it was also logistically huge. "The whole vision that Sam Mendes (Skyfall) has come up with is very exciting and amazing," he told them. "We've got 1500 extras in Day Of The Dead costumes and make up and we've occupied the centre of Mexico City for days. The only thing that's come close to it was putting on the carnival in Rio in Moonraker, and I think this is a much bigger operation."

The scene kicks off SPECTRE's story in predictably thrilling fashion, with exploding buildings, a heart racing foot chase through the Day Of The Dead parade and a fight inside a helicopter, which will then perform what promises to be one of the most spectacular stunts in Bond history. These newly released stills give a flavour of what to expect, including rooftop gun battles and the mysterious Estrella, played by the recently cast Stephanie Sigman (Miss Bala).

All we know about SPECTRE so far is that a cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M (Ralph Fiennes) battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

Directed once again by Mendes, SPECTRE stars Daniel Craig as Bond, of course, Andrew Scott (Sherlock) as Denbigh, Monica Belluci (Irreversible) as Lucia Sciarra, Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Mr. Hinx, Léa Seydoux (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) as Madeline Swann and Stephanie Sigman (Miss Bala), plus returning MI6 allies Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q and Rory Kinnear as Tanner.

Filming will soon shift to Morocco and back to Pinewood Studios, having already visited London, Rome and spectacular Austrian ski resorts.

SPECTRE hits our screens on 23 October before heading to the US on 6 November.

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