Sunday, 26 July 2015

New earlier UK release date for SPECTRE

First it was October 23. Then it was November 6. But now SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure, has finally settled on a UK release date. News arrives via the BBC that SPECTRE will receive its world premiere in London on 26 October, and open the same night in the rest of the country.

"For the first time ever, the film will open on the same night at cinemas across the UK and Ireland," said distributor Sony Pictures in a press release. Unusually that means SPECTRE will be out on a Monday, which will certainly make the figures for its opening weekend interesting. But with Skyfall (2012) raking in north of a billion dollars worldwide, that should prove an insignificant issue.

Elsewhere in SPECTRE news, director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) has confirmed that this will certainly be his last Bond outing. He said that after Skyfall, of course, but was persuaded to return after the producers twisted his arm.

This time, however, he seems determined to move on. "I said no to [this] one and then ended up doing it," he told the BBC, "but... I don't think I could go down that road again. This was an enormous undertaking, and a bigger movie than Skyfall; it's shot in more places. You do have to put everything else on hold. It's more a lifestyle choice than a job." But it is also, he clarifies, "a fantastic life-changing thing".

Finally, Mendes has teased that SPECTRE's theme song is finished, but declined to reveal who has recorded it. We should get clarification of that sooner rather than later. "You won't have to wait long...".

Directed once again by Sam Mendes, SPECTRE stars Daniel Craig as Bond, of course, Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Mr. Hinx, Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) as the enigmatic Oberhauser, Andrew Scott (Sherlock) as Denbigh, Monica Belluci (Irreversible) as Lucia Sciarra, 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.

The script, which will also see 007 drive the new Aston Martin DB10, was written by Skyfall scribe John Logan, along with Bond stalwarts Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Interstellar's (2014) Hoyte van Hoytema is replacing Roger Deakins as director of photography.

SPECTRE will hit British and Irish screens on 26 October before heading to the US and elsewhere a eleven days later.

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