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So far, the Spectre team has been open and honest about the process of bringing James Bond back to the silver screen for his 24th adventure. The filmmakers have invited fans along for video tours of the behind-the-scenes work that goes in to a modern blockbuster. And in this latest video, director Sam Mendes talks about the ways 007 (Daniel Craig) is changing from Skyfall, and also shows brief shots of a James Bond shootout. Watch the clip below!
The teaser video was posted to 007.com, which is becoming an excellent resource for Bond fans around the globe to track the movement of this developing sequel. In the above clip, you can see Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes in some of the international locations we’ve been reporting as shots for Spectre. The car getting shot at appears to be racing away from an Italian building, likely in the capital city of Rome. The snowy mountain peaks probably are in Austria, where Mendes and Craig were when they released the first of what we hope will be many production diaries.
What I love about this new clip is that it provides valuable insight into why Sam Mendes returned for a new 007 mission. There was a time, during Spectre pre-production, where Mendes was on the fence about committing to a potentially lengthy Bond shoot. However, as he reveals above, the plot of the new movie will find James Bond (Craig) on a mission right from the very first frame… and something that’s connected to the second part of a pivotal story from 007’s childhood. As you may recall, the second half of Skyfall directly connected to Bond’s youth, and it sounds like Spectre will further that character development. To that end, Mendes felt that he started Bond on this path with the new M (Ralph Fiennes), Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw). So he felt compelled to stay on this journey with them.
There will be several new faces in Spectre, as well, though, and many of them will be on the side of the villains. Christoph Waltz has been hired to play a character we believe will be Blofeld. Guardians of the Galaxy heavyweight Dave Bautista is playing the classic Bond henchman, Mr. Hinx. And Craig has two beautiful "Bond Girls" in Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux.
Spectre is on track for a November 6 opening. I hope we get a few more interesting videos along the way!