The James Bond Movies

SPECTRE

Released: October 26, 2015

Starring:
  Daniel Craig as James Bond
  Léa Seydoux as Madeline Swann
  Christoph Waltz as Blofeld
  Dave Bautista as Hinx

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Running Time: 148 minutes

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  • The MI6 safe house is called “Hildenbrand Rarity & Treasures,” which is a reference to a short story called the Hildenbrand Rarity in Ian Fleming’s For Your Eyes Only.
  • At the time of its release, SPECTRE was the longest James Bond movie to date.
  • EON and MGM were legally prohibited from using anything related to SPECTRE for nearly 40 years. You can read the whole story here.
  • Many critics lampooned SPECTRE for borrowing the "Blofeld is Bond's brother" subplot from Austin Powers.
  • SPECTRE set a new UK boxoffice record, after earning $63.8 million pounds in its first seven days of release. This surpassed the previous record, held by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • During the press tour for SPECTRE, Daniel Craig famously stated, "I would rather slit my wrists than appear in another sequel." He later went back on that statement, claiming that he was under large amounts of stress promoting the film.
  • During the finale, Bond sees a memorial wall for MI6 agents bearing the legend 'In Memory of Those Who Died in the Service of their Country'. The names on that wall are actually members of SPECTRE's crew.
  • At 51 years of age, Monica Bellucci was the oldest ever actress to play a leading Bond Girl role. The record was previously held by Honor Blackman, who was 38 in Goldfinger.
  • Despite Skyfall being shot entirely in digital, and rumors that Bond movies would be shot digitally from then on, SPECTRE was be shot on 35mm film.
  • An estimated $36 million worth of cars were destroyed filming SPECTRE.
  • SPECTRE was been awarded a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Film Stunt Explosion. The destruction of Blofeld's lair was filmed in Erfoud, Morocco and used 8418 litres of fuel and 33kg of explosives.