SPECTRE 007 Movie Review and Dossier

James Bond SPECTRE (2015) Film Review


Spectre, produced by EON Productions, was the twenty-fourth production in the James Bond series. Written by John Logan, Robert Wade, and Neal Purvis, it featured Daniel Craig and was directed by Sam Mendes. The film was named after the criminal organization SPECTRE, a renowned organization during the initial Bond films and some Ian Fleming novels. 

The movie is arguably one of the most expensive films ever made due to its budget of $245-300 million. Filming began in 2014 and ended in July 2015, with locations varying from Australia, the UK, Italy, and Mexico to Morocco. On October 26, 2015, Spectre was released in IMAX and conventional formats in the UK, followed by the US release on November 6 of the same year. 

Marketing and Promotion

Interestingly, the marketing efforts for Spectre followed methods used by very different industries, such as iGaming. Mobile apps are often used by iGaming companies to improve the accessibility of their offerings. For instance, audiences can access games such as online slots, bingo, and live variations with mobile apps like a bingo app. These apps allow players to engage with games on the go, translating to higher engagement and retention rates. 

James Bond: World of Espionage was developed as a free app for iOS and Android users to encourage the assimilation of the movie. By having several audiences download the app for free, it was hoped that many more potential viewers would be drawn to the movie. 

Other promotional strategies for Spectre included releasing still images of clapperboards on Eon’s official media accounts, a strategy that was established during Skyfall’s production. Some members of the cast, including Wilson and Craig, appeared in David Williams’ sketch on BBC One on March 13, 2015. The sketch filmed a behind-the-scenes documentary of Spectre. Movie teasers were also released, with the first one released in March 2015, followed by a July theatrical trailer and the final October trailer in the same year. 

Film Casting 

Spectre’s main cast was unveiled in December 2014 at the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios. It was the fourth time for Daniel Craig to star as James Bond. There are other characters like Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Rory Kinnear who reprised their roles as Q, M, Eve Moneypenny, and Bill Tanner, respectively. 

Christopher Waltz featured as Franz Oberhauser and was later unveiled as Ernst Stavro Blofeld after the film’s release. The film’s theme of technology-aided mass surveillance drew Waltz’s attention. After producers sought an actor with contact sports experience, they settled for Dave Bautista to appear as Mr Hinx. 

Other actors included Monica Bellucci, who took up the role of Lucia Sciarra when she was 50, making her the oldest actress to feature as a Bond girl. For the Australian shots, Alessandro Cremona, Stephanie Sigman, and Detlef Bothe were cast as Marco Sciarra, Estrella, and the villain, respectively. Over 1500 background artists who were replicated in the film were featured in the Mexican pre-title sequence set, giving an impression of 10,000 extras. 

Spectre has continued to experience worldwide acceptance thanks to its dedicated and committed production team. The movie, marked by strong performances from its cast, will continue to draw the attention of many viewers worldwide.  

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