As seen in the most recently released trailer, this year’s new James Bond movie Spectre will set its trademark pre-credit sequence during the Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City. The sequence, as we reported from the set, has 007 (Daniel Craig) walking along the parade route with a woman named Estrella (Stephanie Sigman), leading into a typically Bond action sequence before the credits roll for the 24th official James Bond film.
Based on what we know about Spectre - and considering the globe-trotting nature of the 007 franchise - the Mexico-set opening sequence and the parade itself don’t appear have a lot to do with the main plot of the film, which features Bond going toe to toe with the supervillain conglomerate of the title. Other Spectre locations seen in the recent second trailer include London, as well as an unidentified, snow-drenched location that is very much not Mexico.
Now the Day of the Dead sequence has been referenced in a new official poster for Spectre, released on the official 007 Twitter account. On the poster we see Craig as 007 in the trademark Bond white tuxedo and holding the trademark Bond gun, in front of what looks like a skeleton wearing a fedora. That skeleton matches a lot of the iconography associated with the Day of the Dead parade, including its parade floats and masks.
— James Bond (@007) September 3, 2015
So, if the opening sequence has little do with the plot, why the Day of the Dead mask on the poster? Probably because it just plain looks cool. Indeed, there’s much about this Bond film about which to get excited. The combination of Craig, director Sam Mendes, and Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris as M, Q and Moneypenny, respectively, worked out pretty well last time in 2012's Skyfall, and it’s hard to imagine an actor as well-suited for Bond villain duty as Christoph Waltz - even if he says he’s not playing the main bad guy. Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci seem like a first-rate Bond Girl combination, and it’s undoubtedly intriguing to see the return of SPECTRE, a major part of the Sean Connery era of Bond films but absent from the series since 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever.
True, there were reports of cost overruns and other unpleasantness that surfaced in the Sony hack, and Mendes hasn’t always been the most consistent of directors. But the Craig era of the franchise has been successful more often than not, so there are plenty of reasons to expect great things from his fourth time out.
Spectre is scheduled to open in theaters November 6th, 2015.