Sam Mendes and Eon Productions are currently filming the 24th James Bond film, SPECTRE, wherein Bond (Daniel Craig) will go head to head with an updated version of the terrorist organization of the same name. Both Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) will play villains in the film, Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) will play Bond's love interest, Andrew Scott (Sherlock) will appear as the head of MI5, and Ralph Fiennes, Ben Wishaw, and Naomie Harris will reprise their roles from Skyfall.
We've already heard quite a bit about Spectre thanks to the Sony hacking scandal - the budget had (at one point) ballooned past $300 million and the script apparently leaked - but since that time, it's been mostly smooth sailing. Now, Sony has released the first image of Daniel Craig's James Bond in the film, as well as a behind the scenes video (above) of one of the big action sequences.
The footage showcases one of the main locations from the film - the mountains of Austria, which were previously teased in a cast photo. When we reported said photo, we surmounted that no self-respecting James Bond movie would take Bond to a snow-covered mountain and not depict the super-spy in some kind of high-octane ski chase. The above video seems to strengthen the case for a major ski setpiece taking place in the film (who are those vehicles chasing after?), though admittedly, there's no actual skiing in the footage. We'll just assume that that revelation will be reserved for a trailer down the line.
Below is the image that was released, featuring Daniel Craig in an outfit reminiscent of something George Lazenby wore in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (incidently the first James Bond movie to feature a ski chase):
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Now compare it to what Lazenby wore:
Of course, this is just one outfit and the similarities are somewhat minor, but any indication that Spectre has taken its cues from On Her Majesty's Secret Service - considered by many Bond fans to be the best of the 24 movies - is good news to this Screen Rant writer. OHMSS is one of the few Bond films to successfully balance both the fun, humorous side of Bond with the more serious, emotional elements that exist under the surface.
Production designer Dennis Gassner said of Spectre:
"The thing that Sam and I talked about was, how we are going to top 'Skyfall?' It’s going to be 'Spectre' and so far it’s a great start. I think that we're going to continue the history of the Bond films, making things that are exciting for the audience to look at and what could be more exciting than to be on top of the world."
Something similar was said in the hacked Sony emails - about "topping" Skyfall - and frankly, it worries me a little bit. In the history of the James Bond franchise, every time the filmmakers tried to top themselves, the story would eventually get too big for its britches, too outlandish, too overblown, and they'd have to go back to the basics. Some of the best Bond films ever - Licence to Kill, Goldeneye, and Casino Royale - were an active attempt to simplify the Bond formula and jettison the ridiculousness.
Of course, this isn't to say that ridiculous Bond films are always bad - some, like Goldfinger, are fantastic - but I'm not so sure that the over the top style would fit very well in the Daniel Craig era.
It's worth pointing out that Gassner is almost certainly referring to the action sequences of the film, but even then, I'm not so sure they need to "top" anything. In fact, I'd be fine with them just matching the quality of some of the best James Bond action scenes that came before.
But what say you, Screen Ranters? Do you like the look of Spectre so far? Drop us a line in the comments.
Spectre hits theaters November 6th, 2015.