Production on the 24th James Bond film – Spectre – is only about halfway through filming. That’s of particular importance because the movie – which is easily the biggest James Bond installment ever made – comes out in just seven months. Now, not only does it have to meet or surpass the expectations set by Skyfall (92% positive reviews on Rottentomatoes, 1.1 billion dollars at the box office), it also has the added pressure of doing it in a fairly short amount of time.
Screen Rant was in Mexico City on the set of the film last week – along with other outlets – and we got the chance to talk to veteran Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (stepson and daughter of Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, the producer of every Eon Productions Bond film from Dr. No to Licence to Kill). In the interview, we discussed all manner of Spectre-related topics, including the fast-paced shoot, the recently released trailer, SPECTRE’s connection to Quantum, Moneypenny’s role in the film, and much, much more. Check it out below.
So you just released the teaser trailer yesterday, and I’m very curious – how did you figure out what you were going to put in it [since you’re still filming]?
Michael G. Wilson: It was done – we had to start it 6 or 7 weeks ago. But I think we wanted to create something that was a teaser and a bit of a puzzle and a mystery. From what I saw online, people are putting it together in a clever way. It’s a little puzzle that people can enjoy.
It’s a fascinating franchise for continuity, because it’s sort of there and it’s sort of not. What’s it like to dance around that?
Barbara Broccoli: It’s always a challenge. We try to get the right blend of classic bond with a contemporary twist and come up with new storylines. I think we’ve done a really good job on this one. I think Sam is an amazing director and we’ve got a great cast and a great director. So we’ve got to let the public decide.
There’s a link with Skyfall at the very least. As you move forward – and with this film – are you creating more and more of a continuity in the films?
Wilson: I think that we saw that Mr. White showed up and he’s been there since back in ‘Casino Royale,’ so something’s going on here. ‘It’s been a long time.’
How is Quantum [the evil organization from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace] related to Spectre?
Broccoli: Oh, you have to see the movie. [Laughter.] You thought you’d sneak that one in.
I feel like that’s a yes, though. I’m going to go ahead and take that as a yes. [Laughter.]
Do you feel more pressure with this movie than with Skyfall?
Wilson: I think when you come off a successful film. you really… I think all of us felt that we had to keep the momentum going and really come up to the plate and not rest on our laurels. Tremendous pressure is there.
I’m very curious when you might be announcing who’ll be doing the theme song? Are you having discussions now?
Broccoli: We’re still figuring that out. That’s one of the last pieces in the puzzle. But it’s one of the fun things we look forward to. It’ll be a while.
It’s a very fast schedule before release. Is that part of the thrill for you?
Wilson: No. [Laughter.] It puts Sam under huge pressure. Puts all of us under a lot of pressure. But the release date hovers there and we all aim for it.
Is there a shortlist you have for the theme song?
Broccoli: We’ve had a lot of interest from a lot of exciting people. It’s kind of been a long list and we’re working our way through it.
I’m curious about how you put the cast together. It must be one of these things where you call people and say, ‘You want to be in Bond?’ ‘Yes.’
Wilson: You’d be surprised how much people have to be talked into it. Because it takes over their life, you know.
Broccoli: Well, Daniel took a little talking. We had to talk him into it. It sure paid off.
Wilson: Whenever you have a high-quality cast, they always want to know what the script is and what they’re supposed to do. They think about it.
Broccoli: Sam is a magnet for actors. He’s a great actor’s director and great storyteller and as it turns out now after these two movies, a great action director, too. So I think he’s a real magnet for actors. They want to work with him. Putting a cast together is easy – they want to work with Daniel, they want to work with Sam.
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