The excitement and anticipation surrounding Spectre’s imminent release continues. The final trailer has released and provided a good look at some of the thrilling action sequences we can expect from director Sam Mendes' second James Bond film (after the box office hit, Skyfall), while also hinting that Christoph Waltz’s villainous character, Franz Oberhauser has a mysterious connect to 007's past that not even Bond understands.
We’ve also recently had the release of the latest Bond theme. Written and performed by Sam Smith, “Writing’s on the Wall” has scored the singer his fourth UK number one, and is the first ever Bond theme to top the UK charts.
The singer has now released the accompanying video, giving a glimpse at previously unseen Spectre footage, most notably Bond and his women. Released at 0:07 on October 5th, which is James Bond Day, "Writing’s on the Wall" video also hints at a darker, more reflective and emotive Bond than we have seen in previous movies.
The video contains no action sequences whatsoever, but it suits given the sombre and heartfelt lyrics that Smith has penned. It opens with Smith standing in front of several coffins, all draped in Union Jacks while dark skies rumble overhead (a reference to a scene glimpsed throughout the Spectre trailers) - and then we meet our Bond.
It doesn’t take long for the women to enter the frame, though, and a Bond film just wouldn’t be the same if there wasn’t more than one. At 51 years old, Monica Belluci is the oldest Bond Girl to date and she looks elegant and classy as her and Bond get hot and steamy in front of a mirror. It’s easy to see why she prefers to be called a Bond Lady.
The second Bond girl making an appearance is Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color). Though the tension between her character and Bond is palpable, in this video we only get a suggestion at what’s to come. It doesn’t take a genius to work it out though (and there was a very brief glimpse in the trailer). As ever, it also looks like Bond is once again the heartbreaker as Madeline Swann (Seydoux) seems to be struggling to keep her composure at times.
Waltz’s presence (for this video) is merely in shadow; it seems as though the filmmakers behind Spectre really are going to manage to keep the exact nature of his character entirely under wraps as they wanted. That's certainly good news for moviegoers, since nothing is spoiled going in.
All in all, though it might not be wall to wall explosions and action shots, Smith has delivered a subtle, understated, yet powerful video - and if Spectre itself is as watchable as this, we’ll be in for a treat.
Spectre released in UK theaters on October 26th, 2015; it will make its way to the U.S. on November 6th.
Source: Sam Smith