Bond fans launch ‘It’s got to be Bassey’ campaign for ‘SPECTRE’ [VIDEO]

Whether or not you agree with the sentiment, this video by two Bond fans, which includes footage from every James Bond film from Eon Productions into which they have edited shots of them holding a sign demanding “It’s got to be Bassey”, is very well done. 

 Paul Joseph and Tim Benzie spent three weeks working in the project and have launched a social media campaign demanding the film makers bring back Shirley Bassey for SPECTRE

 What do you think? Bring back Shirley Bassey or bring in someone else? 

 Leave a comment to let me know.

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Daniel Craig returns to filming early after knee op

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Daniel Craig is reported to have returned early to the SPECTRE shoot in London after an operation to fix a knee injury sustained during filming.

Eon Productions had previously said he would be out of action until 22nd April, but a report in the Daily Mail, citing The Sun, says Craig is back in action with his stunt double doing any scenes involving running until his knee has fully recovered.

I haven’t been able to find the original Sun story, but several websites reporting on the story all refer to The Sun.

Source: Daily Mail

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Behind the scenes in Mexico City

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These images aren’t quite new as they were released after Easter on the 007.com website, but here are the latest four photos from SPECTRE. All are in Mexico City, where the first unit was recently shooting, with the tree below shoing various aspects of the Day of the Dead parade specially recreated for the film.

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Estrella, played by Stephanie Sigman, is dressed in a mask used in the parade.

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Sam Mendes directs the parade.

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The Day of the Dead parade in full swing.

Photos: publicity stills from SPECTRE.

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Behind the scenes in Mexico City

Christoph Waltz denies he is Blofeld to GQ

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Christoph Waltz who plays Franz Overhauser in SPECTRE has been interviewed for the latest edition of GQ magazine.

Extracts from the full interview appear on the website, which you can read by following the link at the bottom of this article, but the main points are that he had to think twice about whether he wanted to appear in a James Bond film and then, once again, he denies the persistent rumour that he is to play and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, saying:

“That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser”.

The persistent rumour dates from before the title of the film was revealed to be SPECTRE, and he has denied that he is in fact Blofeld since the press event at Pinewood in early December.

However, it should be remembered that during the filming of Skyfall that Naomie Harris consistently denied that she was Moneypenny, only to have her revealed as exactly that character at the end of the film. What actors and  produces say regarding this needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

Sam Mendes is also on record as saying that one of the things he learnt from Skyfall was the need to bluff, as there were so many rumours while it was being filmed. Whether he has decided to double or triple glass in this case remains to be seen.

While it is certainly not an open and shut case, I can’t decide at all whether Waltz is going to play Blofeld or not. Only time will tell.

Source: GQ

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Eon confirms Daniel Craig will return to ‘SPECTRE’ shoot on 21st April following surgery

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Following my news report yesterday that Daniel Craig underwent knee surgery in New York last week, the BBC has heard from Eon Productions to clarify the situation. 

 The Eon spokeswoman confirmed Craig had a minor procedure during the Easter break, but denied that he had missed several days of filming alread. She added:

“During a scheduled break, Daniel Craig had arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee injury. He will rejoin production on April 22nd at Pinewood”.

So, despite what is being reported elsewhere, Sam Mendes is not struggling to complete filming in time and while Craig will not be filming for several weeks, it may have been that it was always intended to give him a break from what is, after all, an extremely demanding role physically. 

Source: BBC

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Eon confirms Daniel Craig will return to ‘SPECTRE’ shoot on 21st April following surgery

Daniel Craig undergoes knee op in New York

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 Last week Daniel Craig underwent keyhole surgery in New York for a knee injury sustained weeks earlier during filming of SPECTRE. Craig was seen on his way to the clinic last Monday and has reportedly missed several days of filming, currently taking place in Mexico City. 

His knee has caused him problems ever since a shooting was postponded at Pinewood by a day in order to allow Craig recovery time. The mirror is reporting that location shots in Mexico City and studio work at Pinewood that do not require the 007 actor have been brought forward to minimise delays to the film and an unnamed source is quoted as saying:

“He took the opportunity to have this surgery done while there was a chance to film scenes in which he was not needed.

He expects to be back to meet his schedule and we are confident he will be fully fit again and there will be no delays.”

The Mirror also says Sam Mendes is struggling to complete the film in time for its release next November, although there is no evidence this is the case. Big budget blockbusters all have the capability to go off track for any number of reasons and so continguency planning expected. 

Source: Mirror

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Conflicting reports on the economic impact of ‘SPECTRE’ on Mexico City

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‘SPECTRE’ is costing businesses in Mexico City millions of dollars in lost revenue as streets are blocked and malls closed, with filming “bleeding local business owners dry” to the tune of $24 million according to this report, which goes on to say producers are paying businesses up to $130 a day for the inconvenience.

Local officials say the amount is not enough though, as filming has lasted several days, while the local chamber of commerce says 6,627 businesses have been affected.

But not so fast.

This report contradicts that first report entirely, with “Mexico City officials” saying filming was a boon for business and despite lost sales through street closures hotel occupancy in the city centre was up 30 percent during filming and visitor number up 53 percent.

It gores on to say filming actually boosted business in the area and that 225 businesses were paid up to 2,500 per day in compensation and most closures were for a few hours at most, while the 007 effect is likely to continue attracting visitors to this historic quarter of the city.

 

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Producers interviewed on ‘SPECTRE’ in Mexico City

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The producers of SPECTRE recently held a media junket in Mexico City, where invited journalists were taken behind the scenes on the shoot for the next James Bond film and interviews conducted with principal cast and crew.

One media organisation invited to Mexico was ComingSoon.net, who were granted an interview with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, which you can read in full by following the link below:

Source: ComingSoon.net

ComingSoon.com asked about the recent teaser trailer for SPECTRE, how to balance classic versus contemporary Bond, whether Miss Moneypenny will be behind a desk and even James Bond Jr. Some key points from the interview are a below:

Title song artist

When asked whether any decision had been made about who would sing the title song, Broccoli replies “We’re still figuring that out. That’s one of the last pieces in the puzzle”. That directly contradicts what Sam Mendes said last year, indicating that the artist had already been selected.

One or two films?

“That’s news to me”, replies Wilson when asked about the rumour that SPECTRE could be two films. However, this idea goes back to the initial idea for John Logan to write the screenplays for two films, which although later confirmed by Mendes, was initially dismissed by Broccoli. Just because the producers deny something doesn’t mean you should believe them, as has been proved time and time again over the last couple of films.

Mexico script changes

The idea that the Mexican authorities insisted on changes to the script were again denied by Broccoli, who said the Day of the Dead scenes were already in the script.

Cats

When asked if any cats will appear in SPECTRE Wilson wouldn’t give an answer, simply saying “You wouldn’t think of a white one with a little diamond collar?”

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Yes, this question came up again. You can read their reply in the complete interview on ComingSoon.net.

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‘SPECTRE’ crew reported for drunken antics on transatlantic flight to Mexico

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Crew members working on SPECTRE are reported to be under investigation after a drunken rampage in while flying to Mexico. Because the flight was near US airspace and owing to the severity of the disturbances the US Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

The owners of the private jet chartered to fly around 150 crew from Stansted Airport complained about “intolerable behaviour” by some of those on board, which included members of the stunt team, camera crew and technicians. Behaviour included verbal abuse of aircrew, smoking, vomiting and urinating in the aisles and the removal of a pin securing a cabin door.

The charter company is alleged to have agreed to the return leg on condition no alcohol is served during the flight.

Source: Telegraph

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