Although there has been no official word yet from the official 007 social media channels, SPECTRE finished shooting on Saturday and now enters the post-production stage.
Over the next few months Sam Mendes will concentrate of editing the footage, special effects will be added, sound dubbed, music composed, the title sequence designed and a theme song composed and recorded. Then come the press screenings, likely to be in October, the première and, finally, general release.
The information was gleaned through make up artist Donald Mowat, who tweeted the following:
hard to believe this is our final day shooting Spectre! what a journey it has been
Sunday once again saw the second unit of SPECTRE shooting on the Thames near MI6 headquarters at Vauxhall Cross.
Meanwhile the main unit is now in Morocco, where they are expected to remain for a around 10 days. Filming is scheduled for the maze of streets of Tangier’s Medina and in Erfoud, near the border with Algerian. Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig shot some material at Oujda prior to the official start of production.
Over the weekend official sources shared a photo of a Pinewood set being constructed on Instagram, while a clapperboard photo of Tangier was later shared on Twitter:
Timed to coincide with the release later this year of SPECTRE, Vintage Books are to release a paperback collection of three Bond adventures as The SPECTRE Trilogy in October.
The collection contains Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and You Only Live Twice, sometimes referred to as “the Blofeld trilogy” (and previously published together under that title) in the run up to the 25th Bond film hitting the big screen.
The second unit of SPECTRE was back in action on Sunday as doubles for Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux were involved in rehearsals and filming on the Thames near the Houses of Parliament as helicopters buzzed overhead.
The two members of the stunt team were wrapped up warmly as they rehearsed on a speedboat during the day, changing into clothing that matched the main actors’ as darkness fell and the cameras rolled.
Last night saw the premiere of a TV spot for SPECTRE on US television during the NBA Finals shown on ABC. You can watch the ad above providing it hasn’t been pulled from YouTube, but expect it to be released online through official channels shortly.
This weekend once again saw cast and crew of SPECTRE take to the streets of London, with filming taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday filming took place near the Tate Gallery, while on Saturday and Sunday Sam Mendes called action on Vauxhall Bridge, near the real MI6 headquarters.
On Sunday Christoph Waltz was seen by bystanders as shooting continued on Vauxhall Bridge, which was closed to traffic. Reports and photos appeared on Twitter, such as the one below:
Waltz appeared to have reflective dots on his face, suggesting that the sequence will be heavy on special effects, and during filming helicopters circled overhead. Watch the video below for more:
And for a phot gallery on Flickr featuring dozens of photos of the SPECTRE crew on location in the capital click here.
The reflective dots are interesting, because normally I’ve seen them on a stuntman whose face is replaced with the actor he is playing in post production. An example is the rooftop motorbike chase in Skyfall, when Daniel Craig’s face was superimposed over that of the motorcycle stunt rider.
There may well be other reasons for doing this (I don’t know enough about it) but could Christph Waltz’s face be replaced on the film? Or is it so a scar or other feature can be added in post-production without him appear in public with such distinguishing make up?