This weekend once again saw filming at locations in London, with cast members seen on Friday afternoon and during a night shoot on Saturday that finished early on Sunday morning.
Note: spoilers ahead.
Friday saw Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris filing at Rules restaurant in Covent Garden, supposedly the oldest restaurant in London, which specialises in traditional British dishes such as oysters, game and pies. James Bond Lifestyle has more info and photos here.
Saturday night saw smoke around Big Ben, with Ralph Fiennes made up to appear as if he had suffered a head injury, perhaps as a result of an attack by SPECTRE. The film crew worked until 2am according to a report on the Daily Mail website, which contains photos. You can read it here.
And on Sunday Daniel Craig was seen strolling down Whitehall, while after darkness fell he was seen with Walther PPK in hand on Westminster Bridge. See this article from the Mail and the video below.
There hasn’t been much SPECTRE related news of late for the simple reason that filming has mainly taken place behind the closed doors of Pinewood. However, that changed on Sunday night when the production team was out in London to shoot a sequence. Click the link below to reveal video footage of last night’s shoot:
Possible spoiler: click here to reveal
The Mail shared the video below, which shows Sam Mendes directing Daniel Craig and Leá Seydoux on the Thames, while a helicopter hovers overhead.
A number of bridges were closed during filming, which took place along a stretch of the river that includes the MI6 headquarters at Vauxhall Cross.
Notices to residents stated filming would take place between 7pm and 5am on Monday morning.
The Mirror also featured a short video from last night’s shoot involving the helicopter, which you can watch below:
Last night saw Sony Pictures preview an entire scene from SPECTRE from early in the movie.
Without revealing any spoilers, part of the same scene is seen in the teaser trailer, but this larger sequence gives away much more, to the extent that those present were asked not to give away details of one of the characters who appears.
Eris Eisenberg, writing for Cinema Blend, wrote that it “certainly possessed the atmosphere of a James Bond movie, and at the same time presented some interesting information about the film’s plot that made me very curious without really giving too much away.”
More information can be read at the link below, some of which may be considered to be spoilers.
While a number of revelations were made about Sony Pictures, films projects, talent and studio executives following the Sony hack last year, Wikileaks’ decision to host the hacked emails means the media is once again able to go through the metaphorical trash digging for dirt.
Yesterday the Mirror published an story, which has been widely repeated, that Daniel Craig was paid $5 million (£3.3 million is given by the Mirror article, around the $5 million reported elsewhere) for holding a Sony Xperia phone in Skyfall and that Samsung tried to muscle in on SPECTRE by making an offer said to amount to”tens of millions” for 007 to use one of their phones instead.
The Mirror said Barbara Broccoli asked Sony to pay an “additional placement fee” for including a Sony Xperia phone instead, with Sony marketing boss George Leon suggesting to Amy Pascal (then Sony Pictures boss) they pay a fee direct to Broccoli (or more likely Eon Productions) and cut out Daniel Craig and instead put the phone in the hands of Q.
If this is true it seems remarkable that Craig should be paid a fee directly, rather than the full amount going towards production of the movie.
While product placement deals can be contentious with fans and sometimes clumsy (Vesper: “Rolex?” Bond: “Omega”) it is unsurprising given the huge budgets of modern films. SPECTRE is said to have a budget as high as $300 million but I had never imagined the actors got a cut from the deals.
There is no rest for the wicked. The latest clapperboard photo from SPECTRE was uploaded a couple of hours ago to the official 007 social media channels, showing neither cast, crew nor social media managers get Saturdays off work.