‘SPECTRE’ to be released in IMAX

spectre-news-0

Today it was officially announced that SPECTRE will get a worldwide IMAX release on 6th November 2015.

According to a press release issued by IMAX Corporation, Eon Productions, MGM Studios and Sony Pictures, the IMAX release of SPECTRE will be digitally re-mastered from film, saying “[t]he crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.”

Article originally posted on The James Bond Dossier:
‘SPECTRE’ to be released in IMAX

‘SPECTRE’ teaser trailer countdown added to 007.com

SPECTRE teaser trailer

The official 007 website has added a countdown timer to the teaser trailer due on Saturday, which reveals it will be available to view in the early hours of Saturday morning.

At the time of writing the clock is set to 2 days 5 hours and 28 minutes, which by my calculations means it will be released at midnight Central European Time on Saturday, which is 11pm GMT on Friday.

Obviously that situation may well change, so keep an eye out on the countdown clock.

Source: The Spy Command

Article originally posted on The James Bond Dossier:
‘SPECTRE’ teaser trailer countdown added to 007.com

Grupo Vidanta invests millions in ‘SPECTRE’ to promote Mexican tourism

spectre

Mexico-based Grupo Vidanta, one of the largest developers of luxury resorts and tourism infrastructure in Latin America, announced their contribution to the filming of SPECTRE, currently shooting in Mexico City, although no exact figure has been specified.

In conjunction with Interjet Airlines and the Mexico Tourism Board Grupo Vidanta works to attract premier tourism projects such as the Bond film to the Mexican economy and thereby create hundreds of new jobs locally.

According to Daniel Chavez Moran, founder and Vice President for the company;

“Tourism is one of the most important growing sectors for Mexico. We’re proud to be part of the team – from both the private and public sectors – leading the recruitment and development of new entertainment and tourism projects that benefit all of Mexico. The fact that such a storied international franchise as James Bond chose to film scenes of their latest blockbuster in Mexico is an honor and a testament to the growing appeal of Mexico as a destination. We’re grateful for the opportunity to help bring a new vision of Mexico to life.”

SPECTRE started shooting in Mexico this week and Grupo Vidanta’s contribution to the film’s production is the latest in a series of major tourism investments made by the privately owned luxury travel development company.

For more information, visit grupovidanta.com.

Article originally posted on The James Bond Dossier:
Grupo Vidanta invests millions in ‘SPECTRE’ to promote Mexican tourism

Exclusive: photos from ‘SPECTRE’ shoot in Mexico City [spoilers]

I was there at Tacuba street where the parade started to get ready for the shoot by 8 am to meet a woman whose daughter was one of the extras. The casting was made a month ago according to her, and for the extras they had around 10 calls for shooting.

The casting was made a month ago acording to her, and for the extras they had around 10 calls for shooting.

The environment felt tense, the crew people radioing each one like crazy and getting everything ready. Even one of the local buildings facade was painted since it was not in a very good state; everything to look good so the camera could start rolling.

The guys were prepared very early since 2am to get dressed and all the make up done. They were so many extras and so many outfits than makes sense the hole job started so early this morning.

The shooting started and they were many rehearsals with the skulls, the smoke, the copal, the extras and some music.

The street looked so fine full of altars and other dia de muertos stuff, despite its not a tradition to have a parade over those days it was cool nonetheless.

It really felt like November with the smells, the people and the atmosphere, later they started rolling with actors and was a man in white than we all the guys with the camera wanted to know who he was, but the place was very well designed than not matter what you could get nothing but a small glimpse of what was going on.

Words and photos copyright T. Conde. You can follow him on Twitter.

Article originally posted on The James Bond Dossier:
Exclusive: photos from ‘SPECTRE’ shoot in Mexico City [spoilers]

‘SPECTRE’ moves to Mexico

SPECTRE arrives in Mexico

The official 007 website has just been updated with photos from the press conference in Mexico City on Wednesday, where Michael G Wilson and Mexican Bond Girl Stephanie Sigman, who plays Estrella, appeared.

In a statement issued by Wilson and co-producer half-sister Barbara Broccoli there said:

“For the opening of SPECTRE, we are filming an exciting sequence in Mexico City featuring the Day of the Dead festival. Mexico City was chosen for the film because of the authentic needs of the story. This is the fourth time Bond has been to Mexico and indeed Licence To Kill was shot almost entirely in Mexico City.”

You can see more photos on 007.com by following the link below:

Source: 007.com

Article originally posted on The James Bond Dossier:
‘SPECTRE’ moves to Mexico

BBFC classifies ‘SPECTRE’ teaser trailer PG

SPECTRE teaser trailer

The British Board of Film Classification has rated SPECTRE‘s first teaser trailer PG just days ahead of its planned release on 28th May.

The BBFC website also reveals that the teaser trailer was passed uncut yesterday and has a running time of 1 minute 37 seconds.

Earlier this week the official 007 Twitter account revealed that the teaser trailer would be released on Saturday 28th March.

Source: BBFC

Article originally posted on The James Bond Dossier:
BBFC classifies ‘SPECTRE’ teaser trailer PG

Michael G Wilson faces the press as ‘SPECTRE’ kicks off in Mexico

SPECTRE News

Michael G Wilson and newly announced Bond Girl Stephanie Sigman appeared before reporters in Mexico City as SPECTRE‘s first unit arrived to shoot the pre-title sequence.

The last week has seen the next Bond film under scrutiny for allegedly making script changes to secure up to $20 million in tax incentives from the Mexican government after emails between Sony executives the Bond producers were leaked in the Sony hack.

Possible spoiler: click here to reveal

Specifically, the (unnamed) Mexican authorities are supposed to have stipulated that Mayor of Mexico City be changed to a foreign diplomat; the Bond Girl role, Estrella, be given to a Mexican actress; the assassin Bond is pursuing (Sciarra) should not be Mexican; the Mexican police should be replaced by a special police force; aerial shots should show the modern side of Mexico City; and the chase should take place during the Day of the Dead celebrations (which take place between 31st October and 2nd November).

Wilson was naturally asked about this story, to which he responded:

“Everywhere we go we have incentives. Sometimes they’re tax incentives, sometimes they’re other kinds of incentives. In this particular case, we have private companies who have come together as a joint venture to support tourism in this country”

Talking about Sciarra and Estrella, he said:

There is nothing in the script that we hadn’t had before. The villain was always an Italian … we already shot that in Rome… We always had a Mexican actress playing this part.”

Given that Sciarra sounds Italian name it seems likely he was always going to be Italian and choosing a Mexican actress as a Bond Girl for these scenes is logical. The script changes mentioned don’t really seem all that significant anyway and the criticisms that Mexico was trying to buy a positive image overdone; why would any country want to cooperate with film-makers if it is going to be painted in a poor light?

Certainly Mexico has a huge image problem thanks to drug related violence and corruption, but there can be few who realistically think that highlighting Mexico City’s good points in SPECTRE will overturn its poor international standing.

Article originally posted on The James Bond Dossier:
Michael G Wilson faces the press as ‘SPECTRE’ kicks off in Mexico