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‘We meet again, Mr Bond’: a guide to the Spectre trailer’s 007 movie references

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‘We meet again, Mr Bond’: a guide to the Spectre trailer’s 007 movie references.

Spectre may be a doubly appropriate title for the new James Bond film: as well as reintroducing the global crime syndicate of the same name that first appeared on screen in Dr.Starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mendes, the trailer for Spectre shows our protagonist doing what he does best: getting into fantastic car chases, decoding secrets and surrounding himself with gorgeous women (Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci play Madeline Swann and Lucia Sciarra, respectively.) The trailer sprints from long, overhead shots of London, Mexico, Italy and Morocco to close up shots of each of the characters — capturing the glitzy, mysterious nature of Bond movies.The 24th film in the Bond franchise, “Spectre” co-stars Christoph Waltz as the villainous Franz Oberhauser, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q.The rumours have been flying ever since producers revealed the title of the new Bond movie to be Spectre, once an acronym for Ian Fleming’s nefarious Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.

A cryptic message from the past sends Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and later Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the widow of an infamous criminal. Because a two-and-a-half minute James Bond trailer without 007 doing Bond-ian things – pointing a gun, driving a shiny new Aston Martin, popping up in various exotic locations – would be kind of weird. The new trailer, which was released online this morning, is packed with references to earlier Bond films, so if director Sam Mendes really is departing the franchise after this one, he’s not going without covering all the bases first. But there is one face that emerges in the brand-new “Spectre” trailer that is more important than Daniel Craig‘s rugged visage: Christoph Waltz finally steps out of the literal shadow to reveal himself as the franchise’s latest villain.

Actor Andrew Scott — who already has top villain credentials as the nerfarious Moriarty of the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes series — also puts in a mysterious cameo in a rooftop fight against M. Meanwhile, back in London, the new head of the Centre for National Security—Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott)—questions Bond’s recent actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). “You have no authority.

Either way, he’s there while the cheerfully macabre Day of the Dead festivities are at their height, and the film’s opening set-piece unfolds during a rainbow procession through Mexico City. What were you doing there?” In his cheeky fashion, the agent says, “I was taking some overdue holiday.” Bond secretly enlists Moneypenny and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him locate Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old enemy, Mr.

The trailer offers a quick glance at what is expected to be Spectre’s opening scene, with 007 wading through the crowds incognito in a skull-like mask, then shifting to assassin mode with a sniper’s rifle opposite his target’s window. The colourful bustle of the scene recalls the chase sequence in Thunderball (1965), in which Sean Connery’s Bond is chased through the Junkanoo Mardi-Gras celebrations in Nassau by the Spectre agent Fiona Volpe and her henchmen. Thunderball’s Junkanoo sequence was considered so iconic that, when Guy Hamilton came to direct Live and Let Die (1973), he deliberately avoided including a Mardi-Gras sequence in the film’s New Orleans-set passages for fear of looking second-best. But they also left audiences wondering quite why producers had bothered to introduce this bumbling new take on the MI6 quartermaster (who also inadvertently let Raoul Silva in to embark on his rampage through the corridors of power, lest we forget). That premise has cropped up in Bond before: in Licence to Kill (1989), where Timothy Dalton’s incarnation of the character was suspended from duty by Robert Brown’s M after pursuing a personal vendetta against the drugs baron responsible for the death of Felix Leiter’s wife.

So it’s comforting to note that Spectre seems to be offering a significant upgrade: the trailer shows Q introducing Bond to his new ultra-speedy Aston Martin DB10, and promising it boasts a “few tricks”. One of these appears to involve a sort-of flame-fuelled turbo button, if snatches of a car chase along the famous Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome are anything to go by. The double reference to Proust in Madeleine Swann’s name surely makes her the most highbrow Bond girl to date, although it’s still not exactly clear what memories of Bond’s past she’ll stir up. What we do know is that she’s a doctor, played by Léa Seydoux, whom Bond finds at the Hoffler Klinik in the Austrian Alps – a shadow ice-cube of a building whose darkly gleaming facets suggest secrets are hidden within. As Bond aficionados will be well aware, White’s job is to turn up every now and then to offer up cackling portents of impending doom regarding terrifying nefarious organisations that 007 and his pals appear to know nothing about.

Bond is no stranger to mountaintop treatment centres: in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), George Lazenby’s 007 visits a similarly sleek ‘allergy research institute’ in the Swiss Alps, which turns out to be a front for a Spectre brainwashing scheme. Given he’s as inscrutable as ever, it looks like the suave spy decides to go after White’s family members in an effort to find out more about the mysterious Spectre and its leaders. Paparazzi shots of Waltz wearing mo-cap dots on his face sparked speculation the Bond baddie might boast hideous Blofeld-like scars in Mendes’ film.

Once Bond has rendezvoused with Madeliene Swann, the pair appear to travel somewhere together by train, and the glamorous carriages, together with the couple’s impossibly elegant dinner outfits and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema’s antique colour palette, give the journey a distinctly Orient Express flavour. OK, OK, we’ll drop it.) Oberhauser’s Nehru jacket is a straightforward callback to a number of Bond villains past, all of whom seemed to share the same fashion sense: most memorably Dr. Bond movies used to be relatively self-contained affairs, particularly after production company Eon lost the rights to use Spectre, Fleming’s most famous evil organisation, in its films. If Oberhauser really is the author of all 007’s pain, does that mean that Spectre and Quantum of Solace’s Quantum organisation (which White also seemed to know all about) are one and the same? Will we be treated to a flashback scene in which it turns out Waltz was bankrolling Le Chiffre in Casino Royale and sponsoring Silva’s destructive attacks in Skyfall?

There’s a theory, sparked by the half-burned photograph which 007 is seen looking at in an earlier trailer, that Bond and Oberhauser grew up together, so perhaps Waltz is simply referencing his childhood habit of doling out debilitating chinese burns. The Austrian mountaintop clinic where Bond meets Swann even recalls a similar alpine medical retreat in OHMSS, and then there’s Oberhauser’s Dr No-influenced Nehru jacket.

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