What We Learned This Week About SPECTRE

A new action vlog and the release of Sam Smith’s personal (if controversial) theme song provide some more clues about SPECTRE (opening stateside Nov. 6).

The vlog offers plenty of thrilling action set pieces in Mexico City, Austria, Rome and Morocco. These are highlighted (sans Rome) with commentary by director Sam Mendes, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, 2nd unit director Alexander Witt and first assistant director Michael Lerman.

Marking a franchise first, there’s a chase in snowy Austria with three vehicles chasing Daniel Craig’s Bond in a plane. At one point, Dave Bautista’s Mr. Hinx fires at him. It climaxes with an explosive crash.

The Day of the Dead pre-credit sequence in Mexico City represents the most elaborate in franchise history, involving a rooftop chase by Bond, an explosion that knocks out a block of buildings and a furious fight in a helicopter, which does a dazzling 360 flip.

And in Morocco, the special effects crew pulls off the explosion of an ultra-modern-looking lair designed by Dennis Gassner.

Read the rest at TOH/Indiewire.

Meanwhile, “Writing’s On the Wall” from Smith (you can listen to it on Spotify) emphasizes a more vulnerable theme from the first male Brit singer since Tom Jones belted out Thunderball 50 years ago.

How do I live? How do I breathe?
When you’re not here I’m suffocating
I want to feel love, run through my blood
Tell me is this where I give it all up?

It’s not to everyone’s liking (from Smith’s falsetto singing to his iconoclastic theme). However, such torch singing boldly strips Bond emotionally naked, revealing that this is 007′s first love story since Casino Royale (filled with layers of irony) and inferring, perhaps, that Bond faces another crossroads .

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, James Bond, Movies, Tech, VFX

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