For James Bond, the show must go on.
Deadline.com is reporting that Daniel Craig, the latest actor to portray James Bond, has returned to filming the latest Bond film, titled Spectre. Last week, Craig sprained his knee shooting a fight scene at the Pinewood Studios in London. However, no production time was lost as Craig got back into the shooting schedule, appearing to have fully recovered.
Currently, the cast and crew are in Austria shooting the major outdoor chase sequences for the 24th Bond film, this one helmed by Sam Mendes. Shooting in the Austrian Alps, production designer Dennis Glasser spoke about the shoot.
“The thing Sam and I talked about was how we are going to top Skyfall… We are going to continue the history of the Bond films, making things that are exciting for the audience to look at and what could be more exciting than to be on top of the world?” Other shooting locations include London, Rome, Mexico City, Tangier and Erfoud.
Joining Craig on Spectre are new Bond actors Christoph Waltz, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux. Returning castmembers include Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes. The basic premise of the film; Bond receives a cryptic message from his past, which sends him on the trail of a secret organization. Meanwhile, M tries to keep the political wheels greased to keep the secret organization, MI5, going. Bond works to tear away layers of deceit to find a terrible truth about SPECTRE.
The Daily Mirror is reporting that SPECTRE, which is an acronym for Special Executor for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, is the group Bond is trying to destroy, headed by Christoph Waltz’s character, Heinrich Stockmann.
This brings up other questions. Is Heinrich Stockmann in reality Ernst Stavro Blofeld? After M (Judi Dench) died in Skyfall, how will Fiennes’ new M keep MI5 alive? And how does this link to Andrew Scott, previously from TV’s Sherlock (remember his magnificent turn as Moriarty), as the new MI5 agent?
The big talk on the set was how this crew was going to out-do Skyfall. As per usual, this Bond crew is not holding anything back.
Associate producer Gregg Wilson addressed the challenge.
“We have to deliver an amazing sequence and this is going to be one of the major action sequences of the movie, a jewel in the crown so to speak.
“It’s going to be spectacular and Austria seemed to offer everything that we needed to pull it off.”
We will all see when Spectre is released on November 6 of this year.
[Image courtesy of Deadline.com]