Top 10 Spectre Movie Facts

Script written by Clayton Martino These facts are best served shaken, not stirred. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Facts About "Spectre." For this list, we've scoured through all of the information surrounding the "Spectre" and have come up with a list of interesting and exciting facts about the 24th James Bond film. Special thanks to our user Coprean Sergiu Cătălin for submitting the idea on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Spectre Movie Facts


These facts are best served shaken, not stirred. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 facts about “Spectre.”

For this list, we’ve scoured through all of the information surrounding the “Spectre” and have come up with a list of interesting and exciting facts about the 24th James Bond film.

#10: SPECTRE Disappeared from Bond Films Due to Copyright Issues

The criminal syndicate Spectre featured in many Sean Connery-era Bond films, and was created by Ian Fleming with Kevin McClory for what ultimately became the 1961 novel “Thunderball.” Following the ensuing legal rollercoaster, McClory was given film rights to the novel and its original characters meaning Eon Productions was unable to use the baddies after 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever”. However, in 2013 the McClory estate settled, allowing for the concept ofSpectre and other characters to be used again onscreen. Ironically, in Bulgaria, Spectre had already made its screen comeback in “Quantum of Solace,” because the term “Quantum” was translated to – you guessed it – Spectre.

#9: Mockumentary

Who said James Bond has to be serious all the time? In a sketch for “Comic Relief,” 007 shows his lighter side a bit when it’s revealed that Daniel Craig actually has an incredibly high pitched voice, and needed to be dubbed for the films. Co-stars Ben Wishaw and Naomie Harris were both interviewed, while director Sam Mendes also commented on the process. Of course, Craig wasn’t the only one with voice problems – Harris, who plays Eve Moneypenny, sounds remarkably like comedian Johnny Vegas. The real twist? it’s revealed that the real voice of Bond is none other than: Carr, Alan Carr.

#8: First Film for Daniel Craig Since 2012

While Daniel Craig may be best known for his role as James Bond, he has appeared in several other prominent films, including “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” and “Defiance.” Recently, however, Craig has taken a break from the big screen. In fact, he hasn’t appeared in a film at all since 2012, when he starred as Bond in “Skyfall.” He did appear alongside his wife, Rachel Weisz, in a Broadway play titled “Betrayal” near the end of 2013, which grossed over $17 million, though, so he’s definitely not out of practice.

#7: “Spectre” Is the Most Expensive Bond Film Ever

“Spectre” will not only be the most expensive Bond film ever made, it will likely be one of the most expensive films of all-time. According to leaked information from the Sony hack, the budget for the film all told is expected to be over $300 million. By comparison, 1962’s “Dr. No” had a budget of $1 million, while 2006’s “Casino Royale” came in at just over $150 million. Filming in real world locations, the cost of practical effects, and the salaries of several well-known actors have all contributed to increased costs. But we’re thinking it was well worth the extra dough.

#6: Screenplay Was Leaked in the Sony Hack

The Sony hack was rough for several high-profile film projects, including “Spectre.” E-mails revealed that “Spectre” was coming in way over budget, as discussed in our previous entry, and that the script needed serious reworking – especially the third act which several people described as “disappointing.” Eon Productions released a statement claiming that the leak was only an early version of the screenplay, however, so there’s still hope. Another script issue: allegedly, the Mexican government offered filmmakers $14-20 million to alter the script to portray Mexico in a more positive light.

#5: Dave Bautista the Latest in a Long Line of Wrestlers in Bond Films

Who better to play the muscle of a criminal organization than a 6’6”, 278-pound man who literally beats people up for a living? Fresh off his successful appearance as Drax the Destroyer in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Dave Bautista will return to the big screen, this time as a high-ranking member of Spectre. Believe it or not, Bautista is actually not the first person with a wrestling background to appear in a Bond film. Time will tell if he manages to become as iconic as Harold Sakata, who was immortalized thanks to the memorable role of Oddjob in “Goldfinger.”

#4: “Spectre” Was Shot on 35mm

For a time, 35mm film was the only film gauge you could use if you wanted to have your movie taken seriously. Over the past decade or so, however, the rise of digital projection has caused the popularity of 35mm film to decline significantly. Still, old school filmmakers will tell you that the image capturing ability of 35mm is much better than digital video. Although “Skyfall” was shot on a digital camera, Sam Mendes elected to shoot “Spectre” on 35mm, joining “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” and “Jurassic World” as other 2015 films riding the return to analogue wave.

#3: Injuries on the Set of “Spectre”

Despite frequently getting into gunfights and car chases, James Bond usually walks away at the end of the film relatively unharmed. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Daniel Craig. Craig, who has admitted that he likes to do as many of his own stunts as possible, had to take a break from filming after suffering a knee injury on set that required surgery. When he returned, he was able to film face shots, but couldn’t perform action sequences, which were left in the hands of his stunt double.

#2: Monica Bellucci Is the Oldest Actress to Play a Bond Girl

“Spectre” seems to be upping its game in terms of the number of Bond girls, with Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux and Stephanie Sigman joining Naomie Harris as the ladies in Bond’s life. Bellucci stars as Lucia Sciarra, a femme fatale if there ever was one. At 50 years old, she is the oldest woman to be cast as a Bond girl. Not to be outdone, however, Seydoux becomes sixth fully French actress to star in a Bond film, while Sigman is the first female of Mexican descent to be cast as a Bond girl.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- SPECTRE Octopus Evokes the Death of Tracy Bond
- Sam Smith Singing “Spectre” Theme Song

#1: Aston Martin DB10

We have Bond, we have our villain, and we have our Bond girls. The only thing left is the car, and boy did Sam Mendes outdo himself here. The Aston Martin DB10 is a two-door coupe that was designed specifically for the film, and was introduced by Mendes as “the first cast member.” The car goes from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds and can reach over 200 miles per hour. Aston Martin has only made ten units of the slick car, all of which will be used for the film. We can’t wait to see all the gadgets this futuristic ride has in store.

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