James Bond Spectre Full Trailer Musings

This morning the first full trailer for the new James Bond movie Spectre arrived. Here are some of my first random musings.

Assume that spoilers follow.

Oh, before I start, I’ve read comments from folk online saying the trailer spoils the movie. Actually I think the opposite. It doesn’t tell us much more than we already knew from the previous teaser trailers.

Anyway…

The trailer starts with a grumpy M telling off Bond for going rogue in Mexico City. First of all I’m starting to loose count of the times Bond has gone rogue. I’m pretty sure that means he’s gone rogue in all four Daniel Craig movies plus Die Another Day and Licence to kill. Never mind.

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To the best of my knowledge the Mexico City scenes will form the pre-credits sequence so it’s interesting that Bond has his own agenda that early in the movie. Also in the trailer there appears to be a spectacular helicopter-set action scene over Mexico City.

Elsewhere we see Q present Bond with his new Aston Martin in a tastefully designed shot.

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And we get a little glimpse of a spectacular looking car chase alongside the river Tiber in Rome. I had read that the state of Rome’s roads meant they couldn’t drive very fast while shooting the movie. Well, it sure looks fast to me.

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In another shot we can see a memorial wall (presumably for other agents?) in what looks to be a ruined building. Someone has added Bond’s name in a very taunting Joker style.

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There are a few more moments with Mr White from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Now here is a spoiler so beware. I read in the official plot blurb released today that Lea Seydoux’s character is playing Mr White’s daughter. We see shots of a spectacicular looking plane/car chase with Bond trying to rescue her from some bad guys, presumably from Spectre. Apparently Lea has information about Spectre that Bond needs.

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Wow. Love that shot above.

Plus. Lea Seydoux. Gosh. She is rather attractive…

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Plus more vehicular mayhem as Bond’s plane looses its wings.

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Plus more Lea looking stunning.

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There’s also more more shots of Bond infiltrating the mysterious meeting that we saw in the teaser trailers. This time we get an added moment where Christoph Waltz’s character looks up at Bond, well aware of his presence.

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Officaly Waltz is playing a character called Oberhauser but everyone on the planet is assuming that he is Blofeld. Certainly he must be the villain, right?

Oh look. Nehru jacket.

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Now that’s all well and good, but what screen grabs of the trailer can’t show is the surprise inclusion of John Barry’s sublime theme to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The first time I watched the trailer I noticed the music but did not realise where it was from. Then it hit me. They’ve only gone and included one of the best pieces of James Bond music ever. I really hope that theme finds its way into the final movie. It certainly turns the trailer into something even more epic that it otherwise would have been.

Spectre arrives in the UK on 26 October 2015.

James Bond 007 Blu Ray Steelbooks

Today on Zavvi I spotted a banner advertising seven new James Bond Blu Ray Steelbooks. Apparently these will be a limited edition of 2000 each and will be released on 14 September.

I quickly realised that they had a “gimmick” of being based on the opening credits at the moment when the title of the movie is on screen.

The seven titles chosen are From Russia With Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, For Your Eyes Only and Casino Royale.

It took me a moment to work out why those seven titles were chosen. Then I realised that they are all movies that featured Spectre in some shape or form. Well, if you ignore Dr No and include Casino Royale instead.

Here are images of the seven covers…

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after doing a bit of searching online I discovered that there are actually nine blu Rays in the series, at least in the USA and Germany. They also get Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.

The UK is not getting those two, apparently because they have had steelbook releases in the UK already.

(I know Skyfall had an Amazon exclusive steelbook but I can’t think of a steelbook release for Quantum of Solace.)

Anyway, here are the other two movies from Germany.

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Pity. I’d be interested in those.

Overall I think it’s an interesting look for the covers. Personally I’d prefer versions of the movie poster art although I do like the simplicity of the From Russia With Love cover and the Casino Royale one really appeals to me.