Sam Mendes Releases First ‘Spectre’ Production Vlog

By February 26, 2015

Later this year, the next adventure in the long-running James Bond film series, Spectre, hits theaters with a lot of anticipation behind it. Coming off of 2012’s critical and commercial powerhouse SkyfallSpectre sees the return of Daniel Craig as James Bond, Sam Mendes as director, as well as the return of Bond’s most notorious adversaries from the days of Sean Connery’s films. SPECTRE, an acronym for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, was the primary organization that Bond faced off against in 1962’s Dr. No, 1963’s From Russia With Love, 1965’s Thunderball, 1967’s You Only Live Twice, 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever.

After the 1971 film, SPECTRE and its leader, the nefarious Ernst Stavro Blofeld, were retired form the official EON Productions Bond films, save for a brief cameo by an unnamed Blofeld at the beginning of 1981’s For Your Eyes Only starring Roger Moore.

While we don’t know a lot of details about the new iteration of SPECTRE in the new Bond continuity taking place after the franchise reboot Casino Royale, especially after the organization Quantum was featured in the first two Daniel Craig films, we now have a greater perspective on the actual production of the new film thanks to a vlog released today by the film’s director, Sam Mendes. In it, Mendes explains why he’s returning to the franchise after creating its most successful film in Skyfall, and how the story will both continue some of the threads about Bond’s younger years, while also showing a changed dynamic of the agent himself having more experience than his superiors, and some cool looking scenes being shot. See the vlog below:

It’s interesting to note that Mendes is enthusiastic about establishing the new cinematic iterations of M, Moneypenny, and Q, and how Bond is clearly the one that has a more seasoned perspective in the field when compared to all three of them. Also, though, it should prove interesting to see exactly how the film will delve deeper into Bond’s childhood, since that was such a large element of the overarching story of Skyfall, and how the title may be used to describe more than the organization from films past.

A “specter” is defined as either “something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence,” or as “a ghost.” Could the film’s title be referring to something else in Bond’s past that hangs over his head?

We’ll have to find out when Spectre, the 24th James Bond film from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, is released on November 6th. For more on the film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
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