With the return of SPECTRE and its wild mayhem, the 24th Bond movie (opening stateside November 6) offers plenty of thrilling action set pieces in Mexico City, Austria, Rome and Morocco. These are highlighted (sans Rome) in the new vlog 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.
“The tradition for Bond is always real stunts, real action, real explosions… and that remains the case,” Mendes emphasized. “The ultimate goal is visceral excitement you can only get from live stunts.”
Meanwhile, Sam Smith has teased 15 seconds of his title song, “Writing’s on the Wall,” which will be released on Friday by Capitol Records. The sexy instrumental evokes a little of “Thunderball,” which is only fitting since he’s the first solo Brit guy since Tom Jones to sing about Bond’s derring-do.