'Spectre' Poster: James Bond Boldly Rocks a Turtleneck

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:21 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Spectre' Poster: James Bond Boldly Rocks a Turtleneck

Just as one leg of the Spectre production kicks up a bit of controversy, 007 is smoldering and oh-so intense on an international poster that's all about Craig, Daniel Craig.

Having shot in London, Sölden, and Rome, principal photography on the Skyfall followup heads to Mexico City this month.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the twenty-fourth official James Bond movie is receiving up to $20 million in tax incentives from the Mexican government. 

The controversy comes in because those incentives are conditional upon rewrites that showcase “modern Mexico City buildings,” make the city's police look like a "special force," and generally portray Mexico in a very positive light.  It's all an attempt to rehabilitate the country's image in the midst of its brutal drug war. 

Mexico also reportedly insisted on the addition of a Mexican actress as a Bond Girl, which is why Stephanie Sigman joined already-cast femmes fatale Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci this week.

But why focus on controversy when Craig's pulling Blue Steel on this new poster, which is in the quad format favored in Bond's home country, the U.K.  This is classic 007, complete with a sharp turtleneck, a Walther PPK, and even a slick watch that's no doubt part of Spectre's ubiquitous product placement (the last movie, Skyfall, set the all-time record for product placement).


Spectre is set to open in the United Kingdom on October 23rd, followed by a North American debut on November 6th.

Skyfall standouts Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Rory Kinnear rejoin Craig as M, Miss Moneypenny, Q, and Bill Tanner, respectively.  Rounding out the "MI6 Whitehall brigade" is Sherlock's Moriarty Andrew Scott as a new character named Denbigh.  Christoph Waltz plays a villainous figure known as Oberhauser, with Drax himself Dave Bautista as henchman Mr. Hinx.

Director Sam Mendes returns, too, having set a high-water mark for the franchise with the last installment. 

As the title indicates, this sequel brings back SPECTRE, the Special Executive For Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, which villainized Bond from Dr. No through Diamonds Are Forever.  In 2013, a decades-long legal battle between Kevin McClory and MGM came to an end, bringing the rights to many elements of the Bond mythos back into the fold, so Mendes and company can incorporate lots of classic bond elements like SPECTRE and Blofeld.


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