‘We meet again, Mr Bond’: a guide to the Spectre trailer’s 007 movie references – Telegraph.co.uk

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Spectre may be a doubly appropriate title for the new James Bond
film: as well as reintroducing the global crime syndicate of the same
name that first appeared on screen in Dr. No more than 50 years ago,
it seems haunted by the ghosts of 007 movies past.


Spectre: full trailer

The new trailer, which was released online this morning, is packed
with references to earlier Bond films, so if director Sam Mendes
really is departing the franchise after this one, he’s not going
without covering all the bases first. Here are five key references we spotted. 

1. The Día De Los Muertos Parade (Thunderball) 

Spectre’s pre-credits sequence takes place
in Mexico, where Bond (Daniel Craig) seems to be pursuing a personal
vendetta – perhaps tracking the mafioso husband of Lucia Sciarra
(Monica Bellucci). Either way, he’s there while the cheerfully macabre
Day of the Dead festivities are at their height, and the film’s
opening set-piece unfolds during a rainbow procession through Mexico City. 


The colourful bustle of the scene recalls the chase sequence in
Thunderball (1965), in which Sean Connery’s Bond is chased through the
Junkanoo Mardi-Gras celebrations in Nassau by the Spectre agent Fiona
Volpe and her henchmen. Thunderball’s Junkanoo sequence was considered
so iconic that, when Guy Hamilton came to direct Live and Let Die
(1973), he deliberately avoided including a Mardi-Gras sequence in the
film’s New Orleans-set passages for fear of looking second-best. But
that clearly didn’t bother Mendes. 

2. Bond goes rogue (Licence to Kill) 

Whatever Bond gets up to in Mexico City, it’s clear that MI6 does
not approve, and a taut scene with M (Ralph Fiennes) suggests that 007
is temporarily suspended from duty as a result. Later, he’s seen
conspiring with Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) in
order to secure classified information and field kit, which suggests
the events that set Spectre’s broader plot swinging will be strictly
off the books. 

Ben Whishaw in 'Spectre'

Ben Whishaw in ‘Spectre’

That premise has cropped up in Bond before: in Licence to Kill
(1989), where Timothy Dalton’s incarnation of the character was
suspended from duty by Robert Brown’s M after pursuing a personal
vendetta against the drugs baron responsible for the death of Felix
Leiter’s wife. Then, as seemingly now, Bond is helped out on the quiet
by Q (played by Desmond Llewellyn). 

3. The mysterious Alpine clinic (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) 

The double reference to Proust in Madeleine Swann’s name surely
makes her the most highbrow Bond girl to date, although it’s still not
exactly clear what memories of Bond’s past she’ll stir up. What we do
know is that she’s a doctor, played by Léa Seydoux, whom Bond finds at
the Hoffler Klinik in the Austrian Alps – a shadow ice-cube of a
building whose darkly gleaming facets suggest secrets are hidden within. 

Lea Seydoux in Spectre's first trailer

Bond is no stranger to mountaintop treatment centres: in On Her
Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), George Lazenby’s 007 visits a
similarly sleek ‘allergy research institute’ in the Swiss Alps, which
turns out to be a front for a Spectre brainwashing scheme. Could the
Hoffler Klinik also be a Spectre outpost, or will that be a hollow
volcano we’ve yet to glimpse? 

4. A romantic train journey (From Russia With Love) 

Once Bond has rendezvoused with Madeliene Swann, the pair appear to
travel somewhere together by train, and the glamorous carriages,
together with the couple’s impossibly elegant dinner outfits and
cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema’s antique colour palette, give the
journey a distinctly Orient Express flavour. 


That’s a railroad 007 has ridden before. In From Russia With Love
(1963), Sean Connery’s Bond travels from Istanbul to somewhere close
to Venice on the celebrated train, again with a beautiful woman
(Daniela Bianchi’s Tatiana Romanova) and again with Spectre nipping at
his heels. 

5. Blofeld! (Or is it?) (From Russia With Love, Thunderball, On
Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever)

No Bond villain looms larger over the franchise than Spectre
linchpin Ernst Stavro Blofeld, and Christoph Waltz’s softly spoken
Hans Oberhauser appears to be the latest incarnation of the iconic
character. In the new trailer, we see two confrontations between Bond
and his newest (oldest?) nemesis: firstly in a shadowy council
chamber, and later in what seems to be some kind of hi-tech
subterranean lair, lined with rows of surveillance monitors and
sharply suited goons. (A hollow volcano? OK, OK, we’ll drop it.) 

Christoph Waltz in the first full trailer for Spectre

Oberhauser’s Nehru jacket is a straightforward callback to a number
of Bond villains past, all of whom seemed to share the same fashion
sense: most memorably Dr. No and Karl Stromberg, from The Spy Who
Loved Me. Waltz’s almost flirtatious Germanic purr also recalls Auric
Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), whose “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die”
remains the, ahem, gold standard of villainous put-downs.

When Oberhauser operatically claims to have been “the author of all
[Bond’s] pain”, it suggests that this Blofeld – if that’s indeed who
he is – has a more personal grudge to bear against 007 than previous
versions of the character, for whom Bond was more of an occupational
hazard. His famous white Persian cat is – as yet – nowhere to be seen.
Perhaps we’ll have to wait for the final trailer for that. 

Daniel Craig in the first full trailer for Spectre

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‘We meet again, Mr Bond’: a guide to the Spectre trailer’s 007 movie references – Telegraph.co.uk