Thursday, 19 March 2015

James Bond producer denies that Spectre script was made more pro-Mexican in return for financial incentives while filming there

'The villain was always an Italian': James Bond producer denies that Spectre script was made more pro-Mexican in return for financial incentives while filming there

  • Leaked emails reportedly indicated pressure from Mexico about Spectre
  • It's said officials made suggestions on nationality of actress and the villain
  • Producer Michael G Wilson denied that the script was changed as a result
  • Filming in Mexico for the Daniel Craig flick is due to begin on Thursday
The producer of the new James Bond thriller Spectre denies that the script was changed to get incentives in Mexico.
Earlier, it was reported that leaked emails indicated that Mexico made suggestions on the nationality of an actress and the villain, the villain's intended victim and some film shots. Implicitly, Mexico's incentives for the film were at stake, it said.
Producer Michael G. Wilson said Wednesday: 'There is nothing in the script that we hadn't had before. The villain was always an Italian ... we already shot that in Rome.'
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Producer Michael G. Wilson and Bond girl Stephanie Sigman arrive for a photo call ahead of a press conference to discuss Sigman's role in the  upcoming 007 film Spectre in Mexico City
Producer Michael G. Wilson and Bond girl Stephanie Sigman arrive for a photo call ahead of a press conference to discuss Sigman's role in the upcoming 007 film Spectre in Mexico City
Asked about Mexico's purported insistence on a Mexican actress in a role known as Estrella, Wilson said, 'We always had a Mexican actress playing this part.' The film has cast Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman in the role.
Officials in Mexico City have declined to comment on possible incentives offered on the movie, which is scheduled to begin its Mexico filming Thursday.
Relying on emails leaked as part of the recent hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, website Tax Analysts said that the target of the villain Sciarra should be an international leader rather than Mexico City's mayor and that a 'special police force' should appear in the film instead of Mexican police.
The film has cast Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman as a character called Estrella
The film has cast Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman as a character called Estrella
Actor Daniel Craig as 007 filming an action scene in Solden, Austria, for new bond film Spectre
Actor Daniel Craig as 007 filming an action scene in Solden, Austria, for new bond film Spectre
Wilson confirmed there are incentives.
'Everywhere we go we have incentives,' he said at a news conference. 'Sometimes they're taxes; sometimes they're other kind of incentives. You can get cooperation, you can get things you would usually pay for for free and all that.'
But it wasn't just incentives. Wilson confirmed that Mexico's 'Day of the Dead' traditions will be seen in the film, or at least a Bond version - 'where everything is sort of magnified.'
Mexicans remember departed relatives and friends on the Day of the Dead at the beginning of November with orange flowers, candy skulls and other death-related decorations.
'The writers thought the day of the death would be an excellent background in the opening sequence, very colorful, very mysterious,' Wilson said. 'You can only do that in Mexico. There is no other place that offers that but Mexico.'
Spectre sees Daniel Craig as 007 going up against a sinister organisation. The film is due out in October this year.
Car chase scenes being filmed on the set of Spectre by the Tiber River in Rome
Car chase scenes being filmed on the set of Spectre by the Tiber River in Rome


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Mexican officials paid Sony and MGM $20million to rewrite new James Bond film 'Spectre' to make their country look good

  • Mexico officials are offering Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM millions to portray a positive image of the country in the new 'James Bond' film
  • To save money, the studios have allowed Mexican officials to make changes in casting, characters' ethnicities, and characters' occupations
  • News of the 'Mexican Deal' surfaced during the recent Sony hack 
Mexico officials are offering Sony Pictures Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. up to $20 million to portray a positive image of the country in the upcoming 'James Bond' film, 'Spectre.'
Among many private documents leaked by hackers in the recent Sony hack were emails between Sony and MGM officials regarding the upcoming 'James Bond' film, looking for ways to save money, according to Tax Analysts
As part of, what the e-mails referred to as, the 'Mexican Deal,' producers are making several changes to the film to secure up to $20 million from Mexican officials including script rewrites and casting changes. 
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Millions: Mexico officials are offering Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM millions to portray a positive image of the country in the new 'James Bond' film (photographed is Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Spectre')
Millions: Mexico officials are offering Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM millions to portray a positive image of the country in the new 'James Bond' film (photographed is Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Spectre')
In one email, Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM's motion picture group, wrote that producers are facing a budget for 'Spectre' far beyond what was expected. 
Now more than $300 million, Glickman said producers are under 'immense' pressure to reduce the film's budget to $250 million.  
'This is not about 'nickel and diming' the production,' Glickman wrote. 'As of now, our shooting period is $50M higher than 'Skyfall' and the current gross budget sits in the mid $300Ms, making this one of the most expensive films ever made.'
Desperate to save money, producers have reportedly given up a measure of creative control. 
They are so desperate in fact, that the studio allowed Mexican officials to dictate characters' ethnicities, make casting decisions, and change the occupation of an unnamed character that never appears on screen, the Independent reports.   
Cast: Mexican officials requested that a Mexican actress be cast as a Bond Girl; Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman has joined the cast of 'Spectre' as Estrella
Cast: Mexican officials requested that a Mexican actress be cast as a Bond Girl; Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman has joined the cast of 'Spectre' as Estrella


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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Daniel Craig takes inspiration from Sir Roger Moore as he dons black polo neck and shoulder holster in Spectre poster

Haven't we seen that look before Mr Bond? Daniel Craig takes inspiration from Sir Roger Moore as he dons black polo neck and shoulder holster in Spectre poster

The first teaser poster for the latest installment in the James Bond film franchise has been revealed and the super spy is looking strikingly familiar.
While Daniel Craig returns as the suave Bond for the fourth time, he appears to have taken some fashion tips from a previous incarnation, sporting a similar look to Sir Roger Moore in the 1973 film, Live And Let Die.
The poster shows him dressed in black trousers and a turtleneck,  sporting a shoulder holster and holding a gun while he stares moodily into the camera. 
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He's back! The first teaser poster for the new James Bond movie Spectre has been revealed, with Daniel Craig's suave super spy staring moodily at the camera while holding a gun 
He's back! The first teaser poster for the new James Bond movie Spectre has been revealed, with Daniel Craig's suave super spy staring moodily at the camera while holding a gun 
Inspiration? Craig's Bond is sporting a similar look to Sir Roger Moore in the 1973 film, Live And Let Die
Inspiration? Craig's Bond is sporting a similar look to Sir Roger Moore in the 1973 film, Live And Let Die
And the new movie is sticking close to the tried and tested Bond format, with the official synopsis revealing, 'A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.' 
The release of the teaser poster, featuring the official 007 logo, comes just after Craig and Moore teamed up for a Comic Relief skit on March 13th. 
The one-off sketch left viewers shaken AND stirred as Bond's 'biggest secret' was revealed. 
Looks the part: In a playful sketch for Red Nose Day, it was revealed that Daniel Craig’s voice had to be dubbed in Casino Royale as he actually sounds like a little girl 
Looks the part: In a playful sketch for Red Nose Day, it was revealed that Daniel Craig’s voice had to be dubbed in Casino Royale as he actually sounds like a little girl 
Fun surprise: The one-off sketch left viewers shaken and stirred as Daniel and Roger  teamed up
Fun surprise: The one-off sketch left viewers shaken and stirred as Daniel and Roger teamed up
In the mockumentary-style clip, it was claimed that Daniel Craig's voice had to be dubbed in Casino Royale and all subsequent Bond movies as he actually sounds like a little girl.
And none other than comedian Alan Carr was revealed to be the 'real' voice of Bond in the hilarious 'mockumentary'.
Kicking off the sketch, Bond producer Michael G Wilson explained: 'Daniel was born to play Bond, apart from the thing...' 

Not impressed: Daniel could be seen protesting, 'I don't sound like a little girl - I sound like a big manly man, which is what I am.’
Not impressed: Daniel could be seen protesting, 'I don't sound like a little girl - I sound like a big manly man, which is what I am.’
They then revealed the 'one thing about Daniel that millions of fans around the world don't know.'
Craig's co-star Ben Whishaw continued: 'When he talks Daniel sounds really distinctive. It's just not the voice you think of when you think of Bond.'
Daniel protested: 'I don't sound like a little girl - I sound like a big manly man, which is what I am.’
Surprise: In the end, it was revealed that Alan Carr was, in fact, the source of James Bond's voice in the movie
Surprise: In the end, it was revealed that Alan Carr was, in fact, the source of James Bond's voice in the movie
Fun twist: The camp chat show host would certainly have been the last people viewers expected to see on their screens
Fun twist: The camp chat show host would certainly have been the last people viewers expected to see on their screens
Fun twist: The camp chat show host would certainly have been the last people viewers expected to see on their screens
His co-star, Naomie Harris, was heard talking with a manly Northern accent, while Moore's clipped tones were revealed to be fake and his real voice was Geordie. 
The sketch was part of Comic Relief's Face The Funny, which raised millions for charity. 
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman, 28,  had become the latest female addition to Spectre, joining previously announced stars Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux.
The news was announced on the official James Bond Twitter account, where the post read: 'We are pleased to announced that @SigmanStephanie has joined the cast of #Spectre as Estrella.' 
What a Spectre-cle: Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman is the latest female addition to the James Bond film
What a Spectre-cle: Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman is the latest female addition to the James Bond film
Model-turned-actress Sigman will play the mysterious character in the 24th Bond film, with further details being kept under wraps.
Sam Mendes is directing the movie and returning tars Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Rory Kinnear will once again play Bond's MI6 colleagues.
New cast members to Spectre include Andrew Scott, Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista.
Double O heaven: Daniel Craig will reprise the role of 007 for the fourth time in Spectre
Double O heaven: Daniel Craig will reprise the role of 007 for the fourth time in Spectre
And so it begins... Daniel Craig shooting with co-star Monica Bellucci on set of Spectre in Rome, Italy on February 19 
And so it begins... Daniel Craig shooting with co-star Monica Bellucci on set of Spectre in Rome, Italy on February 19 
Spectre stands for the global terrorist organisation, Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. 
Sigman, who is to star in the upcoming Netflix series Narcos, is best known for roles in films like Miss Bala and Pioneer.
Last month 47-year-old Daniel was injured behind the wheel during a high-speed car chase through the streets of Rome - his second injury while filming the movie. 
The secret agent's state of the art silver Aston Martin DB10 hit a bump in the road, as it raced through the central streets, which had been closed off for filming. 
Craig reportedly also suffered a knee injury just a week before while filming in Austria. 
Spectre will open in UK cinemas on November 6 2015.
Start your engines: Spectre shot a high speed car chase in Rome's cobbled streets on Monday evening
Start your engines: Spectre shot a high speed car chase in Rome's cobbled streets on Monday evening


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