Specter is the twentyfourth James Bond film produced by Eon
Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his fourth perfor-
mance as James Bond, and Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro
Blofeld, with the film marking the character's reintroduction
into the series. It was directed by Sam Mendes as his second
James Bond film following Sky fall, and was written by John
Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth. It is
distributed by Metro and Columbia Pictures. With a budget around
$245 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made.
The story features James Bond's first encounter with the global
criminal organization Specter, marking the group's first appear-
ance in an Eon Productions film since 1971's Diamonds Are Forever,
and tying Craig's series of films together with an overarching
storyline. Several recurring James Bond characters, including
M, Q and Eve Moneypenny return, with the new additions of Léa
Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hincks,
Andrew Scott as Max Denbigh and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sierra.
Mendes revealed that production would begin on 8 December 2014
at Pinewood Studios, with filming taking seven months. Mendes
also confirmed several filming locations, including London,
Mexico City and Rome. Van Hotelman shot the film on Kodak 35
mm film stock. Early filming took place at Pinewood Studios,
and around London, with scenes variously featuring Craig and
Harris at Bond's flat, and Craig and Kinnear travelling down
the River Thames.Release and reception.
Specter had its world premiere in London on 26 October 2015,
the same day as its general release in the United Kingdom and
Republic of Ireland. Following the announcement of the start
of filming, Paramount brought forward the release of Mission:
Impossible Rogue Nation to avoid competing with Specter. In
March 2015IMAX corporation announced that Specter would be
screened in its cinemas, following Sky falls success with
the company. In the UK it received a wider release than
Sky fall, with a minimum of 647 cinemas including 40 IMAX
screens, compared to Sky fall 's 587 locations and 21 IMAX
As of 15 November 2015 Specter has grossed $543.8 million
worldwide, of which $121 million of the takings have been
generated from the UK market and $130.7 million from North
America. As of the weekend ending 15 November, the film is
playing across 91 markets worldwide, opening at No. 1 in
69 of them and IMAX totaling up to nearly $40 million. It
topped the worldwide box office for three consecutive week-
In September 2015 it was announced that Sam Smith and regular
collaborator Jimmy had written the film's title theme,
"Writing's on the Wall", with Smith performing it for the film.
Smith said the song came together in one session and that he
and collaborator Napes wrote it in under half an hour before
recording a demo. Satisfied with the quality, that demo was
used in the final release.
The song was released as a digital download on 25 September
2015. Upon its release it received mixed reviews from critics
and fans, particularly in comparison to Adele's "Skyfall".
The mixed reception to the song led to Shirley Bassey trending
on Twitter on the day it was released. It became the first
Bond theme to reach number one in the UK Singles Chart.