On 17 May 2015 filming took place on the Thames in London. Stunt scenes involving Craig and Seydoux on a speedboat as well as a low flying helicopter near Westminster Bridge were shot at night, with filming temporarily closing both Westminster and Lambeth Bridges. Scenes were also shot on the river near MI6's headquarters at Vauxhall Cross. The crew returned to the river less than a week later to film scenes solely set on Westminster Bridge. The London Fire Brigade was on set to simulate rain as well as monitor smoke used for filming. Craig, Seydoux, and Waltz, as well as Harris and Fiennes, were seen being filmed. Prior to this, scenes involving Fiennes were shot at a restaurant in Covent Garden. Blofeld's helicopter crash was done with two full sized helicopter shells, which were rigged with steelwork and an overhead track. Computer-generated rotor blades and scenery damage were added in post-production. The MI6 building, which in the film is vacated and scheduled for demolition following the terrorist attack from Skyfall, was replaced in the production plates for a digital reconstruction. When the building is detonated, it is a combination of both a miniature and a breakaway version of the digital building.
In September 2015, Eon announced that Sam Smith had recorded the title theme, \"Writing's on the Wall\". Smith reported writing the song in a single session with regular collaborator Jimmy Napes in under half an hour before recording a demo. Satisfied with the quality, the filmmakers used the demo in the final release. \"Writing's on the Wall\" was released as a download on 25 September 2015. It received mixed reviews from critics and fans, particularly in comparison to Adele's \"Skyfall\", leading to Shirley Bassey trending on Twitter on the day it was released. Despite the mixed reception, it became the first Bond theme to reach number one in the UK Singles Chart, the second to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the fifth to be nominated.[N 6] It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.
Critical appraisal was mixed in the United States. In a review for RogerEbert.com, Matt Zoller Seitz gave Spectre 2.5 out of 4, describing it as inconsistent and unable to capitalise on its potential. Kenneth Turan, reviewing the film for Los Angeles Times, concluded that Spectre \"comes off as exhausted and uninspired\". Manohla Dargis of The New York Times criticised the film as having \"nothing surprising\" and sacrificing its originality for the sake of box office returns. Forbes' Scott Mendelson also heavily criticised the film, denouncing Spectre as \"the worst 007 movie in 30 years\". Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly viewed Spectre as \"an overreaction to our current blockbuster moment\", aspiring \"to be a serialized sequel\" and proving \"itself as a Saga\". While noting that \"[n]othing that happens in Spectre holds up to even minor logical scrutiny\", he had \"come not to bury Spectre, but to weirdly praise it. Because the final act of the movie is so strange, so willfully obtuse, that it deserves extra attention.\" Christopher Orr, writing in The Atlantic, also criticised the film, saying that Spectre \"backslides on virtually every [aspect]\". Lawrence Toppman of The Charlotte Observer called Craig's performance \"Bored, James Bored.\" Alyssa Rosenberg, writing for The Washington Post, stated that the film turned into \"a disappointingly conventional Bond film.\"
At one hour and forty-six minutes long, this is the shortest James Bond movie in the EON Productions official series. This movie is a direct sequel to Casino Royale (2006), which coincidentally was the longest movie in the official series until 'Spectre' (2015). 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) was also the first Bond movie to run under two hours since Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). The non-EON made-for-television season one episode three of 'Climax! (1954)', \"Casino Royale\", has the all time record for being the shortest Bond film, with a running time at only fifty-one minutes.
Gemma Arterton won the part of of Agent Strawberry Fields over fifteen hundred other applicants. The full name of her Miss Fields character is never revealed in the movie and is only ever referred to as \"Fields\". Her full name is given in the closing credits and publicity documents as \"Strawberry Fields\", named after the 1967 song by The Beatles. She has red hair, like strawberries. Strawberry Fields can be considered a typical Ian Fleming-esque moniker. Arterton has reportedly based her character on a few 1960s Bond Girls, particularly Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) and Tracy di Vicenzo (Dame Diana Rigg), on whose hairstyle Arterton based Fields' hair. She's the fifth major redheaded Bond Girl, the first four being Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) in Thunderball (1965), Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Helga Brandt (Karin Dor) in You Only Live Twice (1967), and Tracy di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
As with Casino Royale (2006), the fully orchestrated James Bond theme isn't heard until the end of this movie, this time during Daniel Craig's new official gun barrel sequence, as well as the start of the ending credits, marking the first time that a gun barrel sequence with Daniel Craig is accompanied by the James Bond theme, since the version of the sequence used in Casino Royale (2006) dropped it completely, being accompanied instead by the opening bars of the theme song of that movie, \"You Know My Name\" by Chris Cornell. It is also the second consecutive Bond movie that ends with the James Bond theme during the credits, followed by a vocal or instrumental track.
Mr. White is only the second James Bond villain to be played by the same actor (Jesper Christensen) in two movies. The first one was Jaws (Richard Kiel) from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). Ernest Stavro Blofeld was also played by the same actor in From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965), although we never see his face in either. Anthony Dawson had the privilege of being the first person to portray Blofeld twice (he also appeared in Dr. No (1962) as the villainous R.J. Dent). Christoph Waltz also played Blofeld twice, in Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2021).
The criminal organization revealed as QUANTUM in this movie, which was active, but unknown, in Casino Royale (2006), is something which producer Barbara Broccoli has revealed to be intended to be an ongoing and regular foe of James Bond, much like S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in the early Bond movies of the 1960s. EON Productions, which produces the films, did not own the rights to the name S.P.E.C.T.R.E. until shortly before filming Spectre (2015), due to a legal settlement with Kevin McClory.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld, portrayed in Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2020) by Christoph Waltz, is one of three recurring villains in the official James Bond films. The other two, are henchmen Jaws (Richard Kiel), from Moonraker (1979) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and Mr. White (Jesper Christiansen), from Spectre (2015), Casino Royale (2006), and this movie. Of these three recurring villains, two, Mr. White and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, both appear in one of the same movies, which is Spectre (2015). Of the three villains, only two, Jaws and Mr. White, are the only ones who have always been portrayed by the same actor.
The Bregenz floating opera sequence was filmed during Philipp Himmelmann's 2007 production of Giacomo Puccini's \"Tosca\" at the Bregenz floating opera stage on Lake Constance in Austria. A full version of Himmelmann's \"Tosca\" can be seen by viewing Tosca (2007). The part of the \"Tosca\" opera seen in this James Bond movie is the Te Deum scene and parts of Act 2. Major characters from the opera that can be seen in the movie include Floria Tosca, Baron Scarpia, Mario Cavaradossi, Sciarrone, Spoletta and Shepherd. In the original production, however, the Scarpia singer on the platform strips down to his bare chest during the Te Deum.
Fourth James Bond movie where the title is the name of the villain or organization in the movie. The others are Dr. No (1962), Goldfinger (1964), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and Spectre (2015).
With a running time of 163 minutes, or two hours and 43 minutes, 'No Time to Die' (2020) has the longest ever running time for a Bond movie. At two hours and twenty-four minutes, 'Casino Royale' (2006) was once the longest James Bond movie, beating the previous record holder On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) by four minutes, until the release of Spectre (2015), which beat it by another four minutes. 'Spectre' (2015) was previously the longest James Bond movie record holder with a running time of two hours and twenty-eight minutes. Daniel Craig has now played Bond in the four longest Bond movies of all time: 'No Time to Die' (2020, 'Spectre' (2015), Skyfall (2012), and Casino Royale (2006). That movie beat the previous record holder, Casino Royale (2006), by four minutes. The former long-time record holder, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), is now in fifth place, with Skyfall (2012) in fourth. Conversely, Daniel Craig has also starred in the shortest Bond theatrical Bond film to date, Quantum of Solace (2008), which has a running time of only one hour and forty-six minutes..
The license plate numbers of the Aston Martin DB5 in the Daniel Craig James Bond movies are as follows: In 'No Time to Die' (2021) it is ''A 4269 00'' whereas in 'Casino Royale' (2006) it had been ''56526'' whilst in 'Skyfall' (2012) and 'Spectre' (2015) it was ''BMT 216A'' - the same as it had been in both Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). The Aston Martin DB5 did not appear in 'Quantum of Solace' (2008). In the two Pierce Brosnan Bond films, GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), the license plate number of the Aston Martin was ''BMT 214A''. 153554b96e