A new trailer for SPECTRE was released on Tuesday. And, just wow. If this turns out to be Sam Mendes’s last outing as a Bond director for a while, it certainly looks like a blaze of glory!


We open with a shot of a parade.

“Wow, a parade!”

SMASH CUT TO M, WHO SAYS: “What were you doing there?”:

“We had a nice, convivial thing going on at the end of the last movie, but you’ve ruined it, Bond. Just ruined it.”

SMASH CUT BACK TO PARADE, where we see a skeleton.

Actually, it's not really a skeleton. Guess who's behind this mask!
Actually, it’s not really a skeleton. Guess who’s behind this mask!

Back to M, who tells Bond he had no Authority to be in Mexico City. So, obviously James Bond has been a bit cheeky, as evidenced by…

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“Watch the birdie, you bastard. Oh wait, that line was in Licence to Kill, which hasn’t even happened yet in this timeline!”

…Bond taking a pot shot at a window which then explodes. His excuse for this? “I was taking some overdue holiday.”

Who could be grumpy at that cheeky little upward look?
Who could be grumpy at that cheeky little upward look?

SMASH CUT TO MGM LOGO AND COLUMBIA LOGO, the latter of which still looks out of place in front of a Bond film, but anyway. Up to this point we have been told that James Bond has been carrying out unsanctioned missions in South America. Being coy about it suggests that he really, really shouldn’t have been there.


Purposeful yet thoughtful stride, GO!
Purposeful yet thoughtful stride, GO!

Moneypenny’s voiceover is again responsible for much exposition. “They say you’re finished.”

“You thought I’d be permanently behind a desk in the office, James, and yet here I am in your flat. TAKE THAT, ORIGINAL MONEYPENNY! YOU NEVER GOT THIS FAR!”

“What do you think?” Bond enquired, curious about this latest piece of office gossip.
Moneypenny thought for a moment, and then replied, mysteriously, “I think you’re just getting started.”

And he is.


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The masculinity of Bond’s stance here is overwhelming.

The much vaunted movie-exclusive Aston Martin DB10 makes the first of many appearances in this trailer. Q asserts its beauty and discusses its engine specs. Obviously in love with it, Bond then asks Q for another favour.

“Get your hair cut, will you?”

“Make me disappear.” So, whatever chastising he got from M in the opening, Bond is clearly unmoved. So far, the colour palette of this film has been pretty bland, and it only gets more washed out from here. It’s not pushing it to expect that, whilst no doubt peppered with little asides for the fans and some more 007 humour, this film is going to be dark, and potentially not resolved by the end.


Remember this area from the last trailer?
Remember this area from the last trailer?
Scary house ringing any bells?
Scary house ringing any bells?
What about this very messy and unpleasant little hole containing one ragged and washed up ex-Bond villain?
What about this very messy and unpleasant little hole containing one ragged and washed up ex-Bond villain?

That’s right, folks, it’s Mr White from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, back for more! He was a major presence in the last trailer and here he gets even more fleshed out.

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“Argh, yo ho! A pirate’s life for me!”

Sounding wizened and worn out, White exclaimes, “He’s everywheeerrreeee!” Who “he” is remains up for debate, but it’s likely Blofeld or the man who will become Blofeld. Briefly we shift to Rome and the Vatican.

“Can you direct me to the Pope’s residence, please, Mr White?” “Ahhh, Vat I Can!”
Kissy kissy!
Kissy kissy!

This lady tells Bond he’s crossing over to a place where there is no mercy, saying, “You’re crossing over to a place where there is no mercy.” This is played over footage of key henchman Mr Hinx beating some poor sod to a pulp, as if to emphasise that this is a place where there is no mercy.

This head belongs to somebody who was blue-coloured in Guardians of the Galaxy.
This head belongs to somebody who was blue-coloured in Guardians of the Galaxy.

BACK TO MR WHITE. Revelations conclude with the realisation by Bond that White is protecting someone.

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Frustratingly, I stand like this all the time. Now people will think it’s because of James Bond. (I speak from experience)

“You’re protecting someone.”


Now, James Bond is in a plane, in hot pursuit of another woman.

“This is way better than the plane they gave me in Quantum of Solace!
“Who is this magnificent man in his flying machine?”

Bond resolves to help her stay alive, and she becomes a key presence throughout the rest of the trailer. According to the official synopsis, this woman has a connection to Mr White which I don’t care to elaborate upon here, because I’m annoyed that the synopsis was so detailed and don’t want to do the same thing to you, dear reader.


“In a previous life, I did this in a cello case. Always trying to better myself, me.”

Over this part of the trailer, a familiar downward chord progression presents itself in the music. Here is a transcript of my thoughts at this point:
“Is that…surely not…it IS! THE THEME FROM ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE! THAT’S MY FAVOURITE!” Indeed, that piece of music is adapted for the trailer. I think this is the first time the main theme from another Bond film has been used in a trailer for a subsequent one (excluding, of course, the “James Bond Theme” itself).


Q's playing with laptops again. I hope he learned this time to not plug it into MI6's network!
Q’s playing with laptops again. I hope he learned this time to not plug it into MI6’s network!
Well, this wall is unpleasant if you're James Bond.
Well, this wall is unpleasant if you’re James Bond.
James Bond has just learned he links together a number of Somethings, and now this room has exploded. Really not his day.
James Bond has just learned he links together a number of Somethings, and now this room has exploded. Really not his day.

In conversation with the mysterious blonde woman from above, it turns out James Bond’s name links a large number of Somethings together (what the linked things are remains to be revealed). Whatever they are, it can’t be good.


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“Whatup, James! I’m going to be menacing you for the rest of this trailer.”

“Welcome, James! You came across me so many times and yet, you never saw me. What took you so long?” We get to see Christopher Waltz’s face this time. His smug, self-satisfied smile is a perfect fit for what is sure to be one of the great Bond villains.


Much action follows, including a brief look at the much rumoured ski sequence which wasn’t awesome enough to include here.

We know what this jacket is. It’s from Goldfinger! And look, there’s even a red boutonnière involved!
The Aston Martin breathes fire!
The Aston Martin breathes fire!
DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET. This helicopter really is upside down.
DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET. This helicopter really is upside down.

“Watch me subtly turn so you can see the distinctive gold stripe on the side of my sunglasses which denotes unmistakeably the Tom Ford brand.”
“Youtube made it impossible for the author of this post to get a good shot of me in this scene.”

“It was me, James. The author of all your pain.” Sounds vengeful. Is he a jealous husband? An outraged chef? A humiliated tailor? The list is endless. As is the action from here until the title card!


BBC Sherlock's Moriarty, Andrew Scott, looks mean.
BBC Sherlock‘s Moriarty, Andrew Scott, looks mean.
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I’m on a boat, I’m on a boat! Everybody look at me, ’cause I’m shooting from a boat!

Before, finally:

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Yep, that’s definitely the title.

If it’s even possible, I’m more excited for this film than I was before. So far, it looks like it will be one of the most in-depth Bond films yet made, and also one of the most visually splendid – the art direction and cinematography are on point. With an actor like Christopher Waltz on board, it stands to also lay claim to one of the great Bond villain performances. And even if the film plays on a bit of nostalgia, which it clearly intends to with the use of that dinner jacket from Goldfinger and the theme from OHMSS playing over the trailer, as long as it doesn’t solely seek to cash in on it then it’s fine.

Bring on November 6. I need this movie like I need oxygen.


For my analysis of the first trailer, click here.
For other things I’ve written about James Bond (and there are many), click here.

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