Martinis (Shaken, not stirred), loads of action, and British accents are just a few things that are famously known to be associated with the 007 franchise over the years. But with the 24th film that just released, what are some things we may have missed or we may not know about?
Thanks to the great people at ScreenCrush, here are 7 things we may have not known about the latest Bond film.
1) How much did it cost?!
Bond's 24th adventure racked up an estimated budget of $300 Million! With said budget, Spectre is now considered to be one of the most expensive movies ever made.
2) Is the story based on the past Bond books?
Nope! Spectre is an all-original story, specifically made for the movie. It is not based on any of the existing Bond books that have been released over the years.
3) Why haven't we heard of "Spectre" in so long?
Bond films have not been able to reference the notorious criminal organization, thanks to a lawsuit that lasted over 50 years (Damn!) between James Bond creator Ian Fleming and film producer Kevin McClory.
In 1963, after settling things out of court, Fleming was able to retain literary rights to Spectre and all it's associated characters, while McCrory maintained all of its film rights. In 2013, MGM gained all the film rights to Spectre and all of its characters.
4) When was the last time we saw or heard of "Spectre" in the films?
The last time we heard of and/or saw the criminal organization on the big screen was in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever, starring Sean Connery as James Bond.
5) How did Hackers come into play in 2014?
An early version of the Spectre script was leaked online, thanks to the infamous Sony Hack. Hope that didn't mess up the story too much... (Yikes.)
6) New record, for latest Bond girl?
Monica Bellucci, the latest actress to play the "Bond Girl" in a 007 film, was 50 years old at the time of filming. This makes her the oldest actress to play the heroine in a Bond film.
7) Digital or Film?
After shooting Skyfall (the previous 007 film) on digital cinematography, Spectre used 35 millimeter film for the latest Bond adventure.
Bonus: Bond's Theme hits #1!
The theme for Spectre, "Writing's on the Wall" performed by Sam Smith, is the first Bond movie theme to hit #1 on the UK's Singles Charts.
Way to go, Sam! Sing your heart out, you good-looking fella.