'Spectre' is apparently shaping up to be the most expensive Bond film ever
The new Bond film, Spectre, could be as much as $100 million (£65 million) over budget, according to leaked emails.
After Sony Pictures’ computer systems were hacked recently, CNNMoney reports that internal memos place the film’s budget as “sitting in the mid $300ms” (around £220 million). However, studio boss Jonathan Glickman apparently sent emails in early November ordering that the budget be pegged back to $250 million (£160 million), which would still make Spectre the most expensive Bond film ever.
Glickman’s emails reportedly feature several cost-cutting suggestions including using fewer carriages in a fight sequence that take place on a train, and shooting a nighttime scene set in a villa in London as opposed to Italy. However, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is said to have replied to Glickman arguing against some of his thrifty proposals.
“We recognise that this movie needs to build on the past few films – and there are expectations we must meet for the audience. Still, we must find further cuts. This is not about ‘nickel and diming’ the production,” Glickman apparently wrote in one email.
The last Bond film, 2012’s Skyfall, was made for an estimated $200 million (£125 million) and went on to rake in over $1.1 billion (£700 million) at cinemas worldwide.
The title and full cast of the new Bond film were only revealed last Thursday (December 4) and director Sam Mandes started shooting this Monday (December 8) at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Joining Daniel Craig’s 007 are double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz in an unspecified role, former Sherlock star Andrew Scott as a member of MI6 called Denbigh, Blue Is The Warmest Colour‘s Lea Seydoux as a Bond girl named Madeleine Swann, Guardians Of The Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista as a character called Mr Hinx and Italian actress Monica Bellucci as another female lead, Lucia Sciarra.
In the days leading up to the official announcement, it had been rumoured that Waltz, who won Oscars for his performances in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, would be playing a classic Bond villain, but this has not been confirmed.
Also returning alongside Daniel Craig are his Skyfall castmates Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) and of course Ralph Fiennes (M).
The official plot synopsis for the film teases: “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.” Daniel Craig has since said that the film has a “better script” than Skyfall.
Spectre is set for release in cinemas on November 6 next year.