‘Spectre’ to have ‘biggest opening sequence’ of any Bond film ever, says producer

Bond producer Michael G. Wilson says it could be the biggest sequence in 007 history

Longtime Bond producer Michael G Wilson has promised fans that Spectre, the forthcoming 24th film in the 007 series, will have “the biggest opening sequence we’ve ever done, maybe the biggest sequence we’ve ever done”.

Director Sam Mendes started shooting Spectre in December and locations for the 24th Bond film will include London, Mexico City, the Austrian Alps and Rome. The first trailer premiered late on Friday night (March 27) and the film is set for release on October 23.

Discussing the film’s opening sequence with Empire, Wilson teased: ” The whole vision that Sam Mendes has come up with is very exciting and amazing. We’ve got 1,500 extras in Day Of The Dead costumes and make up and we’ve occupied the centre of Mexico City for days.”

“The only thing that’s come close to it was putting on the carnival in Rio in Moonraker, and I think this is a much bigger operation,” added Wilson, who has served as a producer or executive producer on every Bond film since 1979’s aforementioned Moonraker.

Joining Daniel Craig’s 007 in Spectre 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, Italian actress Monica Bellucci as another female lead, Lucia Sciarra, and Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman as a character named Estrella.

Also returning alongside Daniel Craig are his Skyfall castmates Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) and Ralph Fiennes (M). The film’s official plot synopsis teases: “In Spectre, 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.”

Last month (February) Craig injured his knee while shooting a fight scene for the film but he has since made a full recovery. Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this month (March) that the Welsh Assembly recently turned down a request by the film’s producers to shoot scenes in the Senedd debating chamber in Cardiff Bay.