Magazine article Variety

Bond's Global Footprint

Magazine article Variety

Bond's Global Footprint

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Over the course of 53 years and nearly two dozen films, audiences have come to expect amazing exotic locations from James Bond movies. But the last entry in the series, 2012's "Skyfall," while hugely successful, was a little light on the globetrotting. Things are different with 007's 24th adventure, "Spectre," once again directed by Sam Mendes, which has the super spy (Daniel Craig) touching down in Mexico, Italy, Morocco and the U.K.

On "Skyfall," "we shot in TYirkey and a little in Shanghai, but it was predominantly a London-based movie," says the film's executive producer Callum McDougall, who has worked on nine Bonds starting with 1987's "The Living Daylights." "I think Sam and the producers were very keen to take this back on the road again and, because of the story, the footprint could be bigger."

"Spectre" kicks off with a pre-credit chase through a Day of the Dead celebration on Mexico City's Zoealo Square. Shot over 10 days in November 2014, the sequence required 1,500 extras each day outfitted in elaborate costumes and makeup, along with 50 to 100 police and catering for approximately 3,000 people. With 100-150 spots in and around Zoealo Square locked-off, a helicopter flew over cast and crew, executing acrobatic moves below roof level.

Supervising location manager Emma Pill started working on "Spectre" way back in December 2013.

"I started so early because we were going to shoot the following ski season, and when you look for locations without snow, it's quite hard to sell to the filmmakers, so you need to scout it the winter prior," Pill says. …

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