Monday, April 27, 2015

Empire First Look at Spectre…Day 117 of Bond 365

Since I haven’t any Bond in history today, I’m turning to the April issue Empire, which has Daniel Craig on the cover. It is touted as the magazine’s first look at the new movie, Spectre.

The 12-page was written in January when shooting was just beginning at Pinewood Studios and in Austria. Chris Hewitt, along with additional reporting Phil de Semlyen, discuss watching Craig on set as he fights bad guys.

The spread has some side articles that include a spotlight on both Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann) and Monica Bellucci (Lucia Sciarra). In addition, there’s a few info graphics in which we can can meet the Spectre team of past Bond films, a dissection of the ultimate henchman, and a flowchart in which you can determine which Bond you are (I got David Niven). I did find it interesting that Bob Holness, from the 1956 South African radio version of Moonraker, was a Bond option. Even James Bond the ornithologist is an option!  

Within the article, we get to hear from David Bautista (Drax of Guardians of the Galaxy), who has been a long time Bond fan. He reveals the two questions he asked Sam Mendes about Mr. Hinx, the role Bautista took for this film.

The writers include a brief summary about Kevin McClory and the disposition of SPECTRE and why we are now seeing it resurface after such a very long time. It remains to be seen if the Quantum organization that Mr. White represented will fold nicely within the Spectre group or not.

Lastly, there is a fluff sidepiece on “Spying by Numbers” that recaps the double-o agents that have been referred to in Bond films prior to Spectre. And of course, there are several large photos throughout the article. 

Is it worth ten-dollar price tag because it is an import to the US? I would say yes, especially if you like following Bond alums: a few pages further in is a juicy interview with Mads Mikkelsen (Le Chiffre from Casino Royale) as he discusses his NBC television series, Hannibal.

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