SAM SMITH WINS ACADEMY AWARD
Oscar victory for Spectre theme song
Smith has won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for 'Writing’s On
The Wall' at last night’s Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles. The theme song
from Spectre was co-written by Smith and Jimmy Napes and follows their
Golden Globe win in January. This is the second Bond film in a row that
has achieved the Academy Award for Best Original Song after Adele’s win in
2013 with 'Skyfall'.
24 January 2016
Christie’s is to celebrate the
release of the 24th Bond film with charity auctions,
live in London and online. Highlights include an Aston Martin DB10 and
The 24th film in the
James Bond series, Spectre, is to be released on Digital HD,
Blu-ray™ and DVD on 9 February in the US and on 22 February in the UK. To
mark the occasion, Christie’s is to present a unique opportunity to
acquire memorabilia from the film — with 24 lots straight from the
archives of EON Productions, as well as donations from Daniel Craig,
director Sam Mendes, actor Jesper Christensen (Mr White in Spectre,
Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), Bond producers Michael
G.Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and artist Sam Smith, who co-wrote the
official award-winning Spectre theme song. All proceeds will
benefit Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), other charitable organisations,
and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
The live auction on 18
February is led by an Aston Martin DB10, one of the series of DB10s
designed and engineered by Aston Martin exclusively for James Bond,
Spectre, illustrated above. Most of the DB10s were modified for use in
the filming of Spectre, but two of those produced were kept back as
show cars, for display purposes only, and this is one of them. The car is
expected to realise between £1,000,000 and £1,500,000 and is to date the
only DB10 to be released for public sale by Aston Martin and EON
Productions. This is the only car that includes a special plaque signed by
Daniel Craig and was displayed at the world premiere of Spectre at
the Royal Albert Hall, London. Aston Martin has been associated with the
James Bond franchise for over 50 years, with the DB10 model featuring in
the latest Bond film, Spectre.
Additional highlights of
the live sale include the Omega Seamaster 300 watch that was worn by
Daniel Craig as James Bond, estimated at £15,000-20,000, while our
online-only sale is to feature the laptop used by actor Ben Whishshaw as
Q, estimated at £4,000-6,000, and a pair of Tom Ford ‘Snowdon’ sunglasses,
worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond, estimated at £4,000-6,000.
UPDATE - sale
Aston Martin DB10 sold for £2,434,500
James Bond’s Day of the Dead Costume worn by Daniel Craig sold for £98,500
Prototype OMEGA Seamaster 300 wristwatch worn by Daniel Craig sold for
Oberhauser's Spectre gold ring worn by Christoph Waltz sold for £32,500
Two-piece Tom Ford white dinner suit worn by Daniel Craig sold for £27,500
Spectre comes to Blu-ray and
DVD on 22 February 2016
London, UK (January
5, 2016) – The 24th James Bond adventure Spectre, from Albert
R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony
Pictures Entertainment, will be available to own on Digital HD™ on
19th February and on Blu-ray™ & DVD on 22nd February, it was announced
today by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home
Taking in more than
$850 million (USD) worldwide, Spectre dominated the worldwide
box-office making it one of the most successful Bond movies ever,
shattering records in nearly every market it was released, led by a
historic performance in the UK. The latest installment from one of the
longest-running film franchises in history gives fans never-before
shared insight into the complexities that made James Bond the man he
With the Blu-ray, go
behind-the-scenes of Bond’s latest mission with in-depth special
features. Watch how the jaw-dropping opening scene was created in
Blu-ray™ Special Features: • Spectre: Bond's Biggest Opening Sequence
• Director – Sam Mendes
• Introducing Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci
• Guinness World Record
DVD Special Features:
• Director – Sam Mendes
• Day of the Dead Festival
• Introducing Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci
• Guinness World Record
23 November 2015
The making of James Bond 007's watch
007's watch in Spectre
has a very cool extra function. Watch the film to see the story behind the
making of this very special OMEGA Seamaster 300. Spectre's cast and
crew, including Daniel Craig, reveal the blueprint behind the watch made
for a mission.
10 November 2015
Spectre awarded a Guinness
title for Largest Film Stunt Explosion
In addition to
breaking box office records across the globe,
Spectre, the 24th James Bond adventure, has been awarded a Guinness
World Records™ title for the Largest Film Stunt Explosion, it was
announced today at a press conference in Beijing, China. Spectre,
from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios,
and Sony Pictures Entertainment, opens in China this week.
Stars Daniel Craig
and Léa Seydoux accepted the award with co-producer Barbara Broccoli.
TimesTalks: The New York Times
interviews Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes ahead of Spectre US opening
The New School: The
Auditorium at West 12th Street. 66 West 12th St., New York City 10011 Spectre is coming: don’t miss the celebrated creative collaborators
behind the James Bond hit film Skyfall and the highly anticipated
new Bond film Spectre, opening November 6, starring Daniel Craig as
Bond and directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes. Hear about their
work together in the movie, in which Bond springs into action when a
cryptic message from his past provides a gateway to the powerful,
deceptive, and sinister organization known as SPECTRE, while M battles
political forces to keep the secret service alive. Interviewed by New York
Times contributor Logan Hill.
31 October 2015
SpectreRoyal World Premiere and
London, 26 October
The Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington played host to the World Premiere of
Spectre on the evening of Monday 26 October
2015. FULL STORY AND
• Rome, Italy - 27 October 2015
• Zurich, Switzerland - 27 October 2015
• Berlin, Germany - 28 October 2015
• Madrid, Spain - 28
• Amsterdam, The
Netherlands - 28 October 2015
• Paris, France - 29 October 2015
• Moscow, Russia - 29
• Mexico City, Mexico - 2
• Beijing, China - 12
24 October 2015
Spectre director and stars
In the week leading
up to the Royal World Premiere of Spectre, SKY News interviews
director Sam Mendes and stars of the film.
behind-the-scenes vlog from the set of Spectre focuses on
singer/songwriter Sam Smith’s theme song, 'Writing’s On The Wall'.
“For me, the most timeless thing you can do, outside of making your own
records… is Bond. It’s the most timeless, classiest thing to me there is
to do,” says Sam Smith.
17 October 2015
007 walks among the dead in newIMAX Spectre Poster
In anticipation of the
upcoming release of Spectre, IMAX released an exclusive poster
featuring 007 himself. Centered on Spectre’s dramatic opening scene
which takes place in Mexico City during the hauntingly beautiful Dia de
los Muertes celebrations - the Day of the Dead holiday – James Bond is
decked out in a customary skull mask radiating the mystery that 007 fans
know and love.
James Bond has overcome villains, been in high speed pursuits, and jumped
out of helicopters, but Spectre will test your favorite agent and
drop him into a brand new environment. Bond is not there to celebrate
among the floats and celebrations, but to take on members of an evil
The IMAX release of
Spectre will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality
of The IMAX Experience®
with proprietary IMAX DMR®
(Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with
IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a
unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the
10 October 2015
How To Be a Bond Girl with Léa
Léa Seydoux on
"I don’t mind the cliché of the Bond girl. But Madeleine, she is very
different. And to choose me as a Bond girl, it’s a choice. A statement.
I’m not the typical James Bond girl.”
On being an actress:
“I don’t like modernity. I don’t have television or the internet at home.
The internet scares me. I can’t drive a car. That is why I do this job.
This is why I became an actress. So that people will take care of me. To
be an actress is a refuge. You are taken everywhere, stay in wonderful
hotels, everyone looks after you.”
8 October 2015
Mexico City to host Spectre
‘Premiere of the Americas’
Mexico City will host the
Premiere of the Americas for Spectre on Monday 2 November. It’s the
first time that Mexico has hosted an international James Bond premiere,
the date coinciding with the Day of the Dead festivities which feature in
the film’s opening sequence.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented, “We owe our
magnificent Day of the Dead opening sequence, shot in Mexico City, to the
expert craftsmanship of our wonderful British and Mexican crews. With 2015
being the Year of Culture between the UK and Mexico, it is fitting that
the Premiere of the Americas will take place in Mexico City, on the actual
Day of the Dead Festival.”
6 October 2015
VisitBritain launches Bond is GREAT
A peek behind-the-scenes of the brand new
James Bond adventure Spectre, filmed on location in Britain.
In October 2015
VisitBritain launched a global 'Bond is GREAT Britain' film tourism
campaign in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment and
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Spectre is the third Bond film which
they have partnered with from the Bond franchise. The 'Bond is GREAT'
campaign will kick off across more than 60 countries to encourage 007 fans
to choose Britain – the home of Bond – for their next holiday.
The campaign will be
using a mix of outdoor billboards, print, digital, social media, and a
global competition; as well as exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ footage from
2 October 2015
Sam Smith's James Bond theme makes
UK chart history!
Sam Smith's "Writing's On
The Wall" has made history by becoming the first Bond theme to reach
number one in the UK.
The track achieved combined chart sales and streams of 70,000 copies -
13,000 ahead of its closest competitor. The previous highest-charting Bond
themes were Adele's "Skyfall" and Duran Duran's "A View To A Kill", which
both reached number two.
Smith said he was "so proud" of the song and being number one was "crazy".
He told BBC Radio 1: "Out of all the songs I've brought out in my life, I
was not expecting this to even chart in the top 10, let alone number one.
Smith is the first solo
male British act to perform the opening number for a James Bond film since
1965, when Tom Jones was heard over the credits for Thunderball.
Smith's song, a mournful ballad, divided opinion when it was unveiled last
week, with critics labelling it both "bland" and "beautiful".
"When the song came out I was so nervous," the singer said. "It's
impossible to bring out a Bond song that pleases everyone. Everyone's had
mixed reviews when they bring one out, but the charts don't lie and people
seem to love it and enjoy it and that's just the most magical thing."
"Writing's On The Wall" follows the success of Adele's "Skyfall", which
won a Grammy, an Oscar, a Brit Award and a Golden Globe.
Duran Duran's "A View To A Kill" reached number two on both sides of the
Atlantic in 1985, while Paul McCartney and Wings' "Live and Let Die" only
reached number seven. Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger", possibly the most
famous Bond song, was the singer's biggest hit in the US, peaking at
number eight - but it only reached 21 in the UK.
Watch the final trailer
for Spectre. A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a
rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia
(Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous
criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of
the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.
23 September 2015
The Action of Spectre
behind-the-scenes vlog from Spectre focuses on the action
sequences. Director Sam Mendes says: “The tradition for Bond is always
real stunts, real action, real explosions…”. While Special Effects
Supervisor Chris Corbould adds, “It’s going to be a real rollercoaster
19 September 2015
Spectre World Premiere
Spectre has been
selected for The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund’s (CTBF) Royal Film
Performance 2015. The World Premiere will be attended by Their Royal
Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and will
take place on 26 October at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The World Premiere will
also be attended by the film’s leading actors Daniel Craig, Christoph
Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, David Bautista, Monica
Bellucci, and Ralph Fiennes. The cast will also be joined on the red
carpet by director Sam Mendes and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara
Broccoli, vice patrons of the CTBF.
Producers Michael G.
Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented, “We are honoured that Their Royal
Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend
the Royal Film Performance of Spectre and delighted the CTBF will
be the beneficiary of the event.”
More details about the
World Premiere will be announced in due course, but at this stage it is
expected that tickets will not be available for general sale.