The 24th James Bond film, recently revealed as being called Spectre, is currently shooting in London, but news has been revealed that the films $300 million budget is too much for Sony, with President Jonathan Glickman trying to bring the budget down by $50 million.
The recent Sony hack has leaked many emails, with the budget issues for Spectre being one of them. Please note there are SPOILERS AHEAD.
An email to Bond producer Barbara Broccoli called for a number of changes to the film in order to reduce the budget to come nearer to Skyfall’s budget. Skyfall, which went on to achieve a worldwide box office haul of $1.1 billion, was made for only $200 million, so it sounds like there will be even bigger and better stunts going on in Spectre.
Firstly Andrew Scott was cast in the role of C, Bond’s MI6 boss, and the role was originally rumoured to be going to 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor, who cost $1 million more. The casting on Scott happened in April.
CNN Money reported on the contents of an email sent by MGM president Jonathan Glickman in early November, via the Sony hack.
Among his ideas for shrinking costs:
“Villa in Rome? It’s a nighttime scene, so try doing it in London instead.
There’s fighting on a train! Again! But use fewer carriages — three instead of four.
Forget the dramatic finale in the rain. It’ll lower the cost of visual/special effects.
Earn an extra $6 million by showing “the more modern aspects” of Mexico to maximize “the Mexican incentive.”
Naturally, Broccoli was not receptive to these ideas, responding saying they “cannot find the cemetery or villa in the UK.” However, it is unclear whether the Bond team wound up taking any of his suggestions.
The email also confirmed that Spectre head Ernst Stavro Blofeld would appear in the film, though we still don’t know whether Christoph Waltz is the one playing him. And there will be a “lesbian bad lady.” Whether she’ll be portrayed by Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux, or someone else we haven’t heard about yet remains to be seen.
However, with the call for budget restraints from Sony very clear, it has been revealed today that the Rome shoot WILL go ahead, and that it will cost $60 million!
Variety confirmed the details:
Rome is now preparing to host the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise for five-weeks of shooting due to start in the Italian capital in mid-February 2015 and expected to bring a roughly Euros 50 million ($62 million) local windfall.
The sum, reported by Rome daily La Republica, will go for complicated car chases, parachute drops and helicopter scenes, set in different parts of the Eternal City. A large stretch of one of Rome’s main avenues, the Via Nomentana, will be closed to traffic for several nights and lit up night-for-day.
Rome/Lazio Film Commission topper Luciano Sovena told La Repubblica that “Spectre” will cause limited disruption to the lives of regular Romans because most of the shooting will take place at night.
According to Italian press reports planned “Spectre” scenes in Rome include a high-speed chase along the Tiber river with a car flying off into the river and James Bond parachuting from a helicopter onto the 15th century Ponte Sisto bridge. Other chases will reportedly be staged inside Rome’s historic centre in the cobblestone alleys around the Piazza Navona, near the Trevi Fountain and in the vicinity of the Vatican where a Fiat 500 will reportedly get crushed possibly in a crash with Bond’s Aston Martin DB10.
Drone shots are being planned by cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema who worked on “Interstellar.”
“The new James Bond film will be a prestigious calling card to relaunch international film production in Rome,” Sovena was quoted by La Repubblica as enthusing.
Other “Spectre” locations besides London will be Tangier and Erfoud in Morocco, Mexico City, and Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altaussee in Austria. Principal photography started at London’s Pinewood Studios on Monday, December 8.
Daniel Craig returns in his fourth outing as Bond. Alongside returning cast members Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny) and Ralph Fiennes (M), Spectre will also star Andrew Scott as MI6 agent Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann and Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser.
Daniel Craig will once again return as the legendary British secret agent in the 24th James Bond film and Sam Mendes will also return to direct the screenplay written by John Logan. The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015.
Mendes’ “Skyfall,” the 23rd James Bond movie, took over $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide.
Principal photography begins this Monday. Spectre will be filming at Pinewood Studios, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee, Austria.