SPECTRE (2015)

SPECTRE (2015) is Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as James Bond and sees the reintroduction of the criminal organisation most associated with the franchise. Ernst Stavro Blofeld appears onscreen for the first time since Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but this time with a twist.

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Following a lead sent from beyond the grave, Bond falls foul of internal politics after preventing a terrorist attack in Mexico City while officially on leave. As M fights the political forces involved in merging MI6 with sister organisation MI5, 007 is forced once again to go rogue as he heads to Rome and then Austria on the tail of the “Pale King”, a name overheard while in Mexico.

The Pale King turns out to be an old adversary, Mr White, dying of of thallium poisoning. Bond locates White’s daughter, Dr Madeleine Swann, but she is kidnapped by Mr Hinx for SPECTRE. After Bond rescues her, Madeleine leads Bond to Tangier. Soon the pair are the guests of Blofeld, who reveals how Bond’s previous missions were all linked.

What we say

After the wildly overrated Skyfall, things get largely back on track with SPECTRE. The film has some great action scenes but the final act doesn’t work at all. Also, the big reveal that Ernst Stavro Blofeld is Bond’s foster brother is simply out of place.


Original release

SPECTRE premièred in London on 23rd October 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall, the same day it went on general release in the UK and Ireland. It received its American premiere in Mexico City on 2nd November, followed by the United States and the majority of other territories 6th November 2015.

Principal crew

Director Sam Mendes
Screenplay John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth
Producer Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson
Music Thomas Newman
Editing Lee Smith
Production design Dennis Glassner
Cinematography Hoyte Van Hoytema

Principal cast

James Bond Daniel Craig
Blofeld Christoph Waltz
Madeleine Léa Seydoux
M Ralph Fiennes
Lucia Monica Bellucci
Q Ben Whishaw
Moneypenny Naomie Harris
Hinx Dave Bautista
C Andrew Scott
Tanner Rory Kinnear
Mr. White Jesper Christensen
Marco Sciarra Alessandro Cremona
Estrella Stephanie Sigman
Mexican Man in Lift Tenoch Huerta
Mexican Woman in Lift Adriana Paz
Gallo Domenico Fortunato
Gallo’s Accomplice Marco Zingaro
Gallo’s Accomplice Stefano Elfi DiClaudia
Q’s Assistant Ian Bonar
Moneypenny’s Boyfriend Tam Williams
Blofeld’s London Helicopter Pilot Richard Banham
SC019 Police Commander Pip Carter
SC019 Police Officer Simon Lenagan
Priest Alessandro Bressanello
Moreau Marc Zinga
Vogel Brigitte Millar
Abrika Adel Bencherif
Blofeld’s Right Hand Man Gediminas Adomaitis
Lorenzo Peppe Lanzetta
Francesco Francesco Arca
Marco Matteo Taranto
Palazzo Security Emilio Aniba
Guerra Benito Sagredo


  • The Macallan 18 year old
  • Bollinger RD 2002
  • Heineken
  • Belvedere dirty vodka martini


Daniel Craig with the Aston Martin DB10

Aston Martin DB10


  • “But then isn’t that what ‘M’ stands for… ‘moron’?”
    “And now we know what ‘C’ stands for… ‘careless’.”
  • “You shouldn’t stare.”
    “Well, you shouldn’t look like that.”
  • “I thought I told you to bring it back in one piece not bring back one piece.”
  • “But do be careful with the alarm, it’s rather loud.”
  • “I thought you were done.”
    “I am. I just need one more thing.”

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Poster Art

SPECTRE poster #2
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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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