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  • Actor-Inspired Element: The scene with Bond waking up and aiming his gun at a mouse at the hotel L'Américain was suggested by Daniel Craig and added in.
  • Content Leak: As part of the 2014 Sony Pictures Hack, Spectre's script was leaked.
  • Defictionalization:
  • Deleted Scene:
    • The first shot after the intro would have been of Bond striding through headquarters into M's office (this is still visible in the trailer).
    • Bond and Moneypenny's scene in his apartment was to have him already wearing his robe and a woman's voice calling out from the bedroom, much like in Live and Let Die. (this too is still visible in the trailer, barely)
    • A scene between M and Moneypenny where he confronts her over helping Bond and even suggests that she's in love with him.
    • A brief scene of Bond dressing for dinner with Madeleine.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • Bond's new Aston Martin was built using the design concept provided by Sam Mendes and the film makers.
    • Jaguar specially modified the discontinued C-X75, which Hinx drives, with conventional engines in order to operate more reliably during filming.
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  • Dueling Works: With Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Aside from being the same type of film—action/adventure/spy—they also have very similar plots (superspy whose agency gets dismantled is pitted against a Nebulous Evil Organization), scenes set in Morocco and a climax set in London. MI's producers even nixed plans to release it during the 2015 holiday season so that they wouldn't cancel each other out. Rogue Nation fared better with critics but Spectre outgrossed it by $200 million.
  • Executive Meddling: The Government of Mexico offered money to Sony to ensure that the film wouldn't portray Mexico in a negative way. Allegedly they wanted to supress any mentions about Mexican gangsters, a sub-plot about assassinating a top ranking Mexican official, and to only show on camera the colorful and prosperous side of the country.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Bond storming through the MI6 building and into M's office is in the teaser but not the film.
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    • The teaser also has a slightly different version of Moneypenny's visit to Bond's apartment. If you look carefully, you can see he's already wearing his robe, rather than being fully dressed like he was in the completed form.
  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and Marc Zinga are also voicing their characters in the french dub.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Batista proclaimed himself as a fan of James Bond movies a few years before landing the role of Mr. Hinx. After his casting became confirmed, he Tweeted a picture of his old Goldfinger lunchbox, with the hashtag #dreamchaser.
    • Christoph Waltz also revealed in an interview that he was a fan when he was younger, having once owned the Corgi Aston Martin DB5.
  • Prop Recycling: The Eurocopter Dauphin helicopter used in Jaguar's "British Villains" commercial is also used in this film. Specifically, to transport Blofeld in the climax.
  • Those Two Actors: Various pairs of the five lead actors have worked together before.
  • Troubled Production: The Sony Pictures leak in late 2014 revealed that Spectre suffered from a ballooning budget and serious production problems, which made it an infamous case of this before it came out.
    • The genesis of the film only came about after copyright issues were settled with Kevin McClory in November 2013 for the film rights to Thunderball. Although Sam Mendes had previously stated his intent not to return for the next film after the success of Skyfall, he and production designer Dennis Gassner stated their intent to helm the film just a few months prior. The cast and crew quickly ballooned to more than 1,000 people.
    • Though most people in the public eye assumed production was progressing normally, the November 2014 Sony hack revealed that there were significant production problems — namely, screenwriter John Logan's early script. According to leaked e-mails, the executives were having significant problems with the film's third act, which involved Bond and Madeleine (or Q) being held in a desert prison by the villain, Heinrich Stockmann (who later became Hans Oberhauer, then later Franz Oberhauser). Discussions over the third act's problems persisted for months (and well into filming), with Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade still running into problems. The final script would include contributions from both men, along with Mendes and British playwright Jez Butterworth.
    • As a result of this and most of the people who worked on Skyfall getting salary raises, the film began to balloon over budget. Not helping matters was that a discussion about Product Placement (namely, a Sony Xperia phone) resulted in arguments between Mendes (who was resistant to the idea), franchise co-owner Barbara Broccoli and Sony Pictures executives. This eventually culminated in Sony Japan CEO Kaz Hirai having to step in personally and order them to include the placement.
    • Filming began in earnest in December 2014, but several accidents occurred that caused slight delays on production. Daniel Craig suffered a knee sprain while shooting a fight sequence and it took him three weeks to recover, while three crew members were injured by a filming vehicle (one seriously).
    • Going into 2015, filming continued to progress, but the crew faced difficulties from authorities and special interest groups in Rome when they attempted to film a car chase scene in the city, as well as reports from media outlets in Mexico that the script had to be altered to accommodate the needs of Mexican authorities (in order to portray the country in a positive light).
    • The final production budget was roughly $245 million (though some sources estimate it to be more than $300 million), making it the most expensive Bond film ever made. The film eventually grossed $880 million at the worldwide box office and was profitable, just nowhere near Skyfall. In the publicity junket, Craig joked that he would rather slit his wrists than participate in such a grueling filming again, which has been misinterpreted as him being fed up with the role up until August 2017, when he announced he would come back for the 25th film.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Nicolas Winding Refn would later reveal that he turned down an offer to direct the movie.
    • Dwayne Johnson (grandson of minor You Only Live Twice baddie player Peter Maivia) pursued the role of Mr. Hinx, but MGM and Eon thought he seemed too expensive. So they went with another former WWE Champion turned action movie star.
    • Early drafts of the film had Q being kidnapped—he would have been snatched by the mooks we see stalking him in the finished film. Bond and Madeline would have gotten to his hotel room to find it in disarray. He and Bond would have been held in adjoining cells and essentially Forced to Watch as the other died—Q from his injuries incurred in a beating, and Bond from heatstroke as his cell got increasingly hotter as the sun rose. They'd have escaped after Q alerted Bond to the explosive properties of his watch. This was ultimately left on the cutting room floor likely due to the similarities with the climax of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, in which Benji is abducted, and most of Q's scenes were replaced with Dr. Swann. Some fans have lamented this change, claiming that it would've been far more interesting and original to see a close friend of Bond's being in danger than yet another Girl of the Week, especially after M's death in Skyfall.
    • Contenders to sing the theme song were Lana Del Rey, Rihanna, Sia, Ed Sheeran, and Radiohead. Radiohead in particular loved the song they wrote so much that they released it for free on Christmas Day.
    • Chiwetel Ejiofor was considered for the role of either Oberhauser or "C".
    • Gary Oldman was also considered for the role of Oberhauser.
    • Penélope Cruz was considered for the role of Lucia Sciarra.
    • Other contenders for the Bond Girl roles included Disa Östrand, Ida Engvoll, Isabel Edvardsson, Synnøve Macody Lund, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Brigitte Millar (who appears briefly as Dr. Vogel in the first SPECTRE meeting), and Joanne Froggatt.
    • An early draft had a completely different torture scene for James Bond where he would have been restrained in a chair, in a room with a glass roof; when the sun came up and the temperature rose, it would have burnt Bond alive.
    • The first scene after the intro would have been Bond walking into M's office to be reprimanded, noting various new security cameras along the way (this is still in the teaser) . The dialogue in the scene was to be slightly different, with him commenting on this to M and C.
    • The scene where Moneypenny visits Bond at his apartment was going to be slightly different:
      • A shot of Bond watching from the window as she approached his apartment, rather than the reverse as shown in the completed film.
      • Even more similarities to the source material—Bond would have already been in his bathrobe (this too is still present in the teaser) and we would have heard a woman's voice coming from the bedroom after she left, indicating that she'd accidentally interrupted a liaison.
    • And in the final scene, Bond was reportedly going to tell Madeleine "We have all the time in the world"
    • In an early version of the script, Bond was going to shoot Oberhauser/Blofeld on the bridge at the film's end. This was changed, as it was felt this ending would have been anti-climatic, and presumably also would have prevented Blofeld coming back in another film. Blofeld was a regular Bond villain in the 1960s movies, being the arch-nemesis of Bond, and a major character in three pictures. Blofeld regularly escaped from Bond at the end of these 60s Bond films. Moreover, in early draft(s) of the script, when Bond drives off with Madeleine, it was written that Bond threw his gun into the river, and another alias name of Blofeld/Oberhauser was Heinrich Bochmann.

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