30 Days of SPECTRE #020: Nods to the Past

Day 20 of 30 Days of SPECTRE!

As we’ve all noticed by now, SPECTRE is absolutely jammed to the gizzards with nods to previous Bond films. From the helicopter fight in the pre-title sequence to Blofeld’s You Only Live Twice style crater base, Bond 24 is steeped in 007 history.

In today’s episode Chris takes us through the meticulous notes he took during his 3rd viewing. We have two complete sides of A4 paper to get through today folks.

With all that said, we’re sure there are plenty we’ve missed, so let us know in the comments if you’ve picked up on any Bondian Easter Eggs we didn’t see.

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29 Responses

  1. Great stuff, guys.
    I’m rubbish at picking up these kind of visual references on a couple of cinema viewings, but obviously the ‘plane sequence had a whiff (in a good way) of The Living Daylights with its snowscapes and wooden huts.
    And I didn’t think that this was any conscious nod, but I thought the Bond/Mr. White scene also had some resonance with the scene in FYEO in which Columbo hands Bond a loaded gun to convince him that he’s the guy to trust.
    Whatever people think about the movie, I think it’s clear that the film was made by a bunch of proper Bond fans who have respect for what’s gone before.

  2. How about the lift in which Bond and Estrella go in the PTS? The interior of it looked very much like the one in LTK in Isthmus City – sequence when Bond and Pam Bouvier go back to Bond’s hotel where “Uncle Q” is waiting for them. I actually thought Estrella would pull out a tiny gun from her garter or something like Pam Bouvier did.

    1. Actually, the same hotel was used for LTK and for SPECTRE. The building has 2 scenic elevators so it’s hard to tell if they used the same lift in both films

  3. The shirtless Craig in the titles with the women all around him looked very much like a couple of OHMSS posters starring Lazenby as the new Bond with his face kept hidden – these are German OHMSS posters as far as I can remember

  4. Perhaps we have to mention the whole TB PTS vibe about the Sciarra burial ceremony and the fact Bond goes to see the widow right afterwards

  5. Estrella’s room is a fake. I was there when the scene was filmed and it turns out that they built a fake door and wall over a service elevator. That spot was obviously chosen because of its closeness to the scenic elevator. My guess is that the room’s interor was filmed at Pinewood Studios.

    1. Yes – that point of entry in the film was where one of the four cuts took place. If I remember correctly, someone walks in front of Bond before they enter. And then upon exiting, the next cut is when the camera goes through a neighbouring window to track Bond.

  6. The SPECTRE titles bring to mind OCTOPUSSY’s with Bond stianding in front of the camera, with the arms of several women raising from behind him, creating the image of an actual octopus.

  7. When Craig says who you’re working for to the rat in Tangiers, it reminded me of what he said to Patrice in Shanghai – made me think Bond was perhaps re-enacting his failures during his past mission in his sleep

  8. They should have saved the THR title for a future uses in the series and instead called the safehouse Hunt Prints and Rarities a bit like the stamp on the picture of Domino and François in the TB dossier – just sayin’ since I am a OHMSS fanboy….

  9. If only, they had the balls to leave the DB5 at the end of Skyfall (sick and tired of that damned DB5 with the classic Connery plate in the Craig continuity) and had Bond and Swann leave in Moore’s white Lotus at the end of SP… or the 1969 DBS….

  10. Perhaps it’s too much of a stretch, but does anyone see parallels between Mr. White & Marc-Ange? Criminals that respect Bond & seek his commitment to care for their daughters… before telling 007 the whereabouts of a certain somebody?

  11. ‘Simon’ here from CBn. Cracking work fellas, and some choice use of vernacular that quite has me falling about in laughter.
    Anyway, to business. Not sure about the majority of nods as they come across as just similarities. Hildebrand Rarities is a nod. A half closed shutter is just a ‘half closed shutter’ in my eyes. But I think you called this out during the presentation.
    Not sure if this is a nod either, and also not sure if you mentioned it or not, but the method used to explain the buttons in the DB10 was the same as that of the DB5 and that which came out of Bond’s watch in ‘Spy’. A long since defunct labelling method, and I can’t even remember what it was called. Stamping letters in to a machine that then spat out a worded sticker…??
    (Please feel free to delete this if already covered)
    Cheers.

  12. This is a great episode, fellers.
    How about adding Bond emerging from MI6 in Vauxhall in a speedboat and then chasing a villain down the Thames passed the Houses of Parliament…? Sound familiar?

  13. Timothy Dalton’s Bond does not shoot Kara Milovy. Why? It was instinct! (same answer to why Craig trusts Moneypenny in SPECTRE).
    BTW. Etrella’s hotel was also featured in Costa Gravas’ “Missing”, starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spaceck.

  14. When the goons close in on Q in the gondola lift, a group of skiers gather between them preventing their attack, same as Bond and the goons in lift to the ski jump in FYEO; also similar the the group of dancers that come between Jaws and Manuela in Moonraker. I love stuff like that.
    Also liked the humor thrown into the Rome car chase scene when chase slows down because of the slow driver, similar to the guy in the truck in LALD.

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