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The name is Tom broke and welcome to this special Spectre version of

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Talking Movies. We will find out if the picture is any good. If you are

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looking for anything that is in a James Bond movie, it is in Spectre.

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James Bond looks back on his brethren from yesteryear. Do you

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expect me to talk? No Mr Bond, I expect you to die. And with a

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51-year-old woman on board, is the franchise finally coming into its

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own in terms of depictions of women? He is finally with a woman

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who is mature, so I think it is revolutionary in some ways. And two

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will take on the role of James Bond once Daniel Craig calls it quits?

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They just have to make the films as good as they can. All that and more

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in this special James Bond edition of Talking Movies. Spectre is now

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very much in our midst, the 24th official Bond movie with Daniel

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Craig making his fourth outing is 007. It has been three years since

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the last Bond movie, sky fall, and the new picture is the most

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expensive Bond film ever made and is getting good reviews puppy it should

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be pleasing to a broad amount of movie-goers and not just James Bond

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fans who are delighted with all be allusions to earlier films. British

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critics had seen the film two days earlier, before the premiere, and

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most were impressed. This is the sum of all James Bond movies. Everything

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you want is there, from an Aston Martin car chase to a big brute

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hurling someone through a chain carriage -- train, to a beautiful

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woman, Q is there, even a fluffy white cat. Everything you want from

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a Bond movie is in Spectre. That the film is thin on plot doesn't seem to

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be preventing you from pleasing loyal audiences and it starts with a

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truly dynamic opening in Mexico City. The action thereafter takes

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Bond to Rome where there is a car chase in the Austrian Alps. This new

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picture arrives on the scene just after sky fall which broke records

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for a Bond film and won enthusiastic reviews -- Skyfall. The challenge

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for Director Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig was how to top it. We had a

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conversation about what we would do, but actually, once you start the

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creative process, you go, look, this is going to have to move on, we're

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going to make a better movie, we're going to move on and we said from

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the beginning that we want to celebrate what a Bond movie is.

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007. Q. Bond fans will notice much in this film familiar from past to

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James Bond adventures, from the evil Spectre, the criminal investigation

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that Bond is up against to the militant. The question is how to use

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things from his past in a new and fresh way -- villain. To make it but

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contemporary and classic, both retro and cutting-edge. This organisation,

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do you know which is called? Its name is Spectre. There is a

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political subtext in the film, warning that the dangers -- warning

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about the dangers when the government has total surveillance

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powers. I agree that cyber hacking is the problem, the great rest of

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today, but it doesn't make for a very interesting dramatic villain. I

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think computers on screen are always very dull, it is just people

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typing. For Daniel Craig, it was important that he did more than just

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play James Bond in this enterprise. I have been involved with it, I have

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been allowed to be involved in every aspect of the film we have been

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making and I filter modestly proud of it. -- I feel tremendously proud

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of it. This has been the high point of my career. Spectre is now being

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seen internationally after opening in the UK two weeks ago. As

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mentioned, the critical response at the time of the British launch was

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quite favourable. So what is being going on with critics around the

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world? Now we go to our correspondent. Mr Bond graciously

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lent me this Aston Martin so I could report on what critics around the

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world pick up a new film. Unfortunately, I may need to use it

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as a getaway car because reviews have been as mixed as one of James

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Bond's martinis. Critics in the UK found Spectre to be very good, with

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high reviews from several publications including the Telegraph

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and the Guardian soppy further afield, reviews from Canada were

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similarly positive but the Irish Times on the other hand, gave

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Spectre only three stars out of five. One of the leading pop-culture

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websites in Brazil called Spectre tired and declared Daniel Craig's

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acting to be dull. Why should I trust you? Because right now, I'm

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your best chance of staying alive. But it was in the US where

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Spectre's license to thrill was truly revoked. Multiple critics

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there called Spectre overly long, unsatisfying and in elegant with

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Forbes magazine going so far as to call Spectre, the worst Bond film in

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30 years. Shocking. Positively shocking. But even if Spectre has

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left some critics called, the film is poised to shatter worldwide box

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office records and has already done so in the UK. One thing is certain,

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James Bond will return. Bond cars are very much part of Bond's world.

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It is quite a masculine universe that James Bond inhabits and he is

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no paragon of feminist virtue but the new film does go some way

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towards addressing concerns that the franchise is overly sexist with its

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focus on alluring Bond girls who are often quite disposable. Now we go to

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our correspondent. This classic image of Ursula Andress walking out

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of the ocean in the first part of the movie Doctor Note was in 1962

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and was the version of the Bond girl that became seared into the mind of

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a generation of movie-goers. According to this actress who plays

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a Bond girl in this film come there has thirdly been an evolution in the

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way Bond women are represented, at least in respect to her own

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character. I don't see her as a Bond girl. She's more of a real

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character. She's not like the cliche of the Bond girl. I think Madeleine

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is very different from what you would expect. Well, I can tell you

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that I don't trust you. Thing you have impeccable instincts. What is

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particularly significant in relation to Spectre is the casting of

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51-year-old actress Monica Belluci, the oldest Bond woman in franchise

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history, championed by director Sam Mendes. I am mature, and I think it

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is the first time that we have seen Bond with a woman who is mature. It

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is revolutionary in some ways. Also, Sam wanted to represent this woman

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in her 50s. The Bond girl has caught the attention of double is seven and

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that of academics at universities around the world, including here in

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the United States were scholars to scrutinize the Bond girl phenomenon

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and many see the casting of Monica Bellucci as significant. I think it

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is important insofar as in the past, we have seen Bond girls who were

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sort of mere accessories. Now there is a movement towards developing

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characters that have a little bit more of a background, and depth to

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their stories and I think somebody like her can bring that to the four.

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But not everybody is impressed by Monica Belluci's presents. There

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have been complaints of how little of her ends up on screen. I was

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thrilled to hear that Monica Bellucci was cast as a Bond girl, a

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Bond woman. I was disappointed that she was in it so briefly. She was

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just used and chewed and spat out like any other Bond girl and I think

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it was a terrible waste of a brilliant actress. Academics have

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criticized the disposability of Bond girls for a long time. But it would

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be a stretch to imagine, you think of women as disposable pleasures

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rather than meaningful pursuits. At the end of it, she is either killed,

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disposed, replaced by someone else, and she's always really in accessory

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to Bond, to show that he is up to date with his woman, just like he is

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with his cars and other gadgets. My name is pussy galore. I must be

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dreaming. Critics say there is a long way still to go before a Bond

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girl is even with her predecessor. A stronger bond woman could possibly

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lead to stronger storytelling. I can look after myself. That's beside the

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point. Even if they just did simple things like initiated the

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investigation with the woman, enlisting Bond as an equal

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helpmate, and do go on and have a life, even if we don't follow it on

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screen, which we are not going to. Also a Bond girl who refuses Bond

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but not on the grounds of playing for the sexual chemistry of refusal.

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Those would be great strategies. I'm beginning to like you, Mr Bond. The

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original Bond formula could seem like Ian Fleming has set up

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expectations with producers of the franchise cannot disregard, striking

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a balance between staying true to the Bond formula and adjusting to

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the changing status of women through the decades. It is what Bond films

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now and in the future will have to wrestle with. I think you have made

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your point, thank you for the demonstration. Choose your next

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criticism carefully, Mr Bond, it may be your last. There have been some

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legendary James Bond villains. Along with the glamorous location, Bond

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girls and fast cars come of the Bond villain is an indispensable part of

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the franchise. We go back in history to look at some of the more

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notorious Bond villains to see what they represented to audiences at the

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time. In Washington, DC at this museum, there is a special

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exhibition looking back at Bond villains and the latest artifacts

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from the last 50 years. It is clear that each villain is very much a

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product at the time period in which the film in which they appear was

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made. The ideas that Bond villains are chosen specific reason. Their

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chosen because that is the world is afraid of at the time the movie

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comes out. It has to be somebody who has some menace to him or her in

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some cases. You must be working for the East? Just points on the

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compass. Doctor Note was one of the most mid- tour is villains and he

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plotted nuclear mayhem from his Caribbean lair. This was pertinent

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subject matter at the time of the Cuban missile crisis. He was a lose

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cannon. He was tried to start a nuclear war and people like that

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have the menace to do what American politicians and the Soviet

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politicians were not willing to do. Kill everybody on earth. The real

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fear was, you had a guy you just didn't care. Another notorious Bond

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villain is this one seen here in this film. He has appeared in

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numerous Bond films. You only live twice, Mr Bond. Target vehicle

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passing of her central Russia. So what about nowadays? What forces are

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shaping current James Bond villains ? Skyfall is as advanced as you can

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get because cyber terrorism is at the heart of it and that has become

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a national security consideration for the United States, replacing

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terrorism as the number one foreign-policy concern. That brings

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us to the latest Bond film, Spectre with the villain played by Christoph

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Waltz. Border critics making of him? Are they travelling in their

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boots? When we found out that Christoph Waltz was cast as the Bond

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villain, everyone was very excited because he is done so well for

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Quentin Tarantino what he doesn't quite have the same threat here as

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he brought to that. Something was missing from this villain, and it

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lessened the dramatic impact of this bond. I wasn't fearful of him. He

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may be having less of an impact because he has less screen time

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compared to villains in previous Bond films. But the actor doesn't

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buy that. The villain never has a lot of screen time. He doesn't need

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a lot of screen time. And I feel that I haven't been deprived of

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screen time in this case, at all. That is the economy of storytelling,

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you do what is necessary. It would be a big spoiler to reveal exactly

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who he is, budget is fair to say that he is an archetypal Bond

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villain, not totally unfamiliar to true Bond aficionados. I will leave

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it at that. Spectre makes use of many different

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locations, not just London but also Austria, Italy and Mexico City for

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the film's opening sequence. We have been taking a look at what Bond

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means to those locations at the enough to have 007 operating in

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their midst. When we think the bond, we

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inevitably think of the gadgets, the girls and the licence to kill. But

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one of the most enduring aspects of the franchise has been Bond's

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licence to travel. Over 24 films, he has certainly racked up the air

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miles, visiting over 40 countries on Her Majesty 's Secret Service. When

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the films started in the 1960s it the films started in the 1960s it

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was a lot of wish fulfilment. Can't decide you were not able to visit

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the places you saw on the screen. Nowadays, travel is a lot easier and

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less expensive. You can easily find out where Bond has been filming. You

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might want to go visit that incredibly posh bar or hotel or

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fabulous beach shown on screen. The opening sequence of Spectre sees

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Bond apparently on holiday during the day of the dead Festival in

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Mexico City. At the time it was reported that the film received tens

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of millions of dollars in tax incentives from the country in order

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to film there and to help portray Mexico in a positive light. If you

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want to shoot in an exotic place and you want to have the tax benefits

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from it, you make it look as nice as possible. You certainly do not want

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to put Bond in the middle of Mexico City and make it look like an

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undesirable place. One of the notable features of the great era

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has been the increased presence of the UK in his adventures. Some of

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Spectre's most intense action sequences take place right here in

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the heart of London, with a particularly intense chase involving

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Westminster Bridge. They want to use the city as a character in its own

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right. Bond has also become a poster boy for British tourism, an icon

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that can resonate around the world. The glamour and the luxury and the

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excitement that comes with Bond is absolutely something we want to talk

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about as being part of the experience of coming to Britain. It

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is a collaboration for us, a real opportunity to make the film have

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global reach. Visitors to Glencoe in Scotland increased by over 40% after

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it appeared in the climax of Skyfall. Those nations the trick in

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Spectre will be hoping for a similar boost to the international profile.

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Countries around the world will be happy for him to pop by for a visit.

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Even if he does cause all kinds of mayhem.

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In the new Bond film, Spectre, 007 does spend some time in London. He

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is mostly off in distant locations. How much longer can he spent

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gallivanting around the world as James Bond? He is reportedly under

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contract to do one more film after Spectre. But in recent interviews he

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has given the impression he might not be that interested in

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continuing. So who will take over if he decides to call it quits? They

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just have to be good, I hope, make the film is as good as you can. The

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actor who does pick up the reins from Daniel Craig will join an elite

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group immortalised in wax. There are some obvious qualifications. The

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main qualification, the actor has to be able to act, we never have a poor

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actor. Obviously you have to be a fairly handsome guy. But it is more

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than just a pretty face and a dry martini. He is a multifaceted

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character and any actor will have to betray that. That is the view of the

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fans in this British teashop. He is capable of extreme internal pain,

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but also is a killer. He has a certain feeling of responsibility

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and position. It is a very complex character. You have got a secret.

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Actors from around the world have been mentioned as candidates. Wood

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Bradley Cooper be interested in the role? God no. I am a Bond watcher.

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Bond has got to be British. Maybe it could be another actor somewhere

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else. Chances are the next actor to play Bond will be British. Or a

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convincing enough to pass as a Brit. Who are Bond fans looking to replace

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Daniel? Tommy Winston. Proven box office, hard hit, good solid theatre

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actor. How about we give it to Damian Lewis? I think Damian Lewis

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could get away with it. It needs to be a combination of Benedict

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Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy. The iron fist in the sort of. You need both

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of those components. I would like Tom Hardy to replace Daniel Craig. I

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thought he was really good in Legends, very good-looking. I think

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he would be good follow on. Another strong candidate is British actor

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Idris Elba. Some think a black Bond would not conform to in Fleming's

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original vision. It is not being intolerant or bigoted to say that

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certain characters are so legendary and so indelible to popular culture

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that the shock would be jarring. It would not be the James Bond that we

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know. But actor Matthew Rees, mentioned as a possible future Bond

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himself, likes the idea of Idris Elba in the role. It would be

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fantastic. Ian Fleming created something that has involved. I

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thought you came here to die. It is all a matter of perspective. Whether

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it takes over will find out that their life has been changed. I knew

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that it would pay my life upside down and it did. I am still enjoying

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it. More than I ever did. That brings the special Spectre edition

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of talking movies to a close. We hope you have enjoyed the programme.

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You can always find us online. And you can find us on Facebook as well.

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From me and the rest of the production team in New York and

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London, it is good by as we leave you with the Spectre the theme song

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from Sam Smith. I have been here before.

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But always hear before. I have spent a lifetime running.

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And I always get away. But with you I am feeling

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something. That makes me want to stay.

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I am prepared for this. I never shoot to mess.

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18 degrees makes it very mild through the day on Friday.

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We keep that mild theme through the day, both Saturday and Sunday.

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Talking Movies presents a special programme devoted to the eagerly awaited new James Bond film, Spectre. Hear from Daniel Craig who is making his fourth outing as Bond.


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