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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


truly dynamic opening in Mexico City. The action thereafter takes


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


about the dangers when the government has total surveillance


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


high reviews from several publications including the Telegraph


and the Guardian soppy further afield, reviews from Canada were


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


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


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


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


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


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


there called Spectre overly long, unsatisfying and in elegant with


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


towards addressing concerns that the franchise is overly sexist with its


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


our correspondent. This classic image of Ursula Andress walking out


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


particularly significant in relation to Spectre is the casting of


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


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


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


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


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


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


the United States were scholars to scrutinize the Bond girl phenomenon


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


investigation with the woman, enlisting Bond as an equal


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


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


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


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


original Bond formula could seem like Ian Fleming has set up


expectations with producers of the franchise cannot disregard, striking


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


exhibition looking back at Bond villains and the latest artifacts


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


plotted nuclear mayhem from his Caribbean lair. This was pertinent


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


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


have the menace to do what American politicians and the Soviet


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


a national security consideration for the United States, replacing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


it at that. Spectre makes use of many different


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


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


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


their midst. When we think the bond, we


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the heart of London, with a particularly intense chase involving


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Even if he does cause all kinds of mayhem.


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


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


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


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


has given the impression he might not be that interested in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


certain characters are so legendary and so indelible to popular culture


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


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


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


fantastic. Ian Fleming created something that has involved. I


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


from Sam Smith. I have been here before.


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


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


something. That makes me want to stay.


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


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


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


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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