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  • There is long tradition of British Intelligence chiefs being referred to by a single initial. William Melville, the founder of the Secret Service Bureau and Maxwell Knight the head of MI5 were both referred as "M" whilst Sir Ormonde Winter, head of intelligence in Dublin Castle was known as "O". Hugh Dansey, head of MI6 in World War II was known as Z. The Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) traditionally signs documents in green ink with the letter "C"; originating with the first Chief, Mansfield Smith-Cumming (1859-1923). Edit (Coming Soon)

  • It's most likely a leftover from the War of Independence/Civil War in neighbouring Algeria, we don't know how long SPECTRE has been around so it may have played a role in these conflicts. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • SPECTRE is an acronym standing for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. It is a fictional global terrorist organization featured in the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming and prominent in the 1960s James Bond films. In Spectre, however, SPECTRE is never used in a way to suggest its name is an acronym. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • According to the film, all of the things that happened in the previous three movies were directly or indirectly influenced by SPECTRE and Blofeld and all villains were also (indirectly) working for SPECTRE ("You've come across me so many times, yet you never saw me.") in an attempt to ruin Bond's personal life and gain world domination, which they almost achieved by activating the new surveillance network. Another possibility is that SPECTRE financed and influenced the activities of these prior villains, but may not have expected them to be brought down by James Bond or may not have endorsed all of their actions in these films. One example of this would be Le Chiffre—Quantum of Solace already established him as a member of Quantum, and Spectre goes a step further by making Quantum an arm of SPECTRE. As a result, we can view Le Chiffre as a member of the various arms of SPECTRE, but that isn't to say that they are the ones telling him what to do directly or that they would have necessarily endorsed his high-stakes poker game. It's also possible Blofeld was simply playing mind games with Bond and trying to take credit for all of his previous hardships. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The "dead are alive" at the beginning of the film is a reference to the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico, the setting for the pre-title teaser in the film. More information can be read here. In a more thematic sense, it probably refers to all the people that died being around Bond in the previous movies (Vesper Lynd, Sévérine, M, Le Chiffre etc.), which is also referenced throughout the film by Blofeld, especially at the old MI6 headquarters at the finale of the film—when Bond walks into the building, he sees the memorial wall that M had talked about when confronting Silva after his capture ("Your [real] name is on the memorial wall of the very building you attacked. I will have it struck off"). The current iteration of Bond (since Casino Royale) paints him as a broken man, probably haunted by all those people in his past who died from being around him. Blofeld says he's responsible for all their deaths to ruin Bond. It could also be a reference to Oberhauser, as he is thought to have died as a child but is found to still be alive. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • No, but at the very end of the film, we do see the familiar phrase "James Bond will return." Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Spectre follows the conventional Bond film formula to a T. It's a recipe with clearly defined ingredients: the extravagant opening scene, the theme song delivered by a prominent pop star, the talking-to by M, the Bond girl who either rescues or is rescued, Bond's total control of every situation, etc. Read here for a more in-depth rundown of how the film fulfills the formula. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Producers reportedly refused to use Android phones in Spectre, because James Bond only uses the best. Aston Martin provided ten DB10 car models that were designed and produced specially for the movie. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • The Spectre film tells us that the SPECTRE organization has been behind the events of the last three Bond films—so why haven't we heard anything about it in those films? And why is villain Blofeld back after all these years? Apparently, the copyright surrounding Spectre and Blofeld had been tied up in a long legal battle that only resolved by the mid-2010s. Read here for a full explanation of the lengthy legal dispute. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • It looks like it, but it isn't. As Hoyte van Hoytema, the film's cinematographer, told The Hollywood Reporter, "It looks like one take but that was not possible." It was achieved by editing together several long takes with carefully-placed wipes and a small amount of CGI. The first shot was lensed with a Technocrane, which created the establishing shot, then lowering the camera and zooming in to follow the actors. A transition occurs when Bond and the woman enter the hotel, which is actually on a different street. A Steadicam picks up the actors, following them through the lobby and into an elevator. The hotel room is a set built at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. When 007 goes out the window, a camera on a Technocrane follows Craig as he strolls across the rooftops to find his target. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • She knew too much and could represent a danger for the organization. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • A cuckoo is a family of birds of several species. Some of these species are known to lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, leaving their brood to be raised by the bird that built the nest. Oberhauser/Blofeld's side remark to Bond during the meeting was a suggestion that Bond had intruded on Blofeld's life growing up. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • During the escape, we see Bond shoot specific valves that cause some minor gas explosions. Presumably this causes a chain reaction which eventually destroys the entire system. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • As Blofeld says, the drill needs to hit a precise mark to inflict the damage he intended. Therefore it's likely to assume he missed the mark but it still caused Bond intense pain. Alternatively Blofeld may have been exaggerating to get Bond to talk or perhaps to get Dr Swann to talk as well. Edit (Coming Soon)

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