For Immediate Release
James Bond Returns to Ludlow in "Spectre" on October 14
FOLA's (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) next movie will be "Spectre", a James Bond feature, onin the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
Spectre (2012) is the twenty-fourth spy film in the James Bond film series produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures. It is Daniel Craig's fourth performance as James Bond, and the second film in the series directed by Sam Mendes following Skyfall, with a screenplay written by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth.
The story sees Bond pitted against the global criminal organisation Spectre and their leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Bond attempts to thwart Blofeld's plan to launch a global surveillance network, and discovers Spectre and Blofeld were behind the events of the previous three films. The film marks Spectre and Blofeld's first appearance in an Eon Productions film since 1971's Diamonds Are Forever with Christoph Waltz playing the organisation's leader. Several recurring James Bond characters, including M, Q and Eve Moneypenny return, with the new additions of Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Andrew Scott as Max Denbigh, and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra.
Spectre was filmed from December 2014 to July 2015, with locations in Austria, the United Kingdom, Italy, Morocco and Mexico. The action scenes prioritised practical effects and stunts, while still employing computer-generated imagery made by five different companies. Spectre was estimated to have cost around $245 million, making it the most expensive Bond film and one of the most expensive films ever made.
The film was released on 26 October 2015 in the United Kingdom, fifty years after release of Thunderball (1965), thirty years after release of A View to a Kill (1985), and twenty years after release of GoldenEye (1995), on the same night as the world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London, followed by a worldwide release which included IMAX screenings. It was released in the United States, on 6 November. Upon its release, Spectre received mostly favourable reviews from critics, with its acting, suspense, action sequences, and the performances of Waltz and Bautista receiving notable acclaim. The theme song "Writing's on the Wall", performed and co-written by the British singer Sam Smith, won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Spectre grossed over a total of $880 million worldwide, the second largest unadjusted income for the series after Skyfall. A sequel is set for a 2019 date.