To celebrate the premiere of the teaser trailer last Saturday, I will take the opportunity to cover the first location from Spectre. The first scenes were shot in Pinewood studios on 8 December 2014 and the first picture released was a picture of Bond’s bulldog, Jack, which he inherited from M in Skyfall. Jack can now be seen in the trailer, sitting on Bond’s living room table. At the same time we get the first glimpse of Bond’s new apartment.
21A indicates that this scene will take place very early in the film. Another one of the early pictures reveals that one of the books in the pile of books in the living room is ‘The birds of the West Indies’.
The address is No. 1 Stanley Crescent in Notting Hill, which is a district in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Notting Hill was once a cheap and alternative area of the city with low rents, but needless to say, the address today is located in a fashionable part of London.
This will only be the third time in the series that Bond’s home has been featured in one of the films. The last time being Live and Let Die. In that film too, just like in Spectre, Miss Moneypenny came to see Bond at home. This is only one of many similarities between Live and Let Die and Spectre. The teaser poster features Craig in an outfit that is almost identical to what Sir Roger wore in his first outing in 1973.
The director, Sam Mendes, already on his second Bond film has stated that Live and Let Die was the first Bond film that he saw as a child, and it is obvious that Mendes, demonstrated by the success of Skyfall, now dares to go the hole hog. Several other Live and Let Die appellations can be expected.
It is apparent that Bond’s partnership with Macallan that started with Skyfall will continue. Bond can be seen holding a glass of 18 year old Macallan in the trailer.