There are few movies being released this year that are as fiendishly anticipated as "Spectre," the new James Bond film starring Daniel Craig. Production recently got underway, and Sony and MGM have helpfully released a behind-the-scenes clip of a giant action set piece that takes place in the snowy mountains of Austria. (Seriously, though, how in the hell are they getting this movie shot, edited, and all effects'd up by November? Good lord that seems like an undertaking.)
You only see the briefest glimpses of what they're actually shooting, since the movie is, like all Bond productions, notoriously secretive. But you do get to see Craig running around and shooting a gun as 007, plus brief interviews with new Bond girl Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista, who presumably plays a big scary henchman. Still no sight of Christoph Waltz, who plays the big bad, although when I ran into him at a "Big Eyes" press conference, he told me he wasn't shooting for a little while.
As production designer Dennis Gassner says in the clip, the hopes are to top "Skyfall," the last Bond joint and the first to gross over $1 billion worldwide (the reason: it was arguably the best and most gorgeous 007 movie ever). Director Sam Mendes and screenwriters John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade have returned for their second go-around, so it seems like they just might live up to those lofty goals. "Spectre," which also stars Ben Wishaw, Naomi Harris, Monica Bellucci, and Ralph Fiennes, opens on November 6th.