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Sony Releases Behind-the-Scenes Look at ‘Spectre’ Special Effects (watch!)

Daniel Craig stars in his fourth and likely last James Bond film 'Spectre.  It hits theaters in November. (Photo: Sony)

Daniel Craig stars in his fourth and likely last James Bond film ‘Spectre. It hits theaters in November. (Photo: Sony)

If the action in the new James Bond film “Spectre” is anything, it will be real– or as close to real as possible, says Director Sam Mendes. He explains in a new behind-the-scenes trailer released today (Sept. 23) by Sony, which has a lot riding on the picture.

The film stars Daniel Craig as Agent 007 and Monica Bellucci

as the beautiful and off-limits widow of an infamous criminal.

Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as SPECTRE. It’s been able to operate below the radar of intelligence agencies until Bond sets out to crack it, according to the movie synopsis.

Like all Bond films, the action is fast and furious and this one hews to the Bond tradition to make the special effects as real as possible.

“The philosophy of the Bond franchise, and mine particularly as a film maker, is to do things for real. So you have to roll up your sleeves and work it out,” he says.

The film includes massive special effects sequences that involve tremendous explosions, car crashes and a spectacular airplane crash, according to the trailer.

“There’s something we haven’t done before where we have three cars and a plane,” says Second Unit Director Alexander Witt. “I think it’s going to be a great scene and the audience is going to love it.”

Movie makers also had to contend with harsh weather conditions, from snow capped mountains to a harsh desert environment.

“Spectre” featured prominently in a massive hack of Sony internal files by a ring believed to have ties to North Korea. Sony executives were captured in emails wringing their hands over the script. It ended up being substantially re-written.

John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth are getting the screenwriting credit, with the story by Logan, Purvis and Wade.

Despite the embarrassing revelations, “Spectre” is highly anticipated and is expected to perform on par with other Bond films. It’s expected to be Craig’s fourth and last as the storied secret agent.

Bond definitely has his hands full after he goes rogue.

Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions his actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 under Agent M (Ralph Fiennes).

Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help find Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen).

She may hold the clue to untangling SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

The picture hits theaters in the United States on Nov. 6.

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