In what could be considered worrying foreshadowing — or, considering the way the previous installment ended, a tribute to fallen comrades — a new behind-the-scenes video reveals that the opening sequence of the next James Bond movie Spectre takes place during a Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City.
“I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment,” director Sam Mendes explained during the video, which focuses on the practical elements of creating the scene. “It’s the Day of the Dead; everywhere you look there’s color and detail and life. We’ve built floats and maquettes, the costumes are extraordinary and the craftsmanship is amazing.”
“Everyone has been very helpful, the whole community has been amazing,” said line producer Stacy Perskie, who added that they were “very honored” to have the opening of the movie shot in the city. “We’re really excited to see the result.” In March, reports claimed that the production was allegedly receiving $20 million for portraying Mexico in a positive light.
Missing from the video (which can be seen below) is any sign of Daniel Craig as the British super spy, or a hint about what actually happens during the opening scenes; we see a parade of revelers, but no clue as to what role they play in the traditional action sequence that launches each Bond movie.
Spectre opens Nov. 6.