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The Bond references in SPECTRE (SPOILERS)

The Bond references in SPECTRE (SPOILERS)

The new Bond film SPECTRE surprises with the inclusion of many classic elements, but also references to older Bond films and novels. It’s almost impossible to spot all of them after seeing the film once, so here’s a list highlighting some:

  • MI6 Safehouse is named “Hildebrand” which comes from a short story by Ian Fleming entitled “The Hildebrand Rarity”
  • Blofeld sets the timer to 3 minutes, just like Alec Trevelyan did in “GoldenEye”
  • M’s office has almost the same design as offices from the films before 1995, the fireplace is identical
  • The OMEGA watch worn by Bond has a NATO strap, so did Bond’s Rolex in “Goldfinger”
  • Bond and Tanner in a boat going to see Q, reminiscent of “From Russia With Love” where Bond and Kerim Bey spy on the Russian embassy in Istanbul
  • A skeleton costume has previously been seen on Baron Samedi in “Live and Let Die”
  • Bond’s home is shown, like in “Live and Let Die” where Moneypenny was also present
  • The Rolls Royce Silver Wraith seen in Morocco is the same model used by Kerim Bey in “From Russia With Love” and by Kristatos in “For Your Eyes Only”. It also appears in Fleming’s novel “Dr. No”
  • Q helps Bond while on an unsanctioned mission, this previously happened in “Licence To Kill”
  • The SPECTRE meeting room is reminiscent of that in “Thunderball”
  • The Aston Martin DB10 features an ejector seat, just like the DB5 in “Goldfinger”
  • Blofeld’s scar is almost identical to the one seen in “You Only Live Twice”
  • Bond is unimpressed by Blofeld’s meteor, just as unimpressed as in “Dr. No” of the villains huge fish tank
  • The Hoffler Klinik is reminiscent of Piz Gloria in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” which also served as a clinic
  • It’s not the first time for Bond’s Aston Martin to be in a chase with a Jaguar, the combination also occured in “Die Another Day” with the Aston Martin Vanquish and the Jaguar XKR
  • The main title sequence features imagery from past Bond films, so does the main title of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”
  • The Day of the Dead Parade reminds of the Junkanoo in “Thunderball” and the carnival in “Moonraker”
  • Hotel and lift in the Mexico sequence are the same as in “Licence To Kill”
  • The closure of the 00 section has been a topic in the Bond novels by John Gardner
  • Bond shoots at a large window like in “Licence To Kill”
  • The hotel room in Mexico is #327, same number as in the hotel in “Quantum of Solace”
  • Bond talks to a mouse, in “Diamonds Are Forever” he talks to a rat
  • The pre-title sequence of “For Your Eyes Only” also included helicopter stunts
  • Bond lands on a couch, he also does so in “You Only Live Twice”
  • Bond chains Hinx to barrels, like in “A View To A Kill” with the soldier on the snowmobile
  • The death of Hinx is not shown, similar to “Jaws” in “The Spy Who Loved Me” who later returned in “Moonraker”
  • The white Dinner jacket with red carnation is from “Goldfinger”
  • The helicopter loop had previously been filmed for “GoldenEye” but was cut from the final film. However, it appears in one of the trailers.
  • The wings of the plane in Austria break off, this also happens in “Live and Let Die” and “GoldenEye”
  • Bond shoots an enemy helicopter with his service weapon, he also does that in “The World Is Not Enough”
  • The finale in the MI6 building reminds of Scaramanga’s fun house in “The Man With The Golden Gun”
  • Blofeld is protected by security glass when Bond shoots at him, just like Renard in “The World Is Not Enough”
  • Following an explosion caused by Bond, Blofeld is disfigured. This also happens to Alec Trevelyan in “GoldenEye” and Zao in “Die Another Day”
  • Bond mentions that mental institutions are full of madmen like Blofeld, he also says this to Dr. No
  • Bond sees Hinx approaching on a reflecting surface, like on the yacht in “GoldenEye”
  • The Pevsner hotel mentioned by Q in Austria was named after the late Executive Producer Tom Pevsner
  • Madeleine talks of killing a man who came into her father’s house. In “Dr. No”, Honey Rider tells a similar tale.
  • The torture scene was lifted from the novel “Colonel Sun” by Kingsley Amis
  • The train fight is a homage to “From Russia With Love”, “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Live and Let Die”
  • In the background of Q’s workshop, a dark Aston Martin is in repairs. It resembles the one driven by Bond in “Quantum of Solace”
  • Bond says “STAY!” to a security guard at the Hoffler Klinik. In “Octopussy”, he said “SIT!” to a tiger in the jungle.
  • Bond and Madeleine are put in seperate rooms at Blofeld’s meteor crater lair. This previously happened in “Dr. No”. The rooms even have 1960’s style furniture.

It can be expected, that more references will pop up in due time. If you have spotted another, be sure to let us know!

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Michael Evan James - 09. Nov, 2015 - Reply

Hi Benjamin! Great job on all the references you spotted! I also noticed a couple more, like the outfit Bond wore in Tangier (black polo tee and beige jacket) was the same as what Timothy Dalton wore in The Living Daylights – also in Tangier.

There was also the exchange between Bond and Blofeld:

Blofeld: “So James, why did you come?”
Bond: “I came here to kill you.”
Blofeld: “And I thought you came here to die.”

It’s very similar to the famous exchange between Bond and Goldfinger which culminated with the line “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!”

One more I noticed was Bond’s watch – when he activated its “alarm”, the watch’s hands and numbers turned red – similar to when Bond activated the magnet in his Rolex in Live And Let Die.

There may have been more that I missed out as well, but thanks for your post!


Rolands - 09. Nov, 2015 - Reply

Smartblood might be a nod to microchip implanted in 007 hand in Casino Royale. The scenes are extremely similar – he is asked to extend his hand and gets an implant without knowing beforehand what that is. M is extremely mad at him both times and does not trust him.

AB441 - 10. Nov, 2015 - Reply

The helicopter scene is a bit similar to that of Licence to Kill Seaplane Fight.