Blood, Sweat and Bond follows the production of the 24th James Bond film, taking you behind the scenes of Spectre. We’ve picked out two photographs from the behind the opening scenes of the film, set during Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico City. Director Sam Mendes and Production Designer Dennis Gassner give an insight into why Day of the Dead celebrations were chosen to feature in the opening scene of this epic film.
‘I wanted that combination of sinister and celebratory that you can only get with something like Day of the Dead. When the film opens, it’s almost like the perfect mission and everything is going to plan, but then there’s a game-changing moment.’ - Sam Mendes
Daniel Craig as Bond draws focus among 1,500 Spectre extras during the Day of the Dead celebration scenes in Zócalo Square, Mexico City, 27 March 2015. Photograph by Jonathan Olley.
‘I asked Sam what he would like to see as a starting point for the film and he said ‘why don’t we look for something hot and cold?’ we travelled to Mexico, Austria and Morocco. We just kept expanding and expanding the concept’ - Dennis Gassner
Behind the scenes; Daniel Craig (Bond), Stephanie Sigman (Estrella) and Sam Mendes (Director) in the Grand Hotel, Mexico City. Photograph by Jonathan Olley.
Curated by Rankin, Blood, Sweat and Bond features work by an ensemble of photographers that capture rare off-screen moments and chart some of the Bond series’ most spectacular stunts and special effects. The book features imagery from Jonathan Olley, Brigitte Lacombe, Mary McCartney, Anderson & Low and Graciela Iturbide.