As Mexicans celebrated their conventional Day of the Dead November 1-2 holiday, skulls and giant skeleton couple towered over the red carpet.
The movie’s launch sequence is defined in the historic center in Mexico City over the course of a celebration of the religious day, using a breathtaking helicopter action scene.
“To have a film premiere of a film that starts at the Day of the Dead, on the Day of the Dead, it’s somewhat fitting, would not you say?” Waltz said.
Producer Barbara Broccoli said the movie’s opening sequence “is among the very most critical scenes in the film.” Traditionally, they’ve been quite tough to beat and that I think we actually have conquered all the ones before with this particular sequence,” she said. Bond girl Lea Seydoux commended the film’s global appeal.
“Because it’s an iconic film, understood all around the world, it is pleasant to find out this excitement also to see that (the film) touches, in a way, all cultures and all generations,” the French performer said.
The film made its world premiere in London on October 26. It opens at the finish of the week in Mexican and US theatres. “We filmed the Day of the Dead sequence, it ended up being a fabulous experience and today we come back on the Day of the Dead to get our opening, and it is brilliant. It simply is a great celebration,” said co-producer Michael Wilson.
Some controversy marked the filming of the Mexico City scenes, with reports the government was worried that the villain would be Mexican, damaging the standing of a state whose image has been hurt by drug violence.
Producers denied reports the script was altered in the request of executives from MGM Studios and Sony Pictures, keen to spend less after the government offered $14 million in tax incentives in return to get an improved image.
The website taxanalysts.com, mentioning leaked Sony emails, had reported that the changes included that a worldwide leader ought to be assassinated instead of Mexico City’s mayor, which Bond’s nemesis must not be Mexican. While Wilson said the authorities had raised some issues, he denied the screenplay was altered since the bad guy was constantly planning to be Italian.