Spectre at the Vue, Glasgow Fort


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I have always been a HUGE James Bond fan girl, especially since Daniel Craig stepped into the role, so when I was invited by Suzanne of Hummingbird Communications to attend an release day viewing of Spectre, the latest Bond offering, I jumped at the chance.

The showing was being held at the Vue Glasgow Fort, my favourite shopping centre, located just a few miles from Glasgow City Centre and home to all of my favourite shops, bars and restaurants – best of all it has almost 2000 free parking spaces. The Vue cinema is a state-of-the art multiplex containing 8 screens, three of which are equipped with Real D 3D technology and is the only cinema in Scotland with Dolby Atmos, which produces the richest, most powerful and realistic audio imaginable.

Spectre began in Mexico city during a festival called the Day of the Dead, and sets the scene for the rest of the movie with its colourful costumes, dramatic action scenes and exotic locations. As well as Mexico the film features another four international locations – Rome, Austria, London and Morocco.

Although Bond himself continues (for now at least) to be played by Daniel Craig, and the writing team has stayed the same, the others involved in the film are new to the genre. Spectre is directed by the very talented Sam Mendes, there are two bond girls, the beautiful Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci and the villain is Chistoph Waltz, everyones favourite baddie!!!

Finally I have to mention the theme song, Writings On the Wall by Sam Smith. The Bond theme has only twice before been performed by a man – Paul McCartney  sang Live and Let Die and Duran Duran gave us A View to a Kill. I was incredulous when told no Bond theme has EVER before made it to number 1 – until now!!

Well done Sam, it is a wonderful song!

I really enjoyed this movie, everything about it was vibrant, spectacular and larger than life.


In conclusion, here are some fun facts about Spectre:

What does SPECTRE stand for? Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion
Goals: Profiteering from conflict between the superpowers, eventual world domination
Methods: Counter-intelligence, brainwashing, murder, extortion using weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological and orbital)
Leader: Criminal genius Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Executive cabinet: 21 people including former Gestapo members, Soviet spy group SMERSH, Josep Tito’s secret police, Italian, Corsican and Turkish organised crime gangs
Prominent members: Dr Julius No, Emilio Largo, Irma Bunt, Rosa Klebb, Mr Osatu, Fiona Volpe
Address: 136 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris; also SPECTRE Island
Front organisation: International Brotherhood for the Assistance of Stateless Persons, a refugee charity
Appears in: Dr No, Thunderball, From Russia With Love, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, SPECTRE
Last seen: Diamonds Are Forever (film), 1971
Why the long break? A long-running copyright dispute between the Fleming estate and producer Kevin McClory
Did you know?Bond author Ian Fleming invented SPECTRE in 1959 to replace James Bond’s usual, Soviet, enemies. Fleming believed the Cold War might be about to end and wanted to keep his spy thrillers relevant

Have you seen Spectre yet? What did you think?