Spectreville (my replacement idea for Spectre)

edited October 2017 in Fan Creations Posts: 676
After finding Spectre a frustrating experience, I thought I'd have a bit of fun trying to create my ideal replacement film, which I've called Spectreville. It borrows some ideas from the officially released film (PTS, casting of Waltz and Bellucci, Mr. White's return, a base that's invisible to radar, etc) and many ideas from Fleming, as well. The tone of the film would be decidedly fantastical (the villain is basically a cowboy and has an identical twin; Dennis Gassner would return for some Ken Adam-esque sets), but also tense and dark (courtesy of Kathryn Bigelow's expertise at building tension, Jonny Greenwood's unsettling music and some of the plot developments).

My ideas aren't perfect - I don't have the time or talent to polish the whole thing to perfection - and Spectreville is only one possible direction EON could have taken in 2015. It's not supposed to be some kind of definitive replacement that everyone will love (for example, I understand that a female Blofeld is very polarizing). Still, perhaps someone will get a kick out of reading what I've written. So here it is.

Film title: Spectreville
Year: 2015
Locations: Mexico City, London, Seychelles, Texas, Austria, Norway
Song by: Radiohead
Music by: Jonny Greenwood
Main titles by: Daniel Kleinman
Production design by: Dennis Gassner
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Runtime: Approx. 135 min.

Synopsis: Bond uncovers Spectreville, an Old West ghost town where hitmen hunt the enemies of international criminal organization SPECTRE – the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.

Major action sequences: Sniping & helicopter fight in Mexico City; bull wrestling in Texas; snowmobiles & ski "parkour" in Norwegian mountains; battle in Spectreville.

Cast:

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(top, L-R)
Daniel Craig as James Bond, a British secret agent.
Melanie Laurent as Vivienne Martinique, an undercover French agent.
Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter, CIA agent.
Ralph Fiennes as M, head of the British secret service.

(bottom, L-R)
Clancy Brown as Jack Spang, an eccentric cowboy millionaire / Seraffimo Spang, identical twin of Jack.
Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, the abused wife of Seraffimo Spang.
Christoph Waltz as Willy Krebs, Jack Spang’s slimy right hand man.
Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, member of SPECTRE.
Cate Blanchett as Number 1 (Irma Stavro Blofeld), head of SPECTRE.

(not pictured)
Ben Whishaw as Q, gadget master.
Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, M’s secretary.

Notes:

• Blofeld (known only as Number 1) is not bald and has no eye scar.
• SPECTRE does not use octopus rings or insignia.
• Blofeld casting would not be announced, and the character would not appear in marketing (casting of Waltz as Krebs would be misdirection).
• The story’s sole connection to previous films is Mr. White / Quantum (which is taken over by SPECTRE). No mention of Vesper, Silva, dead M, etc.
• A modified version of Radiohead's song “Spectre” (one with a chorus added) would feature over the titles sequence.
• Story is focused on Bond’s relationships (with Spang, Viv, Lucia and Felix).

Plot summary:

After an explosive mission in Mexico City, James Bond takes some leave in the Seychelles, where he meets Seraffimo Spang and his wife, Lucia Sciarra, who Spang abuses. Spang dies mysteriously in the night, and although Bond suspects Lucia of murder, he accepts her invitation to visit her home in Texas. They visit a Texas casino, where Bond is surprised to meet Seraffimo Spang’s identical twin, Jack Spang, an eccentric cowboy millionaire and owner of the casino. Bond dines with Felix Leiter, who is investigating the Spangs. Bond is also introduced to Vivienne Martinique, the casino’s manager, and both Bond and Viv are invited to spend a few days at the Spang ranch. While there, Bond learns that Jack Spang is a hitman, and Spang offers Bond a position as his partner. Bond’s first job: kill Viv, who is outed as French intelligence. Bond injures Spang and escapes with Viv. Spang disappears while Lucia is placed in witness protection in England.

Bond follows a lead to Austria, where he finds his old friend Mr. White, who has been poisoned for disloyalty to the criminal organization SPECTRE, which has taken over Quantum. White objected to “Spectreville,” a secret fortress housing an Old West ghost town where the Spang twins hunt SPECTRE’s enemies for sport. He tells Bond how to access SPECTRE’s next meeting so that Bond can kill their leader, Number 1. At the meeting, Number 1 reveals she knows about the security breach and kills White. SPECTRE goons rush Bond, who escapes in a snowmobile and ski chase.

Bond teams with Leiter and Viv to destroy Spectreville; on the way there, Bond is captured and taken to Spang, who wants to create an elaborate snuff film of Bond’s death for the amusement of SPECTRE. Spang hunts Bond across the ghost town while Leiter and Viv work to destroy the fortress. Bond is beaten badly by Spang, but is able to kill Spang by blowing up his personal train while he’s on board. Bond and Viv are rushed to hospital, where they recover. Bond wants to see Viv romantically, but she has a fiancé in Paris. Bond calls Felix and they go to dinner.

Full story outline: (starts on page 2 of PDF)

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/evd638m52xepx4c/SPECTREVILLE (2015) 2.pdf

Music:

Here are a couple Jonny Greenwood tracks, if you'd like to get a feel for his film scoring:





Misc:

I envisioned the SPECTRE HQ being filmed at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland (seen below).

Krakow_Salt_Mine.jpg

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If you have any thoughts about these ideas (or any original ideas of your own), feel free to share!

Comments

  • CigaretteLeiterCigaretteLeiter United States
    Posts: 100
    It's solid, but I'd change Clancy Brown to Jeff Bridges, because all I think of when I hear Clancy's voice is Mr. Krabs.
  • QuantumOrganizationQuantumOrganization We have people everywhere
    Posts: 1,187
    Too big a name! Budget would swell to 300m+! Next!
  • Posts: 676
    It's solid, but I'd change Clancy Brown to Jeff Bridges, because all I think of when I hear Clancy's voice is Mr. Krabs.
    Even when Clancy Brown uses his regular speaking voice, you are reminded of Mr. Krabs?
  • Posts: 123
    I like this. Seems to check all the boxes and makes good use of Fleming’s DAF, Moonraker and The Hildebrand Rarity (and perhaps others I missed) without feeling forced. Solid cast list as well. Was Spectreville meant to mimic the Garden of Death from YOLT? I can’t recall how the original Spectreville was used in Fleming’s DAF.
  • edited February 2017 Posts: 676
    coco1997 wrote: »
    I like this. Seems to check all the boxes and makes good use of Fleming’s DAF, Moonraker and The Hildebrand Rarity (and perhaps others I missed) without feeling forced. Solid cast list as well. Was Spectreville meant to mimic the Garden of Death from YOLT? I can’t recall how the original Spectreville was used in Fleming’s DAF.
    Thanks! Spectreville was pretty much the same as it appears in DAF - it's an Old West ghost town owned by Spang, Bond is tortured there - with the addition of the town's purpose (SPECTRE's enemies are taken there to be killed). Not quite like the Garden of Death, where people kill themselves voluntarily.
  • CigaretteLeiterCigaretteLeiter United States
    Posts: 100
    Milovy wrote: »
    It's solid, but I'd change Clancy Brown to Jeff Bridges, because all I think of when I hear Clancy's voice is Mr. Krabs.
    Even when Clancy Brown uses his regular speaking voice, you are reminded of Mr. Krabs?

    Yep.
  • Posts: 676
    Has anyone else given this a read? Would love to hear your thoughts. (I've added a plot summary to the original post, for those who don't have the time and/or inclination to read the entire story outline.)
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