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Mexico City Welcomes James Bond for Day of The Dead Festival; 'Spectre' Costume Designers Wow with 'Amazing Craftsmanship'

First Posted: Jun 18, 2015 05:00 AM EDT
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Mexico City holds its first-ever Day of the Dead parade inspired by James Bond movie 'Spectre'
"Spectre" in Mexico City

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After two years, the suave and mysterious secret agent and debonair ladies' man James Bond 007 (Daniel Craig) returns to the big screen.

While he has been exposed to some of the most stunning locales during his missions, this time Bond finds himself engulfed in a visually stunning scene centered around the Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) in Mexico City.

The action adventure thriller is the latest chapter in the blockbuster 007 franchise. The cast, crew and incredibly talented costume design team recently visited Mexico City to film the artistic opening sequence during the Day of the Dead festival. Needless to say, the design team brought their A game to create amazing costumes, makeup and floats.

"I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment. It's the Day of the Dead, everywhere you look there's color and detail and life. We've built floats and maquettes, the costumes are extraordinary and the craftsmanship is amazing," says Director Sam Mendes.

Mendes, an Oscar-winning English stage and film director, is most known for "American Beauty," starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Benning and Mena Suvari. He went on to direct films such as "Jarhead," "Revolutionary Road" and "Skyfall," among others.

Costume designer Jamy Temime, costume supervisors Kenny Crouch and Anna Terrazas, crowd hair supervisor Tracey Smith, line producer Stacy Perskie and makeup designer Naomi Donne share their insight and excitement in helping to bring this visually stunning set to life.

"We went to Mexico and found amazing people there. It's their culture so they had to teach me," said Temime. "They worked for six months, but the results are perfect."

"Everyone has been really helpful, the whole community has been amazing. I am very honored to have the opening of a James Bond filmed in Mexico, so we're really excited to see the results," added Perskie.

The dynamic team designed intricate and colorful costumes for 1,500 extras in an impressive 75 minutes.

"The quality of work is amazing," said Donne. "It's going to be the most visually exciting opening to a Bond I think ever."

"Spectre" marks the 24th James Bond adventure -- talk about a franchise!

"A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind 'Spectre.'"

"Spectre" stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista and Andrew Scott.

The action adventure thriller, directed by Mendes, is written by John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Check out the making of the Day of the Dead Festival as well as the official trailer for "Spectre," which is set for global release on Nov. 6, 2015.

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