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'Spectre': James Bond looks ahead -- really far ahead

'Spectre': James Bond looks ahead -- really far ahead

Monday brought some notable news in the world of James Bond, the kind that sends the blog world into a tizzy. It was the day that Sony dropped the first significant behind-the-scenes featurette (a vlog, in the studio’s coinage) for “Spectre.” “Spectre” is of course the new 007 installment — starring Daniel Craig and arriving three years to the weekend from earlier smash “Skyfall — and the vlog offered a glimpse into a key scene. In the footage, director Sam Mendes explains how, for the colorful and mask-filled opening sequence, he and the crew re-created a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico, a production piece so elaborate that it featured...