How many references to classic James Bond films did you spot in the new Spectre trailer?

Musical echoes, clothing crossovers and intriguing plot parallels – here are all the references to James Bond history we can find in the new Daniel Craig Bond

In case you’ve been living under a rock – or in your secret underground lair – the first full Spectre trailer has finally been released, and director Sam Mendes has clearly been doing his James Bond homework.


It’s chock full of references to past 007 films, from musical nudges to costume winks. Here are all the Bond references we’ve pulled out of the two minute 32 second trailer. How many more can you spot?

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

We’ve already been enjoying the musical reference to George Lazenby’s lone outing as Bond, but this isn’t the only nod to the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

In the trailer, we see Bond meeting icy blonde Madeleine Swann (played by Léa Seydoux) in a chilly Alpine setting. Swann, as we already know, is a doctor working in a private medical clinic in the Austrian Alps called the Hoffler Klinik.

This closely mirrors the storyline in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, where Bond visits an anti-allergy clinic in the Swiss Alps – only to find out it’s a secret brainwashing facility run by… Spectre.

Oh, and just to complete the scene, Spectre looks like it’s following a noble tradition of Bond hitting the slopes: The Spy Who Loved Me, A View to A Kill, For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day… We’ve got chills, they’re multiplying. No, wait, wrong film…


When the poster was first revealed, Craig’s outfit looked like classic Roger Moore from Live and Let Die.

After watching the trailer however, we see Bond has expanded his sartorial references. Check out this dashing white tuxedo during a sultry train ride.

That’s right, just like Sean Connery’s outfit in Goldfinger, complete with pleated shirt and what looks like a blood red carnation in the buttonhole.

You Only Live Twice

While we’re on the subject of clothes, let’s step away from Bond for a moment and take a look at his latest nemesis, the mysterious Franz Oberhauser played by Christoph Waltz.

Except, after seeing him in that sleek Mao suit, surely there’s no more debate: he’s Blofeld right? Or at least sporting a heavy nod to the classic Bond villain who has appeared in seven films so far – and who first showed his face in 1967’s You Only Live Twice.

No scar? No matter, Ernst Stavro has had many faces over the years. Just like Bond himself.

Live and Let Die

It’s not just the outfits that send us back into Bond’s history though. Spectre’s opening setting in Mexico City during the Day of the Dead holiday, complete with skull masks and subterfuge, has a visual echo in the voodoo mystery at the heart of Live and Let Die.

Director Sam Mendes has a particular affection for the 1973 Moore outing after watching it as a ten-year-old: “It was adult sexuality, weird glamour, violence… it was really powerful,” he said last year.

Licence to Kill

Bond going rogue, Bond disobeying orders, Bond with “no authority”… Yep, it’s a familiar starting point for this most temperamental of British agents, but perhaps the best example of 007 heading off without the backing of MI6 comes in Timothy Dalton’s Licence to Kill, where that deadly “licence” is revoked by M after he kills DEA agent Ed Killifer.

It’s OK though, because Bond still manages to find a little off-the-books assistance from Q… just like Spectre.

Die Another Day

In the Spectre trailer, right after being introduced to his latest glorious Aston Martin, Bond has a quiet word in Q’s ear. “Make me disappear,” he says.

Does the link between the car and the vanishing act remind you of anything? How about the much-maligned ‘invisible car’ in Die Another Day? 

“Wish I could make you vanish!” Q says wearily after Bond blows a hole through his instruction manual. Now, in Spectre, he finally has his wish.

Spectre will be released in UK cinemas from the 26th October 2015


Anthony Horowitz is speaking at this year’s Radio Times Festival ahead of the release of his James Bond novel Trigger Mortis. Tickets for the event Writing Bond on Sunday 27th September at Hampton Court Palace are available here.