Spectre producer denies changing script for incentives

Michael G Wilson - the producer of the new Bond film 'Spectre' - has denied the script was changed to secure incentives in Mexico

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'Spectre' producer Michael G Wilson has denied the script was changed to secure incentives in Mexico.

According to the website Tax Analysts, leaked emails show Mexico made suggestions about a number of aspects of the eagerly-awaited new James Bond movie, including the nationality of an actress and the villain, as well as the villain's intended victim and some specific shots.

However, the producer of 'Spectre' - which will see Daniel Craig reprise the role of the iconic action hero - has denied the claims, saying: "There is nothing in the script that we hadn't had before. The villain was always an Italian ... we already shot that in Rome."

He also refuted accusations that Mexico had insisted on having a Mexican actor in a role known as 'Estrella' in exchange for possible incentives.

Wilson said: "We always had a Mexican actress [Stephanie Sigman] playing this part."

He did, however, admit there were incentives linked to 'Spectre', but said they weren't anything unusual in the film industry.

He added: "Everywhere we go we have incentives.

"Sometimes they're taxes; sometimes they're other kind of incentives. You can get co-operation, you can get things you would usually pay for for free and all that."

Spectre

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 148 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Stephanie Sigman
  • UK release: 26 October 2015

James Bond (Craig) comes up against a global crime syndicate, while back at home, the 00 programme is under threat from reckless moderniser C (Scott). With its swagger, dry humour and frequent, well-executed action it's a solid crowdpleaser, but the story is predictable, the characterisation is thin and overall it lacks…

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