Spectre sets James Bond running time record

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 October 2015
Daniel Craig


'Spectre' has the longest running time of any James Bond movie ever, at nearly 2.5 hours

'Spectre' is the longest ever James Bond movie to be made.

The Sam Mendes-directed film is nearly two and a half hours long and has outrun the previous records set by 'Casino Royale' and 'Skyfall - which clocked up an impressive 144 and 143 minutes respectively - at a whopping 148 minutes, according to official ticketing information.

What's more, the record-breaking movie spawned the franchise's first ever theme tune, written and performed by 23-year-old pop star Sam Smith, to reach number one in the UK charts with 'Writings on The Wall'.

Daniel Craig - the franchise's seventh actor to play the British spy - revealed he put every idea he ever had in his "Bond bank" into 'Spectre' and has no idea what's coming in the next installment.

He told Shortlist: "Every idea I've had for a Bond movie, I've stuck into this one. It's gone in. The Bond bank is dry. If you're asking me what would I do with another Bond movie? I haven't a clue. Go into space? Let's do it! they already did it. Let's do it again."

'Spectre' - which also stars Naomie Harris and Monica Bellucci - opens later this month.


  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 2h 28min
  • 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…