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Sony Pictures tries to reel in lavish £190m James Bond 'Spectre' movie latest leak reveals

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By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

December 12, 2014 | 2 min read

James Bond’s next outing ‘Spectre’ will be the most expensive movie in the franchise yet, according to documents leaked in the Sony Pictures hack.

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Documents leaked by the Guardians of Peace (GoP) hacking collective put the movie’s budget at £190m - they also revealed that producers were keen to tighten the movie's purse strings.

Emails from Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM Studios, which were stolen from Sony Pictures, the distributer of the movie, said: We recognise that this movie has to build upon the past few movies, there are expectations we must meet for the audience. Still, we must find further cuts. This is not about ’nickel and diming’ the production.”

Later in the correspondence Glickman suggested reducing the number of trains used in one of the movie’s action scenes in addition to not filming a dramatic final scene using rain effects to make savings. He also recommended shooting more of the movie in Mexico, which would provide a tax break of around $6m.

Bond fans will breathe a sigh of relief at the news that the movie’s producers were reluctant to accept any cuts on the film’s budget. Spectre looks to cost substantially more than Bond's previous entry Skyfall which cost the studio £159m to produce.

A wealth of Sony Picture’s internal workings have leaked this week including the phone numbers of top Hollywood stars and a conversation where director Scott Rudin called Angelina Jolie a “minimally talented spoiled brat” in a damaging rant.

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