Sam Mendes has revealed he is opening the new James Bond movie with a spectacular death scene – set during Mexico’s famous Day Of The Dead festival.

A sneak peek of the starting sequence to Spectre has been unveiled online, shot on location in Mexico City with 1,500 extras.

Director Sam said: “I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment. It’s the Day Of The Dead, everywhere you look there’s colour and detail and life. We’ve built floats and maquettes, the costumes are extraordinary and the craftsmanship is amazing.”

The lavish costumes and spooky skeleton puppets and floats from the annual Mexican holiday celebrations look dramatic enough on their own, but with 007 action going on among them they are set to be even more exciting.

Make-up designer Naomi Donne said: “It’s going to be the most visually exciting opening to a Bond ever!”