The well publicised Sony Hack is the gift which keeps on giving if you’re curious about the inner workings of a movie studio. After revelations about Spider-Man’s possible future and a rather bizarre sounding crossover, the latest victim of the leaks is Spectre, the 24th James Bond movie which is set to be released next year.

According to a number of emails, Spectre is massively over budget and could end up costing north of $300 million! Conversations in early November between MGM President Jonathan Glickman and Sony revealed that they were scrambling to cut costs, but even then it will still have a huge budget of $250 million!

That’s $50 million more than Skyfall, but is it really that much to spend after that movie grossed $1 billion?

They seem to think so as suggestions included filming a night-time scene set in an Italian villa in London instead, reducing the number of carriages in a fight on a train, removing rain from the movie’s final scene to save effects costs, and earning an extra $6 million from Mexican tax incentives by showing off key locations.

“We recognize that this movie needs to build on the past few films – and there are expectations we must meet for the audience. Still, we must find further cuts,” Glickman says in one email. “This is not about ‘nickel and diming’ the production.” Longtime Bond producer Barbara Broccoli was having none of it though, refusing to change the locations and cut down on the number of train carriages in that key action scene.

There’s a lot of interesting details in there, though one of the biggest has to be the reveal that Andrew Scott was paid $1 million less than the Studio were planning on giving Chiwetel Ejiofor for the same role.

The site also have some pretty big spoilers about Spectre’s characters (including the villain), but we won’t ruin all of that for you here! You can however find them by clicking on the link below if you’re curious…