Mexico pays Sony and MGM $20 million to rewrite new James Bond film ‘Spectre’ to make country look good

News of the 'Mexican Deal' surfaced during the recent Sony hack.
News of the ‘Mexican Deal’ surfaced during the recent Sony hack.

The Daily Mail

Mexican officials are offering Sony Pictures Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. up to $20 million to portray a positive image of the country in the upcoming James Bond film “Spectre.”

Among many private documents leaked by hackers in the recent Sony hack were emails between Sony and MGM officials regarding the upcoming film, looking for ways to save money, according to the publication Tax Analysts.

As part of, what the e-mails referred to as, the ‘Mexican Deal,’ producers are making several changes to the film to secure up to $20 million from Mexican officials including script rewrites and casting changes.

Among the changes, Mexico officials requested that the villain in the film be an international ambassador rather than a Mexico City mayor, that Mexican police be depicted as a “special force,” and that a Mexican actress be cast as a Bond Girl.

As was recently announced, Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman has joined the cast of ‘Spectre’ as Estrella.

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