The uniform of Blofeld's chauffeur who picks up Bond and Madeleine Swan in the Moroccan desert in Spectre mirrors the uniform of Mr Jones, the chauffeur hired by Dr No to pick up Bond from the airport in Jamaica.
|The stolen Duke of Wellington by Goya|
|The stolen Modigliani seen to the left|
|The stolen Picasso seen on the wall to the right|
The Modigliani painting is also seen in Skyfall when Severine shows the painting for a potential buyer in Shanghai, right before he gets killed by Patrice.
From Russia With Love
In From Russia With Love, Spectre agent Kronsteen is a chess Grandmaster who demonstrates his expertise in the beginning of the film. The (perhaps far-fetched) reference is made in Spectre as Bond and Mr White are talking across a chess board.
|The Spectre ring updated to 2015|
|Blofeld in From Russia With Love|
|Largo in Thunderball|
|Blofeld in You Only Live Twice|
|Fiona Volpe in Thunderball|
|Blofeld in Diamonds are Forever|
A few outfits worn by Craig in Spectre resembles the clothes worn by previous Bonds, primarily Connery.
Bond's brown tweed hacking jacket and knitted tie, worn by Sean Connery in Goldfinger, loosely resembles the light brown jacket and slightly lighter khaki chinos, both from Brunello Cucinelli, that Craig wears in the Moroccan desert.
For the first time since A view to a Kill, Bond is again wearing an ivory dinner jacket in Spectre. Although the dinner jacket is different from any dinner jacket previously worn by Bond, Craig's dinner jacket bears some resemblance with Connery's outfit in Goldfinger. However, apart from the peaked lapels and red carnation the resemblance stops and the jacket has many obvious errors like the short length, the two button front and the single vent, neither which are appropriate on a dinner jacket. Of course Jany Temime, the bad costume designer in Skyfall and Spectre, did not know that.
Bond villains have often been in the possession of a Rolls Royce. The fact that Blofeld has a 1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith in Spectre is a reference to Goldfinger's classic Rolls Royce Phantom III 1937. Blofeld's Rolls Royce might also be a reference to Ali Kerim's Rolls Royce Silver Wraith from 1958 that Bond is driven around Istanbul in, in From Russia With Love.
The iconic Spectre meeting that Bond attends in Rome is an obvious homage to the first big Spectre meeting in Thunderball. Just as in that film, the current affairs and revenues of Spectre are being discussed during the meeting and at one point, the Spectre agents silently observe as one of the agents gets killed during the meeting.
You Only Live Twice
The scars Blofeld gets after the explosion in Morocco is a reference to the scars Donald
Pleasence had as Blofeld in You Only Live Twice 1967. Pleasence was the first Blofeld who showed his face in the films but the scars would however disappear with the other actors portraying Blofeld.
Just as Bond lands in Tanaka's chair in Tokyo in You Only Live Twice, Bond lands on a couch after falling from the collapsing building in Mexico City. Perhaps not a proper reference, but still funny.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
OHMSS is referenced both in the title sequence and by the location of the Hoffler clinic in Austria.
In OHMSS Bond visits Piz Gloria, which was Blofeld's lair disguised as a clinic in Switzerland. In Spectre Bond visits the Hoffler clinic, which also is located on top of an alp.
|The Hoffler clinic in Spectre|
|Piz Gloria as the Bleauchamp institute in On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969|
This is a reference to the title sequence of OHMSS, where several villains and Bond girls from the previous Bond films were featured. However, in OHMSS the characters and the ticking clock were symbols for the passing of time but the reassurance that Bond still remained the same (despite the change actor from Connery to Lazenby).
Diamonds are Forever
At the hotel 'L'Americain' in Tangiers, Bond talks to a mouse that comes out during the night and eventually leads Bond to Mr White's hidden room. Similarly in Diamonds are Forever, Bond ends up talking to a rat when trapped inside a pipeline. This reference might be a little far-fetched but probably the best reference I could find. There has been some speculation that the name of the henchman Hinx, would be a reference to the two killers Mr Wint and Mr Kidd, but that seems even more far-fetched.
Live and Let Die
One of the films that probably is referenced the most is Live and Let Die. Just like in that film, Moneypenny visits Bond's home in Spectre. However, one of the most obvious references is Bond's costume in the pre-title sequence in Mexico which mirrors Baron Samedi's look in Live and Let Die.
Just as in Live and Let Die, Bond surrenders his weapon on a silver tray, when he arrives at the villain's lair in Morocco. As usual, Sir Roger manages to surrender his weapon with a little more tongue in cheek than Craig. Whereas Craig only remarks: "be careful with that, it's loaded", Sir Roger says: "keep the change" to Whisper. Probably a too obvious reference if Craig had uttered the same line.
The outfit worn by Craig in one of the earlier posters for the film, mirrors Sir Roger's outfit at the end of Live and Let Die.
In order not to make this post too long, the references from the rest of the films will be divided up in a 'part two' and a 'part three', covered later.