Day of the Dead Mexico City in the Historic Center where Spectre Opening Scene Filmed
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Walk around and see the Day of the Dead decorations in the Mexico City Historic Centre. And see if you can recognise the places where the opening scene of Spectre was filmed.
Experiences in the Historic Centre of Mexico City
- Immerse yourself in a three-hour walking tour of the Historic Centre of Mexico City where you can see historic sites. Like the Cathedral Metropolitan, the Aztec Ruins of Templo Mayor, the Zocalo, and the Post Office. Get Prices & Details Click Here
- Take photos for Instagram on a three-hour walking experience in the Historic Centre at historic sites. The guide helps with your photos, too. Get your photos at the Gran Hotel, the Aztec Ruins, and historic buildings near the Zocalo. Find Out Prices & Details Click Here
- Day of the Dead Mexico City
- Historic Centre of Mexico City
- Spectre Day of the Dead Mexico City Parade
- Spectre James Bond Opening Scene Mexico City
- Walking Tour of the Historic Centre Mexico City
- Gran Hotel Mexico City
- Tolsa Square
- National Palace
- Main Temple
- Cathedral Metropolitan of Mexico City
- Walking Tours of the Historic Centre of Mexico City
- Offerings and Catrinas
- Tips for Visiting Mexico City
- Where Is Zócalo in Mexico City?
- Watch Four Day of the Dead Movies
- Coco 2017
- Spectre 2015
- Book of Life 2014
- Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003
Day of the Dead Mexico City,
in Spanish it's Dia de los Muertos en la Ciudad de México
Have you seen a Day of the Dead parade? And have you visited Mexico City for the Day of the Dead?
The movie, Spectre, has the Day of the Dead portrayed in it. And it's opening scene is filmed in Mexico City. Have you seen it?
Historic Centre of Mexico City
Have you visited a place? Then later on, a movie is released. And, it has scenes of the places you visited.
Well, about twelve months after I visited Mexico City. Spectre was released. In the opening scenes of Spectre, James Bond is played by Daniel Craig. He walks through the Historic Center of Mexico dressed as a skeleton.
Spectre Day of the Dead Mexico City Parade
In the midst of a Day of the Dead parade, he struts. People have their faces painted and are dressed up in costumes, like skeletons and Catrina.
Since the movie, there's been a parade for the Day of the Dead in Mexico City.
However, when we were there, it did not exist.
Spectre James Bond Opening Scene Mexico City
Was Spectre filmed in Mexico City?
Yes, Spectre, the James Bond movie opening scene was filmed in the Historic Centre of Mexico City. You can watch a Day of the Dead parade.
What hotel was Spectre in Mexico?
In Mexico City, the Gran Hotel was the hotel where James Bond and a woman entered.
Which James Bond Movie was filmed in Mexico City?
In 2015, the James Bond movie was filmed in Mexico City in the beginning scene of Spectre. Licence To Kill which was released in 1989 also had scenes filmed in Mexico City.
Which city was Spectre filmed in?
One of the cities that Spectre was filmed in was Mexico City. In Mexico City, the opening scene was filmed there.
What are the opening scenes in Spectre?
The opening scene in Spectre is the James Bond movie Day of the Dead parade. James Bond is dressed in a skeleton costume and mask and walks with a woman through the parade in the streets of Mexico City Historic Centre.
They enter the Gran Hotel and into the elevator. Then, they leave the elevator and enter a room. James Bond climbs out the window in a suit and walks along the edge of the building.
The scene ends with the helicopter flight sequence in the Zócalo. Then, the helicopter flies down Paseo de la Reforma.
Walking Tour of Historic Centre Mexico City
I had organised a private walking tour for the two of us in Mexico and we were picked up from our hotel. From there, we walked to the train station and caught the train to the Historic Center of Mexico City. The trains are very full when they stop at the station and they don't empty, so you need to find a way onto the full train carriage.
I requested to see the Day of the Dead decorations. And, I'm glad I wanted some postage stamps because we visited the post office.
Palaces, buildings, and things we did in the Historic Centre of Mexico City:
- Entered the Gran Hotel Mexico City
- Ate lunch of a quesadilla at a street vendor near the Tolsa Square
- Walked across the Zócalo
- Saw the doors and the building of the National Palace
- Saw Templo Mayor
- Found the intersection where the stone was found
- Walked down the Madero Ave
- Stood in awe of the gold altar at the Cathedral Metropolitan
- Admired the Post Office
- Saw the Bellas Artes and went inside the building to see the style
- Went to a chocolate shop
- Saw many Day of the Dead decorated altars
- Caught the underground train
Historic Central Hotel Mexico City
Gran Hotel Mexico City
Ofrenda at Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México
Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México, Gran Hotel Mexico City
James Bond enters a historic hotel in a skeleton costume and mask with a woman in the opening scene of Spectre. We see them in the Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México, Gran Hotel of Mexico City.
When I walked into the hotel, I noticed the stained glass and the elevator. And, because we were there during the Day of the Dead, the altar with the offerings as you can see in the pictures above.
The hotel has Tiffany-stained glass, Art Nouveau-style, with a history that dates back to 1526.
You can visit this hotel, too. In the hotel, an altar was set up in the foyer decorated with offerings for the Day of the Dead.
And, you can stay. I was going to stay at this hotel, however, there were no vacancies for our planned dates.
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Catrina at Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México
Plaza Manuel Tolsá
In the movie, you see the Day of the Dead procession go through Tolsa Square past the bronze sculpture of King Charles IV. In the below picture, you can see that the sculpture by Manuel Tolsá is covered, which meant I could not see it.
The statue stands in front of the National Museum of Art, Museo Nacional de Arte, where you'll find Mexican artwork from the XVI century and 1954. And, the building design is early 1900s Mexican architecture.
You can visit the Museum from Tuesdays to Sundays 10 am to 6 pm, with the last entry at 5.30 pm, and it is closed on 1 January and 25 December.
The address is 8 Tacuba, Centro Historico, Mexico City
You need to pay for entry and it is extra to take photos and videos. And, there are exclusions for some types of photography and videos.
In Tolsa Square, I had lunch from a street vendor near one of the buildings. I had a quesadilla made with corn flour without cheese! And, I had a mango-flavoured drink and my daughter picked guava.
Tolsa Square ~ Plaza Manuel Tolsá, Calle de Tacuba Bronze sculpture of King Charles IV
(Estatua Eucestre de Carlos IV)
What is the Central Square of Mexico City Called?
The Zócalo is the Plaza de la Constitucion. And, it's a square in the Historic Center of Mexico City (Centro Histórico). Whilst I was there, they were setting up giant marquees for an event.
You'll notice that the Zócalo is the scene with the helicopter in the film.
Afterward, it ends with the helicopter flying down Paseo de la Reforma. The same street as the one in Romeo + Juliet. And, that's where I stayed when I was in Mexico City.
So, I found myself wondering in which building in that chess series, The Queen's Gambit, where I caught a glimpse of the Zocalo. Only to find out that the building scene was filmed in Germany.
You can visit the palace. And, see huge murals by the Mexican painter Diego Rivera.
On the news later that day, we found out the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had visited the palace. And, they had photos with murals in the background.
Museo Templo Mayor, Main Temple, lies in ruins near the Cathedral, It was destroyed during the Spanish conquest.
And, it stood in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan which was the capital. In it were held the ceremonies and rituals of the Aztec people.
By the way, when we were at the train station, there was a big model of Tenochtitlan. It gave me a sense of the land that I was entering no longer existed.
Cathedral Metropolitan of Mexico City
I visited the Cathedral Metropolitan of Mexican City, Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México. The size of the altar and the gold with the pictures embedded in it drew me in. And, I saw many altars along the sides decorated for the Day of the Dead.
In the middle, I was surprised to see a weight hanging. And, I found out it is because the cathedral has been sinking for a long time. It was built over 440 years ago and took 250 years. Plus, on top of the cathedral, you can see the bell towers.
I didn't realise until I went on the guided tour that the Historic Centre of Mexico City is built on top of the ruins of the former Aztec empire. You can see this because it is situated next to the ruins of Templo Mayor. Behind the cathedral around the corner is the intersection where the big stone was found. We saw the stone at the National Museum of Anthropology.
We walked through an arcade with shops. Some shops had big gold crosses, cups, candlestick holders, and other instruments for adorning altars and churches.
Cathedral Metropolitan of Mexico City
Ofrenda Outside and Inside the Cathedral Metropolitan of Mexico City
Outside the Cathedral, you can see offerings.
You can see the decorated altars inside the Cathedral.
Walking Tours Historic Centre Mexico City
Historic Downtown Walking Tour Mexico City
Immerse yourself in a three-hour morning tour of the Historic Centre of Mexico City with a certified and local guide.
- You'll find the meeting point at the Metropolitan Cathedral which you will be visiting on this tour. Further instructions are on the link.
- You can walk across the Zocalo
- See the National Palace from the Zocalo
- Near the cathedral, you can see the Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor.
- Choose to taste sweet bread at a traditional Mexican bakery.
- Look up and you can see a stain-glass ceiling in a department store
- Visit the Post Office and the Palace of Fine Arts.
- This tour includes English/Spanish-speaking live guide, make sure to check your language for the tour.
- Exclusions are tips which are optional, transportation to and from the meeting point, and food and drink.
- Cons: not suitable for wheelchair users, and baby strollers aren't allowed. You would need to find out about other mobility aids. This tour operates rain or shine.
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Discover the City Sights Group Tour Mexico City
Go on a five-hour discovery tour of the Historic Centre of Mexico City with a guide who has knowledge of Mexican history.
- See the Zocalo
- You'll visit the Metropolitan Cathedral
- See murals of Diego Rivera at the National Palace
- Near the cathedral, you can see the Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor.
- Visit a craft shop where you can buy souvenirs.
- Go for a drive down Paseo de la Reforma (the avenue where the helicopters in Spectre and Romeo + Juliet flew over)
- Includes entrance to the Anthropology Museum, although not mentioned in the full description
- This tour includes English/Spanish-speaking guide, make sure to check your language for the tour
- Includes hotel pickup and drop-off
- Exclusions are tips/gratuities, food, and drinks
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Instagrammable Spots Walking Tour Mexico City
Gather photos for your Instagram on a three-hour photo experience of the Historic Centre of Mexico City with a guide who has knowledge of Mexican landmarks.
- Learn about the history of Mexico City
- Visit four landmarks
- Your guide helps with your photos too
- Visit the Palace of Fine Arts, Palacio de Bellas Artes,. And, it's the meeting point
- See the Zocalo
- You'll stop by the Metropolitan Cathedral
- See the National Palace
- Near the cathedral, you'll go to the Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor.
- Visit the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico
- Walk down Francisco I. Madero Avenue
- This tour includes English/Spanish-speaking guide, the Palace of Fine Arts entry ticket, water
- Bring with you comfortable shoes, a hat, a camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, and cash, and wear weather-appropriate clothing
- Exclusions are tips, food, additional drinks, additional entry tickets
- Not suitable for pregnant women, people with heart problems, people with respiratory issues
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Ofrendas and Catrinas during Day of the Dead Mexico City
Walk around the Historic Center. You will see Ofrendas.
Ofrendas are altars decorated with offerings for the departed.
You will see people walking around dressed as Catrina.
In shops, you can see the decorations of Catrina.
Tips for Visiting Mexico City
- Learn Spanish for travel. For instance, we needed to be able to speak Spanish to buy tickets at the train station. We are grateful to find a lady who bought our tickets and directed us to the correct platform.
- Catch official taxis at taxi ranks only. We are grateful to have found taxi drivers who spoke English at the official taxi ranks.
- Ask the taxi driver how much the fare will cost upfront. So that, you make sure you have the cash in Mexican Pesos to pay for the ride. I had to show the taxi driver that we had enough cash so that they would take us to our destination.
- Plan and Book tours with English-speaking guides especially if you are not fluent in Spanish. Check that you have an English-speaking guide because we booked an English-speaking tour and were on a tour with a Spanish-speaking guide. So, it caused some confusion.
- Don't say you are lost.
- If you are unsure what someone has said. Say you do not understand, and say it in English.
- You'll see W.C signs for toilets. Carry coins for these toilets. And, we used toilets at hotels and shopping centres.
- Carry toilet paper and disinfectant wipes.
- Hydrate with water.
Where Is Zócalo in Mexico City?
The Zócalo is located in the Historic Center in Mexico City, Mexico.
Watch Four Day of the Dead Movies
1 Coco ~ 2017
Coco is a Disney Pixar animated movie about the Day of the Dead. In Spanish, it's known as Dia de Los Muertos.
You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to seize your moment. ~ De la Cruz to Coco
On the Disney Plus channel see 'How Coco Honors Dia de Los Muertos Disney+ which shows the background culture. The video shows the correlation between Coco and the Day of the Dead.
You can learn about its culture and tradition.
Symbols of the Day of the Dead like food of Pan de Muertos and sugar skulls, music, marigolds, face painting, altars of offerings, paper punched with holes, and celebrations in cemeteries.
Have you seen Coco? Watch a trailer for Coco.
2 Spectre ~ 2015
In Spectre, James Bond is played by Daniel Craig. The opening scene starts with the Day of the Dead.
Filming locations are seen in the Historic Center of Mexico City.
The trailer for SPECTRE shows some of the opening scenes for the Day of the Dead celebrations.
A second trailer for Spectre shows some more.
On YouTube, you can see the opening scene, the making of the Day of the Dead opening scene of Spectre. And, another vlog about the features of the Day of the Dead.
Have you seen Spectre? Are you curious?
And you'll see at the end of the opening scene, the helicopter flies down the Paseo de la Reforma.
3 Book of Life ~ 2014
I saw Book of Life at City Walk in Universal Studios Hollywood in the year it was released.
Write Your Own Story ~ the Candle Maker
Whilst on a walk around Mexico City. I saw the poster for El Libro de la Vida (Book of Life).
Have you seen Book of Life?
Watch the first trailer for Book of Life. Then, you can see the second trailer.
4 Once Upon a Time in Mexico ~ 2003
During Once Upon a Time in Mexico, there is a Day of the Dead parade.
The movie stars Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, and Salma Hayek.
Desperado is the preceding movie before Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
Have you seen Once Upon a Time in Mexico or Desperado?
Note that both movies are rated R, in my country.
Watch the shorter and the longer trailers for Once Upon a Time in Mexico. You can see the trailer for Desperado.
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Watch this space as I update you with more about the walking tour in the historic centre of Mexico City.
Have you been to Mexico for the Day of the Dead?
Make sure you read my Day of the Dead experiences in Mexico City.
What movies have you watched that are about the Day of the Dead? Or, have you seen a Day of the Dead parade?
I would love to visit Mexico during Día de Muertos! The decorations and celebrations look wonderful.
We have not yet visited Mexico City so that was a good post to learn more. Visiting for the Day of the Dead celebrations would make the city even more fun and colourful. A great idea to check out some movies in advance to see what you may be in for.
Such a fun post!! Love the movie references. I can’t wait to visit Mexico City.
Beautiful grand hotel photos. Love it
Day of the Dead would be so cool in Mexico City!
Thank you, Lisa
Great post! Such an interesting celebration. We have never experienced Day of the Dead before (except in movies!).
Thank you Marianne. Yes, it’s an interesting culture to experience.
Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead is one of my son and my favorite holidays. It also is the celebration that helped me through my father’s grief and through my fear of death! I first experienced it in Mexico City , then in Oaxaca, followed by Los Angeles and most recently Georgia. Love your post.
Thank you Jean for sharing your experience with Day of the Dead. I can understand how it helps to come to terms with death. I’ve read about Oaxaca as a destination to experience.
There are things that people do for the day of the dead here in Tucson, AZ but never realize of how much do. Great article.
Thank you Shayne. Sounds like it’d be interesting to visit Tucson to experience the Day of the Dead.
Loved all of the colorful pictures!
Thank you Lindsey
There’s so much rich culture and tradition in Mexico for Day of the Dead. I would really enjoy visiting for this!
Thank you Kendra. Hope you get to visit on the Day of the Dead
I love the idea of experiencing traditional celebrations like Day of the Dead! What a way to travel like a local.
Thank you Julie. I like to travel and experience the culture, too.
You chose a great time to visit! It’s definitely a colorful place and that would take it to the next level.
Definitely! Thank you Bernie & Jess
I love everything about the day of the dead! Especially the colors!
Thank you Lisa.
It is such an interesting holiday filled with both pagan and Christian beliefs! They certainly make the most of it! What an exciting time to visit.
Thank you, Tricia. It’s interesting how the different beliefs have combined together in the Day of the Dead.