Today the title of the 24th 007 film was announced as SPECTRE. Much like Skyfall, it appears that this new wave Bond films will once more referencing its hallowed legacy of Bond lore by bringing back the evil organization from the 1960’s Connery era… and possibly Blofeld as well. Some fans are disappointed that the rumored and gutsier title ‘Devil May Care’ was not picked up, but this sets a tone for those in the know.
As many in my age group, I frequented theaters as a kid and saw the Bond movies in theaters (often as double features at the drive in) or on TV. They’re very much a part of my past and while they certainly deviated here and there (-cough-Brosnan-cough-) I was always a fan.
When interviewed shortly after the release of Skyfall, Craig stated that the Austin Powers films greatly damaged the integrity of James Bond (to say nothing of Brosnan’s tsunami surfing in Die Another Day) and they had to go in a different direction with Casino Royale. The more back to basics approach has served the franchise well in the past three outings but it sounds as if they are getting more confident and might be ready to start dipping into the more ‘traditional’ Bond tropes such as gadgets and signature villains as the casting of Dave Bautista seems to heavily imply a Jaws-like villain. We shall see.
New additions to the cast include Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista as Mister Hinx and Sherlock’s Andrew Scott as Denby. The new Bond girls, meanwhile, will be The Matrix’s Monica Bellucci and Inglourious Basterds’ Lea Seydoux.
The biggest casting news, however, has to be the fact that Christoph Waltz will indeed star in the film. Mendes didn’t elaborate on what role he’ll play but the Bond Twitter reports it’ll be as Oberhauser, rather than his rumoured role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Shooting for the film begins on Monday morning, with rehearsals currently ongoing. The official synopsis reads: “A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.” Locations include London, Rome, Mexico City, Morocco and snow-covered Austria, with shooting expected to last for seven months.
Much of the original team from Skyfall return, including all-important writers John Logan, Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, though new additions include editor Lee Smith and Interstellar cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema.
Mendes rounded out the presentation by confirming Rory Kinnear will return as MI6 chief of staff Bill Tanner, Ben Whishaw is back as Q, Naomie Harris is Moneypenny and Ralph Fiennes will step in Judi Dench’s shoes as M. Finally, we also got a tantalising glimpse at the new Aston Martin DB10.
SPECTRE, for the uninitiated, stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, a fictional global terrorist organisation featured in the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming, the films based on those novels, and James Bond video games. Led by evil genius and supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the supranational organisation first formally appeared in the novel Thunderball (1961) and in the movie Dr. No (1962).
SPECTRE has a November 6, 2015 release date