At a massive event at Pinewood Studios‘ 007 Stage this morning, the regular pre-principal photography press conference for the latest James Bond movie unveiled everything you need to know about the 24th outing of Her Majesty’s superest super spy. To say that there are high expectations for this latest Bond film, even higher than there are for the average Bond film, is something of an understatement. Skyfall, which expertly marked Bond’s 50th birthday back in 2012, was the most successful in the franchise’s history and at over $1.1 billion in tickets sold worldwide it was the ninth highest grossing movie of all time. As we all know, Daniel Craig is returning, and director Sam Mendes is back, and in the case of Bond 24 it seems that Spectre is also back.
Spectre is the name of the 24th Bond, and it’s also the name of 007’s most persistent enemy. SPECTRE, which stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, was tied up in legal considerations for nearly three decades making it unusable for the Bond franchise, but those legal considerations have recently been resolved allowed for SPECTRE to haunt Bond once more. Here’s the synopsis for the film:
“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. 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.”
Although Spectre is not supposed to me a direct sequel to Skyfall, it is interesting that the script by returning screenwriters John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will continue to follow the tread about the politics of spying that was addressed somewhat in Skyfall. M will once again be played by Ralph Fiennes, who took over from Judi Dench after her seven film stretch as the MI – 6 boss. Also returning from Skyfall as Bond’s colleagues in espionage are Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny.
As for the new cast members announced, it included people previously announced and/or rumored to be up for a part in the film. Andrew Scott (Sherlock) will play Bond’s new MI-6 colleague Denbigh; Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) will play Mr. Hinx, rumored to be a henchman in the mold of Oddjob or Jaws; Monica Bellucci (the Matrix sequels) and Léa Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) will play the “Bond Girls” Lucia Sciarra and Madeleine Swann respectively; and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) will play Oberhauser, the aforementioned link to Bond’s past and the film’s villain. It was recently rumored that Waltz will actually be playing SPECTRE boss man Ernst Blofeld in Spectre and that this whole Oberhauser thing is a “John Harrison” like smoke screen, but there was no confirmation on that at today’s presser.
Other tidbits on Spectre revealed this morning included the shooting locations. London, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee, Austria (that’s the Swiss Alps of course) will all be Bond’s playground for this latest adventure. Bond’s new ride was also revealed, an Aston Martin DB10 will get the secret agent from one fight to another in luxury. And finally, the poster for Spectre was released for all its ominous glory.
From the Bond twitter feed, this is the short video that revealed the new film’s official title:
— James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014
Spectre will be in theaters everywhere on November 6, 2015.