The title for the next James Bond flick starring Daniel Craig in the title role has finally been revealed, along with the names of the new cast members, plot details, and a first poster.
So, what’s it called?
The 24th James Bond flick will be called Spectre, a name that should get Bond fans' hearts racing (see below).
The announcement was made live earlier today from Pinewood Studios by James Bond Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Brocoli, along with Eon Productions, MGM Studios and Sony Pictures.
They confirmed the title, as well as new cast members Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Léa Seydoux (Beauty and the Beast), Monica Bellucci (The Brothers Grimm), Guardian of the Galaxy’s David Bautista and Sherlock’s Andrew Scott. They join Daniel Craig (my name is Bond, James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner).
Sam Mendes is, of course, back in the director’s chair.
James Bond Producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today released the title of the 24th James Bond adventure, SPECTRE. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fourth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007. SPECTRE begins principal photography on Monday, December 8, and is set for global release on November 6, 2015.
Along with Daniel Craig, Mendes presented the returning cast, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear as well as introducing Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott. Mendes also revealed Bond’s sleek new Aston Martin, the DB10, created exclusively for SPECTRE.
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.
The 007 production will be based at Pinewood Studios, and on location in London, Mexico City, Rome and Tangier and Erfoud, in Morocco. Bond will return to the snow once again, this time in Sölden, along with other Austrian locations, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee.
Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, “We’re excited to announce Daniel’s fourth installment in the series and thrilled that Sam has taken on the challenge of following on the success of SKYFALL with SPECTRE.”
Written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Director of Photography is Hoyte van Hoytema and Editor is Lee Smith. Production Designer, Dennis Gassner returns along with Costume Designer, Jany Temime and Composer, Thomas Newman. Action Specialist, Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. Stunt Coordinator is Gary Powell, SFX Supervisor is Chris Corbould, and Visual Effects Supervisor is Steve Begg.
Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film, was a worldwide box office phenomenon, opening #1 in 70 territories around the world, taking over $1.1 billion worldwide and setting a new all-time box office record in the UK by becoming the first film to take over £100 million.
The launch of SPECTRE was streamed live on 007.com and Facebook.com/JamesBond007, and the video is now available on demand at both sites.
Have a look at the movie’s poster:
Here are the cast Twitter announcements:
And welcoming... Andrew Scott as Denbigh pic.twitter.com/UNBlMoBmXz— James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014
...David Bautista as Mr Hinx pic.twitter.com/tJxGnt5tct— James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014
...Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra pic.twitter.com/41klBClFzN— James Bond (@007) December 4, 2014
You can check out the announcement below:
And have a look at Bond's super cool, brand-new Aston Martin, the DB10!
SPECTRE, which has stood in the past for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, is the global criminal and terrorist enterprise that was Bond's chief nemesis in several of Ian Fleming's novels (replacing the Soviet organization SMERSH from the early books) and the first seven Bond films. They first appeared in Fleming's 1961 novel Thunderball and, on the screen, were first referenced as the power behind the title villain in the very first Bond picture, 1962's Dr. No.
In both the books and the movies, Bond constantly came up against SPECTRE and its at first unseen head, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The latter made his first full screen appearance, played by Donald Pleasance, in You Only Live Twice (1965), and was then played by Telly Savalas in On Her's Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Charles Gray in Diamonds are Forever (1971).
Due to the titanic, decades-long battle over the rights to certain elements of the Bond franchise, Eon Productions had to retire SPECTRE and Blofeld for years, only acknowledging the latter with an unnamed and rather buffoonish cameo in 1981's For Your Eyes Only. But since those rights issues were resolved prior to the beginning of the Daniel Craig era, Eon has apparently decided to bring back 007's greatest challenge.
The question is: will Blofeld be back? Christoph Waltz is playing a character called Oberhauser -- could that just be a disguise for the man who is Bond's equivalent of the Joker and Lex Luthor? We'll find out next November.
Are you guys looking forward to Spectre next year? What do you think of the new cast members?
(via Comic Book Movie)