Bond 24 has a title, and it’s one that will get 007 fans pretty excited. (I know I am !)
At Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire on Thursday, returning director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) revealed the new film’s title to simply SPECTRE, making it official that the malevolent terrorist organization of the Connery era is returning.
Principal photography for the film begins on Monday, seeing the return of Daniel Criag for his fourth of five outings at James Bond. He will be joined by Sherlock’s Andrew Scott, as a character named Denbigh, and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista, filling the henchman role of Mr. Hinx.
Rumors had been flying around for the past several weeks that double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz will have a role in the film as well, playing SPECTRE’s leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. While his involvement in the film has been confirmed, Waltz’s character has been revealed to be named Oberhauser. Is this simply misdirection in order to keep the real villain hidden for now? We shall see.
Rounding out the cast are returning members Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner). The film will also see 007 once again getting behind the wheel of an Aston Martin, this time a DB10. Let the drooling commence.
Up until recently, SPECTRE and Blofeld had been off limits to EON Productions due to an ongoing legal battle with producer Kevin McClory. This prompted filmmakers to explore other avenues by introducing the criminal organization Quantum in 2008’s Quantum of Solace. Whether or not Quantum will be acknowledged again or just ignored has yet to be seen.
It’s exciting news for any Bond fan, not only because the next film is coming, but because the franchise is dipping back into it’s roots. Skyfall planted that sees in it’s final scene when Bond enters M’s office, harkening back to the moments shared by Sean Connery and Roger Moore with the original M, Bernard Lee. Even the double quilted door was there!
SPECTRE arrives in theaters on November 6th 2015!