Following on from a successful and hugely impressive Bond 23, Skyfall, Sam Mendes returns to helm the 24th instalment into the Eon series. Titled SPECTRE, it oozes with nostalgia for long term fans of the series, and intrigue for those fairly fresh to it. SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is the international terrorist organisation headed up by ultimate Bond super-villain, Ernst Stravro Blofeld. They were first mentioned in the very first Bond film Dr. No in 1962 but we didn’t formally see Blofeld until 1967’s You Only Live Twice. The big mystery surrounds the casting of Christoph Waltz who has been rumoured to have been cast as the evil super-villain. However, ‘officially’ he is billed to play a character called Oberhauser. My thoughts is that this is a diversion tactic, similar to 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness [SPOILER] Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison/Khan or Naomie Harris’ reveal as Eve/Miss Moneypenny in Skyfall.
The official synopsis: “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 Quantum organisation from the previous Daniel Craig instalments felt like another SPECTRE in the making. I feel this was due to the long standing copyright issues between MGM and Kevin McClory, but I hope the two will be linked as to not make Quantum completely redundant. As of writing this, Jesper Christensen is rumoured to return as Mr. White.
Aside from Waltz, Daniel Craig obviously returns as Bond, and is joined by, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q and Rory Kinnear as Tanner. New additions include Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux as femme-fatales. Andrew Scott also joins as Denbigh.
Filming locations are set to be London, Mexico City, Rome, Morocco and pleasantly, Austria. I’m hoping it’s a return to the alps in a similar fashion to 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
SPECTRE is set for release on October 23rd 2015.