Last updated on November 15th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

James Bond 24: Spectre

The world watched with baited breath today, as a live announcement broadcast from Pinewood studios confirmed the title for the 24th instalment in the Bond franchise as ‘Spectre’.  The announcement wasn’t just about the title of the film, but we also learnt casting news as well as getting to clap our eyes on the newest Aston Martin that 007 will be wreaking havoc in, no doubt.  Here’s what you need to know…

The title

Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli welcomed members of the media this morning to the announcement that the latest title will be Spectre. This, of course, conjures up all the usual Bond style imagery. Interestingly, it feels rather well connected to the world of spies, given its spookish nature, association to ghosts, alongside the slightly ominous and dark overtones, and as we mention later on, it is something Bond fans should be familiar with. We’re sure this will cause all kinds of controversy amongst the die hard fandom, but at least we can be thankful it wasn’t anything as outlandishly ridiculous as “Quantum of Solace” again!

The cast

Rumours were abound about who might be joining Daniel Craig in the latest Bond. Whoever plays the villain has a tall order, given the great job done by Javier Bardem in Skyfall. So who, realistically, could upstage that man? None other than Christoph Waltz. The man who’s Oscar winning performances in Tarantino movies have garnered nothing by adulation will be stepping into the role of an unannounced Bond villain in Spectre – although rumour has it he will be playing the legendary cat loving, bald adversary: Blofeld.

The returning cast, of Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, will be joined by several newcomers. Of particular note are the ladies, Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux, who will be playing Madeline Swan.

On the complete opposite end of the scale, the incredibly manly Dave Bautista will be playing Mr Hinks. The badass former wrestler whose performance in Guardians of the Galaxy was one of 2014’s greatest surprises has bagged a role that we suspect simply has to be the muscleman behind Waltz’s baddie. Andrew Scott, aka Moriarty from Sherlock, will be looking to turn his image around and will be playing an MI6 staffer instead of an evil character, although he could end up being a turn coat like Sean Bean was.

The car

James Bond without a car is like strawberrys & cream without the cream. At the unveiling today, alongside the human cast, was the brand new Aston Martin DB10 that Bond will have the pleasure of driving in the movie. The super sexy, sleek sports car should have some wonderfully inventive modifications added for the movie that won’t ever come as standard. In the past we’ve seen ejector seats, bullet proof shields, nerve gas, self destruct, remote control, invisibility, rockets, machine guns, multiple licenses, oil slicks and even a submarine. Let’s hope that, unlike previous shoots, don’t have to go through umpteen models in filming as destroying one of these beauties must be considered a crime!

Rumour has it that Bond also won’t just be in this beautiful number, and will be hopping into a Fiat 500 for a scene or two. That is not pleasing, but if Fiat were willing to plough some money into the movie for this, we can’t blame them! This should be during a car chase around Rome, and with any luck, the little motor will end up completely destroyed.

The Plot

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.

We know that SPECTRE stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. This evil organisation was headed up by Blofeld, and we fully expect this long running theme to be reimagined in the new Bond movie.

Release Date

November 6, 2015. Less than a year away!

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