At Pinewood Studios this morning, or afternoon for London I suppose, the director of Skyfall, Sam Mendez came out to greet an audience, in company of Barbara Broccoli, to introduce Bond 24.
The film, officially titled SPECTRE, will shortly begin a seven month production period in London, Rome, Mexico City, Tangier, Morocco and the Austrian Alps.
The film confirms the main cast from Skyfall returning to play the crew of MI6 including Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Ms. Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as the new M, and of course Daniel Craig as 007 himself.
Also joining the cast is Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista and Sherlock’s Andrew Scott. The new Bond girls will be played by Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux, and the recently rumored Christoph Waltz will be SPECTRE’s main villain. The film will also be starring a new DB10 Aston-Martin in celebration of the 50 year anniversary of the marrying of Bond and the automobile brand.
For those unfamiliar with the lore of old James Bond, SPECTRE, or “Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion”, is the ultimate antagonist to MI6 and led by Bond’s most notorious individual antagonist, Ernst Stavro Bolfeld, previously played by Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, Charles Gray, and Max Von Sydow, and now, presumably, the immensely talented Christoph Waltz, unless a bait and swithc is pulled, and Bolfeld turns out to be Andrew Scott of Sherlock fame for playing the dastardly Moriarty!
Sounds pretty evil right? If you’re not quite as keen on the Ian Fleming creation, perhaps a mention of Austin Power’s Doctor Evil, a parody of the villainous Blofeld, will put you on the right train of thought for just how dastardly SPECTRE is.
SPECTRE will be released in under a year: on November 6th, 2015
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