‘Bond 24’ Becomes ‘Spectre,’ Casts Christoph Waltz and Monica Bellucci

By December 4, 2014

James Bond’s next cinematic adventure now has a name, and longtime franchise fans will likely get a jolt up their spine when they first read it: Spectre.

Announced this morning on the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios west of London, director Sam Mendes and incumbent Bond Daniel Craig were on hand to make the announcements about the 24th EON Productions James Bond film. From the perspective of cast, returning alongside Daniel Craig are Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as MI6 aide Bill Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Ralph Fiennes as the newly installed head of MI6, M.

New castmembers joining the series with this film include Monica Bellucci as a character named Lucia Sciarra, Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Drax) as Mr. Hinx, Andrew Scott as someone simply called Denbigh, and the rumored Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser (which is rumored to be a pseudonym for a classic Bond villain). Another important piece of casting news for this particular film is that the Aston Martin DB10 will be Bond’s car for the new film.

From Variety, the official synopsis for the film:

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation, Spectre. 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.

As most classic Bond fans will know, SPECTRE was also the name of the primary nefarious organization that Sean Connery’s Bond contended with from the series’ beginning in 1962’s Dr. No through 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. In those films, SPECTRE was an acronym, standing for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion. It was led by the malevolent Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a role played by three different actors over the course of the character’s three full film appearances, but both the SPECTRE organization and the Blofeld character were retired from the official Bond film series due to rights issues. Those issues were resolved in late 2013, with MGM (the Bond film distributor) acquiring the full rights to use the organization and the Blofeld character once again.

The new film starts principal photography this coming Monday, and reunites director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig with screenwriters John Logan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade, and brings cinematographer Hoyte va Hoytema and editor Lee Smith into the fold, both of whom also worked on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Thomas Newman also returns from scoring Skyfall to provide the music for the new film, though no announcement has yet been made about who will sing the opening titles song for the latest film.

Spectre will open in theaters internationally on November 6th, 2015. For more information on Bond’s latest adventure as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation. To watch the full Spectre announcement from Pinewood, see the video below.

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Chris Clow
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