Persisting for over 50 years, the James Bond film franchise is full of classic movie moments from multiple eras of cinema. From the bungee jump infiltration in Pierce Brosnan’s GoldenEye, to the training exercise gone wrong in Timothy Dalton’s The Living Daylights, down through the crocodile escape from Roger Moore’s Live and Let Die, it’s clear to see that the James Bond series is one that’s full of legacy.
That’s what makes the mere title of the upcoming film so alluring for Bond fans: Spectre immediately calls back to the powerful organization that Sean Connery’s Bond faced off against in the majority of that actor’s time with the character, but with the quasi-reboot mission of Casino Royale, how can that legacy be paid forward in the time of this new Bond’s career?
See the newest trailer for Spectre below.
The trailer also released a new, more in-depth plot synopsis, which reads,
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.
Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
From the looks of things, Sam Mendes’ latest foray into the world of the British super-spy is going to be retconning the presence of the SPECTRE organization into the events of Daniel Craig’s previous Bond film. The word “retcon” means retroactive continuity, where a newly established element is confirmed to have been present either in previously told stories, or prior to them. The Star Wars prequel trilogy is an example of a retcon, where the history of events prior to the original trilogy was established well after those stories were told.
Spectre looks to be doing something similar with the organization of classic Bond cinema, where it and its leader, Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser, have been responsible for Bond’s “pain.” The most traumatic moments in this Bond’s history include the death of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, as well as the attack and ultimate death of M (as played by Dame Judi Dench) in Skyfall, among other, prior traumas. How far back does SPECTRE’s grasp on Bond’s life go? It should be an interesting question to explore.
Spectre hits theaters first in the UK on October 26th, which follows with a US release on November 6th. For more on Spectre as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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