The title for the next James Bond film has been officially announced as SPECTRE during a special event at Pinewood Studios.
The event also revealed the full cast for the movie including the long rumoured involvement of Christoph Waltz. Waltz will play a character named Oberhauser in the Sam Mendes directed film, which also sees current Bond Daniel Craig return for a forth outing.
The rest of the new cast includes Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Guardians of the Galaxy and former WWE star David Bautista as Mr Hinx and Sherlock star Andrew Scott as Denbigh.
SPECTRE will also see the return of Skyfall cast members Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear.
Mendes also confirmed that the movie will shoot in London, Rome, Mexico City, Morocco and Austria as well as revealing an 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 title and synopsis will have significance for Bond fans familiar with 007’s earlier incarnations. Appearing as far back as the first Bond movie Dr. No in 1962 (further back if you’re a fan of the novels), SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is a fictional global terrorist organisation led by supervillian Ernst Stavro Blofield.
For those not familiar with Blofield, his character is responsible for the cliche that is the swivel chair and cat stroking evil genius, as well as being the inspiration for Austin Powers bad guy Doctor Evil.
It had been rumoured for a long time that Christoph Waltz would be playing this iconic character but todays announcement has confirmed otherwise. That said, the internet hasn’t given up hope with many now speculating that Mendes could be following in J.J. Abrams footsteps with a John Harrison/Khan, Star Trek into Darkness type announcement to throw us off the scent, only time will tell.
Despite the prominence of SPECTRE in Bond’s history, this will be the first time that the organisation has had so much as a mention in the rebooted universe thanks to a long-running copyright battle between MGM and the estate of Kevin McClory, the producer of Thunderball. That, however, was resolved in 2013. essentially paving the way for their return to the Bond franchise.
Finally, no Bond movie would be complete without a stylish new car and SPECTRE will be no exception as Mendes also revealed the exclusive new wheels, the Aston Martin DB10.
Principal photography will start on December 8th 2014 with SPECTRE set to hit cinemas on November 6, 2015.