by Justin Cook
Following Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, the title of 24th installment in the James Bond film series will be Spectre. Sam Mendes, who will be directing the upcoming film, announced the news today during a livestream from the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios.
On the title Spectre, Mendes said, “Those of you who have some knowledge of the Bond franchise and the legend of Bond will probably have some idea of what that refers to, but I couldn’t possibly comment.”
This quote indicates that Mendes plans on including SPECTRE, an evil terrorist organization from Ian Fleming’s classic novels, in the film. The group made their first on-screen appearance in the 1962 Bond film Dr. No.
The film’s official plot synopsis reads as follows:
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 film’s cast was also revealed at the event. As expected, Daniel Craig, Rory Kinnear, Ben Winshaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes will all be returning to the series. This film will mark Craig’s fourth appearance as James Bond. Also Bond’s new car in the film will be an Aston Martin DB10.
Christoph Waltz, who was previously reported to be joining the film, has officially joined the cast as a character named Oberhauser. Along with him, previously reported actors Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista have also been confirmed for the film, playing characters named Madeleine Swann and Mr. Hinx.
Other new cast members include Irish Sherlock actor Andrew Scott as Denbigh and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra. Bellucci and Seydoux are both playing “Bond ladies,” as Mendes put it, and Baustista will be playing a henchman.
Shooting for the film will take place in London, Rome, Mexico City, Tangier, Sölden, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee.
Spectre will begin shooting on Monday for a November 6, 2015 release date in the US, and an October 23, 2015 release date in the UK.
Source: James Bond Event at Pinewood Studios
Quote Source: CNN