James Bond’s 24th adventure will be called ‘Spectre’ where 007 (Daniel Craig) will be seen uncovering secrets of a sinister terror organisation, director Sam Mendes announced at Pinewood Studios today.
Daniel Craig, 46, is returning as Ian Fleming’s famous fictional spy for the fourth time while it is Mendes’ second Bond film after ‘Skyfall’.
‘Sherlock’ star Andrew Scott, Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz and Monica Bellucci are joining as new cast members along with other actors.
‘Spectre’ will release on November 6 next year.
“We are very excited and I think I speak on behalf of all of us to say that we cannot wait to bring this movie to you in just under a year’s time. We hope you like it,” Mendes said as he announced cast and crew details with producer Barbara Broccoli at Pinewood where the principal photography will begin from Monday.
The film will be shot in England, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Solden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee (Austria).
In the new movie, 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.
The title is named after the shadowy terrorist organisation created by Fleming which first appeared in his novel 1961 ‘Thunderball’. Spectre stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.
“We’ve got an amazing cast and, I think, a better script than we had last time. We started something in Skyfall, it felt like a beginning of something. This feels like a continuation of that. We’re going to put all of those elements in, and much more,” Craig said.
‘Django Unchained’ star Waltz, whose name was rumoured in the cast as villain Blofeld, will play Oberhauser though not much was revealed about his character. David Bautista will play henchman Mr Hinx.
Scott, best known for his role in TV drama ‘Sherlock’ where he played Sherlock’s nemesis James Moriarty, will play Whitehall newcomer Denbigh.
Bellucci, 50, is the new Bond girl Lucia Sciarra with ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ star Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann.
Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes are returning as Q, Moneypenny and M respectively. Fiennes was introduced as new Bond boss in ‘Skyfall’ after the death of Judi Dench’s character in the end.
Aston Martin has continued its 50-year-old relationship with the spy drama and Mendes launched the new DB-10 version of the car that Bond will be seen driving in the movie.
The writing team behind ‘Skyfall’ — John Logan, Neil Purvis and Rob Wade are returning for ‘Spectre’ as well.
The film is produced by Albert R Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Bond completed 50 years with the release of 2012 ‘Skyfall’. The first Bond film ‘Dr No’, starring Sean Connery, was released in 1962.