Thursday morning from the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios, director Sam Mendes officially revealed the title of the 24th installment to the James Bond franchise: Spectre.
The title comes from one of the Bond franchise’s long standing secret organizations, standing for “Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.” Following Skyfall and Casino Royale, its clear that gone are the days when you could take the words, “Love”, “Kill”, “Tomorrow”, “Eyes”, “Days” and “Gun” and get a plausible title for a James Bond movie.
In addition to the title, Mendes confirmed the complete cast, which now includes the previously reported Christoph Waltz and Lea Seydoux, as well as Monica Bellucci, Andrew Scott and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista as “Mr. Hinx”, which has to be the campiest and likely most badass villain to come out of this franchise in a long time. The cast of characters that made up MI6 in the previous installment shall be returning, as Daniel Craig once again reprises the role of Bond, with Ralph Fiennes stepping back into the shoes of M, Naomie Harris once again taking on the role of Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw returning as Q, as well as Rory Kinnear coming back as Tanner.
Deadline has the logline to Spectre:
“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. 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.”
Mendes is returning to the 24th film following Skyfall and is likewise rumored for Bond 25. This time he brings along with him Interstellar and Her DP Hoyte Van Hoytema to take the place of Roger Deakins, as well as writers John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Spectre will be released on November 6, 2015. The first poster is below.
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