And the official title for Bond 24 is Spectre.
The announcement was made this morning at Pinewood Studios in London at a press conference marking the start of production on the new film. The producers also announced that Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz will be heading up the guest cast for the film, being joined by Andrew (Sherlock) Scott, David (Guardians Of The Galaxy) Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Léa (Blue Is The Warmest Color) Seydoux would be joining the cast for this outing of the adventures of British secret agent James Bond. According to producers, Waltz will play Oberhauser, Seydoux is Madeleine Swann, Bellucci is Lucia Sciarra, Bautista is Mr Hinx and Scott is Denbigh.
Returning to the franchise, of course, will be Daniel Craig as Bond along with Ralph Fiennes as the new M, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny.
The official logline for the film reads as follows –
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.
The name Spectre should be familiar to even the most casual Bond fan. Standing for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, the organization has been a thorn in Bond’s side for decades of films, as far back as the franchise’s second installment, From Russia With Love. Perhaps their most vicious and personal attack on Bond was when they killed his minutes-old bride Stacy in the finale of 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Interestingly, it was recently rumored that Waltz was going to be playing Blofeld and he still could be despite the name of Oberhauser being attached to his character today. It is very possible that it is a false ID being used by the terrorist mastermind. Of course, Waltz could just be playing a lieutenant in the organization. For his first few appearances in the franchise, Blofeld’s face was not seen. It is possible that in the rebooted franchise, the producers may want to return to the trope if Spectre is going to become a multi-film adversary for Bond.
Spectre will be in theaters in the UK on October 23rd and in the United States on November 6, 2015.