This morning, at a press conference at Pinewood Studios in London, director Sam Mendes revealed the official title for the 24th James Bond film: SPECTRE, set for release November 6th, 2015.
Daniel Craig, who returns for his fourth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007, will be joined by his ‘Skyfall’ co-stars Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Rory Kinnear, along with newcomers Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista and Dubliner Andrew Scott, who is best known for his outstanding role as the villain, Moriarty, in Sherlock.
The press release offers up the following tease of the plot: ‘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.’
For the uninitiated, SPECTRE is an acronym for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, a global terrorist organisation featured in Fleming’s novel. The fictional group is led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Also revealed at the press conference, Bond’s sleek new Aston Martin, the DB10, created exclusively for SPECTRE.
Production on SPECTRE kicks off on Monday, December 8th, with filming taking place at Pinewood Studios, and on location in London, Mexico City, Rome and Tangier and Erfoud, in Morocco. Bond will return to the snow once again, this time in Sölden, along with other Austrian locations, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee.
‘Skyfall,’ the 23rd James Bond film, was a worldwide box office phenomenon, opening #1 in 70 territories around the world, taking over $1.1 billion worldwide and setting a new all-time box office record in the UK by becoming the first film to take over £100 million.