James Bond returns in SPECTER

By Post Nigeria December 6, 2014 17:41

James Bond returns in SPECTER

The Director of James Bond film, Sam Mande, has revealed the next movie in the series would be titled “Spectre”.

This was revealed at a press conference in Pinewood Studios – to a generally positive reaction.

The 24th Bond movie, titled after the evil global terrorist organisation first introduced by Ian Fleming in the 1961 novel Thunderball, would be in the “Old School” Bond style.

At a live-streamed press conference from Pinewood Studios, producers also confirmed previous reports that the new film will feature Christoph Waltz and Léa Seydoux among the supporting cast.

According to an AIT report,  the introduction of Spectre, an acronym for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, marks a definitive return to old school 007 territory.

On behalf of Bond production company Eon and studio Sony though, it remains to be seen how the new incarnation will be realised.

Eon only regained the rights to use Spectre in 007 movies last year after resolving a longstanding dispute with the estate of late Bond producer Kevin McClory, who died in 2006.

The Irish film-maker was legally co-credited with introducing the nefarious organisation in the 1965 film version of Thunderball, and had maintained limited rights to use it in his own 007 movies (including the unofficial Sean Connery entry Never Say Never Again in 1983.)

Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott, playing “Whitehall newcomer Denby” have also signed on.

The new film will begin shooting in London, Rome, Mexico City, the Alps and Morocco next week and Bond will drive a new Aston Martin DB10 exclusively for the movie.

It was not confirmed whether two-time Oscar-winner Waltz will play Spectre’s usual head Honcho or iconic Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, as reported last month.

Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris are due to return as the new M, Q and Moneypenny respectively, with Daniel Craig taking the role of 007 for the fourth time.

One notable omission from the cast list was Stephen Hawking, whose ambition to play a Bond baddie will have to wait a little longer.

Reaction on Twitter was generally positive, and mostly pun-based.

Sam Mendes’s second turn as director, following the $1bn box office success of 2012’s Skyfall, is now due in cinemas on 6 November next year.