The name’s Bond 24 … James Bond 24, oh, no, wait, it’s Spectre. Director Sam Mendes has announced the title and cast of the 24th Bond film, which begins production at Pinewood Studios on Monday. The new 007 movie will be called Spectre–good news to Bond fans, as it means the plot is going to somehow involve one of Bond’s original villains, Blofeld. Daniel Craig is returning as Bond. The big news of the day, other than the announcement of the title, is that Christoph Waltz has been confirmed to play a role. He was rumored to be playing Blofeld; it now appears he is playing a character called Oberhauser.
The film’s official synopsis sounds like it could be quite good. “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.” IGN reports that the cast looks to be quite strong: “New additions to the cast include Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautistaas Mister Hinx and Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott as Denby. The new Bond girls, meanwhile, will be The Matrix‘s Monica Bellucci and Inglourious Basterds‘ Lea Seydoux.” I assume Bautista’s “Mister Hinx” is some sort of henchman. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw are all reprising their roles as M, Moneypenny and Q. As well as the cast announcement, Bond’s droolingly cool Aston Martin was also unveiled.