Director Sam Mendes officially announced from Pinewood Studios today that the new James Bond film we be called Spectre. The title has some significant ties to previous Bond lore that Mendes was not willing to comment on, being the criminal organisation that housed the infamous Ernst Stavro Blofeld; so odds are there will be considerable ties to previous bond films or novels, following in the tradition of Skyfall.
The movie will start shooting next Monday for a seven month run, with locations including London, Rome, Mexico City, Morocco and the Austrian Alps. Footage will also be shot from within Pinewood Studios at some point.
Mendes made a lot more announcements while on stage with a silent Barbara Broccoli for the film that will be released just under a year from now. One such announcement was the unveiling of the car that would take pride of place in Spectre, the Aston Martin DB10. The car was designed by the studio in collaboration with Aston Martin, maintaining a long tradition of Aston Martin’s in the Bond films.
I know you wanna see what the cast looks like, so here’s the list in full as announced. First, the returning cast of MI7:
Daniel Craig as James Bond Ralph Fiennes as M Naomi Harris as Moneypenny Ben Wishaw as Q Rory Kinnear as Tanner
New additions include Sherlock‘s own Moriarty Andrew Scott as Denby.
For the villains, foes and femme fatales, we have some exciting new names:
Dave Bautista as Mr Hinx Monica Bellucci as Lucia Skiara Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swan
Christoph Waltz was also announced, but his part remained unmentioned. Rumours still abound that he will take the role of the Blofeld, which now seems all but certain considering the title. Although I wouldn’t write off the possibility that it’s a red herring either.
A lot of the behind the scenes team is returning from Skyfall, including Steve Beggs for Visual Effects, Composer Thomas Newman, and Writers John Logan, Neil Pervis and Rob Wade. Mendes also announced new additions of Lee Smith as Editor and Hoyte van Hoytema, renowned Cinematographer whose work includes Spike Jonze’s Her, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and most recently Interstellar, all of which are beautiful looking movies.
Hopefully the mysteries that are yet to be revealed will become apparent over the coming months as shooting begins. It’s a spectacular cast and a title that’s full of closet-skeletons, so all in all a good bit of news.
What’s your take on the cast? Who do you think Waltz will play? Does Spectrechill you to your bones?