The press conference for the new James Bond film went over just as well as movie fans anticipated. After the series regulars were announced (Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Ben Wishaw and Ralph Fiennes are all returning) newcomers Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Dave Bautista, Lea Seydoux and Andrew Scott were welcomed to the stage. While it was rumored that Christoph Waltz would be playing the infamous Blofeld, his credit listing for the time is merely Oberhauser, with Bautista playing henchman Mr. Hinx. Léa Seydoux and Monica Belluci are Bond girls Madeleine Swann and Lucia Sciarra, respectively. Andrew Scott is another addition to MI6, Denbigh.
Whatever sly plans director Sam Mendes has for Waltz’s character, he revealed the name of the 24th James Bond film would in fact be Spectre. The title refers to the organization that has plagued 007 for decades, but was unavailable to Craig’s iteration of Bond due to legal rights that were acquired by EON last year. And what press day wouldn’t be complete without a teaser poster and a release date? Spectre hits theatres November 6, 2015!
2015 is going to be a jam-packed year with sequels for Terminator, The Hunger Games, Jurassic Park, The Avengers, and Star Wars all coming out, but Spectre may have just eeked ahead of all of those projects in terms of excitement. Mendes and company have taken the $1 billion gross of Skyfall as a challenge it seems, and it looks like they want to top it all with this next installation of the Bond franchise.
More news is forthcoming, though for right now, just mark November 6 on your calendar for next year. It’ll be worth it.