It is finally official!!! Only a few days ago, the 24th film in the Bond franchise has been titled!!! It will be called SPECTRE. And I know what your thinking. This may be a return of the nearly long-forgotten criminal organization from the Sean Connery/George Lazenby era of Bond films. And yes, I'm with you guys on that.
Looking back to the end of 2012's Skyfall, it was starting to give the 21st century a taste of old school James Bond with the return of a male M (played by Ralph Fiennes), Miss Moneypenny (played by Naomie Harris) and Q (played by Ben Whishaw). And that set the stage for what we could expect to come in next year's SPECTRE film. I sure hope that they can still pull off the whole old-school Bond scenario while bringing it further into the 21st Century.
Now this is not a surprise to me. Since this is a terrorist organization, I have seen various film villains coming together in villain organizations over the years. But more recently, I have seen HYDRA in this past Spring's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which could be considered Marvel's version of SPECTRE.
Let's take a look at the synopsis here according to IMDb:
A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. 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.
I see a certain similarity here to what Captain America: The Winter Soldier has:
A mysterious assassin from Steve Rogers' past sends him to uncover a hidden sinister organization. While Nick Fury battles political forces to keep SHIELD alive, Rogers peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the true motives behind HYDRA.
Could the James Bond franchise have a political thriller involved here? Well, we may not know until the film actually hits theaters next November with production now underway.
Now SPECTRE over the years has been a terrorist organization run by Ernst Stavro Blofeld. And the title may hold a clue to if we will see Blofeld or not. SPECTRE stands for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. But will this work for the film? Only time will give us the answers.
Now concerning the cast, we already know that Daniel Craig is back for the fourth time as 007 with his supporters Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as Tanner and Ben Whishaw as Q along for the ride. New cast members include Christoph Waltz as the main villain Franz Oberhauser, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, and two new Bond girls: Lea Seydoux as Madeline Swann and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra. Could this be another scenario like the good Bond girl vs bad Bond girl like in The World is Not Enough with Pierce Brosnan as Bond? Who knows. And another newcomer to the Bond franchise includes Andrew Scott.
The director for this film is none other than Skyfall director Sam Mendes, who pulled off the last film and brought back the roots of the 007 franchise from what Sean Connery did when it began with Dr. No in 1962. I believe that he will bring another sense of old-school Bond to the newer films in the series and will give us the James Bond references we need.
So what do you think about the new title for Bond 24? What's your favorite Bond film? Whose your favorite Bond? Leave your thoughts below.