Although it seems the next James Bond installment will reintroduce one of fiction's most nefarious crime syndicates, we still haven't quite seen the end of another gang of highly organized bad guys.
Danish wesbite, Euroman, has just revealed that Jesper Christensen will be returning to his role of Mr. White for the upcoming Bond film Spectre.
Mr. White was the leader of the Quantum organization - the main antagonist behind Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. He revealed to Euroman:
I am looking forward to working with Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig. It is a truly exciting script and a very capable team. So it'll be fun.
At the end of Quantum of Solace, Mr. White is still at large - although his crime organization has taken a serious hit. His return in Spectre, however, means he is becoming one of the longest reoccurring villains of the series, and will be second only to Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Blofeld, is of course a name which has been increasingly floating around since the announcement of the new Bond title. SPECTRE is an underground criminal corporation which uses its mighty assets to buy up all the volcano bases in the world and spread their reign of evil. Blofeld is the traditional leader of this organzation, and speculation is afoot that Christoph Waltz will be taking on the iconic role.
What does this mean for Mr. White? Well, there are a few options.
Option 1: Target of Opening Action Scene
Bond movies often open with an explosive action scene to lead us into the classic title sequence. Could Mr. White be a target for Spectre's opening scene? It's not outside the realm of possibility that at the beginning of Spectre, Bond is on a mission to hunt down White and clean up the loose ends of Quantum of Solace.
Not only would this establish a nice continuity with the rest of the Craig films, but will also mean the film will not feature another villain to detract from the likely emergence of Blofeld.
Interestingly, Quantum of Solace did originally feature a deleted ending scene in which Bond killed White.
Option 2: Quantum and SPECTRE Team Up
Another possibility could be that the remnants of Quantum team up with SPECTRE to once again spread terror around the world. Indeed, perhaps Quantum evolves and morphs into SPECTRE - creating a new threat which is still linked to the previous movies?
It is worth noting that Quantum was originally used in the rebooted movies because MGM did not have the rights to use the traditional Bond antagonist organizations, SMERSH and SPECTRE. With the rights now attained, perhaps the Bond producers are eager to wrap up the Quantum storyline.
This one seems unlikely, however, as it would alter the original lore in ways fans might not appreciate.
Option 3: SPECTRE Takes Out Quantum
With Quantum essentially beheaded at the end of Quantum of Solace, the forces of SPECTRE could detect a power vacuum which they feel they can fill.
With this mind, I could fathom a storyline which would see the emerging Blofeld meeting with and/or taking out Mr. White to remove them as competition and steal their remaining resources and contacts.
This would certainly establish them as a credible threat to Bond and explain their quick rise to prominence as the world's premiere exporter of evil-doing.
Regardless of the story, Christensen's recasting does add extra credence to the suggestion that Craig's franchise will have more connecting storylines between movies than has previously been the case with the Bond franchise.
Which option do you think is most likely?