If you're a fan of James Bond going back to his days (and nights) in Ian Flemming's classic books, you might be wondering why it has taken so long to bring SPECTRE, the sinister organization behind many a Bond plot, back into cinema action. After all, SPECTRE is the organization behind most of James Bond's problems including his most powerful and memorable of enemies, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The reasoning behind the SPECTRE debacle is the stuff of legendary copyright battles. Basically, Flemming's book Thunderball used some pieces of an unproduced screenplay and it became a huge headache for everyone and the contents of it, including the name SPECTRE, didn't return to the producers of the Bond films until 2013. Up until then, anytime a Bond movie wanted to use the name they had to pay up for licensing fees. Ouch.
The Quantum SPECTRE Theory
But if you're particularly keen on your Bond trivia, you might be aware that the recent Daniel Craig Bond films went ahead and pretty much changed SPECTRE's name to Quantum so as to have some sort of non-copyright entangled, mega-evil terrorist organization to go up against and be the root of most of Bond's problems. So will we see that lurking behind Quantum was SPECTRE all along? Will this mysterious character that super villain extraordinaire Christoph Waltz is playing turn out to be SPECTRE's leader, the German-born Blofeld?
Dancing the Blofeld Waltz
After the big Bond 24 press conference in December, when they announced Christoph Waltz's character as Franz Oberhauser, none other than James Bond no. 2 himself, Roger Moore tweeted: "Blofeld is back!" I take that as a pretty positive sign.
It could turn out that this version of Blofeld may actually be someone James Bond knew when he was younger. The movie might even combine the character of Blofeld with the actual character of Franz Oberhauser that Ian Flemming wrote of as, "an Austrian mountain guide who taught Bond how to climb and ski before his mysterious disappearance". Either way, if you're the UK's Daily Mail, you might want to just go ahead and confirm that Waltz is indeed Blofeld.
The official plot teaser goes a bit further:
"A cryptic message from an unlikely source sets James Bond navigating the layers of a sinister organization known as SPECTRE. As M continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6, Bond draws closer to uncovering a hidden truth that threatens to destroy everything he has fought to protect."
Along with the confirmation of many of [Skyfall](movie:36632)'s additions, such as Ralph Fiennes as the new M and Ben Whinshaw as Q, we'll finally be seeing Monica Bellucci being added to the long line of Bond Women along with Léa Seydoux. But perhaps fans are most excited to see Craig square off against Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, most likely one of Blofeld's henchmen.
The biggest question facing [Spectre](movie:660009) right now is whether or not it will be able to meet its November 6th deadline. Daniel Craig just went ahead and injured himself on the set of the film - which yes, is still in production, after the movie was already being plagued with setbacks due to permission and scheduling issues from its various locations which include Mexico, Rome, Austria and Morocco. Filming is being postponed while Craig recuperates but here's hoping for some Wolverine levels of healing so the film can stay on track.