What does Bond love more than gambling, drinking martinis, seducing impressionable foreign women and killing henchmen? The answer is obvious - skiing.
Now, the official James Bond Instagram has posted up an image suggesting we're going to see this most classic of Bond sports returning in the upcoming Spectre. The picture, which shows a camera truck equipped with snow tracks, certainly seems to suggest some rather impressive scenes will be shot on the pistes. Check it out below:
Of course, James Bond and skiing have long been natural bedfellows. Several Bond films have included lengthy ski chase and action scenes, one of which culminated in a famous stunt featuring perhaps the worst possible parachute an international spy could have chosen. Take a look at this scene from The Spy Who Loved Me to see what I'm talking about.
This also adds credence to claims that Christoph Waltz will be playing the son of Bond's former skiing instructor. According to IMDB, Waltz is down to play 'Oberhauser' - which is a name not unknown in the wider Bond canon. Hannes Oberhauser was Bond's Austrian climbing and skiing instructor with which he formed a strong, almost father-son relationship. Unfortunately, Oberhauser would eventually disappear in mysterious circumstances.
According to The Daily Mail, Waltz is down to play Franz Oberhauser, Hannes' son - which makes sense considering their ages are closer. The official synopsis for Spectre also hints that a mystery from Bond's past could come back to haunt him. The synopsis states:
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.
Does that mean this skiing scene could be a flashback? Or could Bond be returning to tie up some loose ends?
We'll have to wait until November 6 2015 to find out.