One of the many reasons why I love the James Bond series is that each movie works as a standalone piece. Like a timestamp, each installment defines the era in which it is released; the actors, the gadgets, the special effects, etc.
The key to a good Bond is as much about cultural relevance as it is about pure, unbridled entertainment.
Which is probably why the cliffhanger ending of Casino Royale (2006), which was quickly cleared up in Quantum of Solace (2008), is the only instance of something resembling a sequel.
But all that might be about to change.
Is Spectre the first part of a Bond Duology?
According to Filmdivider sources, Spectre will form merely the first part of an overarching storyline which will be resolved in a later film, i.e. it's going to be a proper two-parter.
Almost all of the cast are tied down under contract to do a second movie, and its thought director Sam Mendes would likely reprise his role, so it kind-of makes sense. Plus we know that Daniel Craig has just one more movie (after Spectre) left in his contract - an epic two-part adventure would be the perfect send-off for Craig, whose adaptation will almost certainly go down in history as one of the all time classic Bonds.
Watch the first "behind the scenes" footage from the set of Spectre.
What do we know for sure?
Not a lot. Details about the plot of Spectre remain under wraps, and according to Filmdivider, the leaked draft that came out last December (which I couldn't bring myself to read!) has been given a significant overhaul. All we know for sure is that Bond will receive a cryptic message from his past that will lead him to uncover the "terrible truth" behind a sinister organization named Spectre.
We also know, from previous Bond outing For Your Eyes Only, that Spectre stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. The organization is led by evil genius Ernst Stavro Blofeld, known for striking his white cat, which will be played by Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz.
Spectre, the 24th Bond film in the series, is set for release October 23, 2015.
Would you like to see a Bond two-parter?
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