SPECTRE: James Bond's Next Film Finally has a Name - Update

SPECTRE: James Bond's Next Film Finally has a Name - Update

My criminal group has a first name, it's S-P-E-C-T-R-E.

Update: Well here's an extra bit of unconfirmed, exciting news. According to Danish website Euroman (via Google Translate), Jesper Christensen is set to reprise his role as Mr. White.

"I look forward to working with Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig," said Christensen to Euroman. "It is a truly exciting script and a very capable team. So it'll be fun."

Mr. White appeared in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, and the triggerman was an instrument of execution working for the organization known as Quantum (hence the name of the latter film). Both of these films were made when the rights to SPECTRE were not under MGM control, but that long-running kerfuffle has since been settled.

If the Christensen casting is true, then the tie-in could be that Quantum has re-named itself SPECTRE, and that's how the criminal organization is brought back into the fold.

We're sticking with unconfirmed for now because Christensen was not announced as part of the cast, nor is he credited on the project on IMDb. Hopefully some clarity comes to the casting soon!

Original Story: The Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion is back, as the next James Bond flick's title is officially official.

SPECTRE is the 24th film in the Bond saga, and the major players in the cast are all confirmed. Daniel Craig is returning as Bond, as are Ralph Fiennes as M and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, and they're joined by several actors and actresses you'll recognize from your forays into action and/or sci-fi.

Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds) will play Oberhauser (no mention of the villain Blofeld just yet), while Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) appears as Mr. Hinx, presumably a more physical character out to break Bond in half. Monica Bellucci (The Matrix trilogy), Léa Seydoux (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), and Andrew Scott (BBC's Sherlock) are all confirmed as well. Ben Whishaw is returning as Q, too.

Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Jarhead) is returning as director.

The new Bond car was also confirmed, and 007 will be zipping about in an Aston Martin DB10, a car "...developed specifically for the film and built in-house by the brand's design and engineering teams."

Production on SPECTRE begins tomorrow, and shooting locations include Pinewood Studios in London, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud in Morocco, and Sölden, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee in Austria.

For those new to the 007 franchise, SPECTRE is the original, international criminal organization that opposes Bond at every turn. When Bond as we know him debuted on the silver screen in 1962's Dr. No, SPECTRE was there to fight. The trend continued throughout the 60's and 70's, as SPECTRE appeared in From Russia with Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and others.

Sources: James Bond 007 (Facebook) | IMDb

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I am not sure how I would feel about seeing Blofeld return. They did drop him down a factory chimney in For Your Eyes Only, I know that was just to remove him from the movies because of the lawsuits. To me it would feel more like a remake like how Star Trek Into Darkness did with all the callbacks to previous characters.

Stuff just got serious :)
I did enjoyed the return to a certain "status quo" in Skyfall, now it's going to pay off.
Looking forward to it!

Cool, this is Daniel Craig's last outing as 007 isn't it? Lets hope he goes out with a big bang for his run of movies, the rest just seemed to fade away without ceremony.

Sanunes:
I am not sure how I would feel about seeing Blofeld return. They did drop him down a factory chimney in For Your Eyes Only, I know that was just to remove him from the movies because of the lawsuits. To me it would feel more like a remake like how Star Trek Into Darkness did with all the callbacks to previous characters.

I take it you don't remember the latest Bond-movies very well? Craig's Bond was pretty much confirmed to be a reboot before the opening credits sequence in Casino Royale.

Looking forward to the new movie. I thought Skyfall was maybe a bit overrated as an action flick, but still very fun.

I hope Mr White makes a reappearence just to tie in with this as the Quantom organisation thing clearly should've been a cover for Spectre... muhahahaha. This is the sort of grand villany that I love.

Jonsbax:

Sanunes:
I am not sure how I would feel about seeing Blofeld return. They did drop him down a factory chimney in For Your Eyes Only, I know that was just to remove him from the movies because of the lawsuits. To me it would feel more like a remake like how Star Trek Into Darkness did with all the callbacks to previous characters.

I take it you don't remember the latest Bond-movies very well? Craig's Bond was pretty much confirmed to be a reboot before the opening credits sequence in Casino Royale.

Looking forward to the new movie. I thought Skyfall was maybe a bit overrated as an action flick, but still very fun.

Yeah, I know they were rebooting the franchise, but I don't see a need to bring back all the iconic characters either. I felt the same way about the new Star Trek movies as well. Having a universe without any pre-existing expectations or plot issues is fine, but why go to the trouble of starting over just to re-introduce all the same problems right away?

All this talk about S.P.E.C.T.R.E. makes me want to play Evil Genius again...

wooty:
Cool, this is Daniel Craig's last outing as 007 isn't it? Lets hope he goes out with a big bang for his run of movies, the rest just seemed to fade away without ceremony.

This film, and one more (yay!).

And Pierce Brosnan didn't fade away. He just WISHES he had.

I am 98% hyped for this. Honestly, not a fan of the title, but everything else is great. Having spent three movies deconstructing and then reconstructing the entire Bond story, I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. Also, I'm curious how SPECTRE will play in the modern age of terrorism (SPECTRE hasn't actually been in a main-series Bond film since 1971). Seeing Cristoph Waltz and Dave Bautista get more work is also great.

Sanunes:
I am not sure how I would feel about seeing Blofeld return. They did drop him down a factory chimney in For Your Eyes Only, I know that was just to remove him from the movies because of the lawsuits. To me it would feel more like a remake like how Star Trek Into Darkness did with all the callbacks to previous characters.

What if they just made the name and identity of Blofeld a cover that the villain uses to give solidairty to his underlings? Sort of a dark mirror to that theory that James Bond is a cover name.

SlightlyEvil:
I am 98% hyped for this. Honestly, not a fan of the title, but everything else is great. Having spent three movies deconstructing and then reconstructing the entire Bond story, I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. Also, I'm curious how SPECTRE will play in the modern age of terrorism (SPECTRE hasn't actually been in a main-series Bond film since 1971). Seeing Cristoph Waltz and Dave Bautista get more work is also great.

SPECTRE was part of the 1983 movie Never Say Never Again, I am pretty sure Sean Connery wishes he said "never again" to that movie.

Darth Marsden:

wooty:
Cool, this is Daniel Craig's last outing as 007 isn't it? Lets hope he goes out with a big bang for his run of movies, the rest just seemed to fade away without ceremony.

This film, and one more (yay!).

And Pierce Brosnan didn't fade away. He just WISHES he had.

Craig's signed on for another one after this? Well thats good news, must admit I do like him as Bond and he's starting to overtake Connery as my favorite now.

wooty:
Craig's signed on for another one after this? Well thats good news, must admit I do like him as Bond and he's starting to overtake Connery as my favorite now.

Skyfall pretty much cemented my feelings towards Craig as Bond. He is the best Bond IMO. Second to none.

LordMonty:
I hope Mr White makes a reappearence just to tie in with this as the Quantom organisation thing clearly should've been a cover for Spectre... muhahahaha. This is the sort of grand villany that I love.

I'd prefer a bit of exposition about how SPECTRE started as either:

a) a rival shadow organization whose existence similarly caught MI6 by surprise, or

b) a group within QUANTUM consisting of terrorists and Mr. White-esque middle-men who grew tired of doing all the dirty work while a bunch of privileged D-bags reaped most of the spoils.

Either way, SPECTRE proceeds to wipe-out all of QUANTUM's leadership a la Godfather and assume control of their assets. Its easy to imagine that happening because QUANTUM held "secret" meetings at public venues. In QoS Bond easily eavesdropped on them at an opera. **facepalm** Those modern aristocrats weren't as smart as they thought they were. They deserve to get their butts handed to them by proper supervillains.

On second thought, screw exposition. I want to see SPECTRE open like that. I wanna watch the QoS villains get gunned down one by one in the opening credits while the theme song plays. I would pay just to see that.

Toadfish1:
What if they just made the name and identity of Blofeld a cover that the villain uses to give solidairty to his underlings? Sort of a dark mirror to that theory that James Bond is a cover name.

Never thought of it that way and I don't think that would bother me. Just like the new "M".

Oh HELL yeah! Callback to classic Bond, and Waltz as the villain! This is gonna be awesome.
I can already see a future episode of No Right Answer: "Best Fictional Terrorist Organization: SP.E.C.T.R.E. vs. HYDRA"

So will this movie be Bond vs Shepard? I'd love to see that move.

I'll pass. The Daniel Craig bond films have been terrifically boring experiences. I started watching Skyfall and ended up almost falling asleep - I still haven't seen all of it yet. Even the eye-roll inducing Die Another Day is a more enjoyable romp to me than the Craig films, although the Casino Royale torture scene was brilliant I have to say.

So now, the question is, how will they turn Spectre into an awesome theme song?

Sanunes:

Toadfish1:
What if they just made the name and identity of Blofeld a cover that the villain uses to give solidairty to his underlings? Sort of a dark mirror to that theory that James Bond is a cover name.

Never thought of it that way and I don't think that would bother me. Just like the new "M".

It would also explain why he kept getting replaced by wildly different looking people. They just used the plastic surgery thing as a cover.

wooty:

Darth Marsden:

wooty:
Cool, this is Daniel Craig's last outing as 007 isn't it? Lets hope he goes out with a big bang for his run of movies, the rest just seemed to fade away without ceremony.

This film, and one more (yay!).

And Pierce Brosnan didn't fade away. He just WISHES he had.

Craig's signed on for another one after this? Well thats good news, must admit I do like him as Bond and he's starting to overtake Connery as my favorite now.

I'm of two minds. I think that Craig makes for a great Bond, but on the other hand, the longer he stays on, the longer we have to wait for Idris Elba as James Bond.

Sam Mendes directing.
Daniel Craig returning as Bond..
Monica Bellucci as a Bond girl...
JUST TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY!

Devin Connors:
For those new to the 007 franchise, SPECTRE is the original, international criminal organization that opposes Bond at every turn. When Bond as we know him debuted on the silver screen in 1962's Dr. No, SPECTRE was there to fight. The trend continued throughout the 60's and 70's, as SPECTRE appeared in From Russia with Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and others.

Um . . . those are actually *all* the films that have SPECTRE in them.

*someone tries to mention Diamonds Are Forever and I promptly garrote him with piano wire*

Don't we still have another secret organization to tie up first? Or is Quantum going to end up being a branch of SPECTRE or something like that?

Sanunes:
SPECTRE was part of the 1983 movie Never Say Never Again, I am pretty sure Sean Connery wishes he said "never again" to that movie.

That movie is not considered part of the official Bond series. The rights holder to the name SPECTRE made that movie as a kind of FU to the studio making the James Bond movies.

You know who would make an excellent Blofeld? Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister, GoT).

Kinda upset that SPECTRE was unable to enter the new James Bond due to legal rights. Thankfully, we're finally getting THE real deal terrorist organization and, hopefully, they'll sweep Quantum under the rug.

I definitely want to see how SPECTRE in the 21st century operates. I highly doubt we'll get island volcano hideouts in the movie but we shall see what the cast and crew cook up.

Mr. Q:
Kinda upset that SPECTRE was unable to enter the new James Bond due to legal rights. Thankfully, we're finally getting THE real deal terrorist organization and, hopefully, they'll sweep Quantum under the rug.

I definitely want to see how SPECTRE in the 21st century operates. I highly doubt we'll get island volcano hideouts in the movie but we shall see what the cast and crew cook up.

I'd rather they tie-up the Quantum plot rather than pretend it never happened. Like I said in my previous post, I'd love to see SPECTRE open with a hostile takeover of Quantum.

Devin Connors:
If the Christensen casting is true, then the tie-in could be that Quantum has re-named itself SPECTRE, and that's how the criminal organization is brought back into the fold.

I suppose a mere re-branding would also work. But that would be boring. I wanna see SPECTRE prove its a superior terrorist organization. I wanna see them channel Bane as they slaughter Quantum's leadership. "We're the wealthiest men on earth." "And you think that gives you power over us?"

Admit it. That would be an awesome introduction to a modern SPECTRE.

Sanunes:
I am not sure how I would feel about seeing Blofeld return. They did drop him down a factory chimney in For Your Eyes Only, I know that was just to remove him from the movies because of the lawsuits. To me it would feel more like a remake like how Star Trek Into Darkness did with all the callbacks to previous characters.

The only thing the new Star Trek movies did right was blow up Vulcan.

Seriously, screw those pompous, stuck-up space elves.

Alright I'm sold when's it coming out?

Jeffrey Wright? I want more of the second best ever Felix Leiter. He would be best but for Jack Lord. Book him James.. Murder One.

Hope Bellucci is Blofeld.

Olas:
Don't we still have another secret organization to tie up first? Or is Quantum going to end up being a branch of SPECTRE or something like that?

I feel as though that and Smersh were always associated with each other.

OT: Consider me hyped in an all-too-british fashion, excited on the inside while cool and calm on the outs.

Sanunes:

SlightlyEvil:
I am 98% hyped for this. Honestly, not a fan of the title, but everything else is great. Having spent three movies deconstructing and then reconstructing the entire Bond story, I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. Also, I'm curious how SPECTRE will play in the modern age of terrorism (SPECTRE hasn't actually been in a main-series Bond film since 1971). Seeing Cristoph Waltz and Dave Bautista get more work is also great.

SPECTRE was part of the 1983 movie Never Say Never Again, I am pretty sure Sean Connery wishes he said "never again" to that movie.

Never say never again wasn't a main series Bond. One of the writers of Thunderball retained the rights to the script, including the name SPECTRE. That writer produced Never Say Never Again as a remake of Thunderball. The Broccoli family that does all the others films. I don't think Sean Connery cares that much, his career was in the doldrums in the 80s and the big suitcase full of money came in handy.

I have to admit though, that is the first Aston Martin I ever wanted to call "sinfully ugly". Because good God that car looks disgusting. That back end, yuch.

But, awesome to see a classic Bond villain return in the form of SPECTRE.

You had me a Christoph Waltz. The man is AWESOME to see and even if he's in crap he's always the best part. What I surprised at was that he wasn't cast as Blofeld, but a man said to be like Bond's surrogate father. Though for all we know, that could be a cover name. Skyfall was amazing so I can't wait to see how this one goes. Craig has one more film in his contract, so hopefully he goes out with a bang. He's definitely had one of the more consistent runs unlike his predecessors.

 

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