Release Date: November 6, 2015


James Bond has been one of the most influential characters of my movie-going experiences. The first time I saw one on the big screen, I became obsessed. I watched every Bond movie over and over, I memorized all the cars, guns, and trivia, like the fact that Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay for You Only Live Twice. My obsession went so far that my not so bright 18-year-old self may or may not have gotten a James Bond tattoo. But let’s not dwell on the past, let’s focus on the future. Spectre, the newest James Bond film is set to be released later this year. This is the 24th installment in the Bond series. (25th if you count Never Say Never Again, which I do)

The story begins with James Bond uncovering a secret that was found in the ruins of Skyfall. During his search he discovers an evil organization known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile, M is fighting to keep MI-6 operating as it’s sister agency MI-5, attempts to bring it down.

SpectreLogoIn past movies, SPECTRE the SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion, was a massive criminal organization bent on world domination and constantly sought the demise of James Bond. Their symbol is this octopus, which the bullet-hole in the posters is meant to look like. Hopefully, they’ll change the acronym and keep all the sinister.

Spectre will be directed by Sam Mendez (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) who also directed Skyfall. He is bringing back a few members from the cast from Skyfall as well.

SpectreReturnCastDaniel Craig (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Cowboys & Aliens) will be back as James Bond of course. He’s my second favorite bond (Sean Connery. Can’t beat the original.) and he’s doing a tremendous job filling the role.

Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) will reprise the role of Moneypenny. Mendez has stated that this Moneypenny will be more of a field agent than a secretary, as she has been in the past.

Ben Whishaw (Perfume: Story of a Murderer, Cloud Atlas) Will return as Q. As his character develops, I look forward to seeing more interaction between him and Bond and many more life-saving gadgets.

SpectreNewCastRalph Fiennes (Harry Potter series, The Grand Budapest Hotel) will be taking over the role of M. Large shoes to fill as Judy Dench made the role iconic.

Andrew Scott (Saving Private Ryan, Sherlock) will be joining the cast as C, the head of MI-5, a rival agency intent on shutting MI-6’s doors.

SpectreVillainsThe Bond villains have always been creepy, and awesome and there’s no change here as Christoph Waltz (Django, Inglourious Basterds) will take on the role of the leader of SPECTRE. No word yet on if he’ll have a cat.

Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Riddick) will play the evil henchman Mr. Hinx who will no doubt give Bond his share of headaches.

SpectreBondGirlsThree Bond girls have been cast so far.

Monica Bellucci (Irreversible, The Matrix Revolutions) will play opposite Craig as Lucia Sciarra.

There’s no word yet on how big a role Lea Seydoux (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) as Madeline Swann, and Stephanie Sigman (Miss Bala, Pioneer) as Estrella will have.

AstonMartinDB10And what would James Bond be without his car? This is the new Aston Martin DB10. It’d gorgeous to look at, but will be even cooler packed with missiles, ejector seats, and other spy gadgets. (Fingers crossed it will happen)

With the giant commercial succes of Skyfall, Spectre has a lot to live up to. But Mendez is confident this one will deliver. IGN did a fantastic interview with the producers of the film, and the teaser trailer, which was recently released looks amazing. Check them both out.

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