Filmmaker Sam Mendes, actor Daniel Craig and the cast of the twenty-fourth James Bond film appeared at a press announcement for the film at Pinewood Studios this morning in the United Kingdom.
The big news was the reveal of the film’s title “SPECTRE,” a reference to the famous criminal organisation that served as the main antagonist of the Sean Connery-era of the franchise and looks to be making a comeback here. This would pretty much cement rumors of the return of Bond’s nemesis Blofeld in the film (though his name wasn’t mentioned at the event).
Rehearsals are underway with shooting to begin on Monday. Filming will take place in London, Rome, Mexico City, Morocco, and Austria.
New cast members include Christoph Waltz as the villain Oberhauser, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Lea Seydoux as Madeline Swan, and Andrew Scott as a new MI6/Home Office staffer Denbigh.
Returning cast members include Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner).
Much of the crew behind “Skyfall” is also back including the composer, costumer, production designer, and the exact same writing team. Key new members are editor Lee Smith and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema.
The new Aston Martin DB10 will also star in the film and was unveiled at the announcement.