Mendes Talks Plans For 007’s “SPECTRE”

In the wake of the announcement this morning in the UK that “SPECTRE” will be the title of the next James Bond film, along with the reveal of the official cast, filmmaker Sam Mendes has briefly spoken about his plans for the film in an interview with BBC Radio.

First up, the “Skyfall” director talked about the reasons why he returned after being left “exhausted and strung out” by the last film, and how bringing back the key MI5 characters from “Skyfall” were an important part of that:

“I felt an attachment to the characters that we created in Skyfall. I felt like there was unfinished business, and that there was a lot more I could do with them once I’d kind of stepped aside and had some time off.”

He says the new film will tie back in with “Skyfall” in quite a few ways, but will also have “more variety and more locations” than the last film:

“A lot of the last movie was shot in and around London, which I loved, but there’s a limited amount of stuff you can shoot in London, and I feel this has more mischief in it, perhaps, a little bit more of the unexpected. But it also does relate back to Skyfall in many ways.”

The title of course refers to the criminal organization run by 007’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the Sean Connery-era Bond films. SPECTRE (an acronym for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) was first mentioned in “Dr. No” and the group served as the antagonists in six of the first seven Bond films.

Mendes confirmed the title hints that the film would also relate to Bond films pre-“Skyfall”, but is keeping how it does so under tight wraps. In order to keep the title secret, false names for the film were being spouted about all over the place by the cast and crew to keep people confused.

EON has also released an official synopsis though which reads as follows: “A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. 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.”

Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Dave Bautista, Lea Seydoux and Andrew Scott join returning regulars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Rory Kinnear in the film which starts filming on Monday. Shooting takes place in the UK, Morocco, Mexico, Austria and Italy.

The first teaser poster for the film has also been released, the gunshot through glass not only harkens back to the death of Bond’s wife in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” but the deliberate line cracks beneath the shot (and which slowly fill in as part of the motion poster version of this one-sheet) seem to hint at the octopus symbol used by SPECTRE in the films.