To the aformentioned notion from director Sam Mendes in recent headlines discussing his departure from the Bond franchise after completing his newest contribution, Spectre, it bares wondering who else would suit to helm the next go-around. There’s no news there just yet, particularly since we’re four months away from Spectre‘s release while promotional efforts get underway and opinions still stir about the latest 007 revival featuring Daniel Craig in the title role. And judging by the latest teasers and factoids we’ve observed, there are still questions that need answering.
The approach here has always been largely that of a clear-cut reboot since the 2006 release of Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale establishing a new timeline and framework seperate from the preceeding 20 movies, although there are clear nods to elements used in a few of the prior movies. This has left some fans of the longstanding franchise on the fence as is always the nature of remakes and reboots as of late, although clearly it’s a formula that still proves viable to this day. Mendes‘s Skyfall became a Winter blockbuster success in late 2012, and now with Spectre on the way and MGM and Sony playing a lot of the curiousity-boiling details here close to the chest, I suppose the fact that we finally get to see actor Christoph Waltz‘s face for once is somewhat reassuring.
Obviously that’s not the entire story of it all, but considering much of the crew that worked on Skyfall is helping to bring Spectre to life along with the added benefit of a potential classic villain, I wouldn’t be too skeptical. I enjoyed Skyfall as much as I am with MGM’s new take on the franchise, so I’m optimistic. In the meantime, we have a brand new trailer going around with an extended story outline at hand, so read on and enjoy the footage below. November 6, 2015 is the date!
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.
Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
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