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10 Things We Learnt From The Bond24 Announcement

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Save for a silly title, we didn’t really know what to expect of the next Bond film before the announcement live from the 007 stage at Pinewood this morning.
 
And after a nice little medley of famous Bond tracks  – a lovely touch – and a heady montage of Bond smooching and shooting his way through a classic franchise, it was down to business.
 
We’re fully briefed, the film is less than a year away from release, and here’s what you need to know...
SPECTRE

1. The title

SPECTRE. Yes Bond aficionados, Sam Mendes isn’t messing around, already hinting at the involvement of Blofeld by naming the film after the titular terrorist organisation which he heads up, abbreviated from Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. It also continues the theme of one word Bond titles, which is no bad thing, and if you look closely at the logo you might even have spotted that the bullet hole damage mirrors the arms of the original SPECTRE logo. You can also see the official motion poster here:


Waltz

2. Christoph Waltz will play the villain

"So Blofeld is back!" tweeted Sir Roger Moore of the film's title, and possibly Christoph Waltz directly. Now officially Bond's latest nemesis, Franz Oberhauser, it's fairly likely he's stepping into the shoes of one Ernest Stravo Blofeld, that iconic Bond villain.

 


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3. Monica Bellucci will be the oldest ever Bond girl

In arguably the biggest reveal at the event, 50-year-old Monica Bellucci, no stranger to playing a femme fatale, was announced as a cast member, making her officially the oldest ever Bond girl, a title previously held by Brit Honor Blackman (39 when she played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger). It's an interesting career landmark for Bellucci, who unsuccessfully screen tested for Terri Hatcher's role in Tomorrow Never Dies. Though she'll face stiff competition for 007's affections in this film from other new Bond girl Lea Seydoux, the French actress who recently had a taste of action franchises in the last Mission Impossible film.

Bond

4. Another plot involving Bond’s past

Written by the same team behind Skyfall, and continuing Bond’s journey from the last film, cryptic message from the spy’s past will send him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation (might Bellucci’s character be a ghost from his past), while M stays in London and battles political forces to keep the secret service alive. 


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5. Sherlock’s Andrew Scott joins the ‘Whitehall Family’

And you can bet Andrew Scott may have something to do with the political pressure. Fresh from playing Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty, Andrew Scott was introduced by Mendes as the latest addition to the ‘Whitehall Family’ as Denbigh, shuffling in the pack alongside Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris, Rory Kinnear and Ben Whishaw who return as M, Moneypenny, Tanner and Q respectively. The actor has also praised an 'emotional' script.

DB10

6. Hello Aston Martin DB10

Wow. Sending petrol heads as much as Bond fans into a frenzy, the unveiling of the Aston Martin DB10 would have been a huge story alone, only adding to the allure of 007. Mendes introduced it as the only non-human cast member and boy does it look as though it’ll be stealing some scenes. Rumour has it we’ll get to see it thundering across terrain for a series of lengthy car chases in Rome.

Rome

7. The shoot is going global

Talk about speedy work - the actors are already well into rehearsals and begin shooting on Monday with a bevy of global locations pinpointed for filming outside of Pinewood and London. Whereas Skyfall was mostly set under the grey skies of the UK, normal service for jet-setting 007 will resume in Rome, Mexico City, Tangier, and Moscow.

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8. We can expect ski chases

Oh, and the other big location will be Solden, Austria. And given Christoph Waltz’s Oberhauser is reportedly the son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who acted as a father figure to 007, expect it to play a chief role. It also means we might see Daniel Craig don a pair of skis for the first time...doubtlessly while in high speed pursuit and evading machine gun fire.

Hinx

9. Dave Bautista will play henchman Mr Hinks

Again, not a big twist as it was heavily rumoured, but nonetheless it's nice to finally have set in stone that the Guardians of the Galaxy heavyweight will appear as henchman Mr Hinks, sure to give Daniel Craig’s Bond his first real physical test. Until now Craig's not had to slug it out with any super strong heavyweight, and they don't get much bigger than this fella.

Budget

10. It's got a bigger budget than Skyfall

The action scenes in this film could be the biggest ever for a Bond production, with EON executive Barbara Broccoli telling the BBC that the film will have a bigger budget than Skyfall. We ex-Spectre big things...

(Images: Rex Features)

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