Thursday, December 04, 2014

James Bond Will Return In...

It's now just over two years since our last James Bond adventure, and if you're anything like me, you're starting to get a little antsy waiting for 007's next bit of big screen derring-do. Well, via a press conference early this morning, the brain-trust at EON Productions made it official: James Bond returns next November in the Sam Mendes-directed Spectre. Longtime fans should be feeling a little giddy over that title, as it seems to signal a long-in-coming return of the franchise's earliest baddies, the international criminal organization SPECTRE (which, from memory, stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion).

SPECTRE all but disappeared from the Bond series after a lawsuit over the authorship of the novel Thunderball rendered all characters first appearing therein radioactive, and while the movie series did just fine without them, it'll sure be fun to see them back with a modern twist. The returning cast includes (naturally) Daniel Craig as Our Man, as well as Ben Whishaw as the new Q, Naomi Harris as the new Ms. Moneypenny, and Ralph Fiennes as the newly-minted M. The guest stars for this installment include Monica Belluci (how has she never been a Bond girl until now??) and Christoph Waltz. Spectre debuts stateside next November, and looks like I need to finally get back on the horse with my Bond retro review series!

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