007 is back.
The first full trailer for Spectre was released this week, and by the looks of it, the film is aiming to be modern, gritty and solemn while also still catering to Bond’s iconic film history by including all the expected: globetrotting, girls, gadgets, and guns.
This is Daniel Craig’s fourth go-around as Bond, and there’s something of a clearing-of-the-decks and a reset on the series.
The massively successful Skyfall, you may remember, ended with the the death of M (Judi Dench) following a weird finale battle set in Bond’s ancestral home in Scotland.
The sequence was part Monarch of the Glen, part Home Alone.
In the new film Bond’s new boss (Ralph Fiennes) is dealing with office politics (Andrew Scott, glimpsed briefly in the trailer, wants his job). Naomie Harris returns as Moneypenny and it looks like she will get to do more than pine over 007.
Ben Whishaw is Q and presents Bond with a tricked-out Aston Martin.
There’s also a lethal henchman named Mr Hinx, played by Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy).
SPECTRE – led by Christoph Waltz, evidently having a grand old time – is at the heart of the film’s plot. His character is called Franz Oberhauser.
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. 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.
SPECTRE, as all Bond fans know, was 007’s greatest foe for many of the secret agent’s iterations, and was led by the evil Ernst Blofeld.
James Bond himself seems to be crucial to SPECTRE’s plans, and there are hints that he knows who Oberhauser really is.
There was a rumour following a script-leak last year that …
Also briefly glimpsed is Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), the villain behind the curtain in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, and who I imagine is here for the purposes of exposition.
Lea Seydoux shows up and, in what might be the most radical move in the film, Bond gets an age-appropriate love-interest in the form of Monica Bellucci (Bellucci is actually older than Daniel Craig).
Sam Mendes once again directs. The cinematography is by Hoyte Van Hoytema (Interstellar, Her).
Spectre opens in November.