It is finally here. No, not Christmas. Something far more significant.
Behold, the first full-length trailer for Bond 24 – SPECTRE. Enjoy.
“You had no authority, none” – an exasperated ‘M’ (Ralph Fiennes) reprimands 007 for his extra-curricular activities whilst on holiday at the Day of the Dead carnival in Mexico City. James is up to no good and on a quest to uncover the truth. Good for us – not so good for M who better get used to his new day job and managing a rogue 007.
“I think you’re just getting started” says Naomie Harris, returning as an apparently less seductive Moneypenny. Ben Whishaw’s ‘Q’ looks to have a more significant role here as James goes off book, enlisting the help of the in-house bespectacled gadget man to disappear.
Elsewhere the trailer features everything we want to see: the cars (that shoot fire!), the planes, the chases, the explosions, and the girls. A sultry Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) and feisty Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) warn James of the shadowy organisation of the film’s title, to which it would appear his past is inextricably linked.
The Special Executive for Counter Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion: it’s quite the acronym. Can we expect the kind of nastiness villains of old got up to in Dr. No, Thunderball, From Russia With Love and Diamonds Are Forever? Let’s hope so.
By the looks of his beard, fixer and all-round ne’er-do-well Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) – who appeared in both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace – continues his fall from grace and has been playing the same game of chess for some time at a cabin in the woods. Stunning, sweeping visuals of Austrian mountains, Rome by night and London by smoggy day all feature in a film that will frenetically Europe-hop as you might expect.
Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of a malevolent Andrew Scott (best known as Moriarty in Sherlock) whose character, Denbigh, may well be key. So many questions! Time will tell.
One big issue remains: is Chistophe Waltz’s character a new/old-age Blofeld? His character, Franz Oberhauser – certainly the villain of the piece – isn’t as camera shy as the former ‘No. 1’ of the terrorist organisation and there is no scar or cat to be seen but he could well be Bond’s arch nemesis: “It was me, James. The author of all your pain.” The trailer intrigues without giving too much away. His collarless coat is very Blofeld-y though. Just saying.
Whether or not Spectre does prove to be director Sam Mendes’ last addition to the 007 canon, the 24th film in the series looks to be unmissable. The British director will be a tough act to follow, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. November 6th cannot come soon enough…