Spectre is name of new James Bond film

The next James Bond film will be called Spectre and a new car and full cast have also been confirmed during a live telecast from Pinewood Studios.
Actor Daniel Craig poses on stage during an event to mark the start of production for the new James Bond film Spectre, at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, southern England on December 4, 2014. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
Actor Daniel Craig poses on stage during an event to mark the start of production for the new James Bond film Spectre, at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, southern England on December 4, 2014. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

The next James Bond film will have a title that nods to the series’ past: Spectre.

Director Sam Mendes announced the title Thursday, along with the identity of several new cast members and a new version of Bond’s iconic Aston Martin car.

Spectre was the terrorist organization headed by Ernst Blofeld in early Bond films starting with Dr No.

Academy Award-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz is joining the cast, while Andrew Scott – Moriarty from BBC series Sherlock – will play a government official. Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci are the new “Bond girls.”

Daniel Craig will play Bond for a fourth time, and Mendes returns as director after 2012’s Skyfall.

Returning cast members include Ralph Fiennes as spy chief M, Ben Whishaw as gadget-master Q and Naomi Harris as Miss Moneypenny.

Skyfall was the most successful Bond film yet, taking more than $1.1 billion at the global box office.

Waltz said his character was called Oberhauser, but many fans will hope he is really Blofeld, one of the most enduring Bond villains.

Principal photography on the new film begins Monday. Filming will take place at Pinewood Studios near London and on location in Morocco, Mexico and Austria.

The movie is due for release late next year.

Published: December 4, 2014 04:00 AM

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