The newest James Bond film will bring back one of his most iconic enemies.
The producers of the 007 franchise announced on Thursday morning that the 24th Bond flick — the fourth starring Daniel Craig — will be known as Spectre. The title recalls the global terrorist group that appeared in the very first Bond film, Dr. No, as well as novels by Ian Fleming. It is an acronym, at least in those old installments, for “Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion.”
For the last month, Christoph Waltz has been rumored to be joining the film as classic villain Blofeld, who happens to be the head of SPECTRE in the source material. Thursday’s announcement confirmed that he indeed will join the cast, but as a character named Oberhauser.
Worry not, classic Bond fans. This is a spy series after all, so that could be a code name or alter-ego.
Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista also joins the cast as an enforcer named Mr. Hinx, while Sherlock’s Andrew Scott joins as Denbigh. The two Bond girls will be Blue Is the Warmest Color star Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra.
The film, which will be helmed by Skyfall director Sam Mendes, will bring back Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, and Ralph Fiennes as M.
If all that news wasn’t enough, here’s the official plot synopsis: “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.”
And now, behold, the first teaser poster for the film, which is due in theaters on Nov. 6, 2015:
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