Exciting new information has been disclosed about the upcoming James Bond film, which until now has been known as James Bond 24. During a live announcement from the film series’ Pinewood Studios in London, it was revealed that the latest installment of the 007 films has been titled Spectre. New cast members were also announced, including Christoph Waltz, who was recently rumored to have joined the cast.
The official 007 Twitter feed declared that Waltz will play a character named Oberhauser, who could be the franchise’s Hannes Oberhauser. The character is important because he is like a second father to Bond.
French actress Lea Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds) will play Madeleine Swann. Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) will join the cast in the role of Mr. Hinx. Monica Bellucci (The Passion of the Christ) is set to play Lucia Sciarra, and Sherlock’s Andrew Scott is cast as British Secret Service agent Denbigh.
Returning cast members include Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris and Rory Kinnear.
As fans may remember, Spectre is the name of the fictional terrorist organization headed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Bond’s arch-nemisis. Spectre originated in the James Bond novels and was first featured on screen in 1962’s Dr. No.
Expectations are high for the new Bond film, not just because of the impressive cast, but also because of how well the last installment, 2012’s Skyfall, performed at the box office, raking in $ 1.1 billion. Fortunately, Skyfall director Sam Mendes and writers Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan are all returning for Spectre.
Spectre will be released in the U.K. on Oct. 23, 2015, and in the U.S. on Nov. 6, 2015.