Spectre: James Bond's 24th film as cast including Andrew Scott and Christoph Waltz, release date and new Aston Martin are revealed
Following the tongue-twisting Quantum of Solace and the elegant Skyfall, Bond 24 is to be titled Spectre, with Christoph Waltz, Andrew Scott, Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista joining the cast.
Director Sam Mendes revealed a handful of new details about the next instalment this morning, they were as follows:
The title: Spectre
The new cast members: Andrew Scott (Denbigh), Dave Bautista (Mr Hinx), Monica Bellucci (Lucia Sciarra), Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Christoph Waltz (Oberhauser).
The returning cast members: Daniel Craig (James Bond), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ralph Fiennes (M)
Bond's new car: Aston Martin DB10
Filming locations: London, Rome, Mexico City, Tangier, Austria
The release date: November 6, 2015
Bond fans will remember Spectre (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) from Ian Fleming's novel Thunderball and the movie Dr. No.
It was led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who Christoph Waltz might well be playing (his character's name has been confirmed as 'Oberhauser').
Andrew Scott is already proving a popular new arrival on Twitter, having played the nefarious Moriarty in Sherlock, as is Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar last year for his superb performance in Django Unchained.
Bar a turn toward something a bit more progressive, Seydoux will likely play a 'Bond girl'.
Bautista's transformation from wrestler to actor continues meanwhile, following up on his role in the summer's Guardians of the Galaxy. He will almost certainly play a brutish chief-henchman.
The announcement follows months of speculation over the title and cast, with Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux and Andrew Scott's casting having leaked in the press.
Based at Pinewood Studios, Spectre will also film in London, Rome, Mexico City, Tangier in Morocco and there will be a ski chase that takes place in the Austrian Alps.
Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Rory Kinnear are all back, playing their respective roles of Q, M, Moneypenny and Bill Tanner.
Skyfall was the most successful Bond film ever, grossing over $1 billion at the box office worldwide.
Spectre will be Mendes' second 007 film, and will open in cinemas on November 6, 2015.
Belfast Telegraph Digital