After the massive franchise overhaul of Skyfall, which turned out to be a billion dollar plus box-office behemoth (just click at Box Office Mojo for the astounding figures), we now have some really solid information about what hitherto was just known as Bond 24.
Today’s official press launch at Pinewood Studios is timed to coincide with the commencement of official production after months, even years, of rumour and supposition. Here is what we now know to be true:
Returning from Skyfall, we have director Sam Mendes and the core cast of Daniel Craig as JB, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Wishaw’s Q, Naomie Harris as Miss M and Rory Kinnear as BT. Behind the screen (sic) sees the return of screenwriters John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (the latter two, as a team, have worked on the scripts for all the Bond movies since The World is not Enough). Composer Thomas Newman, production designer Dennis Gassner, stunt arranger Gary Powell and special effects supervisor Chris Corbould are all returning too.
The cast for SPECTRE will include Christoph Waltz (presumably as the villain) and Léa Seydoux (presumably as the leading lady) and also includes Monica Bellucci, David Bautista and Andrew Scott.
Locations will include Mexico City, Rome, Tangier, Morocco and Austria.
The live stream was hosted at http://www.007.com and tweeted via the official James Bond handle: @007.
SPECTRE is out on 6 November 2015.
Me, I’ve very excited – and now it’s less than a year to go to see what they come up with …