James Bond returns to classic roots with
German Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and Italian actressMonica Bellucci will star alongside Britain’s Daniel Craig in the next James Bond film Spectre, in a new outing promising a strong dose of 007 nostalgia.
The movie— titled after a global criminal organization featuring in the early Bond films — will be shot in Mexico City, Rome and Tangiers, and will also see Britain’s famous spy returning to the ski slopes, in Austria, director SamMendes said on Dec 4 at Pinewood Studios.
Speaking on a stage built specifically for the Bond films in the 1970s, Mendes gives nothing away about the plot as he unveils the casting of what will be the 24th film in the hugely successful series based on author Ian Fleming’s fictional Secret Service agent.
Waltz, best known for his expert turns in the Quentin Tarantino movies Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, will play the villain in Spectre, which is due to hit screens in October next year.
Bellucci, who played in the Matrix sci-fi trilogy, will also appear, along with newcomers including French actress Lea Seydoux ( Blue Is the Warmest Color) and Andrew Scott, best known for his role as the villain Moriarty in the BBC’s Sherlock series.
Returning actors to the latest Bond adventure will be Ralph Fiennes, promoted to spy chief M, and Ben Whishaw, who played the Secret Service’s technological whiz-kid, both introduced in the last Bond film Skyfall. The Filipino-American wrestler and actor Dave Bautista is also in.
The shooting started on Dec 8, Mendes says.
The director says the cast members have begun rehearsals and filming will take around seven months.
Bond will be back behind the wheel of an AstonMartin, a British sportscar long associated with the debonair 007, Mendes says. The latest model being used, a DB10, was shown on the soundstage alongside the actors.
The title of the new movie harks back to the sinister SPECTRE organization battled by Bond back when he was incarnated by Sean Connery and then George Lazenby and Roger Moore. SPECTRE’s boss, evil genius Ernst Stavro Blofeld, was Bond’s nemesis in films from the 1960s to the early 1980s.
The acronym stands for “special executive for counter-intelligence, terrorism, revenge and extortion”.
This will be
playing Bond after Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.
“We’ve got an amazing cast,” the 46-yearold tells the BBC.
Following the huge box-office success of Skyfall, he says the cast and crew were “a little nervous” about trying to match its performance.
But he adds: “Having a challenge like that is pretty good in life.”
He also gives little away about the film’s plot, saying: “I read the script this morning.”
Waltz is equally tight-lipped about his role but says it isanhonorto take part intheBond “legend”.
“Everybody’s seen the Bond movies from childhood on. It’s legend. It’s practically modernmythology. To participate in that— come on — you don’t have to think, you just do it,” he says.
Seydoux, 29, has been in several high profile arthouse and blockbuster films, working with bignamesincluding QuentinTarantino, Ridley Scott, Woody Allen and Wes Anderson.
Shewoncritical acclaim forherrole inBlue Is the Warmest Color, a lesbian coming-ofage drama that won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
James Bond has inspired one of the highest-earning film series ever.
The serial seducer, a government assassin employed by MI6, has been played by Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. Craig infused muscular new energy into the role since taking over in 2006’s Casino Royale.