Thursday, December 4, 2014

'Spectre' Release Date and Cast

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Donald Pleasance as Blofeld in "You Only Live Twice" (1967).

We've been biting our tongues, er, restraining our fingers from tapping away about the long-mulled 'Bond 24,' which now shall never be known by that moniker again. The wait finally has ended, we are released from silence: the next James Bond film will be "Spectre," with a release date of 6 November 2015.

Blofeld Spectre

The reason we have had to restrain ourselves is because there have been too many stars (and wannabe stars) loudly proclaiming how either a) they really don't want to play James Bond and they resent the very idea, or b) they were being 'considered' for a key role in the next film but, well, they just couldn't let the cat out of the bag yet. It could have occupied our every waking minute detailing how this over-the-hill wanker was in the mix, or that nobody-was-thinking-of-you-anyway wannabe had better things to do anyway despite being, you know, 'considered.' Heck, half of Hollywood and London besides appeared to have been 'considered' over the past year or two for the new James Bond film - if, at least, you asked their agents.

Blofeld Spectre

So, it was better to be mum than clutter up the blog with endless references to people who will never have any association with Bond. Besides, we knew all along that the actors talking the most about how they were being considered... weren't.

Anyway, it's all over now: the word is out. The glory of the news is that the title, again, is 'Spectre.' This undoubtedly signals a return to the somewhat campy style of the '60s - early '70s which really defined the series. It also suggests to many of us the return of one of the top characters in all of fiction: Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Blofeld Spectre
Charles Gray as Blofeld in "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971).

Yes, Blofeld with his white cheshire cat in his lap may indeed be returning. There hasn't been a sign of him in over 30 years. Just imagine - you could have gone to college, worked a job, and retired in the time since we heard Blofeld say 'My dear Bond.' That's a long time to wait - if indeed the wait is over. The reason Blofeld is being widely bruited about as appearing is the simple fact that he was in charge of Spectre. You can't have Spectre without Blofeld, or else it isn't really Spectre.

Blofeld Spectre

Details on the plot as of this writing of course are scarce - they guard these scripts like precious gems, with numbered copies that must be signed out and all that - but here’s the official description of Spectre:
“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.”
Without going into any details of the film, we suspect that the 'terrible truth' has something to do with the man with the white cat and the sharks swimming in the moat inside his lair. And if we get a few classic wisecracks and throwaway lines from Bond and the villain, it will be a refreshing return to form.

Blofeld Spectre
Christoph Waltz - the new Blofeld.

The following is all official:
  • Christoph Waltz will play Bond’s nemesis in Spectre, a character named Franz Oberhauser; he is described as the son of Bond’s climbing instructor and mentor Hannes Oberhauser;
  • Monica Bellucci - the Bond producers have been trying to get Belluci for at least a decade now - as Lucia Sciarra;
  • Sherlock’s Andrew Scott as Denbigh; 
  • Léa Seydoux ('Blue Is The Warmest Color') as Madeleine Swann;
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx; 
  • Daniel Craig as James Bond; 
  • Rory Kinnear as Tanner;
  • Ben Whishaw as Q; 
  • Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny;
  • Ralph Fiennes, the new M.

Filming began in December 2014 at London’s Pinewood Studios. The director of Spectre is Skyfall’s Sam Mendes, and the cinematographer is Hoyte Van Hoytema (Interstellar).

Oh, one last thing - the white cat does return.


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