The new James Bond film will be called Spectre, the franchise has announced during a press conference at Pinewood Studios.
The title of the 24th Bond movie was unveiled by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes.
During the conference, broadcast live from Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire this morning, Mendes also revealed several filming locations for the new movie, including London, Rome, Mexico City and the Austrian Alps. Large parts of the film will also be shot at Pinewood, which has been home to the famous franchise since 1962’s Dr No.
“All of them are amazing places,” said Mendes. “I’m very excited to be going to these locations over seven months, which is how long we’ll be shooting.”
Italian actress Monica Bellucci who will be playing the role of Lucia Sciarra was revealed as the new Bond girl, while Austrian Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz will play the film’s villain. Other new cast members are Andrew Scott (who played Moriarty on BBC’s Sherlock and will star as Denbigh), Dave Bautista, as Mr. Hinx, and Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann.
Details of the cast and the film’s title had remained a closely guarded secret, but star Daniel Craig was already confirmed to return to the title role for his fourth Bond movie.
Also Ralph Fiennes will return after taking over as M in 2012’s Skyfall [you can check the review out], Ben Whishaw will be back as gadgets expert Q, and Naomie Harris reprises her role as Moneypenny.
The event also saw the unveiling of the Aston Martin DB10 which Bond will be driving in his latest screen adventure. The car manufacturer has had a long association with the James Bond series, starting with Goldfinger in 1964.
Skyfall was the highest grossing film of all time in the UK and made more than $1.1bn (£705m) at the worldwide box office.
The film also picked up two Oscars: one for singer Adele’s title track, and another for sound editing.
Spectre is slated for release on the 6th of November 2015.
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