Bond 24 is SPECTRE

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Press Release

James Bond Producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today released the title of the 24th James Bond adventure, SPECTRE. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fourth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007. SPECTRE begins principal photography on Monday, December 8, and is set for global release on November 6, 2015.

Along with Daniel Craig, Mendes presented the returning cast, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear as well as introducing Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott. Mendes also revealed Bond’s sleek new Aston Martin, the DB10, created exclusively for SPECTRE.

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. 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.

Spectre 2015 James Bond 24 teaser poster
The 007 production will be based at Pinewood Studios, and on location in London, Mexico City, Rome and Tangier and Erfoud, in Morocco. Bond will return to the snow once again, this time in Sölden, along with other Austrian locations, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee.

Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, “We’re excited to announce Daniel’s fourth installment in the series and thrilled that Sam has taken on the challenge of following on the success of SKYFALL with SPECTRE.”.

Written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Director of Photography is Hoyte van Hoytema and Editor is Lee Smith. Production Designer, Dennis Gassner returns along with Costume Designer, Jany Temime and Composer, Thomas Newman. Action Specialist, Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. Stunt Coordinator is Gary Powell, SFX Supervisor is Chris Corbould, and Visual Effects Supervisor is Steve Begg.

Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film, was a worldwide box office phenomenon, opening #1 in 70 territories around the world, taking over $1.1 billion worldwide and setting a new all-time box office record in the UK by becoming the first film to take over £100 million.

Bond 24 title to be revealed on Thursday morning [Watch here live]

Watch teh Bond 24 announcement direct from the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios on the morning of 4th December.

The event will kick off with an introduction at 10:50 am GMT, with the main event starting at 11:00 am GMT. Following the unveiling of the Bond 24 title there will be a photocall for media.

Click play above to watch online here.

Dave Bautista cast as Bond 24 henchman say reports

Dave Bautista, who recently appeared in “Guardians of the Galaxy” as Drax the Destroyer, as been cast as Hinx, the Bond 24 henchman, according to Latino Review.

In August a casting call went out looking for an “iconic” baddie “in the tradition of” Jaws and Oddjob to fill the role of Hinx, who is 30-45 years old and over 6’2″. The character will have several fights with 007 and stunt training will be required for the role.

Léa Seydoux signed as new Bond girl say reports

Bond 24 reportedly has a Bond girl in the shape of Léa Seydoux, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Baz Bamigboye, who was repeatedly right on stories surrounding “Skyfall”, says that the French actress will join cast for a script read through in November, and go through make up and costumes before then.

She is best known for “Blue Is the Warmest Colour”, which min the Palm d’Or at Cannes in 2012.

December 6 kickoff for Bond 24

Bond 24 is due to start filming on December 6, 2014, according to a report by Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail.

Bamigboye was correct on a number of stories about Skyfall, including the fact that Eve was really Miss Moneypenny, and so is a credible source. Bamigboye also says that Sam Mendes has called for a script read through in late November.

Look out for further news as it emerges and we can expect a press conference prior or just after filming begins.

Bond 24 henchman sought by casting agency

Both James Bond Radio and MI6 reported yesterday that a casting call had gone out for the Bond 24 henchman/assassin.

The casting agency working with Casting Director Debbie McWilliams has out out a casting call for a character named Hinx, who is over 6′ 2″, between 30 and 45 and physically fit. He will be involved in a number of fights and have to undergo stunt training, as well as driving.

Bond 24 may shoot in Rome according to reports

A couple of photos uploaded to Instagram, a reply to a comment and a loose mouthed Italian repressenting the Roma Lazio Film Commission have set the Bond community alight with the apparent inside info that Bond 24 will feature a car chase in the Italian capital.

Stunt coordinator Gary Powell uploaded a photo of an executive jet earlier in the month and when asked where he was going responded “Morocco, Rome and Austria”.

He uploaded a second photo from inside a jet over the weekend in which you can see Second Unit Director of Photography Alexander Witt and Executive Producer Callum McDougall. And then the Italian media reported that the president of Roma Lazio Film Commission revealed Bond producers seeking permission for a chase along Rome’s Via delle Quattro Fontane.

The offending Instagram photos have since been taken down, but put together the two stories add up. However, filming permission was what stopped “Skyfall” from shooting in India and it is still early days.

Purvis & Wade brought in to sort out Bond 24 script as filming slips to December

Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been signed on sort out the script of Bond 24, according to a report by Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail this morning.

Bamigboye was proved right on a number of stories relating to “Skyfall” and so from his past history can be regarded as a reliable source.

Back in March John Logan was just talking about completing his first draft, which seems late, while more recently he said he had pretty much finished with movies. That was taken that he would not do Bond 25, for which he was hired, but it also looks like he has departed from Bond 24 already.

Filming will start in December, delayed from October, which also means the October 2015 release date must be in jeopardy.

All in all this is looking a pretty shaken start to the next Bond film and once again questions Eon’s ability to plan ahead in order to avoid these kinds of disruption. Surely with something as large as the James Bind series at stake some kind of strategic plan should be in place.

It doesn’t look that way though.

Sam Mendes: Bond 24 script still in progress

“Skyfall” and Bond 24 director Sam Mendes attended a screening of “Paris Texas” earlier this week at London’s BFI on the Southbank. Although he was asked by the press about the state of Bond 24 he revealed little, telling them, “It’s being written, that’s all I can tell you. If I told you I’d have to kill you.”

So that’s it; the script by John Logan is still a work in progress, which confirms what Logan has said before. Hopefully they have time to get it right before filming starts, currently scheduled for October according to various parties involved in the forthcoming Bond film.