7:16 AM 4 December 2014
I woke up at 6:00 AM. and the first thought that entered my mind was: Only 5 more hours until we find out about Bond 24.
Because today at 11:00 AM GMT the world will find out about Bond 24 when a Press Conference will be streamed live from Pinewood Studio's revealing the name of the movie and the main cast members that will be appearing in the film.
However - in the 5 hours as my anticipation was building I had to do quite a few Un-Bondian things. Something tells me that this morning Daniel Craig hasn't had to clean up after the dog or get the kids to school or listen to a 4 year-old telling you a bag of Marshmallows is actually a big bad wolf coming to get him. But still - roll on 11:00 AM - it'll take more than having to use a Mop to spoil today for me!
10:36 AM 4 December 2014
11:19 AM 4 December 2014
OK. Christmas has just arrived 21 days early!
Live from the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studio's I have just seen the press conference to launch the start of the 24th James Bond movie.
The film will be called:
So I guess we know who the villainous organisation in the film will be. But what about Quantum? Will Quantum change it's name to SPECTRE? Will SPECTRE and Quantum be two different organisations who either merge or battle each other for world dominance - only for 007 to sort them both out? Or will the title relate to something else?
I think that there will be some relation to SPECTRE of old as when revealing the title director Sam Mendes commented:
"Those of you who have some knowledge of the Bond franchise and the legend of Bond will probably have some idea what that refers to, but I couldn't possibly comment."
Now onto the cast. Mendes advised who the main cast and crew would be. Since then a press release has been... er... released and it includes a very brief and tantalising synopsis of the film.
Here is the official Press Release from Sony:
LONDON, UK, December 4, 2014 – 007 Soundstage, Pinewood Studios, London. 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.
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.
Now one of the things that surprised me was when Sam Mendes was introducing the cast of SPECTRE he mentioned the name of each of the characters that they would be playing - with one exception - Christoph Waltz. Is that because they didn't want us to know that he will be Blofeld?
When introducing Waltz Mendes said: "The final and most important member I think. An extroridnary actor. I could not be happier than to have him in this cast and joining us on this journey. Mr Christoph Waltz." So I would guess that Blofeld or not Waltz will be playing the lead villain - after all a Bond film is only as good as it's vilain?
I have since noticed that on Twitter Waltz's character name was mentioned:
Now the name Oberhauser is interesting. In the Ian Fleming short story Octopussy Hans Oberhauser is an Austrian who taught a young James Bond how to climb and ski and because a father figure to him at a time when he needed a father. Given that Christoph Waltz and Daniel Craig are of a similar age I doubt they would have this relationship in SPECTRE. However, what if Waltz was a relative of Hans who turns out to be deceitful to 007 and then is revealed to actually be Blofeld! It would tie-in with the blast from Bond's past and the deceit in the synopsis wouldn't it?
I also wonder if as M is fighting to keep the secret service alive if Clair Dowar - the MP who was so hostile to M during the enquiry in Skyfall will be making another appearance? I hope so as Helen McCrory was great in that small but perfectly formed roll.
So here is the list of characters that we now know of and the actors playing them:
A nice surprise that happened as part of todays accouncements was the releaving of the new Bond car - the Aston Martin DB10. Designed by Aston Martin and EON Productions the automotive co-star was on display to the press. Looking at the car that my wife described as A Beautiful Shark you can't help but hope there's some gadgets in there.
Over at Aston Martin's website, Aston Martin had their own Press Release about the special set of wheels they created for 007:
4 December 2014, Gaydon: Aston Martin together with EON Productions, the producers of the James Bond film franchise, unveiled Bond’s stunning new car, the Aston Martin DB10, on the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios.
The luxury British sports car brand is delighted to confirm that James Bond will once again drive an Aston Martin in Spectre. On this occasion, it will be a model developed specifically for the film and built in-house by the brand’s design and engineering teams.
Led by Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, the design team worked closely with the film’s director, Sam Mendes, to create the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy.
Celebrating the great British brand’s half century with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins.
Dr Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, said: “In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that today we unveiled this wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond.
“To be partnering once again with EON Productions is great news for this company and for everyone around the world that loves to see Bond at the wheel of an Aston Martin.
“I’m incredibly proud of everyone in the team at Gaydon who have brought this special project from concept to reality.”
Production will be strictly limited to 10 of the bespoke sports cars, developed and built by the designers, engineers and highly skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters.
Spectre is due for general release on 6 November 2015.
...the Press Launch might have been short and to the point where it confirmed the title of the film and the people who'll be starring in it. It didn't take questions from the assembled representatives of the press. So we did manage to avoid the usual How Will Your Bond Girl Be Different clichés of most press gatherings.
If it's aim was to confirm these details whilst wetting the appetite of Bond Fans and allowing for lots of speculation between now and when further details emerge then it has succeeded. A brief look on Facebook has already shown that people are looking into every last word that was uttered and are putting 2 and 2 together and coming up with who knows what.
One thing is for sure and that is that the success of Skyfall has allowed the makes of SPECTRE to assemble one of the most exciting and talented casts that has ever graced a 007 adventure and the script would have to be pretty dire to make this film anything but excellent. Given that there has been 2 years since the release Skyfall in which the writers have had time to write, re-write and re-re-write the script it should be tailored like a Tom Ford suit to take the cinema going audience on a thrill a minute ride when the film is released on 6 November 2015.