If you like your trailers suspenseful, not shaken, here’s the first full extended look at Spectre, the 24th James Bond film and fourth starring Daniel Craig. The word “anticipated” is as overused in showbiz as “superstar” is in sports, but this is the follow-up to 007’s most lucrative adventure. By far. Chances are you remember the 2012 film Skyfall, which is a) Sony’s biggest film ever, b) the UK’s highest grosser and c) No. 9 on the all-time list with $1.11B worldwide. In fact, the flick helped Sony turned an annual profit for the first time in five years.
The trailer that just dropped via 007.com reveals something a bit different: Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond is shaping up to be the most continuity-heavy in franchise history. Drawing together threads left hanging from Casino Royal and Quantum of Solace, and tying them to the events of Skyfall, Jesper Christensen’s Mr. White reappears, now in MI6 custody, as Bond’s introduction to the SPECTRE organization. The terrorist group hasn’t appeared in an official Bond film since Sean Connery last possessed the license to kill. This time out, it’s headed by Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser, seen here in the shadows, but the unhinged-but-cool demeanor be brought to Inglorious Basterds is unmistakable.
Armed with a script by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, director Sam Mendes is back for another go; reports surfaced a couple of years ago that he wouldn’t helm this one, but that silliness was squelched a few months later. Also returning are Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ralph Fiennes as the new M. Fresh blood is being pumped into the 53-year-old franchise via Waltz, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux.
While M plays politics in an effort to keep his secret service alive, Bond is out to reveal the despicable truth behind SPECTRE — very short for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion — the international crime and terrorism clique that first disgraced the screen in 007’s maiden adventure, Dr. No.
We got some behind-the-scenes footage of Spectre last month, but this is the real stuff. What do you think? Will you press that tux and step out on opening night November 6?