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‘S.P.E.C.T.R.E.’ Is Announced As The Title Of The 24th Bond Film

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Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007.

We finally have something to call the upcoming James Bond installment other than “Bond 24”. Eon Productions Ltd recently announced that the new film would bring the Bond franchise back full circle with the title S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the name of the organization Bond originally battled in author Ian Fleming‘s original novels. The first Bond film, Dr. No (1962), was the first to introduce the organization as Bond’s primary antagonist, and Sean Connery’s Bond films would continue with Fleming’s direct material until Roger Moore took over with Live and Let Die in 1973. S.P.E.C.T.R.E.‘s plot will follow Bond and M (played by Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes respectively) as they fight to keep the British Secret Service from being destroyed from within by the schemes of a mysterious organization. S.P.E.C.T.R.E. stands for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion. The cast will once again feature Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris as Q and Moneypenny, as well as Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds), Dave Bautista (Riddick, Guardians of the Galaxy), Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded, The Whistleblower), and Lea Seydoux (Blue Is The Warmest Color, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Skyfall director Sam Mendes will return to direct and the film has been scheduled for release in November 2015. Stay tuned.

Ben Whishaw Being Eyed By Queen For Freddie Mercury Biopic

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Skyfall was one of the most successful films in the James Bond franchise, and marked a lot of firsts for modern Bond films. Ralph Fiennes brought a male actor back to the role of ‘M’ after Judi Dench’s character, who was the first to portray ‘M’ as a female alongside Pierce Brosnan in 1995’s Goldeneye, was killed off. The roots of Bond’s secretary, Moneypenny, were also explored in more detail for the first time in Bond history, spanning back to the 1950s when the first novel, Casino Royale, was published. Skyfall also marked the return of Bond’s Quartermaster, portrayed in almost every single film by the late Desmond Llewelyn, who made his first appearance as ‘Q’ with Sean Connery in From Russia With Love (1963), and his last with Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough (1999). The role of ‘Q’ was briefly taken over by John Cleese in Die Another Day (the character being given the initial ‘R’ in order to follow ‘Q’), but with Skyfall, a youthful and fresh face was called for to take on the character, and ended up going to actor Ben Whishaw. Whishaw has made appearances in such films as Layer Cake, I’m Not There (in which he portrayed a personality of Bob Dylan), and Cloud Atlas, and is now being eyed by British rock band Queen to play the part of their late lead-singer, Freddie Mercury, in an upcoming biopic.

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As of now there is only a script by Peter Morgan on the table, so details regarding production and a release date are still to be determined, but if the band members think Whishaw a good choice to portray Freddie, we may see him taking on his first major lead role. The actor is already in talks for another Bond film, and is currently filming a project titled Heart of the Sea, but if he agrees to take the Mercury role, we could see the film come out some time around 2016. Stay tuned to MADE for more details.