Bond. 2015. Spectre.

Skyfall was the first Bond film I saw that I felt wasn’t a novelty. It was a proper film (as Mark Kermode might say). It was gorgeous. It had interesting characters. The story was intricate and plot fulfilled. But the nostalgia was still there. Today all of the nine one-one on the next Bond film dropped in one fell swoop. Director, cast, title, villain and some marketing material.

So glad was I to hear that Sam Mendes would be returning for another go around! For twenty years, no Bond film has been made by the same director. So when they finally got one right, it’s wonderful to hear the news that they’ll be bringing back essentially the same team.

Of course, the first question I had was, “will they bring back Roger Deakins as cinematographer?” Alas no, but coming in at a close second – that I’m more than happy with – is Hoyte Van Hoytema, who has done some of the best looking cinema of recent years (e.g. Her, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In).

Next on the list is actors. Let’s just say my attention is garnered! Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw (returning as Q), Ralph Fiennes (spoiler character), Dave Bautista, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) and Albert Finney.

So yeah, I’m usually not that all caring about the next Bond film, but this one jut jumped up pretty high on my list of must sees in 2015. What do you guys think of all the news dropping today?



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David Brook

I’m very excited too, even though I felt Skyfall was a tad overrated. I agree that it’s the classiest stand alone film of the series, but I’m a big fan of Bond and felt it lacked a bit of the old magic.

What I’m excited about is the title. Calling it Spectre suggests a move back to the roots of the series and its original villains, which is a nice touch and fits with the nostalgia running throughout Skyfall.

I’m really glad to see the Bond films hitting their stride again. Quantum of Solace was a stumble, but Casino Royale was solid, Skyfall was great and it sounds like the right pieces are in place for Spectre.

Matthew Price

I’m not up on my lingo, what is “all of the nine one-one”?

Dan Heaton

I’m excited about the cast across the board, especially all the returning players. I wonder if there’s any way this can live up to expectations. That didn’t help Quantum of Solace after Casino Royale, and Skyfall has many expecting this one to be at that level. It’s going to be tough.