In the past few decades of the 50 year tenure of James Bond on film it’s really hard to beat Daniel Craig’s first turn as James Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale. As action goes it’s practically a perfect film, particularly considering that it’s a bit of an origin story–an overdone trope in genre movies. But despite continuing with an actor who was truly believable as Bond, its 2008 sequel, Quantum of Solace, only muddled along with uninteresting villains, and the 2012 follow-up Skyfall, although interesting, delivered the message that this Bond may be too old to be Bond.
So it’s a relief that James Bond is going back to the basics in SPECTRE–the 24th film in the ongoing series–as hinted in its first trailer released this weekend. Sure, the support team is still here, like Naomie Harris’s Miss Moneypenny, but this Bond is clearly on a new solo mission, and it’s not just a tangential adventure. Tying back to the destruction of the late M’s MI6 office building, Bond is off again to seek some revenge.
Better yet, perhaps we will now learn more about the mysterious Mr. White, played by Jesper Christensen, who has appeared in the first two Daniel Craig Bond movies, but each time as a shadowy figure whose motives and secrets remain hidden. After being caught by Bond at the end of Casino Royale, he managed to escape in Quantum of Solace. We were led to believe he worked for an organization called Quantum, but does he really work for SPECTRE?
After the break check out the first trailer for SPECTRE:
That villain in the shadows at the table? Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser, once a legal guardian of James. We see a photograph of young Bond: Is that Albert Finney’s Mr. Kinkade, the gamekeeper of the Skyfall estate in Scotland, Bond’s childhood home? Or was he more than that, and is that Oberhauser burnt out of the photograph? Will this shed some light on whatever happened to James’s parents?
We’ll see once SPECTRE hits theaters November 6, 2015.