Bond is back! Yes, SPECTRE sees the screen’s slickest secret agent suited and booted on a brand new mission. Time to mix yourself a Vesper Martini, loosen the laser-firing cufflinks and crack open a file marked ‘EYES ONLY’ as we brief you with essential intel on all things 007…
1. “Welcome, James. It’s been a long time…”
SPECTRE is the 24th official James Bond movie. It reunites Daniel Craig with director Sam Mendes, who teamed up on 2012’s 50th anniversary Bondbuster, Skyfall. That film hauled a bank-melting $1,108,561,013 at the global box office, making it the first billion dollar Bond – enough loot for any evil mastermind to pimp out their secret volcano lair…
2. “The name’s Bond…”
The ultimate alpha male fantasy, James Bond was created by louche thriller writer Ian Fleming in 1953. He plucked the name from his own bookshelf: ornithologist James Bond was the author of Birds Of The West Indies. Fleming needed his hero to be a “dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened… I thought, my god, that’s the dullest name I’ve ever heard.”
3. The Car’s The Star
007’s latest set of desirable wheels from Q Branch is the Aston Martin DB10. It’s the most exclusive Bond car yet – only ten of these sleek beauties were made and they’re not for sale, not even if the name on your gold card is Goldfinger. In case you were wondering what Bond drove before the Aston Martin, well that was originally a 4 ½ litre 1933 Bentley in the Ian Fleming books. Classy.
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5. Lights, Camera, Action!
SPECTRE promises to unleash the kind of cinema-rattling mayhem we’ve come to expect from 007. Look out for an adrenalin-charged chase across the Austrian Tyrol as well as an audacious helicopter stunt above Mexico City. But can anything top The Spy Who Loved Me’s heart-stopping ski-jump from the peak of Canada’s Mount Asgard, a staggering 6,611 ft high?
6. The Revenge Of SPECTRE!
As the title subtly hints, SPECTRE finally sees a comeback for the globe-threatening criminal cabal first seen in 1963’s From Russia With Love (the name stands for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). Christoph Waltz plays their leader, Franz Oberhauser. Is he really Blofeld undercover? If we told you we’d have to tip you into the piranha pool…
7. Bond Girl Power
France’s Lea Seydoux and Italy’s Monica Bellucci bring some weapons-grade continental glamour to SPECTRE. The first Bond girl was Ursula Andress, whose immortal, bikini-clad entrance in Dr No was mirrored by Daniel Craig rising from the surf in his Speedos in Casino Royale. Goldfinger’s Pussy Galore, meanwhile, was nearly renamed Kitty Galore to spare American blushes.
8. Go Go Gadget!
It’s been a while since we’ve seen some cool gizmology in a Bond film but director Sam Mendes promises Q’s been busy in SPECTRE (we know the new Aston has a rear-mounted flamethrower installed as an optional extra… get in, Clarkson!). Bond’s first big screen gadget was the lethal, tricked-out briefcase in From Russia With Love.
9. Location Location Location
Fleming’s Bond thrillers delivered an exotic world of adventure to post-war readers and the films continue that spectacular, globe-trotting template. SPECTRE hurls us to the eternal city of Rome – scene of a hi-octane car chase - as well as Mexico and Morocco. Did you also know that the majestic Phuket from The Man With The Golden Gun is now known as James Bond Island?
10. Drink Up, James!
As every barman on the planet knows, Bond likes a cheeky tipple or three. It was Ian Fleming’s friend Ivar Bryce who created the recipe for the Vesper Martini, set down in print in Casino Royale. Pub fact: Roger Moore’s Bond may have been the ultimate ‘70s lounge lizard but he was the only 007 not to order a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, on screen.
11. The Men Who Would Be Bond
Daniel Craig is the sixth man to wield the Walther PPK but over the years plenty of A-list stars have come close to the coveted tux. Richard Burton nearly earned the licence to kill in Dr No while Jurassic Park’s Sam Neill lost out to Timothy Dalton in 1987. Roger Moore beat Burt Reynolds to Live And Let Die while Craig pipped Superman Henry Cavill to Casino Royale.
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