James Bond 24: Christoph Waltz and Monica Bellucci Join ‘Spectre’

by Stacy Lambe 4:52 AM PST, December 04, 2014
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The wait is over! Well, sort of.

On Thursday, MGM Studios and Sony Pictures revealed the title and cast of the 24th James Bond film slated to hit theaters on Nov. 6, 2015.

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The next film will be called Spectre, which is the same name of the series' fictional global terrorist organization that was last mentioned in 2008's Quantum of Solace.

Joining Daniel Craig in 24th installment are Christoph Waltz, Monica Belluci, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Lea Seydoux.

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Waltz, the two-time Oscar winner, will play Oberhauser, who is believed to be Spectre's primary villain. Bautista, the professional wrestler last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, is Mr Hinx – a classic sounding name for a henchman. Meanwhile, Scott, the openly gay British actor of Sherlock fame, is Denbigh, a British secret service agent.

Belluci and Seyoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) will step into – or rather, out of – the heels of the franchise's long list of Bond Girls as Lucia Sciarra and Madeleine Swann, respectively.

Naomi Harris (Eve Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Tanner) and Ralph Fiennes, who officially replaces Judi Dench as M, are all set to return.

On the production side, Sam Mendes is back in the director’s chair following the success of Skyfall. And principal photography is set to begin Monday.

As for the plot itself… The official logline for Spectre is: "A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE."

That person from Bond's past? It could be Oberhauser, who is thought to be Hannes Oberhauser, a character from the book series considered to be Bond’s second father.

No official announcement was made with regards to the theme song. Though, Sam Smith is considered to be the strongest contender to follow Adele. 

Now, it's just a waiting game – and a hunt for spoilers – until the film hits theaters next year. Check out images of the newest cast members from Spectre's live announcement below.

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