Director Sam Mendes, current keeper of the keys to the house of Bond, took to a small London stage last night to announce some of the details of the 24th film to star England's deadliest spy - for one thing, that it's called "Spectre." Daniel Craig is back as Bond, but we knew that. What we didn't know is what he'd be driving and who he'd be battling.
Let's start with the car. Bond will be back in an Aston Martin and, specifically, in a DB10 designed to his specifications. The British marque has stated that it will only make 10 of the cars, all bespoke, so we know that these things will be collectibles down the line. And speaking of lines, this thing is all forward momentum - as though the manufacturer took it's gorgeous DB9 and italicized it. A press release adds that Bond's car "gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins." Fine by us.
And then there is who he'll be fighting (and bedding). We already new about Christoph Waltz, but Dave Bautista, who played the emotive brawler Drax in "Guardians of the Galaxy" will play a heavy while French beauty Lea Seydoux vamps it up with Italian institution Monica Bellucci. Joining this well-qualified crew will be Andrew Scott, who has an unremarkable name but gave a remarkable performance as Moriarty opposite Benedict Cumberbatch on the BBC's "Sherlock." He's apparently supposed to play an MI5 man, but we've already got suspicions about an inside job.
The movie's title implies that Bond will go back to battling the shadowy organization once led by Ernst Blofeld and know, presumably, led by Waltz's Oberhauser or an actor whose face is never revealed (a la Dr. Claw in Inspector Gadget). He'll be doing this in Mexico City, Rome, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach, and Lake Altausee, Austria.
For an older gentleman, Bond still gets around.