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New James Bond title has a 'SPECTRE' of the past

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The 24th James Bond film will have the flavor of classic old-school 007 adventures, evoking iconic villainy from Dr. No and Thunderball. At least the title will. Director Sam Mendes announced during a press conference at Pinewood Studios London that the new film, due Nov. 6, 2015, will be called SPECTRE.

In Ian Fleming’s original novels, SPECTRE was the evil global cabal that stood for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. But the mysterious organization has been missing from Bond’s cinematic adventures since Diamonds are Forever. Now, it’s back. “A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization,” reads the film’s logline. “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.”

Mendes introduced some of the new faces of SPECTRE, confirming Christoph Waltz as the likely bad guy, Oberhauser. Guardians of the Galaxy‘s David Bautista will play Mr. Hinx, Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux are the latest Bond girls, and Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott also joins the franchise.

Filming on the seven-month shoot begins Monday, and the production is scheduled for a variety of exotic locales, including Mexico City, Rome, Tangier and Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Austria, as well as other locations Obertilliach and Lake Altaussee.

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