The 24th James Bond installment Spectre (out Nov. 6) is as proudly British as a stiff upper lip. But the film’s live-and-let-die action takes 007 from Mexico City to Rome to Tangiers and back to London in pursuit of the shadowy terrorist organization SPECTRE. Above, in the film’s exhilarating opening sequence, James Bond tries to blend in while on a search-and-destroy mission during the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico City.
Bond pairs up with Dr. Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), the headstrong daughter of one of 007’s former enemies, who is immune to the super spy’s charms. The two weave through the crowded streets of Tangiers en route to tracking down SPECTRE.
Swann holds key information to help infiltrate SPECTRE and uncover the terrorist organization’s murky agenda. But she leads Bond into dangerous territory. “He needs her more than she needs him,” says Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color).
Marco (Matteo Taranto), an Italian assassin, gives Bond some trouble in Mexico City.
007 pursues an armada of Land and Range Rovers down an Austrian mountainside, piloting a plane with its wings sheared off, then bursts out of the wrecked plane with guns blazing.
Bond lends Swann a hand as the couple flee super villain Oberhauser’s secret Moroccan terrorist compound.
In Rome, Bond uses his charms to cozy up to Marco’s widow, Lucia (Monica Bellucci) and infiltrate SPECTRE.
Meet Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz). The last time Seydoux looked that frightened in Waltz’s presence, she was a French farmer’s daughter and he was a cold-blooded Nazi in Inglourious Basterds.