The trailer for “Spectre,” the next James Bond film, has been online for a few hours, and it sees the return of some familiar faces and the dark reinvention of some others.
It also comes with a particularly sinister line, this one spoken by “Quantum of Solace’s” Mr. White (Jesper Christensen): “You’re a kite, dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.” When it comes to villains, none are as poetic as those who face off against Mr. Bond.
“Spectre,” still filming, won’t be released til Nov. 6. The film is the fourth with Daniel Craig in the Bond role, and second to be directed by Sam Mendes. The latter point is key, as the trailer for “Spectre” reveals that the film appears to be a pretty direct sequel to 2012’s “Skyfall.”
The film will reintroduce the terrorist organization SPECTRE to the Bond films, which gave us what many consider Bond’s most signature nemesis in Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the bald-headed evil genius with a Turkish Angora cat. Even those unfamiliar with Blofeld and the earlier Bond films surely recall some of the Blofeld parodies, ranging from Dr. Evil in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” to Doctor Claw in “Inspector Gadget.”
But there’s no sign of Blofeld’s baldness or feline in the trailer for “Spectre.” The main villain here is Christoph Waltz, who in the trailer’s final moments is shown to be a first-name acquaintance of Agent 007. “Welcome, James. It’s been a long time, and finally here we are,” he says in a mood-lit boardroom with some fancy water pitchers.
Earlier, the brief teaser hints that the two most definitely have a past connection, perhaps as foster or step brothers. Speculation is that Waltz will eventually be revealed to be Blofeld, and our fingers are crossed that there’s a cat (there better be a cat, Mr. Mendes).
“Spectre” also stars Dave Bautista, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Naomie Harris and Lea Seydoux. The film is the the 24th installment in the spy franchise. Important questions, such as who will sing the theme song — and how the word “Spectre” will be turned into something that sounds rather tuneful — remain.
— Todd Martens
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