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article imageReview: First glimpse of the new James Bond movie

By Tim Sandle     Mar 29, 2015 in Entertainment
London - The trailer for the new James Bond movie, called "Spectre" has been released. In one day the trailer has clocked up almost 800,000 YouTube views.
Daniel Craig returns to the leading role - British agent James Bond - alongside new cast member Christoph Waltz playing the movie's chief villain. The essential plot, according to IMDB, 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.
Some of this is evident in the new trailer:
Key things from the trailer are:
The tone looks dark, and is probably not going to be played for laughs. Certainly no one liners are evident.
The movie is international, with scenes from Rome, London, Mexico and the Austrian Alps.
SPECTRE is back as the main evil organization. SPECTRE is an acronym for "Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion" and it has been associated with Bond since the 1960s. The only reason the Craig era Bond movies featured a criminal organization called QUANTUM was due to a rights issue. That issue has now been resolved.
The movie seems to follow on from Skyfall. This is shown by Moneypenny discussing with Bond some "personal effects" found at his home. Bond's family home was torched and shot to pieces during the climax to the last movie.
Christoph Waltz's villain is named "Franz Oberhauser". However, there are clues that he is really playing iconic Bond villain Stavro Blofeld.
Overall it looks dark, punchy and there is a clear sense of menace. Seven-months to go, and it's looking exciting.
Although the trailer has been launched, filming continues to take place at Pinewood Studios and on location in Italy, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. The movie, which is Craig's fourth outing as Bond, is, like Skyfall, to be directed by Sam Mendes.
In related news, former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has been accused of making a racist remark when asked if there could ever be a black James Bond. According to the BBC, Moore says claims he implied something racist about the actor who is a front runner to replace Daniel Craig - Idris Elba - are "simply untrue".
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