The new James Bond film is called SPECTRE.
Director Sam Mendes—who also helmed the 2012 007 film Skyfall—made the announcement at an event staged at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire earlier today, December 4, during which he revealed the movie’s title will be the name of the fictional global terrorist organization from the Bond novels by Ian Fleming.
Sam said: "The title of the 24th Bond movie is SPECTRE.
"Those of you who have some knowledge of the Bond franchise and of the legend of Bond will probably have some idea what that refers to, but I couldn’t possibly comment."
SPECTRE—which stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion—is led by iconic evil genius Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the infamous cat-loving, scarred super-villain and his organization played a prominent part in the Dr. No and Thunderball movies, and also appeared in You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, and For Your Eyes Only.
So far, no actor has been cast as Blofeld in the film but rumors are rife the super-spy’s nemesis will play a prominent role.
Previous actors to bring the character to life on the big screen include Telly Savalas, Max Von Sydow, Charles Gray, and most famously Donald Pleasence.
At the event—which was streamed live on 007.com and Facebook.com/JamesBond007—Mendes also revealed the Bond franchise would be continuing its association with the Aston Martin car brand, and he unveiled the new Aston Martin D10 that will feature in the much-anticipated film at the announcement.
He said: "The first cast member that I will introduce to you is a non-human cast member.
"Over to my right here, I am really excited and thrilled to be able to say that we have continued our 50-year relationship with Aston Martin, which began right at the very beginning of this franchise.
"Together, we have worked on designing a new car—and so, I can reveal, the new Aston Martin D10. A thing of beauty and you can see what it can do when you come and see the movie."
The 49-year-old director was joined at the announcement by Daniel Craig—who is reprising his role as Bond—and the other cast members.
Following the latest revelations about Craig’s fourth Bond movie, speculation has increased about the film being his last as the suave spy with bookmaker William Hill offering 6/1 that the actor leaves the role after this movie and 33/1 for him to win an Oscar for his performance in SPECTRE.
Tom Hardy is 3/1 favorite to replace Craig, while Idris Elba is available at 4/1 and Michael Fassbender 11/2, with actors such as Robert Pattinson (33/1), Hugh Jackman (50/1), and Brad Pitt (66/1) offering more value.