It has been a wopping five days since the name and cast of the new James Bond film was announced. While some of us (me) think that calling a Bond movie Spectre demonstrates a slight lack of creative thinking, the casting information has provided a bit more excitement. Christoph Waltz as a Bond villain? Yes, I think I can get behind that. Now that the title has been announced, we can expect some teaser images from the film to start popping up; beginning, apparently, with a tiny reference to Judi Dench’s sadly deceased M.
The first Spectre image is nothing but the clapperboard from the first take on the first day of filming, but it includes a little British bulldog figurine there in the corner. The reference? That’s what Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) hands to Craig’s Bond at the end of Skyfall, a little memento left behind by M that seems to indicate Bond’s continued work as a field agent; not that we ever really doubted that he’d be back in the field for his next assignment. It’s a tantalizing image, though it does remind me that Dench is gone and replaced by Ralph Fiennes. She will be missed, but at least her bulldog is still there.
Right now, we know very little about Spectre. Most of us predict that Waltz’s “Oberhauser” is a pseudonym for Blofeld, the head of the nefarious organization, but that probably won’t be clear until the film’s release. Hopefully Bond will be a little less serious this time around, though with Craig in the lead it’s still unlikely. Beyond that, we shall have to wait and see what director Sam Mendes has up his sleeve for this next installment.
Spectre is due in theatres on November 6, 2015. You can check out the first image below and see what you think about that bulldog.