'Spectre' Teaser Trailer: 007 Faces Off Against His Most Famous Enemy in Style

Friday, 27 March 2015 14:55 Written by  iamrogue
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'Spectre' Teaser Trailer: 007 Faces Off Against His Most Famous Enemy in Style

Sony has pulled back the curtain on the very first teaser trailer for the twenty-fourth official James Bond adventure, Spectre.

Since Spectre is still in the midst of production, it's a very teasery teaser, but it does show off plenty of real footage from the sequel, setting up the rudiments of the story and the (re)emergence of Bond's most famous nemesis, all while making it abundantly clear that this is a direct follow-up to Skyfall, the critical and commercial high point of the whole franchise based on Ian Fleming's murderous, womanizing, suave secret agent.

The Skyfall connection is made evident right from the opening image, but that's not exactly shocking.  Returning director Sam Mendes implied that Spectre would be something of a Skyfall redux last month when he said this story would be "tied to the second part of a crucial story involving Bond’s childhood.”  And indeed this trailer does suggest none too subtly that James Bond may have an estranged brother or at least a familial connection of which we weren't entirely aware.

Though this Spectre trailer reeks of Skyfall through and through, it also brings in Daniel Craig's first two 007 movies, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, through the reappearance of Mr. White, the QUANTUM baddie played once again by Jasper Christensen.

The big draw here is the return of SPECTRE, the Special Executive For Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion that's been was off limits to the series for decades on account of a years-long between MGM and Kevin McClory.  With the legal issues settled in 2013, SPECTRE is back, which means Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the kitten-petting baddie, is also back.  The final moments of this teaser go out of their way to suggest that the shadowy character played by Christoph Waltz is indeed Blofeld, even though Waltz himself has said otherwise.

The official synopsis for Spectre reads thusly: "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."

Craig is in steely form in his fourth turn as Bond, joined again Skyfall additions Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Rory Kinnear back as M, Miss Moneypenny, Q, and Bill Tanner.  Rounding out what director Mendes calls the "MI6 Whitehall brigade" is Sherlock's Moriarty Andrew Scott as a new character named Denbigh. Drax the Destroyer himself, Dave Bautista, joins the series as deadly henchman Mr. Hinx, while Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci play "Bond Ladies" Madeline Swann and Lucia Sciarra. 

Like its predecessor, Spectre is set to play on jumbo-sized IMAX screens, though Skyfall shooter Roger Deakins isn't back behind the camera as cinematographer.  Instead, Interstellar director of photography Hoyt Van Hoytema is making sure every frame is gorgeous this time.  Based on the trailer, he's living up to expectations, delivering memorable, atmospheric images aplenty.

Locations featured in this latest Bond include London, Rome, Mexico City, Tangier, Sölden, Obertilliach, and Lake Altaussee in Austria.

You can see them all when Spectre opens this fall.  The sequel opens in the UK on October 23rd, followed by stateside release on November 6th.

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