[UPDATE: The latest Spectre video blog has dropped online - see above.]
Filming on Spectre - the next installment in the James Bond franchise - is well underway, so recently news about the project has take on the form of set videos and images showing Daniel Craig as Agent 007 hopping around Europe: going from central London to the Austrian mountains and, most recently, the streets of Rome. We've also gotten glimpses at a few of Craig's costars in the film; including, Monica Belucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, and Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx.
Bautista is playing a villainous henchman - one the wrester-turned actor describes as a far cry from the all brawn/little brains archetype - who, in the second Bond film directed by Sam Mendes (after Skyfall), serves "a sinister organization" that Craig's 007 ends up investigating. Belucci's character remains something of an enigma, though Seydoux describes her own screen persona as not being the typical "Bond girl."
Mr. Hinx, as Bautista describes him, won't simply be an evil(er) human version of Bautista's fan-favorite Drax the Destoyer from Guardians of the Galaxy. Here's the relevant quote from the actor, when he was discussing the character during an interview with Empire:
"When I came over to meet Sam [Mendes], I only asked two questions. I asked him if Mr. Hinx was a badass. He said, 'Yes, he's a badass.' I said, 'Well, is Mr. Hinx intelligent?' He said, 'Very.' That's what I like about Mr. Hinx. He's very well-dressed and very well-mannered. I'm not just here to fight people. He has a sense of humour. He definitely knows what a metaphor is."
You can check out a new image of Bautista as Mr. Hinx, below:
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Bond villains are known for their wit and cleverness, while their minions (see: Oddjob, Jaws) often serve as the muscle and little more; which is to say, Mr. Hinx could make for a nice spin on the franchise's traditional henchman. Craig-era Bond films in general have moved away from the old-style Bond camp and irony - whereas the recent spy film release Kingsman: The Secret Service cheekily embraced that approach - but maybe allowing characters like Mr. Hinx to have a sense of humor about his work will allow for a better balance between the two approaches.
Elsewhere, the way Seydoux describes Dr. Swann to Empire, the character sounds like a more thoughtful and modernized "Bond girl." Or, rather, a spin on the typical role played by any woman who's not a femme fatale in a Bond movie (well, any woman who isn't Judi Dench, that is):
"I don't consider myself a Bond girl. I think I'm not really the stereotyped Bond girl. I feel quite different. You can't be like, 'Oh, James.' You have to find something else. She's not a fighter, she's a doctor. She fights in another way."
Below, we also have a new image of Seydoux in costume as Dr. Swann (talking with director Sam Mendes in between takes), along with Empire's new Spectre-themed magazine covers:
The remainder of the cast for Spectre - written by the same team behind Skyfall - is as follows:
- Ralph Fiennes returning as the new 'M', who must fight "a political battle" to keep MI-6 afloat, as Bond travels the world during his investigation of S.P.E.C.T.R.E..
- Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw back as the new versions of, respectively, Moneypenny and 'Q'.
- Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser, a character who may or may not be the head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E..
- Andrew Scott as Denbigh, another potential foe for Agent 007 and the rest of MI-6 (and yes, script leaks may've already revealed the truth about this character).
Spectre opens in U.K. theaters on October 23rd, 2015; it arrive in the U.S. two weeks later, on November 6th.