Ever since Daniel Craig took over the James Bond franchise in 2006 with Casino Royale, the series has endeavored to take the martini-drinking secret agent, and make him more human. Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace allowed Bond to fall in love, while Skyfall addressed his fallibility and issues with parental figures.
Now, Spectre seems intent on showing us where Bond came from, and how that dark past will influence his future.
A new trailer and promotional images have been released in anticipation of Spectre's November release. The new posters and banners bear similarity to the ones already released - showing 007 looking as dapper as ever, flanked by Léa Seydoux's Madeleine Swann, as the two stand in front of a figure clad in a Dia de los Muertos skull mask. The trailer begins with Ms. Swann asking Bond a question: "Why does a man choose the life of an assassin?" Bond answers in typically suave fashion: "Well it was either that or the priesthood." Cue a supercut of some spectacular action sequences, ranging from gunfights to fistfights across a variety of landscapes and locations. At the end of the pulse-pounding trailer, Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) tells Bond she doesn't think he's finished, she thinks he's "just getting started."
Take a look at the new poster and banners (via Comingsoon.net):
Franchises must consistently ramp up the stakes of their installments to keep things interesting and exciting for audiences. Judging by the promotional materials, Spectre intends to take the Bond series to its most personal and potentially interesting place yet, giving the shadowy titular organizaon a hand in Bond's origin. At the end of Skyfall, MI6 found itself on the verge of dissolution at the hands of the British government, despite the spectre on the horizon. Now, the rise of Spectre could cause Bond to question everything he has worked for, and his loyalty to MI6.
Delving into Bond's past and personal life represents a major crossroad for the franchise. For years, fan theories about 007 have persisted, attempting to explain why different actors play him in different films, or why he fights enemies across different political atmospheres. Spectre could prove divisive among fans who buy into such theories, but we will have to wait and see, once the film is finally in theaters.
That being said, numerous other Bond films have delved into Bond's past - such as his marriage to Tracy Bond, or the references to his parents' death - so Spectre could simply prove to be a new twist on something familiar.
Spectre hits theaters November 6, 2015.