After the billion-dollar box office take of Skyfall, anticipation is notably high for Daniel Craig's latest James Bond adventure, Spectre. The new film not only is expected to build off of the story established in its predecessor, but also reintroduce the eponymous organization to the franchise. (So long, Quantum?)
With the film's fall release just months away, the marketing campaign for Spectre is slowly gearing up. Fans may still be speculating whether to believe star Christoph Waltz's claims that he isn't playing 007 villain Blofeld (remember that whole Khan fiasco?), but in the meantime, a new extended TV spot teases the mysteries surrounding the movie.
Sony Pictures has released the new footage (see above), which essentially serves as a trimmed-down version of the teaser trailer we've already seen. Nonetheless, the preview does include quick action shots and glimpses at returning Skyfall characters such as Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and 'Q' (Ben Whinshaw), as well as new ones played by Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista and The Matrix Reloaded's Monica Bellucci. Moreover, the ties between Bond's past and Spectre continue to act as the centerpiece of the film's marketing, raising moviegoer expectations surrounding the truth behind it all.
Based on what we've seen thus far (and the return of Jesper Christensen's Mr. White), Spectre looks like it is aiming to serve as the culmination of the previous three Bond films starring Craig. Skyfall worked largely because of how its events have personal resonance for Bond, and this new installment appears to continue that trend - building up this iteration of classic Bond mythology in the process.
That being said, Spectre runs the risk of disappointing moviegoers if its mysteries (and especially James Bond's "secret") don't live up to the hype. After all, the third act of Skyfall - which centered on the titular reveal - is widely considered one of its weak points. Skyfall director Sam Mendes and his screenwriters John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade may be aiming to offer a compelling new take on the Spectre organization with the latest 007 movie entry, but whether or not it will be able to stand alongside the Bond series' best-regarded Spectre adventures (like On Her Majesty's Secret Service) is another matter. Here's hoping that they're up to the task.
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Spectre will hits U.S. theaters on November 6th, 2015.
Source: Sony Pictures