After the monumental success that was 2012’s Skyfall, mixed feeling of excitement and concern are a given for the eventual followup. Skyfall hit that perfect balance of nostalgia and modernisation, largely aided by its release on James Bond’s 50th anniversary, making whatever came next in the franchise a slightly worrying prospect. With the release of this first look at Spectre however, those feelings ought to be fleeting.
Going by this short ninety-six second trailer, a few things were revealed about the direction of the plot. The MI6 Headquarters is still damaged from the terrorist attack in Skyfall, implying that Spectre is likely to pick up straight from where we were left. The trailer then starts to allude to Spectre exploring more of Bond’s childhood and a secret he has never told anyone. If the burnt photograph is anything to go by, could this be a lost sibling or childhood friend?
We then travel to a potential safe house occupied by Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace bad guy Mr. White, dishing out a few lines of chilling dialogue.
“You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane Mr. Bond.”
And the trailer finally arrives at Christoph Waltz’s character, presumed head of SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) and rumoured infamous Bond villain Ernst Blofeld.
“Welcome James, it’s been a long time and finally here we are.”
The familiarity in Waltz’s tone could point towards him being that lost sibling or childhood friend referred to earlier in the trailer. Javier Bardem’s Raoul Silva was a great Bond villain, but in only ten seconds of trailer time, Waltz delivered a level of intimidation that has the potential to top his predecessor.
Spectre will shoot into UK cinemas from 23rd October later this year.