Film: Spectre

"Welcome James. It's been a long time. And finally, here we are."
— Oberhauser

The one where James Bond finally gets to fight SPECTRE again.

SPECTRE is the 24th film in the James Bond franchise, and the second film in a row by the team who made Skyfall. The film is scheduled for a late 2015 release.

After being suspended for an unsanctioned hit in Mexico City, Bond discovers a cryptic message from his past that puts him on the trail of a sinister organisation. 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.

Returning staff include Director Sam Mendes and screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, with Hoyte van Hoytema joining the production team as cinematographer. Returning cast includes Daniel Craig as James Bond, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White. New cast members include Christoph Waltz as villain Franz Oberhauser, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Dave Batista as Mr. Hinx, and Andrew Scott as Denbigh.

Previews: Teaser Trailer, TV spot, Trailer.

Tropes include:

  • Arc Welding: the movie reveals that SPECTRE was behind the events of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall.
  • Beard of Evil: Mr Hinx, an assassin for the villainous SPECTRE, has a beard. Most the heroes, meanwhile, are clean shaven.
  • Big Bad: Franz Oberhauser, played by Christoph Waltz, is the main antagonist leading the criminal organization SPECTRE against James in this film.
  • Bigger Bad: Oberhauser claims to have been involved in every attack on Bond in the Daniel Craig era thus far.
    Oberhauser: It was me James. The author of all your pain.
  • Break the Haughty: Mr White was a Smug Snake in the previous films. Now he's a broken man desperately trying to survive.
  • The Bus Came Back:
  • Cool Car:
    • The Aston Martin DB10, which was custom made for the film.
    • Mr. Hinx's Jaguar CX75, a discontinued hybrid electric Super Prototype with a F1-inspired engine that can generate 750 BHP.
    • In the alps, SPECTRE uses a "Big Foot" Defender Land Rover modified with 37 inch off road tires and winch, and SVR Range Rovers equipped with V8s that can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds.
  • Cool Guns:
    • Mr Hinx is armed with the unique AF2011 Dueller Prismatic handgun. It's an Italian made M1911A1 clone which also happens to be one of the few working double barreled pistols on the market. In the alps, he uses it to blast two massive holes in a plane Bond is chasing him in.
    • In the pre-credits sequence, Bond uses an Arsenal Firearms LCR2 equipped pistol, a special conversion shroud which increase the range of a weapon and allows you to attach scopes and laser aiming modules to create a compact, short ranged sniper rifle.
    • In Austria, Bond uses a Heckler and Koch VP9 handgun, one of the newest pistols made by the company in 2015.
  • Call Back: Events and characters from previous films play a role in SPECTRE's plot.
    • The Real Life Vauxhall Cross offices of MI6 which Raoul Silva bombed in Skyfall still haven't been rebuilt.
    • Bond is put on the trail of SPECTRE by documents recovered from the ruins of Skyfall, which was destroyed in the previous film's climax.
    • Bond tracks down "Mr White" from Casino Royale and Quantum to learn more about SPECTRE.
  • Death from Above: At one point Bond appears to do this with a plane he pilots in Austria. Specifically he uses it to pull off a vehicle interdiction by crashing it into the Land Rovers SPECTRE is using.
  • The Dragon: Mr Hinx, a Professional Killer and high ranking operative who answers directly to the SPECTRE leadership.
  • Dramatic Pause: Bond uses this between the 'James' and the 'Bond' of the classic The Name Is Bond, James Bond line, giving it a twist.
  • Hellish Copter: The pre-credits sequence involves Bond trying to kill a man in an out of control helicopter hurtling over the skies of Mexico City. At one point, the copter even does a barrel roll.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: SPECTRE was the Man Behind the Man for Quantum and Raoul Silva, the villains of the previous Craig-era movies. Interestingly, this is James Bond's first time facing SPECTRE in this timeline, making it only a meta-example.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: When we meet Mr White he's a broken man living in a cabin deep in the Austrian countryside desperately fearing for his life, a far cry from the Smug Snake Magnificent Bastard of the first two Craig films.
  • Immediate Sequel: The movie picks up soon after Skyfall, with Moneypenny giving Bond a box of personal effects salvaged from the destroyed Skyfall Manor, and the previous MI6 headquarters still in ruins.
  • Ironic Echo: To Mr White's "We have people everywhere", taunt. Seems Oberhauser does as well to the extent that it has forced Mr White into hiding.
  • It's Personal: Bond's mission is as much about uncovering secrets from his own past as it is about finding and defeating SPECTRE.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Oberhauser's "It's been a long time. And finally, here we are." is as much about SPECTRE returning to the Bond franchise as James and Oberhauser being reunited.
  • Meaningful Echo: Bond's train conversation about his life with Madeleine Swann mirrors his conversation on a train with Vesper Lynd years earlier in Casino Royale.
  • Musical Nod: The second trailer features brief snippets of the themes to Thunderball and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • Mythology Gag: A number of references to the pre-Craig era of Bond appear.
    • In general:
      • Oberhauser is introduced in a similar manner to the original SPECTRE Number 1, with his face heavily obscured.
      • The gunshot hole seen in the film's poster is shaped like SPECTRE's octopus insignia in the earlier James Bond films.
    • From Russia with Love/Goldfinger
      • At one point, Bond rides on a train styled after the Orient Express from the second film, while wearing a copy of his white tuxedo from the third.
    • You Only Live Twice
      • Oberhauser at one point wears a darker version of Blofeld's Nehru jacket.
    • Live and Let Die
      • In the teaser poster, Daniel Craig is dressed in a black turtleneck similar to the one Roger Moore wore during the film's climax.
      • A scene takes place in Bond's apartment, (which also refers to Skyfall, where it was mentioned).
      • The skeleton and tophat costume that Bond dons in Mexico is inspired by one of Baron Samedi's outfits.
    • Moonraker
      • The Day Of The Dead parade scene appears to have similar composition to the Rio De Janeiro Carnival.
    • Octopussy and The Living Daylights:
      • Oberhauser is the surname of James Bond's murdered ski instructor and father figure from the short story.
    • A View to a Kill
      • The helicopter used in the pre-titles sequence is the same model as the one used in the other film's pre-titles sequence.
    • Licence to Kill.
      • Bond sneaking onto the roof in Central / South America across from a target while on "vacation" borrows heavily from Bond's plan to kill Franz Sanchez.
      • The opening sequence even features the same hotel that was filmed in Licence To Kill.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: Bond says this iconic line to Lucia Sciarra when they're in Rome.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: SPECTRE, an evil spy organization that apparently had its hands in the criminal plots in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, among others.
    Swann: It's known as SPECTRE.
    Q: And do you know who links them all?
    Bond: ...Me.
  • Neck Snap: Mr Hinx appears to do this at the SPECTRE meeting to an unlucky delegate.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Various parts of the British Government are still looking to shut MI6 down.
  • Personal Effects Reveal: The plot is kicked off by a mysterious photo recovered from the ruins of the Bond family home, Skyfall. Among them, a court order giving "Oberhauser" temporary custody of 12-year-old James, and a ring engraved with the SPECTRE logo.
  • Railing Kill: In the SPECTRE meeting, one man gets thrown off a balcony and falls to his death.
  • Reality Ensues: Bond gets suspended for doing an unauthorized mission in Mexico City.
  • Romancing the Widow: Bond Girl Lucia Sciarra is the widow of the man Bond kills in the opening sequence.
  • Shout-Out: That's one Bullitt-looking Bond in that turtleneck (tactleneck?).
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Mr White, one of the leaders of the Quantum organisation that gave MI6 so much grief in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, seems terrified of SPECTRE more so than even Bond.
  • Weaponized Car: Bond's Aston Martin DB10 has what appears to be a flamethrower mounted at the rear which is used to roast the front of Mr Hinx's CX75.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: M gives Bond an earful for going on an unauthorized mission in Mexico City.