Spectre will be the title of the 24th official James Bond film, its makers have announced.
Director Sam Mendes revealed the title at a launch event at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, where principal photography is due to begin on Monday.
Daniel Craig will play 007 for the fourth time in the film, to be released in the UK on 23 October 2015.
Other cast members were also announced at Thursday’s event, which was beamed around the world.
They include Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott, as a Whitehall-based character called Denbigh, and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista, playing a henchman called Mr Hinx.
Italian actress Monica Bellucci and France’s Lea Seydoux have been unveiled as the new ‘Bond girls’, named Lucia Sciarra and Madeleine Swann respectively.
As previously reported, double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz will have a role in the film, playing a character called Oberhauser.
The name of the character is the same as that of Bond’s former ski instructor, though it has been rumoured Waltz will really be playing Bond’s old nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Spectre – Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion – was the name of an international crime syndicate, whose ‘Number One’ was Blofeld himself.
The organisation featured in the Bond films of the 1960s and was part of a legal tussle with a rival film producer that was recently resolved after many years.
Thursday’s event also saw the unveiling of the Aston Martin DB10 which Bond will be driving in his latest screen adventure.
The car manufacturer had had a long association with the James Bond series, starting with Goldfinger in 1964.
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SOURCE: BBC News