Friday, 12 December 2014

Mr. White set to return in SPECTRE

Those of you who were quick to lament that the return of SPECTRE might mean the continuing abandonment of Quantum can now take heart. He was missing from the official unveiling of the 24th Bond movie last week, but news now arrives via European that Jesper Christensen (Quantum Of Solace) has confirmed he will be returning to the role of Mr. White in the new film.

Mr. White was the liaison for the mysterious criminal organisation Quantum in both Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum Of Solace (2008).

After that, the rest was silence, and there was nary a mention of Quantum or Mr. White in Skyfall (2012). But, says Christensen now, "I am looking forward to working with Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig. It is a truly exciting script and a very capable team. So it'll be fun..." Let the speculation of how Quantum and SPECTRE are connected begin.

Like Goldfinger (1964), Skyfall seems to be taking its place as a standalone adventure in the middle of an ongoing narrative, arguably making SPECTRE the rebooted series' Thunderball (1965).

Directed once again by Sam Mendes (Skyfall), SPECTRE stars Daniel Craig as Bond, of course, Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Monica Belluci (Irreversible), Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is The Warmest Colour), plus returning MI6 allies Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q and Rory Kinnear as Tanner.

The script for SPECTRE, which will also see 007 drive the new Aston Martin DB10, was written by Skyfall scribe John Logan, along with Bond stalwarts Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins is not part of Bond 24's team, with Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar) taking his place.

Shooting is already underway and will take in Pinewood, London, Mexico City, Rome, plus Tangier and Erfoud in Morocco. The film arrives, with Mr. White in its boot, on 23 October next year.

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