Disclaimer: This has absolutely nothing to do directly with G.I. Joe.
Today in London, Eon Productions made the official announcement for the 24th installment in the James Bond franchise. At a star-studded media event, audiences were introduced not only to the cast and the new car but also to the title for this landmark film.
Just one word and it sends chills up and down the spine of long-time Bond fans everywhere. Not seen in any real capacity since 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever, this shadowy organization bent on global domination is poised to make its debut in the 21st century!
For those of you who are unaware of SPECTRE, it’s the Special Executive for Crime, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion. It’s the mother of all secret terror organizations– and quite possibly the basis for other fictional organizations like HYDRA or even Cobra. Led by the shadowy #1 (who was later revealed to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld), SPECTRE was revealed to be the organization behind most of the the Connery Bond’s cinematic foes. From Dr. No, to Rosa Klebb, to Emilio Largo, SPECTRE provided the resources and the manpower for all manner of plots destined to throw the world into chaos. It’s the stuff of classic spy thrillers and nobody did global secret organizations better than Bond.
Seriously, as a long time Bond fan, this news is incredible! It shows that the series is maintain ties to its past while putting a fresh new spin on a cinematic franchise that has endured for over a half century. November 6, 2015 cannot come soon enough!
You can watch an official video of the cast announcement below.