The new Bond film title has been announced… and it’s Spectre!

YES, Daniel Craig is back as 007!

by Emmeline Saunders |
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James Bond is back! And this time the 24th Bond film ever made will be called Spectre.

The film title was announced in a live-stream this morning, where the cast list was unveiled.

The 'Whitehall' team - Bond's London-based employers and colleagues - returns with Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, Ben Whishaw as the nerdy Q, Naomie Harris as Bond's flirtacious secretary Miss Moneypenny, and Ralph Fiennes reprises his role as M after 2012's Skyfall, where he took over from Judi Dench.

The Spectre cast
The Spectre cast

The baddies were revealed as Sherlock star Andrew Scott with David Bautista presumably playing his muscleman.

Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci will star as the Bond girls.

'Spectre' has already appeared in a number of Bond films and books by Ian Fleming, as it was the fictional global terrorist network orchestrated by super-villain Blofeld. Its full name is the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, which to us doesn't exactly scream subtlety.

At the press launch, Bond's famous car was also unveiled - and, as predicted, it's another flashy Aston Martin.

Nice, huh?

Here's what heat's experts had to say about the new Bond film.

Charles Gant, heat's Film Editor

"Skyfall, landing in the 50th year of Bond, very cleverly played to the audience that liked the Daniel Craig Bond movies Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace, while also engaging a big chunk of older Bond fans by playing nostalgic notes.

It was new Bond and retro Bond all rolled into one. In the UK they pretty much doubled the Quantum Of Solace box-office gross with Skyfall. Calling the new Bond film Spectre, name of the enemy agency that has featured several times in the Bond franchise, cleverly builds on what Skyfall achieved, and should help bring in Bond fans of all ages again.

The cast additions are pretty inspired; Christoph Waltz won Oscars in two Quentin Tarantino films, and he's an incredible actor. Villainy is certainly in his wheelhouse.

Monica Bellucci is the most glamorous 50-year-old imaginable so the 'dad vote' is guaranteed. Lea Seydoux is a brilliant actress who amazed in French lesbian arthouse drama Blue Is The Warmest Colour. I'm proud to have served on the BAFTA jury that nominated her for the EE Rising Star Award earlier year. Oh, and wrestling star Dave Bautista was great in Guardians Of The Galaxy. I assume he'll be the villain's chief enforcer. Good choice."

Boyd Hilton, heat's TV & Reviews Editor

"First, the title is great - two syllables beginning with an 'S', just like Skyfall (the most successful Bond move ever), and also actually relevant to the Bond universe being the name of a terrorist organisation in the early 007 films. But the cast is even more exciting.

They've got the man who played the best TV villain of recent years - Andrew Scott, who turned Sherlock's Moriarty into an iconic character within seconds of appearing on screen, and the actor who played one of the best movie villains - Christoph Waltz, so terrifying in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, plus truly great actresses as the 'Bond girls' - Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci. Totally inspired.

And let's not forget they've hired the man who made Interstellar look so awesome - it's cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema, and re-hired the writing team who made Skyfall one of the most thrilling Bond movies ever. I couldn't be happier. Roll on next year!"

Spectre is set for global release on 6 November 2015 - that's only 11 months to wait!

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