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SPECTRE, New James Bond Film, Set For 2015 Release

12/04/2014 06:54 EST | Updated 02/03/2015 05:59 EST
Producers of the next James Bond film unveiled its title, SPECTRE, and introduced new cast members at a press conference Thursday in southern England.

The British super-spy will once again be portrayed by Daniel Craig.

Joining him in the 24th Bond film will be new faces to the franchise, including Academy Award-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, actor and WWE wrestler Dave Bautista, Italian actress and model Monica Bellucci and Irish actor Andrew Scott, perhaps best known for playing Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock.

Director Sam Mendes also introduced a "non-human cast member," Bond's new DB10 Aston Martin.

Composer Thomas Newman will score the film, which will be written by John Logan, Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, the same team behind the screenplay for the last Bond film, 2012's Skyfall.

Possible return of Blofeld

Mendes said producers are expecting a seven-month shooting schedule, with principal photography to begin Monday and filming on location in Morocco, Mexico and Austria.

Among the returning cast members will be:

- Ralph Fiennes as spy chief M.

- Ben Whishaw as gadget-master Q.

- Naomi Harris as Miss Moneypenny.

Waltz said his character was called Oberhauser, but many fans will hope he is really Blofeld, one of the most enduring Bond villains.

Skyfall, which was also directed by Mendes, was the most successful Bond film yet, taking more than $1.1 billion US at the global box office.

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