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Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig Return for SPECTRE, 24th James Bond Film

By Rachel Cericola

He's back; Bond... James Bond.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli just announced production plans for the 24th installment of the bond franchise. The film, SPECTRE, will begin principal photography on Monday, December 8, 2014.

Of course, that title should be very familiar to Bond fans. Another thing that will be familiar is Bond himself. Daniel Craig is set to reprise the role of Ian Fleming's 007 for a fourth time.

In this installment, a cryptic message from Bond's past sends him off in search of a sinister organization. Meanwhile, M (Ralph Fiennes) is battling political forces, in order to keep the secret service alive and well.

Besides Craig and Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear will also return, with Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott rounding out the cast.

Sam Mendes will also return. The director, who is known for his work on American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, previously worked with Craig on 2012's Skyfall. That last entry in the long-running Bond franchise went on to make $1.1 billion worldwide and became the first film in the UK to pass the £100 million mark.

The "SPECTRE" cast includes (from left) Andrew Scott, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Sam Mendes, Léa Seydoux, Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, and Rory Kinnear.

According to Rolling Stone, there are rumors that Waltz will reboot the character of Ernst Blofeld. The super-villian is very well known to Bond fans as the head of SPECTRE. He's appeared in more than one Bond film, but Donald Pleasence is probably the best known version, from 1967's You Only Live Twice.

Another crucial part of the cast will be the DB10, a new Aston Martin created exclusively for the film.

"We will be shooting in some fantastic places," added Mendes at this morning's press conference. In addition to London's Pinewood Studios, where this morning's announcement took place, the film will also travel to Mexico City, Rome and Tangier and Erfoud, in Morocco.

If all goes well, Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment will give SPECTRE a global release on November 6, 2015.

The new Aston Martin DB10 was specifically designed for 2015's "SPECTRE."

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