Two weeks after the first “Spectre” footage was released in a behind-the-scenes video, director Sam Mendes shared another video blog exposing new scenes and offering tidbits about the plot. While we anxiously wait for Empire’s in-depth feature on the 24th Bond installment and interview with the cast to grace newsstands on Thursday, February 27th, we are delighted to feat our eyes on snippets of action scenes and soak in plot teasers by the 49-year-old “Skyfall” helmer who felt drawn to direct another Bond film.
Alluding that “Spectre” might not make sense until things come together at the end of the film, Mendes reveals, “You don’t know why, you don’t know what he’s doing there. And that sense that something is up is also tied to the second part of a crucial story of Bond’s childhood.” Mendes offered a breadcrumb of information in saying, “In this movie, ‘Spectre,’ what you have is a movie driven entirely by Bond. He is on a mission from the very beginning. He is on the hunt, on the trail of somebody.”
The film’s official synopsis reads: “A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.” SPECTRE, which stands for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, is the fictional global terrorist organization that has long been featured in the James Bond franchise.
Mendes admits he largely returned to direct “Spectre” because he felt inclined to develop Ralp Finnes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny and Ben Wishaw as Q. He says, “I think what’s interesting about what’s happened post-‘Skyfall’ is Bond is the one who has more experience than they do.” Speaking further on the three newcomers, he admits, “In this movie, in a way, they help [Bond] and they all in different ways risk their careers and risk their livelihoods.”
While Mendes is rumored to be attached to “Bond 25,” with Craig returning as Bond, the director hints Agent 007 questions whether or not to continue down his line of work. Mendes says, “I think he’s got a greater wisdom and that’s very much what the movie’s about; whether or not to pursue the life he’s always pursued, whether he matters and is he going to continue or not.” “Spectre,” which also stars Dave Bautista, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, opens in theaters on November 6th.