All mood, no action, lots of brooding – the first trailer for ‘Spectre’, the next Bond movie, is a sombre, tantalising affair, a brief collage of snapshots similar in style and obliqueness to the ‘Star Wars’ trailer that broke the Internet last November, but a little more quiet and reflective.
These brief few seconds confirm that the story of the new film will continue directly on from ‘Skyfall’: the MI6 building in London is still a smouldering mess and Naomie Harris’s Moneypenny tells Bond that some dark secret from his past was uncovered in the wreckage of the Scottish house that claimed the life of Judi Dench’s M.
Then suddenly we’re in the Alps, and Christoph Waltz’s villain is lurking in the shadows, telling Bond, naturally, that he’s been expecting him for a very long time.
And who’s the old Englishman who needs a shave? A relative? An old colleague? An Alpine hermit?
And is Waltz’s character – Blofeld, presumably – a blast from Bond’s own childhood, as hinted at by the ‘temporary guardianship’ certificate we see very briefly next to a yellowing old photo?
Could Bond and Blofeld be brothers? Old childhood playmates? Questions, questions, questions…Thankfully, there’s not an exploding pen in sight or a corny one-liner in earshot. They’re saving those for later we hope.
‘Spectre’ opens on Friday October 23. Be sure to keep an eye on timeout.com/film for all the Bond news as it comes in.
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