New Bond film to be named Spectre

Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes said James Bond fans can expect "a little more mischief" in 007's next adventure as he unveiled a cast including Christoph Waltz and Sherlock star Andrew Scott for the forthcoming film, which will be called Spectre.

The film is named after the shadowy terrorist organisation created by Bond author Ian Fleming which first appeared in his novel Thunderball. It is an acronym for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion and is led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Austrian actor Christoph, 58, is to play a character called Oberhausen - the name of the climbing and skiing instructor from Fleming's books who taught Bond while he was at Fettes College.

It is not yet clear whether there is any connection between Christoph's screen role and Blofeld. Bond producers regained the rights to the use of the name Blofeld a year ago so the expectation is that he will appear in the film.

Sam, who is in the director's chair for a second Bond film, said the team were "very excited to be on the verge of shooting" the next instalment.

He said he was going to keep his head down and not read the speculation around the film as it gets under way.

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