With a few months to go until it’s November 6th release, Spectre just got the full trailer treatment! Although it’s not just the trailer that’s shedding new light on the film and confirming some theories we had. Accompanying the release we also got a new film synopsis for Spectre. So watch the trailer below, read the synopsis and then meet me afterwards for all the analysis and trailer breakdowns.
“A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as SPECTRE.
Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christopher Waltz.”
MI6 Under Review – Keep Your Friends Close…:
As we discussed in the last trailer, due to the damaged MI6 building and some of the context, it seems like Spectre will pick up relatively close to where Skyfall left off – a couple of months. Although this doesn’t just work for timeline, but as we see in this new trailer also sets up a new problematic roadblock for Mr Bond – internal reviews.
In the trailer we find that M isn’t the only one questioning Bond’s actions, but the new head of the Center For National Security (played by Andrew Scott as well. And in fact, he seems to be questioning all of MI6 in general. Now maybe it’s the fact that I can’t see Andrew Scott and NOT think of Moriarty from Sherlock; but I cant help but feel this new head is corrupt and a member of Spectre, the shadowy villain organization. Though I’m not alone in this though as we spy him and M in a fight to the death. How deep this conspiracy goes? Looks like Bond might need some assistance on this one – but who can he trust?
Here we find the newly introduced MoneyPenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) assisting James in his latest mission. Is Spectre seeking to destroy MI6 all together through the new National Security head? Will this be a rogue mission in which Bond has very little – if any – help? If these are true, then Bond might have to enlist the help of some former enemies and hope that they are just as afraid of Spectre as he is.
Uncovering SPECTRE & “The Author Of All [His] Pain”:
Last time around we found James meeting once again… again with Mr White. He certainly appears to have been in exile for a while, but this new trailer reveals something much more personal – a daughter. Léa Seydoux plays Madeleine Swann, aka White daughter who seems to have connections to Spectre – which is why White wants to protect her. Though even if she is able to help Bond, will Spectre already see it coming?
When we finally get to meet Christopher Waltz’s character Oberhauser we find that he is even more foreboding that you’d expect even a villainous mastermind to be. In fact, when he turns to face James in the Spectre meeting, James face is noticeably shaken. Is he surprised that Oberhauser knew he was there? Probably not since Bond’s remained calm in most compromising situations. So what if James is shocked because he ‘recognizes’ this man.
This certainly supports our theory from the teaser that he and Bond knew each other as children. Even the Official Synopsis hints at him having a connection to Bond’s past. So maybe when he tells James that he’s been “the author of all your pain” he didn’t just mean the past few film, but maybe since his childhood as well. I’d say maybe Oberhauser was responsible for the death of Bond’s parents, but he doesn’t seem old enough for that. Although despite the difficulty of figuring out WHEN he started writing misery into Bond’s life, it seems like he still has one or two more ‘pains’ to write in.
A Chilling & Familiar Cliffhanger – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Parallels Continue:
As we saw in the Teaser Trailer, there was already some Easter Eggs/allusions to prior Bond films – Thunderball and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service to be precise – but this trailer brought us yet another chilling allusion to a prior Bond film, which makes us wonder if the end will be just as chilling. You see the entire track for this trailer is reminiscent of the theme for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Additionally, the mountain resort shots are also very similar to the retreat in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service . If you pair this with the bullet-hole Title Card from the first trailer, we come to a very somber theory for this film.
Remember, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ends with Bond newly married and his wife shot in a drive-by shooting by Blofeld. So what if for this film we find Bond slowly starting to get over the loss of Vesper and starting a relationship with someone new – most likely Madeleine Swan – but as the film ends we find her killed in the final scene. This would lead into a direct follow up for the next – and possibly final Daniel Craig – Bond film. And again, who this Blofeld will be remains to be seen. Though if the film finds Bond killing Oberhauser (Christopher Waltz’s character) and thinking Spectre has been taken down; it would be tremendous if someone else steps up at this cliffhanger ending of the film and reveal himself to be the REAL Blofeld. *looks suspiciously at Andrew Scott again* But what if…
More Parallels To Past Films.
This trailer and film are packed with tons of other past Bond references. For starters, the Day of the Dead sequence could be a stand in for the famous Mardi-Gras scene in Thunderball (yet another Thunderball reference). Additionally the idea of Bond on a rogue mission with Q is quite similar to License To Kill. Though one of the most eye catching is Oberhauser’s attire. We’re all expecting him to be Blofeld; but he doesn’t have the famous scar. Yet the clothes he’s wearing are strikingly similar to those worn by Dr No!
Could Oberhauser be a villainous fusion of both No and Blofeld? Is Sam Mendes trying to go out with a bang since this is his last film? In that case, let me amend my earlier theory. What if Bond thinks he’s killed Oberhauser and in the end he reappears – now with a scar from their last encounter – and kills Bond’s new love.
Seriously, with Spectre and Blofeld back on the table, this material writes itself! This might be Sam Mendes’s last film – and Craig’s second to last film – but hopefully the incredible story potential that these items have brought back to the table will make it all worth it. Who knows, perhaps they can even write in a way for Bond to change actors and continue the story. Maybe we learn that ‘James Bond’ is simply a ‘Code Name’ that can be transferred OR maybe it isn’t actually his name and that’s another part of the dark secret Spectre aims to shed light upon.
All I know is, I can’t wait for November! With Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista & Christopher Waltz in this film, Spectre might as well be 007 vs Moriarty (the deceiver), Drax The Destroyer (the muscle) & Dr Shultz (the orchestrator)… and there’s nothing wrong with that! So stay tuned!