LONDON - James Bond is back, in a new film with a retro title that evokes the series' past. The next 007 adventure will be called "SPECTRE," the dastardly fictional terrorist organization featured in "Dr. No" and other early Bond films.
Director Sam Mendes announced the name of the 24th official Bond movie yesterday at Pinewood Studios, near London, along with the identity of several new cast members and a new version of Bond's iconic Aston Martin car.
Academy Award-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz and wrestling star David Bautista are joining the cast, while Andrew Scott - master criminal Moriarty in BBC series "Sherlock" - will play an MI6 officer. Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux are the new "Bond girls," Lucia Sciarra and Madeleine Swann.
Mendes, who directed the last Bond installment, "Skyfall," said the movie would have "everything you would expect from a Bond movie," with "a little more variety . . . maybe a little more mischief."
"SPECTRE" will be Daniel Craig's fourth film as the suave spy. Returning cast members include Ralph Fiennes as spy chief M, Ben Whishaw as gadget-master Q and Naomi Harris as secretary Miss Moneypenny.
Producers said the next film centers on "a cryptic message from Bond's past [that] sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization."