James Bond fans have been given their first glimpse of new film Spectre, as well as an exclusive image of Daniel Craig in what will be the British spy’s 24th outing on screen.
The behind the scenes footage takes us on set in the mountains of Austria’s Sölden region where, as associate producer Gregg Wilson explained, one of the movie’s major action sequences will take place.
Footage of Craig as Bond is only fleeting, but even just a glimpse of our man disarming a would-be assailant, punching him to the ground and firing at an unknown target is enough to get pulses racing.
Given the brief interviews shown with cast members Léa Seydoux and Dave Bautista, Bond girl Madeleine Swann and villainous henchman Hinx will also be involved in the fight.
The snow-topped setting looks spectacular and very 007, featuring the tried and tested blend of cable-cars, ski slopes and dangerous mountainside car chases.
Production designer Dennis Gassner revealed the challenge the producers faced: “The thing that Sam [Mendes] and I talked about was how we are going to top Skyfall. It’s going to be Spectre and so far it’s a great start.
“We are going to continue the history of the Bond films, making things that are exciting for the audience to look at, and what could be more exciting than to be on top of the world?”
The Spectre cast and crew have now finished the shoot in Austria and are currently filming in the UK, as an official tweet from yesterday showed:
— James Bond (@007) February 11, 2015
Little has been revealed about the film’s plot, but it will see Bond receive a cryptic message from his past, setting him on a path to uncovering the sinister SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) organisation.
Director Sam Mendes, Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris and Ben Whishaw will all be returning to try and repeat the success of Skyfall, accompanied by newcomers Christoph Waltz and Andrew Scott.
SPECTRE will be released in cinemas on November 6.