The new, official name of James Bond 24 has been revealed and it is SPECTRE. Consider that one of the greatest titles in a long, long time. Why? The reason is it reflects the return of the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. SPECTRE, led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, was the evil force for world domination that James Bond had to deal with in the 1960’s.
Why the long absence?
SPECTRE was written out of the Bond series after 1967’s You Only Live Twice. Yes, the leader of SPECTRE, Blofeld, appeared in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) and Diamonds are Forever (1971), but SPECTRE was nowhere to be seen.
At some point, the rights to SPECTRE were in question and the supremely evil group disappeared. There were plans to bring SPECTRE back in a modernized format the original version of The Spy Who Loved Me (1975), but the script was rejected.
Finally, the nefarious organization is coming back.
The plot of the film focuses a bit on Bond’s search for self-discovery by examining his past. Fittingly, he meets up with one of his all-time evil threats from his earlier days.
Tom Rothman says the film picks up on themes that originated in Skyfall, a very well received Bond film. The entire new reboot of the series truly has been great. The films are miles ahead of the Dalton/Brosnan films of the recent past.