Spectre is a Spy film with a space connection which was released in 2015 and is directed by Sam Mendes. The film's theme tune is 'Writings on the Wall' and was sung by Sam Smith.
The film begins in Mexico where James Bond has travelled to to find Mafiosa Marco Sciarra who is agent for the terrorist organisation SPECTRE. He happens to find him amongst people celebrating the Mexican festival Day of the Dead. Using Estrella as a cover, he creeps up on Marco in a building opposite where he is staying. However the attempt to kill Marco fails and he chases Marco through the streets eventually catching up with Marco as he leaves the City in a helicopter. A fight between Sciarra and Bond ensues above a large crowd of people. James Bond manages to retrieve a ring from Sciarra`s finger before Sciarra is killed.
Back in London, M berates James Bond for going to Mexico and suspends him and tells him to report to Q so that he can be injected with a tracking device. Miss Moneypenny catches up with James and tells him that they`ve retrieved items from the Skyfall Manor that was destroyed in Skyfall to which Bond tells her to deliver to his flat.
That night at Bond`s flat, Moneypenny turns up with the items and he shows her a video made by the previous M (Judi Dench), in the video she tells Bond he had to track down Marco Sciarra which he did.
Against the wishes of M, James Bond steals the new Aston Martin DB10 which Q had show him the previous day to go to Rome, Italy to attend the funeral of the man he had killed in Mexico. There James meets Lucia Sciarra at the funeral but their first meeting doesn`t go to plan and he follows her back to her villa where she is to be executed but James prevents the assassination and make love to her. He tells to go to the C.I.A. where a man called Felix Leiter will ensure her safety.
James visits a secret place where high ranking members of the Spectre organisation are currently meeting and is headed by Oberhauser. James manages to infiltrate the meeting but when Oberhausers reveals Bond`s identity, he has to escape from the meeting being chased through the streets of Rome by Mr Hinx. Eventually James manages to loose Mr Hinx and the new DB10 car.
James Bond manages to find Mr White before Mr Hinx does and promises Mr White that he will protect Mr White`s daughter, Madeleine Swann from Spectre. Mr White commits suicide once he believes that Bond will protect his daughter.
M and Bill Tanner visit Japan to provide support to Max Denbigh as Max tries to gain approval for `Nine Eyes` intelligence operation. The Nine Eye is a plan to collaborate the intelligence services of nine countries but when the vote is called, South Africa is the only country that votes against it therefore Nine Eyes is dead. Later on, a terrorist attack in South Africa causes the South Africans to change their minds and join the plan. In real life, there is a Five Eyes intelligence operation which involves the collaborations of United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. There are other eye plans going on but thats Five Eyes is the most well known one.
James visits Madeleine who is at a Mountain location but is unable to prevent Mr Hinx from capturing Madeleine and so chases after the abductees using an airplane. He manages to catch up with the kidnappers and rescues a relunctant Miss Swann. James takes Madeleine to see Q who earlier had met Bond at the same clinic where Madeleine worked. Madeleine reveals that the l`Americain who Bond is after is not a person but a place in Tangier, Tunisia.
Bond and Madeleine visit the l`Americain where they discover a secret room in the hotel room that Mr White would always visit on holiday. In the room is location coordinates where Oberhauser has his base. Bond and Madeleine catch a train to the location. Onboard the train is also Mr Hinx who interrupts Bond`s meal and tries to kill him. Mr Hinx knocks out Madeleine but she recovers to help Bond defeat Mr. Hinx
When Bond and Madeleine arrive at Spectre`s head office, they discover it is a meteor crater with the meteor that caused the crater on display. Oberhauser reveals what he plans to do with the help of Max Denbigh but before James can do anything, James is knocked out and wakes up on a torture chair. There Oberhauser reveals that he is actually Ernst Stavro Blofeld, complete with a white cat. During the torturing, Oberhauser underestimates Madeleine who goes over to Bond, takes his watch and throws it towards the torture controls enabling Bond to escape. Bond and and Madeleine escape the building and watch as the site blows up.
James and Madeleine return to London, United Kingdom to face Oberhauser once more at the damaged headquarters of M.I.6.. Also, M with the assistance of Bill Tanner and Miss Moneypenny must stop Max Denbigh from releasing a computer program that will significantly help Spectre.
Madeleine Swann ( Lea Seydoux )
|Madeleine Swann is the estranged daughter of Mr White, the leader of the criminal organisation Quantum. When James Bond manages to track down Mr White to Austria, Mr White gets Bond to promise to protect his one and only daughter before the seriously ill Mr White commits suicide.|
Madeleine is a psychologist working in an Austrian clinic high in the hills. Unwittingly, James Bond leads Mr Hinx to her location requiring James to use an airplane to rescue her. After her rescue, the two of them travel to Tunisia to locate something that can help them track down Franz Oberhauser.
Whilst on a train journey in Morocco, they face off against Mr Hinx for one final time before arriving at Oberhauser`s meteor crater hideout. Madeleine is shown the final moments of her father`s life which James Bond is unable to prevent her from seeing.
When James is tied up, it is Swann who manages to help James escape with the exploding watch and they escape before the place blows up. They return to the UK to face Oberhauser for one last time at the damaged headquarters of M.I.6..
Madeleine although she hates guns, is adept at using a gun. When Madeleine was young, she used a gun to protect her father and that incident has haunted her since then.
Oberhauser ( Christoph Waltz )
| Oberhauser is the leader of the criminal organisation Spectre, the group that has been working with Max Denbigh to orchestrate terrorist activities around the world to push the intelligence agencies to combine into one super agency. |
Oberhauser describes himself as being the author of all of James Bond`s pain going way back down the line. There are no records of Oberhauser and it is revealed that he has been living under the assumed name
According to official records, Franz Oberhauser was killed years ago when both he and his father were killed during an avalance. It transpired that he changed his name to Ernst Stavro Blofeld and in the time he was off the grid he was able to create Spectre. Blofeld is the maiden name of his Mother. Blofeld has a hideout in Morocco complete with the trademark white cat. By the end of the film, Oberhauser has a scar down his face, a scar that is bigger than the one that appeared when Donald Pleasance had in You Only Live Twice.
Mr Hinx ( Dave Bautista )
|Mr Hinx is an operative of SPECTRE terrorist organisation. He marks his first appearance during a Spectre meeting in Rome, Italy. Mr Hinx walks in and breaks the neck of the man who was due to go to Austria to kill Mr White. When James Bond is revealed to have infiltrated the meeting by Oberhauser, it is Mr Hinx that chases Bond through the streets of Rome. Fortunately, Bond has an air ejector seat and manages to escape from Mr Hinx.|
After leaving Italy, James Bond encounters Mr Hinx again in Austria when Mr Hinx has kidnapped Madeleine Swann, the only daughter of Mr White. The final time when Bond and Hinx encounter one another is when Bond and Swann are travelling on a Morrocan train to Oberhausers hideout in the desert. Onboard the train, Bond finally manages to despatch Mr Hinx once and for all.
Mr Hinx`s weapon is a double barrelled automatic pistol, specially designed for tieing in with the film. Whilst Bond had a Aston Martin DB10 car, Mr Hinx`s car is a Jaguar C-X75.
The actor behind the role, Dave Bautista, an ex-Wrestler is currently famous for playing Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the galaxy.
Max Denbigh ( Andrew Scott )
|Max Denbigh is the future head of the Centre for National Intelligence, the organisation that will result from the merger of the British domestic intelligence service (M.I.5.) and the foreign intelligence service (M.I.6.). the latter organisation being the one that employs James Bond as an assassin. James refer to Denbigh as `C` which incidentally is code name for the real life head of M.I.6. The real life equivalent in M.I.5 is codenamed `K`. Max wants to merge the intelligence services of the world into one and one that he controls. Whilst the organisations of MI5 and MI6 exist, the C.N.I. doesn`t.|
The merger of the intelligence services will hand SPECTRE a powerful tool, one that will enable the organisation the ability to see and hear everything. According to Denbigh, the days of double-O agents are long ago, now is the futue of mass surveillance.
Lucia Sciarra ( Monica Bellucci )
| Lucia Sciarra is the wife of Marco Sciarra, the terrorist that James Bond kills in Mexico City to prevent a terrorist attack on a Stadium that would`ve caused the deaths of many hundreds and even thousands of people. James first meets Lucia at the funeral. After a very public funeral with which both James Bond and Oberhauser attend, Lucia goes back to her villa where hitmen are waiting to kill her. She knows the assassination by the hitmen is inevitable and tries to face it by having a drink. Before the hitmen can kill her, James Bond arrives and saves her. James takes Lucia to bed and then tells her to contact the C.I.A. agent Felix Leiter who will arrange for her to be transported to somewhere safe.|
Lucia is played by Monica Bellucci and much has been made about the fact that Monica is slightly older than Daniel Craig and is also the oldest Bond Woman to feature in the films. However after the film came out and seeing that she doesn`t appear in the film for that long, the praise soon evaporated away.
Marco Sciarra ( Alessandro Cremona )
|Not much is known of Marco Sciarra except that he is a member of the Italian Mafiosa who was in Mexico to orchestrate a terrorist attack in Mexico City during the Day of the Dead festivities. The attack if it had been successful would`ve caused an immense number of deaths at a stadium. Day of the Dead is a national day of celebrations for Mexicans. Unfortunately for Marco, James Bond has been tracking Marco`s movements after getting a video message from James` previous M played by Judi Dench.|
When the attempt to kill Marco falters, James chases Marco through the Day of the Dead crowds to an awaiting helicopter. James manages to get onboard the helicopter with Marco and kill him whilst the helicopter flies all over the place. Before Marco is killed, James is able to remove a ring with an engraving of an Octopus on it which leads him to Franz Oberhauser.
Marco`s leaves behind in Italy, his wife Lucia Sciarra which James goes to visit.
Estrella ( Stephanie Sigman )
| Estrella appears very briefly at the start of Spectre as James Bond leads her to a hotel bedroom. He is actually using her so that he can follow SPECTRE agent Marco Sciarra who is plotting a terrorist act on a stadium in Mexico.|