James Bond 007 – Spectre
Spectre (2015) is the twenty-fourth James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his fourth performance as James Bond, and Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, with the film marking the character’s re-introduction into the series. It was directed by Sam Mendes as his second James Bond film following Skyfall, and was written by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth. It is distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures. With a budget around $245 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made.
On a mission in Mexico City, unofficially ordered by the previous M by way of a posthumous message, James Bond kills two men arranging to blow up a stadium and gives chase to Marco Sciarra, an assassin who survived the attack. In the ensuing struggle, Bond kills Sciarra and steals his ring, which is emblazoned with a stylised octopus. On his return to London Bond is indefinitely suspended from field duty by the current M, who is in the midst of a power struggle with C, the head of the privately-backed Joint Intelligence Service, which consists of the recently merged MI5 and MI6. C also campaigns for Britain to join “Nine Eyes”, a global surveillance and intelligence co-operation initiative between nine member states. C uses his influence to close down the ’00’ section, believing it to be outdated.
Bond disobeys M’s order and travels to Rome to attend Sciarra’s funeral. That evening he visits Sciarra’s widow Lucia, who tells him about Spectre, a criminal organisation to which her husband belonged. Bond enters a Spectre meeting by showing Sciarra’s ring, where he identifies Spectre’s leader, Franz Oberhauser. Oberhauser mentions the events in Mexico and addresses Bond by name, prompting Bond to escape. A car chase through Rome ensues, with Bond pursued by Mr. Hinx, a Spectre assassin. Moneypenny informs Bond that a reference he heard in both Mexico and the meeting will lead to Mr. White, a former member of Quantum, a subsidiary of the Spectre organisation. Bond also asks her to investigate Franz Oberhauser, whom the world believes to be dead.
Bond travels to Austria to find White, who is dying of thallium poisoning. He admits to growing disinfatuated with Quantum and tells Bond to find and protect his daughter, Dr. Madeline Swann, who will take him to L’Americain; this will in turn lead him to Spectre. White then commits suicide. Bond locates Swann, but she is abducted by Hinx. Bond rescues her and the two meet Q, who discovers that Sciarra’s ring links Oberhauser to Bond’s previous missions, identifying Le Chiffre, Dominic Greene and Raoul Silva as Spectre agents. Swann reveals that L’Americain is a hotel in Morocco.
The two travel to the hotel and find White had built a secret room where they find co-ordinates pointing them in the direction of a crater in the desert. They travel to the nearest point a train will go, but are again attacked by Hinx; Bond throws him off the train. They are escorted to a facility where Oberhauser reveals that Spectre has been staging terrorist attacks around the world, creating a need for the Nine Eyes program. In his role as director of the Joint Intelligence Service, C gives Spectre unlimited access to intelligence gathered by Nine Eyes. Bond is tortured and Oberhauser discusses their shared history: after the younger Bond was orphaned, Oberhauser’s father became his temporary guardian. Believing that Bond supplanted his role as son, Oberhauser killed his father, staged his own death, and adopted the name Blofeld before going on to form Spectre. Bond and Swann escape, destroying the facility.
As the Moroccan facility was just one node in a wider network, Bond and Swann return to London where they meet M, Bill Tanner, Q and Moneypenny; they move to arrest C and stop the launch of Nine Eyes, while Swann leaves Bond, telling him she cannot be part of a life involving espionage. En route the MI6 operatives are ambushed and Bond is kidnapped. M and the others escape and proceed to wait for C in his office, arrest him and shut down Nine Eyes before it launches; in an ensuing struggle, C is killed. Bond is taken to the old MI6 building—derelict since the attack in Skyfall—but he disables his captors before entering. He meets Blofeld, who tells him the building is rigged to explode in three minutes, coinciding with Nine Eyes becoming active, and that Swann is hidden within it. Bond finds her and the two escape by boat onto the Thames. They chase Blofeld’s helicopter and shoot it down; it crashes onto Westminster Bridge. Bond leaves Blofeld to be arrested by M and leaves with Swann.