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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 31: Stuntmen perform a battle hanging from a helicopter during the filming of the latest James Bond movie 'Spectre' at downtown streets of Mexico City on March 31, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 31: Stuntmen perform a battle hanging from a helicopter during the filming of the latest James Bond movie 'Spectre' at downtown streets of Mexico City on March 31, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 26: Daniel Craig is seen on the set of 'Spectre' on March 26, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clasos/GC Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 26: An actor is seen on the set of 'Spectre' starring Daniel Craig on March 26, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clasos/GC Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 26: Daniel Craig is seen on the set of 'Spectre' on March 26, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clasos/GC Images)
We are pleased to announce that @SigmanStephanie has joined the cast of #SPECTRE as Estrella http://t.co/63ibzmlFFz
Built for Bond: Aston Martin debuts new car for #SPECTRE #DB10 Read more: http://t.co/CprflaSa1y http://t.co/XxRjbIeiJO
British actors Daniel Craig (L) and Ralph Fiennes (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
... Ralph Fiennes as M. http://t.co/YxYbYC2xwC
And welcoming... Andrew Scott as Denbigh http://t.co/UNBlMoBmXz
...David Bautista as Mr Hinx http://t.co/tJxGnt5tct
...Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra http://t.co/41klBClFzN
...Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann. #SPECTRE http://t.co/DR7DfAWkb1
And Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser! #SPECTRE http://t.co/CPUXDDf0jt
And returning as 007 is Daniel Craig. #SPECTRE
Ben Whishaw at this morning's #Bond24 announcement... #SPECTRE http://t.co/kw29gdYMc2
... and Naomie Harris at the #Bond24 announcement... #SPECTRE http://t.co/ovRErakgzO
... here's Rory Kinnear (Tanner) at this morning's #Bond24 announcement. #SPECTRE http://t.co/NV0De1u2tk
And finally, Director Sam Mendes at this morning's #Bond24 announcement. #SPECTRE http://t.co/syCB11Defd
Returning crew: writers John Logan, Neil Purvis and Rob Wade… Production Designer Dennis Gassner… Composer Thomas Newman... #SPECTRE
#SPECTRE will be filming at Pinewood London, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee, Austria
2nd Unit Director Alexander Witt, SFX Supervisor Chris Corbould, VFX Supervisor Steve Begg...#SPECTRE
... Costume Designer Jany Temime and Stunt Coordinator Gary Powell. #SPECTRE
Sam Mendes has welcomed to the crew Director of Photography Hoyte Van Hoytema and Editor Lee Smith #SPECTRE
Here is the first teaser poster for #SPECTRE. Coming 6th November 2015. http://t.co/khD4I92NUz
British actors Daniel Craig (L) and Ralph Fiennes (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actors (L-R) Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris, Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actress Naomi Harris (L) and British actor Daniel Craig (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actress Naomi Harris (L) and British actor Daniel Craig (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actors (L-R) Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris, Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actress Naomi Harris (L) and British actor Daniel Craig (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actor Ralph Fiennes poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British actress Naomi Harris poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
British director Sam Mendes poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Filipino-American actor Dave Bautista, British director Sam Mendes, Austrian actor Christoph Waltz and Irish actor Andrew Scott pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian actress Monica Bellucci (L), French actress Lea Seydoux (C) and British actress Naomi Harris (R) pose during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian actress Monica Bellucci poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
French actress Lea Seydoux poses during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire, west of London, on December 4, 2014. French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will star alongside Britain's Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film 'Spectre', the producers said on December 4 at the historic Pinewood Studios. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) -- The next James Bond film has a retro title that evokes the series' past: "SPECTRE" - the dastardly fictional terrorist organization featured in "Dr. No" and other early 007 adventures.

Director Sam Mendes announced the name of the 24th official Bond movie Thursday 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 a British spy. Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux are the new "Bond girls."

Daniel Craig will play the suave spy for a fourth time and Mendes returns as director after 2012's "Skyfall." Other 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."

SPECTRE - Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion - was the terrorist organization headed by Ernst Blofeld that featured in several early Bond films.

Waltz, an Oscar winner for "Inglourious Basterds" and "Django Unchained," said his character is called Oberhauser - but fans hope he is really Blofeld, one of the most enduring Bond villains.

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The cat-stroking evildoer, played by actors including Donald Pleasence and Charles Gray, has not appeared for several decades because of a legal dispute over rights to the character. The case was settled last year.

Mendes also revealed that Bond will drive an Aston Martin DB10, replacing the vintage DB5 that was spectacularly destroyed in "Skyfall."

Initial fan reaction to the latest details was enthusiastic.

"For Bond fans, this is the best Christmas present - the return of James Bond and classic elements of the series with yet another classic title coined by Ian Fleming," said Ajay Chowdhury, who edits the journal of the James Bond International Fan Club.

Principal photography on the new film begins Monday. Filming will take place at Pinewood Studios and on location in Italy, Morocco, Mexico and Austria. "SPECTRE" is due for release late next year.

"Skyfall" was the most successful Bond film yet, taking more than $1.1 billion.


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