After days of speculations and rumours, the final cast and title of the next James Bond film was revealed on Thursday. The movie, that will star Academy Award-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, Andrew Scott (Moriarty from the BBC series Sherlock), Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, is titled Spectre.
Director Sam Mendes announced the title on Thursday evening, along with the identity of the new cast members and a new version of Bond's iconic Aston Martin car.
SPECTRE was the terrorist organization headed by Ernst Blofeld in early Bond films starting with Dr. No. Andrew Scott will play a government official while Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci are the new 'Bond girls'.
Daniel Craig will play Bond for a fourth time, and Mendes returns as director after 2012's Skyfall. Returning cast members include Ralph Fiennes as spy chief M, Ben Whishaw as gadget-master Q and Naomi Harris as Miss Moneypenny.
Skyfall was the most successful Bond film yet, taking more than $1.1 billion at the global box office.
Waltz said his character was called Oberhauser, but many fans will hope he is really Blofeld, one of the most enduring Bond villains.
Principal photography on the new film begins on Monday. Filming will take place at Pinewood Studios near London and on location in Morocco, Mexico and Austria.
The movie is due for release late next year.