Andrew Scott and Christoph Waltz cast in new James Bond film Spectre

The Sherlock and Django Unchained actors have been cast in the follow-up to the hugely successful Skyfall

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Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Monica Belluci, Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz are to join Daniel Craig in new James Bond film, Spectre

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The title and cast of James Bond’s next big screen outing was confirmed by director Sam Mendes from the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios this morning. The announcement precedes the start of principal photography on the film on December 8th. 

Andrew Scott, known for playing Moriarty in Sherlock, is said to be playing an MI6 agent called Denbigh, while Monica Belluci will play Lucia Sciarra and Lea Seydoux will be Madeline Swann. Respectively, they are known for their roles in The Matrix Reloaded and Blue is the Warmest Colour. 

Christopth Waltz, who has previously starred in Quentin Tarintino films Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, was announced to be playing Oberhauser, known by fans as Bond’s skiing instructor, although has been rumoured to be playing legendary Bond villain Blofeld. Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista, meanwhile, will play a character called Mr Hinx. 

The film’s title, Spectre, refers to the fictional terrorist organisation SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, which first appeared in 1962’s Dr. No.

The new faces will star alongside Daniel Craig in the lead role, with Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny all set to return along with Skyfall director Mendes. 

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Spectre follows on from 2012’s Skyfall, which was the biggest grossing British film of all time. It is set to open in cinemas next year on November 6th.