Watch the BOND 24 Announcement Live Here [UPDATED]

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Update: Director Sam Mendes has just announced the title and cast of the next James Bond movie. Find out after the jump.

Today at Pinewood Studios, December 4 at 11:00 am GMT (that’s 3:00 am PST and 6:00 am EST), Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment will present a live announcement and photo call from the 007 Stage. The title and cast of the next installment of the spy series will be revealed.

What we know

Director: Sam Mendes

Stars: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Wishaw, Rory Kinnear

Writers: John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo, Gladiator), Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (regular Bond duo since The World is Not Enough).

Cinematographer: Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar, Her)

Filming starts:  December 8, 2014

Release date:  October 23, 2015

Filming locations: Pinewood Studios, Austria, Rome, Morocco

The rumors

Christoph Waltz is rumored to play the film’s villain (possibly even iconic Bond nemesis Blofeld).

Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista may be playing a henchman in the mold of classic right-hand man Jaws.

Blue is the Warmest Colour‘s  Lea Seydoux is reported to be the female lead and next Bond girl.

Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott could be playing a villain alongside Waltz, with Firefly and Homeland actress Morena Baccarin also linked to a part.

Event timings (all timings EST):

5:50am              Introduction

6:00am              Live announcement commences

6:07am              Live announcement ends (approximate)

6:15am               Photo call with cast and director

I hope the title will be good. Watch the live streaming video of the announcement below:

Hopefully we get a teaser by the time next year’s summer movie season starts.

Update: The title of the 24th Bond movie is Spectre! The first cast member is a non-human member — the new Aston Martin DB 10.

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The human Spectre cast includes Rory Kinnea, Ben Wishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and a new addition is Andrew Scott, David Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz! And Daniel Craig, of course.

Awesome title and cast and new car! The cracks in the gunshot (below) represent an octopus which is the logo of Spectre, a fictional global terrorist organization featured in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels led by Bond’s greatest foe, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Waltz has joined cast as an unknown character called Franz Oberhauser, which appears to be a good sign that he could portray Blofeld-like villain character — Mendes wasn’t confirming anything tho.

Scott is probably joining on the MI5 side (or maybe as an insider spy); Bellucci as character named Luciana Sciarra and Seydoux as Madeleine Swan look to be the Bond girls this time around; Bautista is on board as Mr. Hinx, the iconic henchman in the vein of Odd Job and Jaws.

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Spectre opens in the U.S. on November 6th, 2015. Can’t wait. Hail Spectre!