The name carries a lot of weight with long time Bond fans, as its the name of the criminal organization that so often tangled with the Sean Connery iteration of 007, along with their head honcho, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (played by just as many actors as have played Bond), and likely being portrayed by Christoph Waltz, whom Mendes introduced as a character called "Oberhauser".
Beyond Waltz and the obviously returning Daniel Craig as Bond, Ralph Fiennes (as M), Naomi Harris (as Miss Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (as Q), and Rory Kinnear (as Tanner) are all returning.
Other new cast members include Andrew Scott as an MI5 agent, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, and Dave Bautista (who has long been rumored as a henchman in the Oddjob/Jaws mold).
Behind the camera, Mendes has enlisted Interstellar cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema and long-time Christopher Nolan editor Lee Smith. John Logan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade are returning for scripting duties.
This new title has been a long time coming, given the legal battle that it took to get them here.
Spectre has now skyrocketed to my most anticipated movie of next year when it opens on November 6, 2015.