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Spectre continues to lead the US box office with takings of $35.4 million in its second weekend.
This is the fourth occasion that Daniel Craig has played the role of James Bond in the twenty-fourth installment of the spy/action movies.
Daniel’s acting in this movie has received high praise, and various rumors are presently circulating as to whether or not he will reprise the role for a fifth time and of who might replace him.
Spectre is the second most expensive movie ever made, with a production budget of US $300 million, but it’s worldwide takings are at an estimated $550 million already. It has broken records in China and has knocked Jurassic World off the top spot in the UK.
Award winning actor Christoph Waltz, who played bounty hunter Dr King Schultz in Django Unchained, plays the role of the often parodied supervillian Ernst Stavro Blofeld (although the background and appearance of Blofeld have been rewritten in this latest adaptation).
The love interest for James Bond in Spectre is Lucia Sciarra, played by 51 year old actress Monica Bellucci (of The Matrix Reloaded/The Matrix Revolutions and The Passion of Christ fame.) Monica is also a fashion model and is currently the oldest Bond girl in the franchise. Her character Lucia Sciarra is the widow of an assassin killed by James Bond.
James Bond meets Lucia in Rome during a rogue mission after seeing a cryptic message from his past. He discovers the existance of a strange organization known as Spectre and also of a sinister connection between himself and his enemy.
Other familiar characters in Spectre are M, played by Ralph Fiennes, Q, played by Ben Wishaw and Miss Moneypenny, played by Naomie Harris. Each of these actors have returned to their roles after the successful Skyfall.
My kingdom for a James Bond spinoff prequel film called M, starring Hayley Atwell as the young version of Judi Dench's character.
— Foz Meadows (@fozmeadows) November 14, 2015
Spectre is currently showing in theaters.