A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
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On a mission in Mexico, unofficially ordered by the previous M, James Bond kills two men arranging to blow up a stadium; in doing so the building they are in explodes and collapses. Bond gives chase to Marco Sciarra, who survived the blast; Sciarra boards a helicopter to escape. Bond follows and in the ensuing struggle he throws both Sciarra and the pilot out of the helicopter, stealing Sciarra’s octopus ring as he does so. On his return to London Bond is indefinitely taken off field duty by the current M, who is in the midst of a power struggle with C, the head of the Joint Intelligence Service, which consists of the recently merged MI5 and MI6. C also wants to create the “Nine Eyes” intelligence co-operation agreement between nine countries, and close down the ’00’ section in the process.
Bond disobeys M’s order and travels to Rome to attend Sciarra’s funeral. That evening he visits Sciarra’s widow Lucia, who tells him about a criminal organisation to which her husband belonged and where they are meeting that evening. Bond enters the meeting by showing the ring, where he sees the head of the organisation. The head mentions the events in Mexico, and Bond by name, turning to face him as he does so. Having been recognised, Bond escapes and a car chase through Rome ensues, with Bond pursued by Mr. Hinx, an assassin for the organisation. Moneypenny informs Bond that a reference he heard in both Mexico and the meeting will lead to Mr White, a former member of Quantum, a subsidiary of the Spectre organisation. Bond also asks for a check on the name Franz Oberhauser.
Bond travels to Austria to find White, who is dying of thallium poisoning. White tells Bond to find his daughter—Dr Madeline Swann—who will take him to L’Americain, which will in turn lead him to the organisation. Bond finds Swann, but she is snatched by Hinx. Bond chases the kidnappers by plane, and forces their three cars to crash, before he makes his escape with Swann. The two meet Q, who reveals that Sciarra’s ring contains digital files linking Oberhauser, the leader of the organisation, and Bond’s previous missions. Swann informs them about Spectre, and that L’Americain is a hotel in Morocco.
The two travel to the hotel and stay in the suite her father stayed in every year. Bond discovers White had built a secret room of videotapes, charts and photographs, as well as maps and co-ordinates of where they should go next. They travel to the nearest point a train will go, but are again attacked by Hinx; Bond throws him off the train. At the end of the journey, they are transported to a facility in the desert, where they are met by Oberhauser, the son of the man who looked after the younger Bond when he had been orphaned. While torturing Bond, Oberhauser informs him that C is part of Spectre, and he feeds all intelligence data straight to Spectre. Oberhauser also reveals that he now goes by the name Ernst Stavro Blofeld; he changed his name after faking his death 20 years previously. Bond and Swann escape, destroying the facility.
Back in London, Bond and Swann meet M, Bill Tanner, Q and Moneypenny; they travel to arrest C and stop the launch of Nine Eyes; Swann leaves Bond, telling him she cannot be part of a life involving espionage. En route the MI6 operatives are ambushed and Bond is kidnapped. M and the others escape and proceed to wait for C in his office, arrest him and shut down Nine Eyes before it launches; in an ensuing struggle, C is killed. Bond is taken to the old MI6 building—derelict since the attack in Skyfall—but he disables his captors before entering. He meets Blofeld, who tells him the building is rigged to explode in three minutes and that Swann is hidden within it. Bond finds her and the two escape by boat onto the Thames. They chase Blofeld—who is in a helicopter—and shoot it down; it crashes onto Westminster Bridge. Bond leaves Blofeld to be arrested by M and leaves with Swann.
Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista and Andrew Scott.
Directed By Sam Mendes
Written By John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade
Produced By Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
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