James Bond has faced his most fiendish foe yet: the Sony hackers. A draft script for "Spectre", the next 007 film, has been confirmed to have been among the secret files filched from the movie studio.
The last Bond film "Skyfall" saw Britain's best-dressed secret agent trying to recover a secret computer file from bad guys, and life has imitated art as "an early version of the screenplay" was among the emails and financial documents.
Among the other documents leaked -- including-- were documents revealing that Sony is concerned about the new Bond film's ballooning $300million-and-counting budget.
Bond producers Eon warn that they will take stern action against the leakers and anyone who tries to use the screenplay for counter-intelligence, terrorism, revenge or extortion. One can only presume this means coming round their house and shooting them with missiles hidden in their watches before saying something like, "looks like they just couldn't hack it."
"Spectre" is the 24th film in the Eon series about the suave super-spy. It's directed by Sam Mendes and written by John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Daniel Craig slips back into black tie and deadly weaponry as 007 while Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw return as his support staff M, Q and Moneypenny. Monica Belluci, Léa Seydoux and "Sherlock" baddie Andrew Scott are along for the ride, and "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Dave Bautista is a henchman.
Although he's listed as playing a character called Oberhauser, "Django Unchained" Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is heavily rumoured to be playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the boss of Spectre and main villain in the 1960s Bond films when Sean Connery wore the deadly dinner jacket.
Legal wrangling in the 1970s meant an unnamed Blofeld-like character was dispatched by Roger Moore's Bond in "For Your Eyes Only" and the kitty-stroking wrong'un hasn't been seen since. But now the legal issues have been resolved and the way is open for him to return.
I suggest avoiding the leaked script because it contains a pretty massive spoiler, but we can share with you this snippet...
"Spectre" is expected to land in theatres on a Union Jack parachute in November 2015.