(2015) is the twenty-fourthJames Bondfilm produced by Eon Productions , and is the direct sequel to the 2012 filmSkyfall. It features Daniel Craig in his fourth performance as James Bond ,and Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld , with the film marking the character's re-introduction into the series. It was directed by Sam Mendes as his secondJames Bondfilm followingSkyfall, and was written by John Logan , Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth . It is distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures . With a budget around $245 million, it is the most expensive Bond film and one of the most expensive films ever made .
James Bond pitted against the global criminal organisation SPECTRE , marking the group's first appearance in an Eon Productions film since 1971'sDiamonds Are Forever,and tying Craig's series of films together with an overarching storyline. Several recurringJames Bondcharacters , including M , Q and Eve Moneypenny return, with the new additions of Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Andrew Scott as Max Denbigh and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra.
was released on 26 October 2015 in the United Kingdom on the same night as the world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London, followed by a worldwide release. It was released in the United States on 6 November 2015. It became the secondJames Bondfilm to be screened in IMAX venues afterSkyfall, although it was not filmed with IMAX cameras .Spectrereceived positive to mixed reviews upon its release; being criticised for its length, lack of screen time for new characters, and writing, but received praise for the cast's acting, the direction, action sequences, cinematography and score. The theme song received mixed reviews, particularly compared to the previous theme ; despite this, it has won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and been nominated for the Academy Award in the same category . As of 7 January 2016 ,Spectrehas grossed over $872 million worldwide.
Following Mallory's promotion to M , on a mission in Mexico City unofficially ordered by a posthumous message from the previous M , 007 James Bond kills three men plotting a terrorist bombing during the Day of the Dead and gives chase to Marco Sciarra, an assassin who survived the attack. In the ensuing struggle, Bond steals his ring, which is emblazoned with a stylised octopus, and then kills Sciarra by kicking him out of a helicopter. Upon returning to London, Bond is indefinitely suspended from field duty by M , who is in the midst of a power struggle with C, the head of the privately-backed Joint Intelligence Service, consisting of the recently merged MI5 and MI6 . C campaigns for Britain to join "Nine Eyes", a global surveillance and intelligence co-operation initiative between nine member states, and uses his influence to close down the '00' section , believing it to be outdated.
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 SPECTRE , a criminal organisation to which her husband belonged. Bond infiltrates a SPECTRE meeting, where he identifies the leader, Franz Oberhauser. When Oberhauser addresses Bond by name, he escapes and is pursued by Mr. Hinx, a SPECTRE assassin. Moneypenny informs Bond that the information he collected leads to Mr. White, former member of Quantum , a subsidiary of SPECTRE. Bond asks her to investigate Oberhauser, who was presumed dead years earlier.
Bond travels to Austria to find White, who is dying of thallium poisoning . He admits to growing disenchanted with Quantum and tells Bond to find and protect his daughter, Dr. Madeline Swann, who will take him to L'Américain; this will in turn lead him to SPECTRE. White then commits suicide. Bond locates Swann at the Hoffler Klinik, but she is abducted by Hinx. Bond rescues her and the two meet Q , who discovers that Sciarra's ring links Oberhauser to Bond's previous missions, identifying Le Chiffre , Dominic Greene and Raoul Silva as SPECTRE agents. Swann reveals that L'Américain is a hotel in Tangiers.
The two travel to the hotel and discover White's secret room where they find co-ordinates pointing to Oberhauser's operations base in the desert. They travel by train to the nearest station, but are once again confronted by Hinx; they engage in a fight throughout the train in which Mr Hinx is eventually thrown off the train by Bond with Swann's assistance. After arriving at the station, Bond and Swann are escorted to Oberhauser's base. There, he reveals that SPECTRE has been staging terrorist attacks around the world, creating a need for the Nine Eyes programme. In return, SPECTRE will be given unlimited access to intelligence gathered by Nine Eyes. Bond is tortured as Oberhauser discusses their shared history: after the younger Bond was orphaned, Oberhauser's father, Hannes, became his temporary guardian. Believing that Bond supplanted his role as son, Oberhauser killed his father and staged his own death, subsequently adopting the name Ernst Stavro Blofeld and going on to form SPECTRE. Bond and Swann escape, killing several SPECTRE agents and destroying the base in the process, leaving Blofeld to apparently die during the explosion.
As the African base was one node in a wider network, Bond and Swann return to London where they meet M, Bill Tanner , Q, and Moneypenny; they intend to arrest C and stop Nine Eyes from going online. Swann leaves Bond, telling him she cannot be part of a life involving espionage, and is subsequently kidnapped. On the way, the group is ambushed and Bond is kidnapped, but the rest still proceed with the plan. After Q succeeds in preventing the Nine Eyes from going online, a brief struggle between M and C ends with the latter falling to his death. Meanwhile, Bond is taken to the old MI6 building , which is scheduled for demolition, and frees himself. Moving throughout the ruined labyrinth, he meets a scarred Blofeld, who tells him that he has three minutes to escape the building before explosives are detonated or die trying to save Swann. Bond finds Swann and the two escape by boat as the building collapses. Bond shoots down Blofeld's helicopter, which crashes onto Westminster Bridge . As Blofeld crawls away from the wreckage, Bond confronts him but ultimately leaves him to be arrested by M. Bond leaves the bridge with Swann, and after making a brief stop to see Q a few days later to get back his repaired 1964 Aston Martin DB5 , departs with her in his car.