Yesterday, Sony Pictures announced that the 24th James Bond film was entitled Spectre, and would star returning cast members Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Rory Kinnear along with newcomers Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, and Monica Bellucci. However, it turns out one name was left off the list: Jesper Christensen, who played the Quantum agent Mr. White in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
Hit the jump for more. Spectre is set to open in the U.K. on October 23, 2015 and in the U.S. on November 6, 2015.
Since Quantum of Solace was a bad, forgettable movie, you may not recall that Mr. White was able to escape following his “enhanced interrogation”, and remains at large. If I recall correctly, the word “Quantum” wasn’t even mentioned in Skyfall, which was probably for the best since audiences didn’t really take to the shadowy organization that was intended to serve as a replacement for Bond’s more familiar antagonist, SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion).
Now that SPECTRE is back on the scene, it looks like the new movie will try to incorporate or wrap up Quantum. Speaking to Euroman [via Empire], Christsen says, “I am looking forward to working with Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig. It is a truly exciting script and a very capable team. So it’ll be fun…”
Since Christensen has been a minor character related to an organization no one cares about, and wasn’t included during yesterday’s presentation, I can’t help but feel that Mr. White isn’t long for the new world of James Bond. No offense to Christensen, but that’s probably for the best.
If I had to speculate (and I must because what else is the Internet for?), I would guess that SPECTRE is going to finish on Quantum, which would not only dismiss the unnecessary organization, but also show that SPECTRE is the only powerful antagonist organization currently operating in this James Bond series.