James Bond is a man of action — shake, don’t stir! — and he’s usually too focused on moving forward to look back. But director Sam Mendes told Entertainment Weekly that “Spectre” is a culmination of the three previous Daniel Craig Bond movies while developing 007’s mostly unexplored backstory. As Mendes put it:

The Bond creation myth never happened. I felt there was an opportunity there: What made him? And who were the people who affected him along the way? You’re sort of telling the story backwards of how Bond became Bond.”

Mendes told EW that Bond was “rebooted” at the end of “Skyfall” but that was just the beginning of the story, which is picked up by “Spectre.”

Daniel Craig added to EW:

A lot of the film is a celebration of what it is to be Bond. But it’s not retro. Hopefully it’s not just classic Bond but a classic thriller.”

Every classic Bond thriller needs a Bond villain, and who better than Christoph Waltz? He plays Oberhauser, the self-described “author” of all Bond’s pain.

Sam Mendes previously told BBC Radio of “Spectre”: “This is a bigger movie than ‘Skyfall.’ It’s shot in more places – we were in Mexico City and Tangiers and northern Sahara and Rome and the Alps and London. It’s been an enormous undertaking.”

“Spectre” is coming out on November 6. Re-watch the amazing first trailer.

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