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By now, 23 outings into the James Bond franchise, fans know exactly what to expect from the agent known as 007. And "Spectre," which will be the 24th outing for the chaser of trouble, women and bad guys (not necessarily in that order), looks to be no exception based on a new trailer released Tuesday.
Which is exactly what fans want to hear.
In the trailer, Bond skulks around in a Day of the Dead mask, gets interrogated by the new M (played by Ralph Fiennes, who is fine but we miss old M Judi Dench already), hangs out with SPECTRE (aka Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), and unzips the back of at least one lovely lady's dress.
The trailer's YouTube description provides some more plot detail, in part: "A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome ... Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as SPECTRE."
He ends up recruiting two friends (Moneypenny and Q) to help him track down a woman who "may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot."
Complications upon complications, with a dash of nostalgia for longtime fans, who know that SPECTRE is one of author Ian Fleming's original creations, first heard from in the novel for "Thunderball" in 1961 and the movie "Dr. No" in 1962.
Recently there was some discussion about whether "Spectre" will be Daniel Craig's last outing as Bond; some stories posited "Homeland" and "Wolf Hall" star Damian Lewis as a possible replacement while others boosted "Luther's" Idris Elba as a break from tradition.
But Craig's contract isn't yet up with Sony for the films, and the last 007 movie, "Skyfall," was the first Bond to break the billion-dollar mark at the box office worldwide (earning $1.1B). The title track by Adele won the series its first original song Oscar, too.
Plus, producer Barbara Broccoli loves the 47-year-old actor. "He is the greatest Bond ever," she told The Mirror in 2013. "I'm not letting him go, not for a long time."
We should hope not.
"Spectre" will be in theaters on Nov. 6.