Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, or haven’t checked any news or film sites recently, you would know just how excited the internet is for the next chapter in the world-renowned James Bond series. The hashtag #Bond24 is currently trending worldwide, and it’s no surprise considering how much hype is surrounding a film not due to be released for another year. After months of anticipation, rumours and theories, we finally have some details on Bond 24, or as we should call it, Spectre.

In Daniel Craig’s fourth entry in the series, we follow James Bond, now a little bit grizzled after the shocking events of 2012’s Skyfall, as he receives a mysterious message, and has to uncover a conspiracy, alone, besides his right-hand man, M, or Ben Whishaw. Below is the official synopsis from EON Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”

Returning cast members include, Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear. However, the new additions to the cast are definitely the most exciting. Christoph Waltz, the Oscar-winning Austrian, has been cast as the mysterious Oberhauser. Although we don’t know anything else about his role, it’s almost guaranteed to be the typical Bond villain, and if this is the case, I can’t wait. Also new, we have Guardians of the Galaxy‘s very own Dave Bautista, our Drax the Destroyer, as Mr. Hinx. I’m incredibly excited for this, since I think he did a good job in Guardians, and I’m so glad that he’s been given another opportunity to prove himself as an actor on screen, rather than just an actor in a wrestling ring. As you may expect, Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall and American Beauty, is back on, and after getting such a great reception from Skyfall, it’s no surprise MGM wanted to keep him for as long as possible, and there’s even rumours that he will sign on to direct Bond 25, a whole year before Spectre has even released!

Personally, I’m incredibly excited for Spectre. I absolutely loved Skyfall, I loved the slightly darker and more realistic tone, I loved the beautiful shots of London, I love the music and the classic Bond theme, but most of all, I loved the still at the end, shouting to the viewer that “BOND WILL RETURN”. Mendes, along with Craig, have helped to inject a new lease of life into a franchise that has more entries than the Fast and Furious series, multiplied by 3. If Spectre is a brave and as daring as Skyfall was, then viewers are in for a treat.

What do you think of this announcement? Will you be watching Spectre when it releases on 23rd October 2015? Whatever you think, comment below, and remember to share this article with your friends.