Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as 007 will also star Andrew Scott, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and David Bautista, alongside returning cast members.

SPECTRE will be the title of the 24th Bond film.

The film marks Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as the iconic agent and will be directed by Sam Mendes. Its official synopsis reads: 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.

Alongside returning cast members Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny) and Ralph Fiennes (M), SPECTRE will also star Andrew Scott as MI6 agent Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann and Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser.

The title refers to the fictional global terrorist organisation led by Blofeld in Ian Fleming’s novels and earlier films such as Dr. No, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.

Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and written by John Logan, Neil Purvis and Rob Wade, the film will be shot by Interstellar’s Hoyte Van Hoytema.

With the start of principal photography on Monday [Dec 8], the announcement was made this morning [Dec 4] by Mendes and Broccoli from the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios.

SPECTRE will be filming at Pinewood Studios, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee, Austria.

The last Bond outing Skyfall, also directed by Mendes, broke UK box office records when it was released in 2012 as it became the first ever film in the UK to gross over £100m at the box office, ending up at $161.1m (£102.8m).

Skyfall also became the first Bond film to ever take over $1bn worldwide, grossing $1.1bn overall.

SPECTRE is set to be released in UK cinemas on Nov 6, 2015 through Sony.