Following the development of Spectre — the 24th James Bond film and the fourth to star Daniel Craig as 007 — has been interesting, to say the least. Back in December, the production was hit with the double whammy of a script leak and a leaked memo revealing that the studio hoped to reduce the film’s gargantuan $300 million-plus budget. Then last week, a new controversy erupted when it was reported the film is getting millions from the Mexican government in exchange for a positive depiction of their country. And on top of all that, there’s the pressure to follow-up on the massive critical and commercial success of 2012’s Skyfall.
As usual, though, Bond keeps a cool head in a crisis, and he proves it with the film’s first poster. There are no plot hints, no cluttered design, and no special toys. There’s just the title and Craig sporting everything a gentleman spy needs: a discreet but deadly pistol, a crisp pair of well-tailored pants, a slick shoulder holster, a nice watch, and a steely gaze. Oh, and then there’s the turtleneck, perfect for a day of skiing followed by a night of vodka and shooting people. I know Bond came first, but when I saw him sporting this look, I couldn’t help but be reminded of another great secret agent.
Spectre hits theaters on November 6, during what I assume will be perfect tactleneck weather.
Matthew Jackson is a freelance pop culture writer/nerd-for-hire and Contributing Editor at Blastr.com. Find him on Twitter at @awalrusdarkly.