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‘Spectre’ Director Sam Mendes Says New James Bond Movie Is an Origin Story: ‘This Is Only the Beginning’

The 24th Bond film starring Daniel Craig will delve deeper into what made 007 who he is today

Director Sam Mendes has promised that we can anticipate a backstory about James Bond that has been previously unexplored in the upcoming Bond film, “Spectre.”

“Bond has been rebooted at the end of the movie,” Mendes told EW, as he shared some cryptic information about the highly-anticipated film, which will hit theaters Nov. 6.

“This is only the beginning of the story.”

The director said that “Spectre” will bind together the three most recent Bond films all starring Daniel Craig, which include “Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale,” as well as developing a backstory that will give audiences more information about where 007 came from.

“The Bond creation myth never happened,” Mendes said. “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.”

British actor Craig, the current 007, also spoke to EW about the upcoming film.

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

Christoph Waltz and Lea Seydoux also co-star in the film, which will mark the 24th “James Bond” since “Dr. No” in 1962.