James Bond 24: All you need to know about Spectre, plus we crunch the numbers on franchise's profits

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The cast of Spectre - but what is it up against when it comes to James Bond history? (Source: Getty)

James Bond mania is upon us.

Today at Pinewood Studios in west London, Sony Entertainment, Eon and MGM revealed the details of what has until now been simply called James Bond 24.
The new film is called Spectre, taking the title from Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, a fictional organisation that features in the Ian Fleming novels.
Andrew Scott, who has made his name playing Moriarty in BBC1's Sherlock series, will be Denbigh – not, as was expected, the villain.
As was trailed at the end of Skyfall, Ralph Fiennes will play M and Naomie Harris will be Miss Moneypenny. Rory Kinnear returns as Tanner, and Ben Wishaw is back as Q. Monica Belucci and Lea Seydoux play the Bond girls.
Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar for his performance in Django Unchained, will also appear. Daniel Craig is reprising his role as 007.
Pinewood has released an official plot summary for the film. Here it is:
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.
While we were waiting for the big announcement, we started thinking about the Bond franchise, and wondering which was the most lucrative. And which actor brought in the best profit during his time as Bond? Here are some answers.
Of course, the films have got more expensive to make over time. This first chart shows the eye-watering jump that was made between GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies – both Pierce Brosnan films – and it has then had a decent boost every film thereafter.
But that didn't always translate into takings. In fact, GoldenEye took more at the box office than Tomorrow Never Dies. Looking earlier into the franchise, Moonraker was more than double the cost of its predecessor The Spy Who Loved Me, but took just $25m more when it was released.
This is what that means for profit.
And this is how it breaks down for the actors. (This is the profit for the film, not how much the actors made).

But if you consider how the cost of each film has grown, this is how much each dollar returned across the franchise. As you can see, there has been quite a dramatic drop over time.

We've also mapped some of the more significant locations that have popped up in previous Bond films - as you can see his carbon footprint is pretty extensive. There were a lot in Europe and the US, but Central and East Asia also hold their own. Will Spectre venture into a new destination?

You can watch the press announcement here:

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