Movie superspy James Bond looks set to face his old enemy Spectre and its villainous boss Blofeld in the upcoming 24th installment in the franchise.

Six of the early 007 movies in the 1960s and '70s featured Bond doing battle with the sinister organisation bent on destroying espionage and provoking war between East and West before Blofeld was apparently killed off in 1981's For Your Eyes Only.

However, director Sam Mendes announced on Thursday (04Dec14) that the next film in the series, due for release on 06 November (15), will be titled Spectre, sparking fevered speculation he is to revisit the popular plotline.

Joining 007 actor Daniel Craig onscreen will be Christoph Waltz, David Bautista, and Andrew Scott, and the spy will also be flanked by two new Bond girls, played by Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux.

Mendes says, "The title of the 24th Bond movie is Spectre. Those of you who have some knowledge of the Bond franchise and the legend of Bond will probably have some idea what that refers to but I couldn't possibly comment..."

Filming for Spectre will begin next week (begs08Dec14).