‘Spectre’ confirmed as longest Bond movie ever

However, the 24th Bond film isn't quite as long as last month's rumours suggested

Spectre is officially the longest Bond movie ever.

The 24th Bond film clocks in at 148 minutes, slightly lengthier than the previous longest Bond film, 2006’s Casino Royale, which had a running time 144 minutes. The last Bond film, 2012’s Skyfall, was a shade shorter than that at 143 minutes.

Although Spectre‘s epic running time sets a new Bond record, director Sam Mendes’ follow-up to Skyfall is actually less epic than previously rumoured. Two leading UK cinema chains, Odeon and Vue, advertised on their websites last month that the 24th Bond film would clock in at 160 minutes.

Spectre is being released in the UK and Ireland on the same day as its world premiere: Monday, October 26. It will then open in cinemas internationally on various later dates, with its US release scheduled for November 6.

Joining Daniel Craig’s 007 are double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as a character called Franz Oberhauser, former Sherlock star Andrew Scott as a member of MI6 named Denbigh, Dave Bautista as a character called Mr Hinx, Blue Is The Warmest Colour‘s Lea Seydoux as a Bond girl named Madeleine Swann, Italian actress Monica Bellucci as another female lead, Lucia Sciarra, and Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman as a character named Estrella.

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Also returning alongside Craig are his Skyfall cast-mates Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) and Ralph Fiennes (M). The film’s official plot synopsis teases: “In Spectre, 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.”