We're mere weeks away from the release of Spectre, and James Bond fans everywhere have been waiting over forty years for this movie. Because, finally, we'll get the chance to see 007 once again go up against his famed criminal adversaries in the form of SPECTRE! Ever since SPECTRE's departure from the franchise in the early seventies, the Bond series has lost something, with attempts to recreate it in the form of Quantum falling pretty flat. Thankfully, from what we've seen of the new film so far, it looks like director Sam Mendes is on the right track, once again pay homage to the Bond canon, just as he did with Skyfall. But exactly who are the titular group? Well, SPECTRE stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. They're an international criminal organisation whose schemes drive the plots of many films - think Bond's version of HYDRA. Although playing a very large role in the films starring Sean Connery, a legal dispute between the Fleming estate and Kevin McClory (who helped create SPECTRE when he and Fleming came up with the story for Thunderball) forced EON to stop using them after Diamonds Are Forever. But now, the rights dispute is over and SPECTRE is back! Christoph Waltz will the organisation's leader, Oberhauser (who is totally not Blofeld), and it's the perfect time to brush up on our SPECTRE history.