James Bond: Spectre is only a week away, and we’re seriously excited. This will be Bond’s first serious encounter with SPECTRE, the global criminal agency that debuted in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever, and as the trailer shows, Spectre looks set to be typically action-packed. Think guns galore and a few sneaky smooches – well, it wouldn’t be Bond without a liaison or two, right?

From the trailer to the release date, here’s everything you need to know about Spectre.

The Song
After almost a year of speculation, Sam Smith (check out Sam's life in quotes) finally confirmed that he would be singing the latest Bond theme, taking on the task after Adele’s Skyfall in 2012. Called Writing’s On The Wall, Sam almost broke the internet when he teased 15 seconds of the track on his Twitter page in September, and it’s typical Bond – soaring strings never sounded so good. 

We knew it was good, but Sam's Bond theme song has broken a world record for the first EVER to get a UK number one! As well as being the first male solo artist to record the Bond song since 1965, he beat Adele's Skyfall song and Duran Duran's A View To Kill to the Guinness World Records accolade - as they only reached number two. 

The Cast

Daniel Craig will be returning for his fourth turn as 007, playing against bad boy Christoph Waltz, who stars as Franz Oberhauser. Daniel's had the seal of approval from ex-Bond star Sir Roger Moore too, who commented on Loose Women, 'I think he's terrific, he's a great bond. He looks like a killer, he really does. Frightens me!' Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Monica Bellucci make up a trio of Bond girls (a psychologist, Miss Moneypenny and a widow, respectively), while Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes also make an appearance.

The Release Date
Spectre is set to be released on October 26th across the UK, the same night as the film gets its world premiere. Before that, Spectre was originally going to be released on October 23rd, before being pushed back to November 6th.

The mountain range where Spectre was filmed

The Locations
Bond must have gone through quite a few passports by now, and this film is no exception. Starting out in Mexico, Bond follows the trail of drama through Italy, Austria (we went to the Bond set on a ski trip, it was amazing) and Morocco. Don’t be fooled by everything you see, though: while Daniel Craig and co. did head to Rome to shoot, you might recognise one of the ‘Italian’ sets as Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.