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After the events of Skyfall (2012) left fans somewhat shaken and stirred (we all know Judi Dench's M died now, right?), Bond 24 was always going to have a lot to live up to regardless of how you felt about that plot twist; that it ended up becoming Britain's highest-grossing film of all time only added to the pressures facing director Sam Mendes.
So, after much fanfare (c'mon, we're British – we're allowed to be proud), Spectre arrives on Monday with Daniel Craig returning as 007 for the fourth time. The film sees him jump from Mexico's Day of the Dead festival (for a truly exhilarating opening scene), Rome and Austria, hot on pursuit of Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), the apparent head of global organisation, SPECTRE.
That he has Madeleine Swann (a brilliant Léa Seydoux) by his side – not to mention every single British soul on earth – provides the spy with some much-needed motivation. One thing's for sure: Bond will return.
Spectre is released on Monday 26 October
During a post-Christmas lull, one would usually binge on a TV boxset or feast shamelessly on all those chocolates you got given the week before. Not American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. No. He records his own version of Taylor Swift's album 1989 and decides to release it as his fifteenth studio album.
Unveiled online back in September, a hard copy of the album is on the cusp of availability meaning you can listen to his stripped-back Springsteen-lite version of popular Swift tunes 'Shake It Off' and 'Blank Space' in the privacy of your own home. That he recorded it during his marriage breakdown (he divorced from actress Mandy Moore) only serves to add a bittersweet veil of melancholy to what the world once knew to be cheery pop tracks.
1989 by Ryan Adams is released on 30 October