Exclusive Empire Spectre Cover Revealed

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Spectre Stills

The new issue of Empire is guest edited by Sam Mendes, the director of Spectre. This is, needless to say, very exciting news and brings some very obvious benefits. And we're not talking about his generous approval of our holiday requests. No, the new boss has delivered into readers' laps the most spectacular array of scoops, new looks and access to his 24th instalment of the mighty 007 franchise. It also has a cover - revealed exclusively below - that sets the movie's two adversaries check-by-jowl in a face-off for the ages.

As revealed earlier in the week, the issue also offers some incredible access to Mendes's book of contacts. There are interviews with Spielberg, Joss Whedon and David Fincher - conducted by the editor himself, no less - as well as an in-depth look back at some of the other highlights on the editor's CV, including American Beauty, and a look at the unheralded but spectacular work of practical effects whizz Chris Corbould.

Plenty, in other words, for fans of James Bond lovers and 007-agnostics alike. There's also an exclusive chat with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks about their latest collaboration, Bridge Of Spies, a chat with Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, news, reviews and all the latest Hollywood insights you need to know about.

Pick up the new issue of Empire from all good hollowed-out-volcano-based newsagents from September 24 or click here to subscribe and save yourself a trip on Little Nellie.