Picture Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures

Picture Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures

Spectre (Nov 6)

New bond movie!  Never really watched the early ones until Casino Royale, which I Loved and could watch over and over despite its length.

Note taken from November 2015 Edition of my Movies TO See.

Spectre is the 4th film for Daniel Craig as James Bond, and the 24th film in the Bond series.  24! That is crazy to think of, even more so that I only really got into it 4 films ago.  Casino Royale, the first film starring Daniel Craig as Bond, really got me into the films.  Unfortunately, Quantum of Solace had me questioning my opinion after such a great intro.  Thankfully Skyfall picked things up for us back in 2012 before the release of Spectre in 2015.

The Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico is our backdrop for the opening scene.  Bond, stealthily slipping out of a window and atop the buildings interrupts a terrorist transaction, blowing up a building and causing a scene with a helicopter.  Though these things are not uncommon for Bond, his mission in Mexico was not issued by MI6, instead a unofficial mission given to him by previous M (Judi Dench), posthumously, without the new M’s (Ralph Fiennes) knowledge.  Bond’s rash behaviour causes him to be suspended during the critical future of MI6 and Joint Intelligence Service looking to joint forces to form a global intelligence service with access over everything.  In keeping with Bond fashion, he continues the off the record mission when it becomes obvious he is on to something big.  Enlisting the help of some familiar faces Q (Ben Whishaw) and Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), Bond treks across the globe to discover what he can about the secret organization known as Spectre.  With the new intelligence service watching everyones moves, Bond must continue on his own, but of course not without the help of his new leading lady Dr. Madeline Swann (Lea Seydoux).  Alas, the film would not be complete without old villains, as well as the addition of a new villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz).  This is an exciting addition because, well, Waltz is amazing in every role he plays and he is a stud.

Spectre was one of the most expensive Bond films, and in the top ten for one of the most expensive films ever made, with a budget of $245 million.  I must admit, even with some of the cars and scenes, it is hard to see where those funds were spent.  There was more focus on the story than any scenes and no real gadgets used in the movie.  There were probably many small things added to the film which were completely over my head and had no connection to the franchise for me, as it would for others.  Spectre includes the signature edition of a fancy new car, including a reprisal of an old favourite.

The Bond films have been in a slump for me since Casino Royale.  The action seems more straight forward with less wow factor and there aren’t any cool gadgets in Spectre but I still enjoyed it more than Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.  I have not read any of the Bond books and I’m not sure what they have in store for us, but I would welcome any new Bond film.  My only fear is when Daniel Craig’s Bond time comes to an end, as I do really enjoy him, but that would be the million dollar question, who would be good enough to play Bond next?


One thought on “Spectre

  1. Prime Six says:

    The cinematography was great, score was awesome and *that* explosion was amazing! The story didn’t quite do it for me though. Agreed Casino Royale is awesome! Elba for next Bond? seems like the obvious choice


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