The latest James Bond film “Spectre” ties together the Bond films featuring Daniel Craig at the helm.
All the pain and suffering that James goes through can be tied to this secret organization that begins during the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico. He finds himself working with director
Sam Mendes who certainly knows how to put the spotlight on location and setting up the scene for his star actor.
The film opens with an intense helicopter sequence that finds its title character battling adversaries while suspending in mid air while avoiding the crown down below.
From there, he also has to worry about the changes in store for MI6 with the impending merger with MI5 led by Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott) also known as C. His character is intent on shutting down the operations and replacing the department with data analytics and technology that will make the field agents obsolete. He’s leading the charge in regards to the other nations developing a system that would allow them to share intelligence and security.
Throughout the film, it seems as if either James is either fulfilling one last request or making requests with those still operating MI6 before its closure. Returning to the cast includes Ralph Fiennes as the new M. No matter who’s in the position as M, they will still have trouble containing Mr. Bond with his actions.
Ben Whisaw gets an expanded role as Q, the man behind the gadgetry, who also gets a taste of what it’s like to be in the fields. Naomie Harris returns in the flirtatious role as Moneypenny, the only woman Bond can never have. Also rounding up the MI6 gang is analyst Tanner
The villain in this film is the mysterious man in the shadows played by Christoph Waltz, as the head of the organization of Spectre. His villainy represents the type that likes to hear themselves as they go off into long spiel. For the long-winded villain, there’s the silent assassin, Hinx (Dave Bautista). His character is only worthy for his strength and for being featured in exciting chase sequence through the roads and on a mountainside.
The Bond girls include Monica Bellucci as Lucia, who helps James track the organization he’s been looking for. Her appearance is brief, and only featured to be the long list of women that he seduces. Léa Seydoux is Dr. Madeleine Swann, who he must protect from Spectre.
Her character attempts to be a strong woman who’s suppose to be immune to Mr. Bond’s charm but finds herself succumb to him like the others. Her character is to get James once again to think about whetheor not he wants to continue in the spy business.
By looking back at the Mr. Craig’s Bond films as well as taking a look back at the other films, the film doesn’t offer anything that hasn’t already been attempted or done in prior films. The only memorable moment in the film is when Bond encounters those from his past that stands out in the film in which their turn in the film leaves those wanting more of their moments on screen.
If this is to be Mr. Craig’s last turn as Bond, then it’s tied nicely in explaining the chain of events that he does go through and the explanation of why they occur. After all the gloom and doom in his life, certainly no one deserves a happy ending then 007.
Classification: New DVD Release
Movie Grade: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig attempt to recreate the moments that made their prior film memorable with exotic locales and well designed scenes, but by focusing on Bond’s past unfortunately it doesn’t add anything new to the franchise but rather ties it all up under Mr. Craig’s helm as the English spy.
DVD Grade: 2 out of 5 stars
It features small vignettes that compose of a typical Bond film: women, car, locale and action.
Rating: PG-13 for or intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language
Timing: 2 Hours, 28 Minutes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
- Director: Sam Mendes
- Screenplay & Story: John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade
Screenplay: Jez Butterworth
Characters: Ian Fleming
- Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Ralph Fiennes,
Andrew Scott, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear and Monica Bellucci.