Daniel Craig and Skyfall director Sam Mendes return to Bond for this instalment, the 24th 007 film, that looks to uncover the sinister SPECTRE organisation. Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) plays Bond's nemesis Oberhauser. Co-stars Monica Bellucci (The Matrix: Reloaded), Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ralph Fiennes as M, and Ben Whishaw as Q.... More
Returning to London after an off-the-books escapade in Mexico, Bond finds the UK's intelligence services in a shakeup. As a new bureaucrat (Sherlock's Andrew Scott) makes a power grab based on a global surveillance network, 007 gets back to his personal mission to find out more about the mysterious SPECTRE. Teaming up with the daughter of one of his previous victims, Bond's journey will take him to far-flung locations and back into his past once again, as the events of the previous Daniel Craig films take on a new dimension.Hide
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
Within minutes, latest 007 outing Spectre had put a grin on my face, thanks to an energetic, aerially acrobatic opening sequence in Mexico City. Few would expect that facial expression to remain for all 148 minutes of Spectre’s overlong running time, and that turned out to be exactly the case.... More
A mixed bag of Bond, Spectre pursues the critical and commercial glories of previous outing Skyfall, coming up short by comparison. Not only is it a more uneven film, but in returning once more to Bond’s past, Spectre retcons the Craig films to date in disappointing fashion. Desperately seeking personal motives for villainy when simple megalomania would suffice is plain unnecessary, and ditto for retrospectively changing elements of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Even if these narrative manoeuvres were to have been done well, they wouldn’t be needed - what’s wrong with a man just being sent on a mission?
One result of this is that ever-watchable Christoph Waltz is dealt a bit of a bum hand as the film’s big bad. He certainly gets to cutely quip with Bond during the last hour, but is robbed of being captivating by the ridiculous character motivation Spectre provides him with. Even 007 himself seems completely unfazed by its eventual reveal.
As you’d expect, the film’s beautifully shot and features some bravura action sequences. Spectre creaks under the weight of its unwieldiness, though, with extended flat periods, and the sense of deja vu pervading its weaker moments. New Bond girls Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux do well with what they’re given, though that turns out to be spectacularly short screen time as a target of seduction and making a good fist of rounding out a two-dimensional character respectively.
And Craig? Well, he’s awesome, as with the films prior. It’s not his best turn as 007, but it’s not his worst either.Hide
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BY AggressivePopcorn lister
The first thing I noticed was the Daniel Craig seemed to be phoning it in. The second thing I noticed was that Waltz's character was under used and when ever he was on screen he stole the show. He was great although the how they connected this film to the others was a little silly and I didn't buy into that.
It was a bit of a... More mess as well, badly paced and directed. It had glimpses of a good movie in there and perhaps Sam Mendes was just over doing Bond movies.
All is not lost for the Bond films going forward and I look forward to the next Bond, hoping for Idris Elba which would be a great leap for diversity although Tom Hiddleston would be good as well. There I go again, going off topic.Hide
BY MissP superstar
I went in expecting the "old school Bond" that other reviewers had promised. What I got was rather disappointing. And pretty boring for a Bond film. You expect gadgets and girls and action and this was not so much. I didn't feel invested in any of the characters and Bond never really felt in any danger. It was just another forgettable action movie, which is not what a Bond film should be.
BY filmlover superstar
After all the bad reviews I expected to be disappointed but instead I was pleasantly surprised. Much better than the last Bond which had come too far into our modern world. This Bond harked back to the good old days when killing for mother England was all a bit of a lark. Sam Mendes paid homage in many ways and I found the storyline simple and entertaining. If we could only get Dan Craig out of those skintight suits and into a nicely tailored 60's cut again I would be well pleased.
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