Spectre (2015)

Ⓒ Columbia Pictures/MGM
Ⓒ Columbia Pictures/MGM

Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw

Daniel Craig’s fourth James Bond film begins with the discovery of a mysterious organisation named Spectre, which Bond tracks down and uncovers some surprising revelations. Meanwhile, back in London MI6 is under threat from a proposed shake-up that would eliminate the double-0 programme.

I had few expectations for this film, since I was so disappointed with Daniel Craig’s previous James Bond movies (not his fault, blame terrible writing). For me, Bond is witty, sarcastic, and doesn’t always take himself too seriously, but the recent films had been a bit too Jason Bourne-esque and didn’t live up to classic Bond; action movies are fine, but Bond has a very specific formula and I think the recent films lacked that. There are some positives about this film: there were far more funny moments, a baddie who is excellently evil (and has the classic desert hideout), and the new M/Q/Moneypenny ensemble are all great. However, although I could see efforts to make Spectre more classic Bond, it still was just not the same. There were basically no gadgets- the car was in it for about five minutes, and the only other gadget he gets is a watch. The plot is ok- there are a lot of things going on at the same time which makes it a little bitty, but overall it’s ok. Spectre also follows on directly from the events of the previous Daniel Craig movies, which is ok as a concept except that I had forgotten basically everything that happened in them (with the exception of Skyfall which I re-watched recently), because they were just so bad that I haven’t bothered watching them since I saw them at the cinema.

I would say Spectre is probably the best of the Daniel Craig Bonds, you can definitely see attempts to make it more classic Bond. I really liked Daniel Craig in Spectre in comparison to his previous ones, which makes it even more of a shame that his previous ones were so bad, because if they had been as Bond movies should be I think I’d like him much more in this role. I think the bad writing of the previous three has kind of ruined it for him. But, there are still some classic elements missing (please just give us some snazzy gadgets) so it still won’t rank up there with the best Bonds.

3 stars

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