The last message from the beyond, courtesy of female M., is for James Bond to find a man named Sciarra, kill him, and make sure to attend his funeral. Bond travels to Mexico City, then Rome to do just that.
Upon Sciarra's death, his widow is on borrowed time. It seems that the people her husband had dealings with, are intent on silencing her. She tells Bond where to go to attend a meeting of those people. What James Bond finds is a shadowy terrorist organization with global reach known as Spectre. But what's Spectre's ultimate purpose, and who exactly is heading it? Its purpose is to control British intelligence top to bottom. Its head is a man buried in Bond's past, a ghost, and it seems this man is behind every tragedy in Bond's life.
Another entry in the James Bond saga, Spectre, as Skyfall, is directed by Sam Mendes. Again the movie opens with a soaring anthem aptly named "The Writing's on the Wall", a-la Adele's "Skyfall", while images of people who have played key roles in Bond's past, good and bad, flash by.
The trademark elements of Daniel Craig's Bond are present in Spectre, as they were more or less present in his previous movies Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall: dry, dark humor, charm, and sex appeal. But this Bond feels tired, like a farewell of sorts, or maybe is a reflection of the movie's plot. In Spectre, the baddies who haunt James Bond's past (Le Chiffre, Greene, and Silva) make ghostly appearances because they are somehow connected to the present nemesis.
The ensemble cast has magnificent chemistry working together, as usual. In Spectre, in addition to the already familiar roles of James Bond, M., Q, and Miss Moneypenny, reprised by Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter, Schindler's List), Ben Whishaw (Brideshead Revisited, Cloud Atlas), and Naomi Harris (Skyfall, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), in this entry there are new faces like Monica Bellucci as Sciarra's widow, Rory Kinnear (the original Prometheus of Penny Dreadful fame) as Tanner, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann (Bond's paramour in this installment), and Christoph Waltz (Water for Elephants, Django Unchained) as Oberhauer, Bond's nemesis.I just hope that Spectre is not the last entry in the Bond saga starring Daniel Craig. But if he chooses not to come back I hope his replacement is just as good.