Spectre (♦♦♦♦)

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.

Comments

  1. Daniel Craig does make a good Bond, but I guess the definitive Bond for me will always be Sean Connery. (I'm showing my age here!)

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    1. That means I have to watch more Bond movies, which I intend to do at some point. I started watching Bond with Pierce Brosnan, and he was a favorite until Daniel Craig came along.

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  2. Your movie reviews just keep getting better! I am going right now to check if this is on Netflix yet!

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    1. Thank you, Judy! I have fun writing the reviews when I really enjoy the movie.
      It can't be on Netflix yet because it's too recent, but it is available via Google Play if you have a smartphone or tablet to watch it, or in those Red Box in supermarkets (I don't know if you have those in your area).

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  3. Yeah I'll miss Daniel Craig if he leaves his Bond role, which I think he will. Christoph Waltz is a fun bad guy too. I have not seen this movie yet, but I'm sure I'll get to it on the tube sometime. Exquisite shots in it, I'm sure.

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    1. Yes, Daniel Craig more than hinted that he was leaving Bond behind. Too bad because he does it so well... He is a natural.
      You are right about Christoph Waltz; his baddie was very bad but also fun. Not only he excels in those roles but I think he likes them too. :-)

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  4. I thought this was a great film - sadly I think this was probably Daniel Craig's last Bond film.

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    1. I agree with you. If it is his last I'm certainly going to miss him; he revitalized the franchise.

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  5. I don't suppose it would be a surprise if it was Craig's last 007 really - there have been hints in the last two films really. He's done a good job though I think.
    Lynn :D

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    1. You are right, Lynn, they have been dropping hints. The fact that he made statements to that effect seem to reinforce it, but when he visited Ellen's Show during the promotional period, he said he wasn't sure if he would do another one.

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