In Review: James Bond – Spectre

A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal.

Synopsis: A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.

Review: After a few weeks of trying to free up some time. I finally got around to going to see the new James Bond movie ‘Spectre’, which is the fourth film to star Daniel Craig as the UK’s most famous secret agent.

Right from the start it is an Adrenalin fueled romp in which 007 is completely off his leash from MI6, which is in the process of being merged with MI5. A process, which is being overseen by C who is played artfully by ‘Sherlock’s’ Andrew Scott.  In fact Bond has a great deal of fun using C to address the guy. The innuendo was not lost on the audience who all had a chuckle.

The brief scene with Monica Bellucci is very charged and energetic, but doesn’t really justify her having top billing. I’d liked to have learned about her character who is the widow of Bonds most recent kill. She only featured for less than 5 minutes of the movie.

The villains of this piece were well chosen. Dave Bautista is fantastically menacing as Mr. Hinx who I’d rate as a modern riff on Jaws. He was every bit the classic Bond henchman. Hopefully he did not die when he was shot and thrown from the train.

The fight and car chase scenes in this film are right up there. They do not go on so long as to pull you out the film and nothing is to over the top about them.

The car chase through Rome was funny as hell due to the gadgets not being fully operational in Bonds Austin DB 10. A ride he stolen from 009.

The story sees Bond uncovering the conspiracy which started all the way back in ‘Casino Royale’ and leads him to his meeting with Christoph Waltz who reveals himself as Blofeld. The head of the snake. Waltz is pretty good in the role, but for my money Donald Pleasence who originated the role in ‘You Only Live Twice’ still holds the title of the best Blofeld, but Waltz was menacing and cold, which are traits that you want from a good villain.

Aside from the action there is still that element of emotional connection with Bond and what he has gone through and in parts the film gets damn right schmaltzy, but not to much.

I loved the fact that Blofeld is brought to justice and not killed in the end because it leaves things open for him to return, but for the sake of continuity lets hope that they can continue to use Waltz in the role.

Time was well spent in the movie on Ralph Fiennes having to deal with bureaucracy and C.

Ben Whishaw was fantastic fun as the new Q and seems to have found his niche in the series as inventor and hacker. While Naomi Harries continues to impress as Money Penney who is very much the independent woman.

The film is not as good as ‘Skyfall’, but it does do the job of wrapping up a story arc that has ran for 4 movies really well. If indeed this works out to be Daniel Craig’s final film in the series. Its a good one for him to bow out on.

My one criticism is that at over 2 and a half hours it was a little long.

The opening credits were fantastic and recalled elements and characters from this bonds previous movies, but the song is still bloody awful.

 

8.6
Spectre
  • Christoph Waltz, Loads of great action and the Fight with Mr Hinx on a train.
  • Film was a little to long, not enough Monica Bellucci and the song still sucks.
  • Story
    8.5
  • Acting
    10
  • Action & Stunts
    9.5
  • Opening Credits & Lettering
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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