Plot: A cryptic message from James Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth about the author of all his pain in his most recent missions.
Director: Sam Mendes
Released: October 2015
Despite the fact that I’m still not 100% convinced that Craig was the best person to take over as bond, Skyfall still managed to become my second favourite James Bond of the franchise behind only Goldeneye, mainly because it felt the makers were getting close to the old formula I had grown up enjoying. So with the extremely talented Sam Mendes at the helm and a great supporting cast, I went into Spectre with an open mind.
Starting off with an opening sequence above the streets of Mexico City that can only be described as epic, this took me back to the Bond’s of old and built upon the breathtaking parkour sequence we were treated to Skyfall, yet still managed to stay on the believable side of things rather than getting too close to Mission Impossible/Fast & Furious/Michael Bay levels of action.
From there, however, the film does run into some issues, the worst of which is the weakness of the plot, with large portions of the film feeling slow or dragging because the narrative didn’t have enough to push it along. I’m not saying that there was nothing of interest happening, there was, it was just that it didn’t hold your attention or make you care as much the previous film had done, which is a shame as the cast all did a good job with what they were given.
Every good Bond film has a good villain and with the insanely talented Christoph Waltz as Blofeld, I was expecting big things, but again the writing was lacking and meant that although I enjoyed seeing him, I couldn’t help but be reminded of his character in Inglourious Basterds and wishing for that level of character development and more exploration into the Spectre organization.
Spectre has all the ingredients it needs to be a great film, visually a treat to behold, keeping that cool and stylish look as it transports you all over the world. the acting is solid and the action is breathtaking, sadly, however, it can’t help but be rather forgettable, I just hope that when No Time To come out, the makers have learnt from their mistakes, though with Phoebe Weller-Bridge brought in to make things more ‘woke’ I’m not expecting much.