One of my most anticipated films of 2015, the final (supposedly) film with Daniel Craig as the bad-ass Agent 007 was released here in the states on Friday and I had a chance to see it opening night!
*WARNING MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
Spectre is the twenty-fourth James Bond film and is again directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, and Ralph Fiennes.
The plot follows James Bond as he is following a lead left by M (Judi Dench) before she died. James ends up discovering that this all ties into an organization known as Spectre and finds himself up against them and the master mind (Christoph Waltz) behind said organization. Meanwhile the 00 Program is in jeopardy when Max Denbigh a government agent is brought in to introduce a new type of surveillance to the spy community, and believes that having agents such as 007 is an outdated form of counter-intelligence to stop/and or prevent terrorist attacks.
I will just say right off the bat, this is a very solid James Bond film, and does a pretty good job of wrapping up Daniel Craig’s Bond saga.
I don’t want to give away too much because the movie is a lot more enjoyable without anything being spoiled, but I will say this Christoph Waltz is a classic Bond villain and the way it is handled is pretty impressive too.
Daniel Craig after four movies still has that mysterious quality and gives off that bad-ass action-filled Bond! He will be sorely missed as James Bond and I really hope he changes his mind.
Ben Whishaw returns as the tech genius Quartermaster (Q) and I love him as Q he really comes across as a complete genius and you can tell that if is the reluctant friend of 007. When I was watching Skyfall and now this Bond film, I am convinced Ben Whishaw would make a fantastic Doctor (he is only 35 and seems like he could be the intellectual Doctor and have qualities of Matt Smith and David Tennant).
Christoph Waltz is a fantastic Bond villain and even though he is introduced in this film, the writers do an amazing job of really getting across the point that this guy is ruthless and is willing to do whatever he needs to destroy James Bond. Waltz is a very talented actor and was a brilliant choice for the Bond villain in this film!
Dave Bautista (Drax from Guardians of The Galaxy) is a very terrifying and formidable villain that is very reminiscent of Jaws from the classic Bond era. He is the silent, but deadly villain, who is more terrifying because he doesn’t speak, except during one particular moment.
Sam Mendes returns and does a fantastic job of directing like in Skyfall. The cinematography is gorgeous in this film, the set pieces are gorgeous as well, and the different locations are amazing!
The whole pre-titles sequence is incredible and really gets you excited for Bond’s next adventure.
The one minor quibble I have with this film is the opening titles, the song is very very bad. Sam Smith’s voice is annoying and the theme “The Writing’s On The Wall” is laughably bad (in fact someone in the theater laughed after it ended). Sam Smith’s voice was so high and I couldn’t hear much of what he was singing. Jack White and Alicia Keys were actually better and I cannot believe I am saying that.
If you are looking for a fun action movie, or just an exciting action-packed film, or you are a James Bond fan, then definitely check out Spectre!
MY FINAL RATING SPECTRE IS AN 8.5/10!
What I Liked:
Daniel Craig as Bond, he is better than ever and I love his darker and more mysterious Bond.
Christoph Waltz as the main villain, I really buy him as someone who wants to kill Bond, and he is a fantastic actor
Ben Whishaw as Q, he is a great Q and I hope he sticks around in the next Bond series of films. He nails the tech genius and his reluctant friendship/partnership with James Bond/Agent 007.
Dave Bautista as the Bond henchman, he was awesome and was pretty terrifying.
Andrew Scott as the slimy Max Denbigh, he was the character you loved to hate.
Ralph Fiennes as M (Mallory) the head of MI6, he is a great choice for the new head of MI6 (although no one can replace the Dame Judi Dench)
What I disliked:
The Bond theme, “The Writing’s On The Wall” has to be one of the worst Bond themes.
This being Daniel Craig’s last Bond film, he has been one of my favorite versions of James Bond.
What say you? Did you see Spectre? If so, what did you think? Do you think Daniel Craig is done with Bond? Whatever your thoughts let me know!