Cert: 12A Runtime: 148 mins Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Ben Wishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Ralph Feinnes
You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond.
Who would think nearly 10 years ago the world said no to Daniel Craig as Bond. Skip a Bond classic and a major Bond blockbuster and we get his fourth Bond film Spectre. The great success of Skyfall in 2012 brought Bond to a new legion of fans worldwide. Basic maths dictates add one blockbuster with a leading man and the director of sed blockbuster and you have a big follow up. Spectre has been in the public eye for the last 12 months with great cast inclusions of Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci we are in store for a mammoth film. What is Spectre about you ask? 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.
The hype behind Spectre has made it a very average Bond in my opinion. Not to say I had a good time watching it twice. It’s no Casino Royale nor a Skyfall but it’s better than Quantum of Solace.Lets start with the negatives first, the opening Mexico shot tried to be a one take but it wasn’t It’s very badly edited from that stance and the explosion is some very bad CGI work. Spectre needed some more time to polish a few aspects. Daniel Craig’s chemistry with Lea Seydoux was abysmal, I have seen more passion between a cactus and some sand. Christoph Waltz was very under used, this man was Hans Landa for Christ sake! He was tamed by the leash of the studio one would imagine. The screenplay was rather dumb, the concept of Spectre really isn’t shown through out. You can’t feel the presence of the organization in the film and it’s a great shame. It seemed very similar to Captain America: The Winter Solider but HYDRA was executed effortlessley. It pains for me to have so many negatives but it is what it is I’m afraid. Now to the positives.
Daniel Craig yet again proves he was the right choice for Bond, he didn’t seem to have much emotion this time round. But he carries on the torch very well and I do hope we see him one more time as 007. Lea Seydoux was a great female lead slightly contradicting towards the end but strong and different like Eva Green. Christoph Waltz did a great job for the time he was on, but he needed more screen time. Ben Wishaw, Ralph Feinnes and Naomie Harris give great supporting roles with some nice comic relief. It’s also good to see them out in the field with Bond. Sam Mendes gives a great studio direction to Spectre, he is good at his job and we see none of his trademarks here which is a shame. Spectre does look great and Van Hoyten gets the job done. The action sequences, the locations and the characters make Spectre a good Bond not a great one. The two and a half hours fly by mind you, there is no time to think it’s fast paced and a lot of fun.