Exhilarating and engaging all the way through. Contains all of the classic Bond traits with a few added bangs...
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Spectre revolves around an international mission whereby Bond must travel through Mexico, Brazil, Austria and Morocco before ending up, of course, in London in an attempt to take down an evil terrorist group (named Spectre – Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). And, if that sounded too easy for Bond to handle, it should be noted that Spectre consists of past, present and future Bond enemies.
It’s an exhilarating journey whereby Bond faces the possibility of death more times than can be counted on one hand, and director Sam Mendes and Co can’t be blamed for trying to pull out all the stops. After all, how can you keep a franchise exciting when there have been 24 editions?
Within the first 15 minutes of the film, you have already seen Bond entice a woman, blow up a building block and narrowly escape death. It’s fair to say, you are already exhausted. For a film that runs at 148 minutes (the longest Bond film ever – 4 minutes longer than Skyfall), it means that Spectre has to constantly be intercepted with a juggernaut of highflying action scenes, whether that be in helicopters, aeroplanes, boats or the newly unveiled Aston Martin DB10.
But it’s all for the better – as it makes for a more exciting and thrilling movie, a feat essential to differentiate Spectre from the previous Bond films.
The team behind Bond have also managed to include enough (but not too many) comedic reliefs during the film to keep the audience on their toes. It seems like the formula has worked, once again.
However, that is part of the issue with Spectre. It feels like every other Bond film that has ever been made, ever. As successful and ‘tried-and-tested’ the Bond formula seems to be, it does feel as if it is starting to get tired.
He has a relationship (and a sexual one at that) with his ‘woman’ (this time it’s Dr. Swann – Lea Seydoux – the daughter of Mr. White, an MI6 fugitive), he meets up with an evil leader who claims to have killed all of Bond’s loved ones (this time it’s Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser)… and the list goes on.
It can only be hoped that for the 25th Anniversary edition of Bond, the team will try to shake things up and try something new.
What must be admired about the Spectre, though, is how the creators have truly tried to bring this into the modern age. With a key storyline revolving around government intelligence sharing data internationally, thus infringing on personal rights, it certainly feels like life imitating art, or art imitating life. Either way, Spectre manages to fascinate in a way that Daniel Craig’s previous Bond films have not been able to.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the whole Spectre-sandwich is, predictably, Daniel Craig. He manages to shoot every bullet and fulfil every action effortlessly – truly the smoothest secret agent in the field.
It’s as entertaining as it is exhausting – Spectre, unarguably, lives up to the hype and great expectation. Don’t miss it for the world*.
*unless you are James Bond and need to save the world, that is.
See Specture in the UK from 26th October 2015, before a worldwide release starting from 6th November.