A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. (IMDB)
Writers: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth
Director: Sam Mendes
Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux
Run time/Rating: 148 Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn
Ever since the franchise’s sophomore film From Russia with Love, the latest James Bond movie, whatever it is, very rarely has to follow up something actually great. There have only been a few that are truly a cut above the rest, and since Skyfall was considered to be one of those transcending Bond movies by this critic and most others, Spectre has its work cut out for it. It is unfortunate that it does not match the greatness of its predecessor however that wasn’t expected and it also doesn’t mean it is not an enjoyable film.
Pulling storylines and occurrences from the previous Daniel Craig Bond movies, Spectre seemingly ties a bow on this chapter of the series. We open with James all but destroying the Mexico City both by land and by helicopter based on a hint he received via video recording from M to track down a terrorist organization with ties to many agent deaths. Bond finds the man he is looking for, picks up another clue to advance the story and leaves you jaw dropped and smiling all before singer Sam Smith’s pretty forgettable title song.
From there the layers of the previous movies are peeled back leading James to the mastermind of them all, a man named Franz Obenhause(Christoph Waltz, doing what he does) who sits at the head of a big table of henchmen which mimics only Dr. Evil in Austin powers…which is a mimic of Bond to begin with. James also tracks down a former member of Obenhause’s inner circle living in isolation which leads him to this man’s daughter who helps James out the rest of the movie. That only of the often out doing themselves action sequences are impressive but in this case don’t add up to make a great movie.