Spectre is the 24th incursion into the James Bond franchise with Daniel Craig playing Bond. The story features James Bond’s first encounter with the global criminal organization Spectre. 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.
In past Bond films Spectre has always been the arch nemesis of Bond and the spy organization he belongs to. Spectre is a vast criminal organization with legions of secret henchmen on instant call all around the world. Early in the film Bond is assured by a non-grieving widow he just saved from two Spectre gunmen that he’s saved her life for just five minutes because there are hundreds more. The symbol for Spectre is an octopus because its ’ tentacles reach out all over the world.
I liked the opening title sequence like most Bond film that features images of sensual women and octopus tentacles slithering sensuously around them. Boy talk about sexual innuendo. I didn’t care for the song though, ”Writings on the Wall” by British singer Sam Smith.
The film is shot in various locations like Mexico, London and Tunisia. The action sequences are expertly staged and breath taking as usual along with the suspence. Like in most Bond films and films like Fast and Furious just when you think they can’t top this they always manage to do so.
I especially liked the opening sequence before the title that has Bond and a sexy woman naturally walking through the “Day of the Dead “festivities in Mexico. Both are dressed in skeleton costumes as is everyone and there are floats and balloons all featuring skeletons. This particular scene in Mexico required 1,500 extras, 10 giant skeletons and 250,000 paper flowers.
Bond and his lady friend go to his hotel room and she proceeds to undress and lay provocatively on the bed, but Bond takes his costume off revealing his perfectly pressed suit underneath and leaves her stranded there. After all he has two assassins to kill. All this is done without a word of dialogue and before the opening credits.
Daniel Craig is my least favorite Bond.There is no expression in his face and he lacks the wry humor of his predecessors. He’s also so emotionless so the way over the top action sequences make up for what he lacks. I also thought the film was too long at 2 ½ hours. The scenes between action scenes were long and drawn out and slow moving except when Bond is being tortured by two remote controlled electronic drill bits going into his head.
I liked the previous Bond film “Skyfall” much better and it did much better at the box office. Former Bond Pierce Brosnan didn’t care for it either saying it was too long and a weak story. Craig has said he doesn’t want to do anymore Bond movies and that “he’d rather slit his wrists than do another Bond film.”But only time will tell.