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November 6, 2015

Spectre Review

Spectre (Rated PG-13)
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. 

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

My husband, who screened the previous James Bond movie, Skyfall, recently attended the newest film in the series. Below is his review:

Spectre begins with a trademark action sequence in Mexico City where Bond follows a few guys, kills two of them, blows up a building, chases the survivor through a Day of the Dead celebration, and engages him in combat aboard a flying helicopter. The helicopter scene is dizzying and thrilling. 007 inevitably survives, and in the process, takes the dead man's octopus ring.

Bond gets heat from the new M, Ralph Fiennes, who is in turn getting heat from the head of the Joint Intelligence Service that wants to do away with the double 0 department and implement an intelligence sharing agreement among nine countries. Bond, following secret orders from beyond the grave, ignores M's commands to stay in London and instead attends the funeral of the deceased ring owner in Rome.

007 learns of a meeting that will take place that night and he flashes the ring to gain entrance. There we see the head of the organization, Franz Oberhauser (Cristoph Waltz) who has an intriguing old connection to Bond.

And speaking of connection - this movie deals with a lot of connections. There are connections to the old Bond movies through, among other things, a classic villain. There are also connections to the past three Daniel Craig-era movies, and Spectre tries to tie them all together. Admittedly, it got a little confusing (Note: a mini movie marathon of Craig's previous Bond movies may help in watching Spectre - especially if it's been a while since you've watched those movies).

There were some good performances in Spectre. Besides Craig, I enjoyed Ben Whishaw who returns as Q, and Lea Seydoux who plays Dr. Madeline Swann, the newest Bond girl. On the other hand, Cristoph Waltz, just didn't seem to live up to the high bar that's expected of Bond super villains (although his methods of torture did make me cringe I my seat).

Overall, Spectre was a good movie, but I personally enjoyed Craig's previous Bond movies much more.

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