Spectre the most exhilarating Bond film yet
Director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig forged a partnership on 2012’s Skyfall creating the most successful film ever in the James Bond franchise. Now in Spectre they bring audiences James Bond at his most intense, and vulnerable, as he hunts for answers in an exhilarating cinema experience.
In the aftermath of the attack on MI6, a cryptic message sets in motion events that will see James Bond come face-to-face with the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. As Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the newly appointed M, continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6, Bond follows a trail from Mexico to Austria and Morocco as he is drawn into a confrontation with an enemy from his past; one who holds a dangerous secret that will force him to question the value of everything he has fought to protect.
Daniel Craig – James Bond Laid Bare
Over the course of four films, Daniel Craig has crafted a layered portrait of Ian Fleming’s secret agent, which has completely modernised the character in a wondrously complex way. In Spectre, Craig gives us his most raw Bond yet – a man with a purpose, but one who is becoming disillusioned with his place in the world. But while Bond may be dealing with his own issues, he is no less focused, instead compelled by a desire for answers. Spectre charts Bond coming full circle, completing a cycle for the intrepid super spy.
Following the retro-infused tone that director Sam Mendes established with Skyfall, Spectre plays out as very sexy and classy picture. The combination of production design and costuming have created an exquisite and beautiful film, with Bond dressed in the finest tailored suits courtesy of Tom Ford, while Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci shine in Jany Temime’s stunning costumes creations. This attention to detail really adds the all-important suave element expected of a Bond film.
From its opening moment in Mexico City to the penultimate showdown in London, Spectre is filled with exotic globe-trotting, and some of the most intense, and inventive action scenes that the Bond franchise has ever seen. The film’s defining action scene comes in the vehicular showdown between James Bond, and his Aston Martin DB10, and the ferocious Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista) who’s behind the wheel of his Jaguar C-X75. Here Mendes balances speed, pacing, and a very important plot point, juxtaposing the action of the car chase, with Bond’s frantic need for information. The open roads of Rome also showcase the speed of the DB10, and the intensity and power behind the C-X75 in a chase that builds, and builds before coming to a screeching, and very inventive holt.
Spectre is sure to thrill Bond fans everywhere, and is a compelling new entry into the franchise.