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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

DVD Of The Week: Spectre (2015)


The main thing you need to know about Spectre is it's the strongest of the recent James Bond movies, blending post-modern attitudes with a lot of old school flavouring.

There are plenty of films that don't know when they've outstayed their welcome, but while you may think that two hours 20 minutes is an excessive duration for an action movie, Spectre is one of those rare finds that you wish would just keep going.

A message "from beyond the grave" sends Bond to Mexico to kill a terrorist, whose funeral he attends in Rome, and this puts him on the trail of a secretive organisation known as Spectre, whose ultimate goal is nothing nothing less world domination (albeit behind-the-scenes).

Sinister organisations with their tentacles enveloping the world in a net of conspiracies tick all the right boxes for me, so I was hooked from the moment James walked into the clandestine Spectre meeting in Rome.

From there Bond's travels take him round the globe as he tries to get to the heart of the organisation, and cut off its mysterious head (Christoph Waltz).

Meanwhile, back in England, post-Skyfall politics is causing problems for M (Ralph Fiennes), in the form of a new 'boss', C (Andrew Scott... who you, unfortunately, know is a baddie from the moment you see him because he's Sherlock's Moriarty), who is looking to close down the OO section.

The first act, while dramatic, is a bit slow, and there's a groan-worthy cliché connecting Bond to the head of Spectre, that really adds nothing to the story, but overall this is a cracking Bond film.

From its balletic car chase through the streets of Rome, via the violent fisticuffs on a train between Bond and silent Spectre henchman Hinx (Guardians of The Galaxy's Dave Bautista), to its climactic confrontation in London, the film delivers everything a Bond fan could want.

We also get a pair of strong "Bond girls" both capable of looking after themselves, but who still, of course, fall for Bond's charms: Monica Bellucci is Lucia, widow of the gangster Bond kills at the start, while Bond's companion for most of the film is Madeleine (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old foe from Quantum Of Solace and Casino Royale, Mr White (Jesper Christensen).

And once again, Daniel Craig proves himself the best Bond since Sean Connery. I really hope he does return for the next Bond film... and we have to see more of Christoph Waltz.

2 comments:

  1. I agree on all counts but one - I still think Casino Royale was the best Craig film, but this is a very close second.

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    1. Casino Royale was a very good Bond film. I'm hoping to find the time for a Craig-athon and watch his four Bonds back-to-back at some stage.

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