SpectreWhich I keep on wanting to type as Sceptre……

What’s it all about?

Spectre is the 23rd or 24th (I’ve sort of lost track and am too lazy to check) James Bond film. in which:

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.

Why did I want to see it?

It’s James Bond, didn’t you hear me?

What did I think of it?

Well.

I reported back to Silvery Dude (and there will be more from him later, you’ll see) and others that there was much to enjoy but it was a good 25 minutes too long. So that’s the short version. The longer version is a bit more complicated.

First, the good stuff:

  • Daniel Craig is still very cool in a suit
  • Q is glorious and should have his own film, he’s lovely (I heart Ben Whishaw)
  • Moneypenny – just beautiful and should be in the same film as Q (and let’s throw in M as well, he was also good value and what a trio that would make)
  • Mexico City at the beginning was the best bit by a country mile
  • Bond has a romance (however brief) with a woman his own age, the lovely Monica Bellucci
  • The main Bond girl (Lea Seydoux) had brains as well as beauty and a reasonable amount of agency
  • I do like Christoph Waltz, he is so cheerfully evil

But:

  • Craig was so enigmatic at times he appeared detached from what was going on around him
  • Andrew Scott was always going to turn out like that
  • Dave Bautista was wasted (he was brilliant in Guardians of the Galaxy but the most he got to do here was grunt and kill people, although he did both very well)
  • Insufficient Monica, bedded for info, gives the traditional warning to Bond and is never seen or heard from again
  • Lea may have had brains but she still throws herself at Bond even though he is IMHO far too old for her
  • Christoph Waltz was always going to be that character (did they learn nothing from what they did with Mr Cumberbatch in Star Trek?)
  • The action sequences went on forever.

So, to sum it up, when it was good it was pretty good but for the rest of the time it was a bit meh. Wouldn’t go out of my way to watch it again but might be drawn in if I came across it accidentally on TV.

Silvery Dude was significantly more brutal (as typed and with a wee spoiler so fair warning):

Spectre….oh my god.  what a massive cliché   so disappointing

The Rome bit was pretty, but was basically Top Gear

Why give bond 3 minutes to stop the clock at the end?  rubbish

If you want a more nuanced view then have a look at ‘Spectre isn’t a great Bond movie – but at least it’s an interesting one‘ over on Flavorwire.

I wonder if Daniel Craig will make another one or if that’s it for him. We shall see…..

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