FILM REVIEW – ‘007: SPECTRE’ (2015)

What’s this? Another action packed Bond Film? – Why yes, yes it is.
Filled with explosions, car chases, sexy and dangerous women, and even sexier cars. 007: Spectre – the twenty fourth James Bond movie (yes, seriously) does not fail to excite and titillate you.

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(image courtesy of MGM/Columbia Pictures)

Daniel Craig’s rumored final performance as the spy master and licensed-to-kill 007 agent is just as epic and heavy as his first. Not my favorite Bond, by far, but he does manage to deliver one of the strongest and most masculine rather than suave versions of the secret agent. He is easily recognizable, even in his Dia de Muertos suit and mask (which I want badly), his movement is so unique that I spotted him right off. That, to me, is what makes him the most iconic Bond to date.

But I’m getting off track.

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(image courtesy of MGM/Columbia Pictures)

In Spectre, Bond is on a secret mission given to him by the late M (Judi Dench, Skyfall), not to be confused with the new M (Ralph Fiennes, Harry Potter). The new M is left trying to reign in Bond while fighting a rising bureaucratic star, C (Andrew Scott, Sherlock). Poor M. He’s fighting a losing battle against a wayward Bond and the tides of progress.

Bond’s quest to fulfill the late M’s request, he must uncover the secret of a ring he finds on a target from Mexico. That secret will have him reconnecting with an old enemy, Mr. White (Jesper Christensen, Quantum of Solace). Mr. White tells him to find his daughter, Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux, Inglorious Basterds) who is completely uncooperative. Big surprise there. Together, they will figure out the secret of Spectre and find its head, yet another person from his past, Franz Oberhauser (Christopher Waltz, Inglorious Basterds).

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(image courtesy of MGM/Columbia Pictures)

I won’t give away too much. The movie is definitely a must see in the theater. I will say that it features one of my most favorite cars, ever. A 1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. Other car enthusiasts will be pleased to know that, unlike every other Bond car, this baby does not get destroyed. Whew. I would’ve cried uncontrollably if it had.

The Bottom Line:
Is this Daniel Craig’s final Bond film? Who knows? If it is, he delivered a bang up performance. Did the film have issues? Sure. The bad guys are predictably crappy shots. Only Dave Bautista’s (Guardians of the Galaxy, Man with the Iron Fists) character, Hinx, got some serious hits on Bond. As if that’s a surprise, he’s huge. He was oddly reminiscent of Oddjob from Goldfinger, but we can forgive the lack of creativity in his character since he does manage to turn Bond into a ragdoll. As for the rest, the explosions were epic, the various places he travels to are breathtaking, the cars are to die for, the women are strong and sensual rather than pretty and simpering, and the story line is well done. I’d give it a ten, but the notoriously bad shot bad guys get a little old. Bond could stand to get shot once in a while rather than just getting a royal butt kicking. – 9.0/10

-Hannah Collins
Staff Writer: Nerd Nation Magazine

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