Warning: Spoiler Alert!
Well world’s favourite MI6 agent, James Bond is back in the latest flick from the franchise to hit the screens, Spectre. Who could have guessed 50 years after “Dr. No” released that we would still be captivated by the super spy series. It is truly a remarkable achievement that a movie character can remain iconic over such a long period of time.
Spectre, the spin-off to the most commercially successful Bond movie ever “Skyfall” feels rather unsatisfying and intellectually less superior than its most recent predecessor but nonetheless it does have it’s share of signature Bond moments which will surely delight some fans. Spectre has the feel of some the earlier versions of James Bond films but it fails to integrate the perfect story line it fully deserved. Director, Sam Mendes was handed a hefty budget of more than $250 million and we do get see some high quality action stuff also.
The opening scene set in Mexico City against the backdrop of the Day of the Dead festival is breathtaking and to top that the opening credits sequence featuring the song, “Writing’s on the wall” by Sam Smith is hauntingly beautiful. Seriously it is perhaps the most wonderfully crafted opening credits sequence ever.
After the hard hitting introductory phase we get to see Daniel Craig as James Bond getting into his regular spats with his superiors and defy their orders and travel to places like the Rome, Austrian Alps and Moroccan Desert in search of Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), the head of the all powerful and evil organization called Spectre. Yep Mr.Bond can seemingly travel all over the globe with ease.
It is not James Bond unless we get to see Bond get it on with some women. Monica Belluci looks seductive in a very minor role and Lea Seydoux has her own charm as Dr. Madeleine Swann. The new Bond-Girl might be stunning in looks and a decent actress too but her role is far inferior as far as the story goes from that of Eva Green’s character in “Casino Royale”.
The problem is not with the cast but the script. When a small group of MI6 agents are battling to uphold the best interests of the world against an ambitious British Government Official who happens to be implanted by Spectre, you begin to doubt the script somewhat. Was the British Government sleeping? M (Ralph Fiennes), Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) are battling against C (Andrew Scott) while Mr. Bond is away fighting off Spectre.
Christoph Waltz can convincingly play the part of any role offered to him. Waltz portrayed Franz Oberhauser brilliantly. Waltz brought back the feeling of the vintage old-school Bond villains but one will question that why did his character make the most seemingly textbook errors a villain ever makes. Dave Bautista’s character was also similar in nature to earlier versions of gigantic henchmen who used to square off with Sean Connery’s depiction of James Bond. The villains were less challenging than they were in the recent past.
Well this might be Daniel Craig’s last outing as the iconic James Bond. Daniel Craig brought a cold-blooded assassins appeal to James Bond which was never seen before. The Bond he represented was cold, humourless and darker in nature. Daniel Craig took James Bond in to the contemporary world quite well and it will be sad to see him put his expensive tailored suit as James Bond one last time.
Spectre if viewed as a purely action film might make a lot of the audiences happy but the script had too many cliches and the second half of the movie is stretched without any real substance in it. The cinematography is spectacular and the regular Bond stuff is there too, like the love-making, the explosions and the car chases. If you want to see James Bond in action go see this movie but if you want to enjoy an intellectually stimulating espionage cinematic masterpiece then its better to skip this one.