Spectre is the 24th instalment of the James Bond franchise that follows Bond on a new mission as he discovers a cryptic message from his past that sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. 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.
With each new Bond film gracing out screens, they each become more and more impressive with their special effects and stunts, that have greatly improved since the ice-surfing scene inDie Another Day and even the original films starring Sean Connery. Since Daniel Craig has taken the helm, there have been definite hits (Casino Royale; Skyfall) and misses (Quantum of Solace). And then there’s Spectre, which is somewhere in between. There are some spectacular scenes but it fails elsewhere. But that is, I guess, what the Bond films have always been at their core – a fun sequence of films that gives a sense of escapism through the most elaborate and insanely over the top action sequences you could imagine. In modern cinema, if the Bond films were like that of old, it would hardly be able to compete against that of the MIssion: Impossible franchise, that too had to adapt to modern audiences, and the Jason Bourne franchise also.
Director Sam Mendes and writer John Logan have managed to remember the sense of fun for this new Bond outing that’s combined with a more grounded Bond. Spectre pays homage to it’s ancestors while not being overwhelmed with the sense of nostalgia. The film connects to the Craig predecessors (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall) and ties it all together in one film while still leaving it open ended enough to continue on with the franchise. The ending, although inconclusive, was disappointing and heavily dropped the ball in the build up of tension to this point. Bond’s mercy in this final sequence was frustrating and left us, the audience, in limbo as we wait for the next instalment to discover the reason’s behind the titular character’s decision.
The film is worth seeing and attempted to live up to the high standard Skyfall had left in its wake but may not have exactly reached it.