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View All Critic Reviews Jan 25, Visually stylish and a nice homage to the 60s Bond movies, neatly tying together plot points from the previous Daniel Craig bond movies, but felt quite pedestrian, I never really felt anything for any of the characters: things just happened without any excitement or emotion.
At least it wasn't too silly, but again lacked humour. Ross C Super Reviewer. Apr 25, One of the most obvious characteristics of the Bond series is that each instalment of the franchise can sit on its own. Modern audiences are asked to believe that the character has been the same age for more than 50 years, and the series has bent or tinkered with its conventions ever so slightly as the decades have rolled past in order to stay relevant.
While this has kept the Bond series as a whole firmly in the realms of fantasy, it has allowed individual entries in the series to push for something more gritty or realistic; if it works, it's embraced and carried forward, and if not the series reverts to type with very few tears. Since the franchise was effectively rebooted with Casino Royale, an approach more becoming of comic books has been employed: different writers and directors come in and somehow try to stitch all the character's actions together into an overarching narrative.
Doctor Who, Sherlock and Star Wars have all shown that this is not an easy thing to pull off, and it's harder still to convince an audience that such an undertaking was always intentional. Spectre attempts to tie together the events of its predecessors with a story about chickens coming home to roost - and while there is much to applaud about Sam Mendes' film, it is also riddled with problems.
The first such problem is the amount of emphasis given to each of the previous films. You would imagine that any story which seeks to claim that the events of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall were all an elaborate means to bring us to this point would place an equal weight on each instalment and the events therein. Instead, Quantum of Solace has been practically airbrushed out of history; besides the odd mention of Quantum, we get no reference to its plot and Dominic Greene is never seen on camera.
The refusal to even hint at it is too constant a factor for it to be an accident; it is as though the whole production threw up their hands, admitted that it was terrible, and then asked us to forget that it ever existed. A related problem is that the script for Spectre is deeply conflicted, especially when it comes to the film's female characters.
Madeleine Swann is written like two completely different people who have been composited; one moment she's being icy cold, compelling and giving Bond a run for his money with a gun, the next she's being captured for the umpteenth time and needing to be rescued. For all the steps forward that the Daniel Craig era has taken, it still can't resist a damsel in distress.
None of the women in Spectre are given a fair crack of the whip. The film has a great opportunity here, casting an older woman with the promise of a deeper relationship. Instead, she gets five minutes of screen time to look scared, sleep with Bond and then leave. Dressing her in stockings is at best a nod back to Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies and at worst just lazy fanservice.
Not every woman in Bond's life has to be helpless without him, and the series has been at its best when the women are equal to him - either in a fetishistic way, like Xenia Onatopp or Bambi and Thumper, or something more mature and three-dimensional. Then there are the villains to consider.
Sherlock's Andrew Scott waltzes through the whole film like he has "bad guy" tattooed on his forehead, but at least he's fully committed to what he is doing. Christoph Waltz, meanwhile, is completely underwhelming as Blofeld. Having Bond and Blofield as adopted brothers is workable, but Waltz can't decide whether to play it as the Jew Hunter from Inglorious Basterds or as a straight-up pantomime.
Either it's just a bad performance, or Mendes didn't know what he wanted from the character. Further evidence of a confused director can be found in the torture scene. The rope torture and poisoning scenes in Casino Royale were justified; they were both an effective means of moving to a grittier style and a meaningful way of showing Bond's vulnerability. Torture has been used as a novelty in Bond films before - there's a lot of it in the Brosnan era, whether Xenia's thighs in Goldeneye or the neck-breaking chair in The World Is Not Enough.
But here it feels all too routine, as if Mendes said: "We need a torture scene here" and then got the specifics from a trip to the dentist. Like Skyfall before it, Spectre makes a number of conscious nods to its back catalogue. There's a lot more references to the Connery era this time around, with the DB5 and the gadgets on the DB10 nodding to Goldfinger, and Blofeld's cat and base borrowing heavily from You Only Live Twice.
The sequence on the train is essentially a more stereoidal take on the train fight in From Russia with Love, and Swann's appearance particularly in the dining car is strongly influenced by Tatiana Romanova. But unlike its predecessor, these references are here for their own sake rather to make any attempt at justifying the franchise's longevity. There are a lot of plot details in Spectre which don't make sense or which are disappointing - another probable consequence of having four writers.
The DNA scan on the Spectre ring is both a very arbitary gadget and a contrived plot device, asking us to accept both the technology and the fact that all the people involved would have worn the same ring. Then there's the ease with which Bond is able to blow up Blofeld's base, or the comparable ease with which Blofeld is able to wire up the whole of the MI6 building without anyone noticing.
The final act is deeply anticlimatic, falling emotionally short where The Bourne Ultimatum hit a home run. In the midst of all these niggles, flaws and frustrations, there is an awful lot about Spectre which can be enjoyed, at least in the moment. The set-pieces are beautifully filmed, with Mendes lending excellent coverage to both the car chases and the long opening shot in Mexico. If you only watch Bond films for the car chases and fight scenes, rest assured they are still exhilirating enough to allow you to gloss over the plot holes.
There are also improved performances within the supporting cast. Ben Whishaw's Q in Skyfall was essentially Brains from Thunderbirds, but here he becomes more rounded and appealingly tetchy. It's a different Q from Desmond Llewellyn's, but it still feels like a kindred spirit. Ralph Fiennes was always going to have a hard job following Judi Dench as M, but here he rises to the occasion, taking the tension he exhibited in In Bruges and bringing along some devil-may-care attitude for the ride.
The best aspect of Spectre, however, is the scene involving Mr White - if nothing else because it is the most effective at tying up a part of the overarching story. There's a wonderfully bleak, pathos-ridden quality to the scene, with one man utterly defeated and the other delaying the inevitable. The writing is unpredictable but coherent, with Craig and Jesper Christiansen dualling brilliantly and the latter giving a sad, dead-eyed performance.
Hoyte von Hoytema, who shot Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, does a fantastic job, contrasting the dark, oppresive colours in the cabin with the stark, deathly white of the snow. Spectre is a watchable slice of the Bond saga which pales in regard to two of the three films which preceded it. It's still heaps better than Quantum of Solace, if only because it always has a rough idea of where it is going even during its moments of writing conflict.
But while its visual spectacle can give Casino Royale and Skyfall a run for their money, it doesn't have either the brains or the heart to rise above them. Bond fans will embrace it, but the rest of us will be expecting more effort next time around. Daniel M Super Reviewer. Mar 28, This is the movie that fans wanted to be even better than the critically acclaimed "Skyfall" that was released back in This movie clearly isn't that sequel!
However, it really is a movie that can be enjoyable if you watch it with the right audience. If you watch it with the most die-hard Bond fans, this movie probably isn't for you, but if you just love Bond and love spy films, this movie is definitely something that you should check out.
Daniel Craig once again proves why he was chosen back in and Christoph Waltz who probably wasn't the Bond villain everyone was hoping for shows why he is one of the best actors out there right now. Lasse G Super Reviewer. Mar 14, Every couple of years we get to go to the movies and hear the immortal words "Bond is back! It's been 53 years since Sean Connery stepped into the role that he made iconic or made him an icon. That is a debate for a later time. Six Bonds later and the franchise still delivers enjoyable adventures that span the globe with the occasional dud.
Spectre is officially the 24th film and it really harkens back to the Bond of 30 years ago. The previous three films have built to this point in which Bond Daniel Craig has found that there is a huge criminal syndicate called Spectre that has been behind the events going all the way back to Casino Royale. Spectre represents a series of events in which Bond attempts to pull back the curtain and expose the puppet master in the form of Ernst Stravo Blofeld Christophe Waltz.
What's interesting about Spectre is that after 45 years of legal wranglings James Bond finally gets to face his arch nemesis. Blofeld is a characters that has never been played by the same actor twice and Christophe Waltz is a wonderful return for the character. Cold, calculated evil delivered. Craig once again fits into Bond and exudes that dark, brooding Bond. Some have mentioned the Roger Moore era of Bond being represented in this film, but Craig keeps the film grounded.
Each Bond is his own man, yet the same man. Bringing us to the story, it once again leads to world control. Not from nukes or space stations, but information. We live in an information age. Our bogeymen sit at computer screens now.
Who is on the other end of that camera watching you. Bond stories tend to recycle themselves, but amazingly most of them hold up. Spectre is a very good follow up to the almost perfect Skyfall. What's enjoyable about James Bond films, particularly when comparing films with the Bournes and Mission: Impossibles out there.
Each individual Bond film makes its own mark, be it in villains, locales, or general bad assery. Other spy franchise seem to blend together, creating a murky identity when trying to remember what film had this or that happen. Bond has never had that problem and it's one of the many reasons that these films endure and continue to endure.
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The strict codes of loyalty and silence, and the hard retributions that followed violations were hallmarks of U. In both the novel and film adaptation of Thunderball , the physical headquarters of the organisation were located in Paris , France , operating behind a front organisation aiding refugees "Firco" in the novels; "International Brotherhood for the Assistance of Stateless Persons" in the films. With their reintroduction and reimagining in the film Spectre , the organisation's base of operations were primarily centred around a data-gathering centre in the Saharan desert, with a separate meeting location presumably intended to be temporary at the Palazzo Cardenza in Rome , Italy.
In both the films and the novels, Emilio Largo was the second in command. It is stated in the novel that if something were to happen to Blofeld, Largo would assume command. In the novels, the numbers of members were initially assigned at random and then rotated by two digits every month to prevent detection.
For example, if one was Number 1 this month, he would be Number 3 next month. This particular example of numbering was perhaps deliberately borrowed from revolutionary organisations, wherein members exist in cells and are numerically defined to prevent identification and cross-betrayal of aims. By deliberately drawing attention away from the true leader of the organisation, he was protected by masquerading as a target of lower importance, and the structure of the organisation was also obscured from intelligence services.
Conversely, in the classic film series, the individual's number indicates rank: Blofeld is always referred to as "Number 1" and Emilio Largo, in the film Thunderball , is "Number 2". In On Her Majesty's Secret Service , the second chapter of what is known as the "Blofeld Trilogy", Blofeld is hired by an unnamed country or party though the Soviet Union is implied to ruin British agriculture.
The organisation is first mentioned in Dr. No as the organisation for which Dr. Julius No works. This was changed from Fleming's novels, which had Dr. No working for the USSR. The film adaptation of From Russia with Love also features the first on-screen appearance of Blofeld, although he is only identified by name in the closing credits of the film.
Consequently, the producers chose to dispose of Blofeld not identified by name, but bald and accompanied by the character's trademark cat , writing him out of the series during the opening sequence of For Your Eyes Only. The agreement also stipulated that McClory would not be allowed to make further adaptations of Thunderball for at least ten years after its release.
In autumn , after almost a decade of development and complications, Warner Bros. A Quantum "Q-insignia" lapel pin from Quantum of Solace Due to the embargo placed on the series as a result of the copyright dispute, the rebooted series introduced a new terrorist cell known as Quantum , which is later revealed to be a subsidiary of Spectre.
Starting with Casino Royale , it is revealed Le Chiffre and a reluctant Vesper Lynd are part of the group, serving under the mysterious Mr. Quantum of Solace elaborates the eponymous group, presenting Quantum as an amalgam of powerful business people and government operatives. MGM, Danjaq, and the McClory estate issued a statement saying that they have brought to an "amicable conclusion the legal and business disputes that have arisen periodically for over 50 years.
Retconning the poorly received Quantum of Solace , the film placed Quantum as a subsection of the wider organisation with Blofeld Christoph Waltz the mastermind behind previous films—including Raoul Silva 's vengeful rampage in Skyfall —taunting Bond with his previous failures and setting up a more traditional rendition of the Bond mythos for future installments.
It is revealed that the organization ordered the assassination of Lyutsifer Safin's family, which was carried out by Mr. Lyustifer was spared, but his face was disfigured, and he swore revenge against the organization. Years later, following the events of Spectre , the organization staged an ambush for Bond in Matera, Italy at Vesper Lynd's gravesite, which had the effect of driving Madeline Swann and Bond apart due to her perceived betrayal of Bond.
Blofeld was later killed via the same method, completely wiping out the organization. As with EON's official film series, the video game series was also affected adversely by ongoing litigation prior to They are first referenced in GoldenEye: Rogue Agent , where it is implied to be the "powerful criminal organisation" behind many of the game's events.
It is depicted as being much more powerful than any preceding iteration, possessing a massive undersea black market known as "The Octopus" resembling Karl Stromberg 's lair from The Spy Who Loved Me , the main base of operations built into an extinct volcano, and also the personal structures of its members Auric Goldfinger and Dr. Julius No. In , following actor Pierce Brosnan 's departure from the role of , Electronic Arts released a video-game adaptation of a previous Bond adventure titled From Russia with Love.
The game features a recurring symbol that bears a close resemblance to SPECTRE 's classic film insignia: a simple octopus outline with semicircular eyes and blade-like tentacles. While flying Bond in a light aircraft Helga Brandt catches the spy off guard by dropping the device, locking him in his seat and parachuting to safety.
Within seconds the cabin is filled with a disorienting gas, leaving fighting for his life in a pilot-less plane. Piranha tank You Only Live Twice - Blofeld's trap door that he uses to dispose of failures to his organisation and unwelcome guests.
Operated by a foot pedal concealed behind Blofeld's desk, part of the foot-bridge over the piranha-infested pool collapses, sending the unsuspecting victim to his or her death. James Bond Wiki Explore. Hunt Tom Mankiewicz. Ken Adam Syd Cain. John Glen Peter R. Hunt Norman Wanstall. Albert R. Hunt Tom Mankiewicz Michael Kitchen. Connery Dr. On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The Living Daylights Licence to Kill.
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A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, uncovers the existence of the sinister. Spectre is a spy film and the twenty-fourth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures. SPECTRE is a fictional organisation featured in the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming, the films based on those novels, and video games.