Daniel Craig’s fourth appearance as the fictional British Secret Agent 007 James Bond in Spectre was worth the wait. His earlier appearances as the British spy were that in Casino Royale (his debut as James Bond), followed by Quantum of Solace and then in Skyfall.
The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-four films produced since 1962. This is the largest Bond film release across India exclusively in high-quality 2K digital format in 1250 screens in four languages – English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu – and in 2D and IMAX formats.
Spectre comes across as a ‘mature’ Bond flick with an intriguing story with enthralling moments and more so with the life-like realistic situations, a special mention of the situation when the helpless 007 notices that the car which he runs off from the Agency wasn’t equipped with ammunition but he has to get rid of the baddies.
It opens with James Bond on a vacation in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead. He isn’t exactly on a holiday, but following orders of M’s cryptic message from the past which sends him on a rogue mission to Mexico City. Winding his way through the colourful Parade, he reaches the terrace of a building, spots his target, manages to destroy the explosive which otherwise would have been used to blow up a stadium, while the target escapes. Bond pursues him right into a helicopter, followed by an action sequence shot over a town square filled with thousands of people. Breathtaking!
The cryptic message specifically mentioned Bond to attend the funeral of the infamous criminal where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an deceased criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.
Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.
SPECTRE is loaded with breathless action, presence of the hypnotic Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux’s mysterious character and several intense, heart-stopping moments where the British spy is tortured.
A fascinating, entertaining thriller.
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Daniel Craig as James Bond
Léa Seydoux as Dr Madeleine Swann
Ralph Fiennes as ‘M’
Ben Whishaw as ‘Q’
Naomie Harris as Moneypenny
Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra
Andrew Scott as Max Denbigh
Directed by Sam Mendes
Produced by Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli
Screenplay by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth
Story by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Based on Ian Fleming’s James Bond
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography – Hoyte van Hoytema
Edited by – Lee Smith
Production Company – Eon Productions
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment (India)
SPECTRE – Movie review