Spectre is infuriating.
With everything required of a great Bond story and Daniel Craig having settled into his niche, you’d be right to be optimistic.
The bothersome thing is that it wastes a lot of it in a story that once again asks if there is still a place Bond in the 21st Century (I think he answered yes to that one in Casino Royale). It also takes too long, and the ending fails to excite.
The shining example of Spectre being a wasted opportunity is the much anticipated car chase between the specially designed Aston Martin DB10 and the Jaguar C-X75. Two striking cars in a chase that is far too short and ends unceremoniously. Two more Bond girls fail to escape the shadow of Vesper Lynd, and the villains don’t get enough time. This is particularly criminal given the somewhat forced connections coursing through a story that needed more vigorous editing. Add to all this a forgettable score that does little to drive things forward and you’d be forgiven for thinking I really didn’t like this film at all.
More rugged than Connery, more serious than all bar Dalton, and looking like he can actually handle himself, he’s found a style and it suits him well.
But there are positives! What the cast are given they use admirably. Waltz walks the line between sinister and camp perfectly, whilst Bond’s now established team all prove their worth. Bond’s interactions with M, Q, and Moneypenny sparkle, and it’s great to see them doing their own thing too. Four films in, and with a fifth on the way now it would seem, Craig will definitely go down as a worthy Bond in my eyes. More rugged than Connery, more serious than all bar Dalton, and looking like he can actually handle himself (especially here, in several scene that push the 12A certificate to its limit), he’s found a style and it suits him well.
Being a huge sucker for continuity, the mention of events from Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace (I still quite like it) and Skyfall tickles my fussy bone no end, even if it’s a bit awkward.
Spectre is an entertaining film, but even more so than Skyfall, so much is done right that the missteps are all the more obvious.
Note – In the cinema there was an advert for Heineken featuring Craig. The longer haircut he sports there look rather dashing on him, and much more Bond.