James Bond is back in the twenty-fourth film in the 007 series, Spectre. Daniel Craig reprises his role as the British super spy and is joined by Ralph Fiennes as M, Lea Seydoux as Dr. Madeline Swann, Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser , Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Monneypenny. The movie is directed by Sam Mendes, who also directed Skyfall.
In the aftermath of Skyfall, Bond has been chasing down a shadowy organization that’s orchestration terrorist attacks. When an incident in Mexico gets him suspended, right when a merger between MI5 and MI6 into a new organisation that threatens to make Double-O agents like himself obsolete, Bond sets out to uncover the organization, with his only clue being a ring with an octopus on it. With aid from Moneypenny and a reluctant Q, travels to Rome, where he finds the organization and their leader, Oberhauser, a man with links to Bond’s past. He also finds out the name of the group, Spectre, and that they’ve been watching him for a while.
The Bond movies have always been about huge stakes, car chases, fight scenes and beautiful women and Spectre does not disappoint. Daniel Craig’s Bond may not be so quick with the one liners, but he has his moments. The movie also touches on the reality of spycraft today; electronic monitoring, drones and invasion of privacy in the name of national security. One of the sub-plots is the new organization replacing MI6 would be apart of a worldwide surveillance network. M argues that although a drone could track down and monitor targets better than a human agent, a human agent can better adjust to changes and even decide not to kill.
The movie is 148 minutes long, but it kept my interest the entire time The plot moves along at a good pace and the fight scenes (especially the ones with Dave Bautista) are awesome. Long time Bond fans who know about the Spectre organization from the older movies won’t be disappointed when Oberhauser reveals his true name (there is a white cat), Wherever or not this is Craig’s last film as Bond, it leaves the franchise at a point where they can continue and use Spectre or have Bond face newer threats. Who knows, maybe a certain character in this film returns with a metal jaw?
Spectre is rated 14A in Ontario.