Friday, 22 January 2016


Bond Movie Review: Spectre
By Sandra Scholes

This is supposed to be Daniel Craig's last role as Bond, and it doesn't come across as much of a surprise. From Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, the concept of the Bond movies being uniform has pretty much changed since he has starred in them.

He is supposed to have all the qualities associated with the previous Bonds; Connery, Moore, Brosnan as they all had that special something, sex appeal, Martinis, girls and guns. Craig now, after three movies has finally got into character and also got over his penchant for being dark, brooding and vengeful, something the other Bonds didn't have.

Two things I did like was the throwback to the other movies, the proper Bond intro sequence and theme music that many of us die hard fans missed from the previous ones. This got back to the feel of the previous movies Brosnan starred in, and it was a welcome feel - but only for those who remember them. I can understand that many will have got used to Craig as Bond, and even now great effort is being made to encourage the actor to continue his role, which isn't surprising.

Spectre as an organisation has long since been hinted at in the previous movies, but here Bond has the task of finding out who is at the heart of it. he is also under orders to kill the assassin who killed M,by the previous M, and as he might not return from his jaunt, he is fully prepared to go through with it. His new boss, M (Ralph Fiennes) still in his Voldamort persona doesn't like anything Bond does, he doesn't like how he operates, he's a loose-cannon and trashes cars like like there's no tomorrow.

Talking of cars, the new Q (Ben Whishaw) gives Bond his latest motor (by mistake) and a watch that doesn't just tell the time, and while new ally, C (Andrew Scott) acts as though he might be wet behind the ears and okay to work with, he could also be trouble, not only for Bond but for the entire framework of the secret service.

So far in the movie, the only people he can trust is Q and M, even if he still doesn't like him. And to tie in all the other movies Craig has played Bond, there is Mr White (Jesper Christensen) who was in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, and a nice blast from the past, Ernst Stavros Blofeld (Christoph Waltz). On the whole, Spectre is a welcome return to how Bond movies should be with some new characters thrown in for good measure we can all appreciate.