Per IMDb: “A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”
Welcome to the most expensive Bond film ever made. Not only that, it’s one of the most expensive film ever made of any kind. The film’s budget was around $245M. Wow. Well, James Bond is back and he, once again, is getting little direct help from M (Ralph Fiennes). This time, however, it’s not M’s fault, it’s because of a private defense/intelligence company, called the Joint Intelligence Service in which its head, Bond calls him “C,” is trying to phase out the 00-program in favor of drone and other non-personnel surveillance.
The film starts, however, with Bond getting a cryptic message from the former, and now deceased, M (Dame Judi Dench), who tells him that something that sends him on a non-sanctioned mission to Mexico where he attends a Dia de Muertos celebration and stops a few terrorists from blowing everything up. He kills a high up commander of the terrorists and steals his ring which depicts a weird octopus-like creature.
He finds out that the ring belongs to a secret society and uses it to gain entrance into a meeting. It is there that he finds out that someone from his past is in charge of the organization and spends the rest of the film trying to find this person, why and what they have to do with the organization and to stop them. Does he succeed? Who was the person and what did they have to do with Bond? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Again, it’s the most expensive Bond film, yet. I must say that Daniel Craig is my favorite Bond, as I think he depicts him like the creator of the character, Ian Fleming, wanted, but the last two films have been kind of let downs. I mean, I liked the films but they seem like transition pieces, at least the previous one, Skyfall, did. I suppose this one had its own substance and I like Fiennes as M and I like Ben Whishaw as Q. I’ll tell you the villian, which isn’t any stranger to the Bond canon, is Ernst Stavro Blofeld and he’s played beautifully by Christoph Waltz, but what does he have to do with Bond outside the original films he appeared in with both Sean Connery and Roger Moore? Hmmm… yep, watch to find out. This film does tie in with the previous four and this one is like the egg that keeps it all together. It makes sense then. I really can’t go much into it without giving a ton away and I don’t like reading, nor giving spoilers.
Visually, it was well designed, the special effects were stunning, too. I like that Q is back with gadgets. It seemed the first two of the Craig Bonds were lacking that. I think that’s part of the appeal of the original sets of films, the gadgets and the plausibility therein. The acting was nothing less than spectacular and the plot twists were good, albeit a little predictable. Not a bad thing, though. I would have liked the film to be a little more the focus than tying the series up, but in that, at least, it did its job. I will say, though, that whilst I like seeing the series pay homage and even step back toward what we come to know and love about Bond, I feel it’s relying too heavily on the old Bond films and techniques. It’s always M attempting to hold Bond back and someone stabbing someone else in the back. I guess that’s why it’s called espionage, huh?
Rotten Tomatoes rates it at 65% Fresh with an Audience Score of 62%. IMDb has it rated 6.8 stars out of 10. Not fantastic numbers but not bad. I saw it on Amazon Prime and I will rate it 4 stars out of 5, only because I’m such a Bond fan. Have you seen it? What did you think? What would you like to read/hear me review?
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond.” – Mr. White