It’s hard to recall a time when the world was so fired up, so eager, so damn ready for a new James Bond adventure. ‘Skyfall’ was the franchise’s most successful entry ever (and the biggest film of all time at the UK box office), scoring five-star reviews and even a Bafta win for Best British Film. Three years later, can ‘Spectre’ possibly hope to live up to that level of hype? We've seen it, and it's a case of yes – and no…
Five things we loved about ‘Spectre’ – and five things we really didn’t
Bond is back, but is he back on form?
2. We didn't love that – 'Spectre' ends with a whimper
3. We loved that – Daniel Craig is at the peak of his powers!
4. We didn't love that – the villain is a bit silly
5. We loved that – finally Bond has an age-appropriate love interest!
6. We didn't love that – Monica Bellucci is rapidly shoved off in favour of a younger model
7. We loved that – Q, M and Moneypenny are an awesome triple act!
8. We didn't love that – we have no idea what they’re actually doing
9. We loved that – the action is as visually spectacular as ever!
10. We didn't love that – it’s starting to feel a bit by-the-numbers
Read our review of ‘Spectre’
Well, this certainly feels like a full stop. Daniel Craig has been slippery and circumspect when asked if ‘Spectre’ will be his final outing as James Bond. From both the tone and content of ‘Spectre’, we’d guess this could be his swansong: this is a film that gathers all the great – and some of the not-so-great – things about the three previous films in the Craig-as-Bond cycle into one rousing, spectacular, scattershot and somewhat overextended victory lap.