Spectre

Film, Action and adventure
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(49user reviews)
Spectre

The 'Skyfall' team of director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig take James Bond for another spin, with messy but enjoyable results

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. It works – until it doesn’t.

We find Bond in Mexico City – it’s the Day of the Dead, the perfect excuse for rampaging masked crowds, unexpected explosions and a swooping, supercharged helicopter sequence that’ll have you choking on your popcorn. Then it's back to London for some very bad news: MI6’s Double-0 program is under threat thanks to the machinations of creepy surveillance agent C (Andrew Scott), leaving old warhorses like M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw) and Bond himself facing the scrapheap. Which, of course, doesn’t stop our James from speeding off to Rome, Austria and north Africa on the trail of the titular band of assassins, terrorists and all-round global troublemakers run by the literally shadowy Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz).

So far, so sleek and spellbinding: director Sam Mendes exercises complete control over his material, Craig’s bruised bulldog charm is in full effect and the visuals by crack cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema are rich and ravishing. But somewhere between the introduction of Léa Seydoux’s snappy but underwritten Madeleine Swann and some antics in the Sahara that unpleasantly (and, we’d assume, unintentionally) recall the climax of ‘Quantum of Solace’, the wheels come rattling off this Aston Martin.

One major problem is a ridiculously unconvincing villain: the script attempts to shoehorn a spot of ‘Skyfall’-style backstory between Bond and his enemy, which sadly leaves the character looking more laughable than terrifying, despite Waltz’s best efforts. And this is reflective of ‘Spectre’ as a whole: in trying to do too much, the focus becomes lost. As the second half unfolds, the absence of an emotional core becomes ever more glaring, hopping from one action beat to the next without ever asking us to care – or, at times, understand – what’s going on.

The result is an unbalanced but never less than entertaining film, enthralling and deflating in roughly equal measure, and studded with moments of true, old-school glory. If this is Craig’s farewell to the tux, he’s going out with a whole string of very loud bangs.

Read our interview with Daniel Craig to find out what he thought about the film.

Release details

Release date:
Monday October 26 2015
Duration:
148 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Sam Mendes
Screenwriter:
John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth
Cast:
Daniel Craig
Christoph Waltz
Léa Seydoux
Monica Bellucci
Dave Bautista
Ben Whishaw
Andrew Scott
Ralph Fiennes
Rory Kinnear

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:1
  • 4 star:20
  • 3 star:20
  • 2 star:4
  • 1 star:4
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How do you keep the same structure of Skyfall without being repetitive? Despite being to long and at times too implausible even for Bond, this production does succeed in what seemed like an impossible task, hence the 4 stars. The final scene suggests that this is the last of Mendes/Craig Bonds and, if so, a very good way to end.

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Tastemaker

This movie gives you everything you need and want from a James Bond movie, gadgets, sexy bits, tense moments and a super duper villain. 


There are not many surprises as the format is pretty classic but some of the stunts are very impressive. Bond is looking a little weary and its not surprising its been a busy time of late that said Daniel Craig does a magnificent job. 


The opening sequence is incredible and throughout the movie the scenery and settings are beautiful. 

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Tastemaker

It was always going to be tough with Skyfall as its predecessor this film has a lot to live up to. While in many ways it does, and is certainly a glossy stylised magazine of a movie I felt the tone was just that little bit too dark for Bond and as such it lacks the feel good factor of Skyfall which ends on a sunny London high. It is however blessed with an incredible opening sequence in Mexico City and possibly the best fight sequence on a train ever filmed which will have you on the edge of your seat, and travels and cars galore. While it ticks all the bond boxes, it feels a little forced at times and isn't the direction I was expecting this film to take at all, but on the basis that I would thoroughly recommend you see it if you haven't already, then I guess I can't really knock it. However I wouldn't recommend it to a Bond virgin as the first Bond film to watch; of late that would be Casino Royale.

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Tastemaker

I have watched the majority of the Bond films, and although I like the slick new style with Daniel Craig, I do miss the cheesy puns and humour of the Pierce Brosnan years. 'Spectre' is no exception. Craig's Bond is ice cool, with barely a flicker of emotion even as we delve into his troubled past. The opening sequence in Mexico is fantastic and probably the best bit of the film, but it feels like a hard act to follow. There are the car chases, the beautiful woman, and the evil baddie trying to kill Bond, but at the end it felt like it lacked something. Still a very good film however!

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Tastemaker

It's my first Bond film (sacrilege I know) but I knew enough about the history to get by. It's a very fun film that brings viewers on a wild ride around the world. Some portions of the film definitely fell a little flat, especially the villain, and it sort of went into a messy spiral towards the end. Nevertheless, some beautifully shot scenes here (the opening sequence truly draws you into the film) and I enjoyed it. If it's Daniel Craig's last Bond film, it's a pity because he truly makes a fantastic 007. 

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Is it the end of a Bond cycle? It looks like it is. Great set pieces and adrenaline-fuelled scenes. Daniel Craig is the deepest (and darkest) of all Bonds, and he is so great at it. I found the film a bit long and some plot confusion here and there. I however enjoyed it, but it was very difficult to live up to the expectation after Skyfall. Bond fans will enjoy regardless, and for the rest still is great, great entertainment.

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Tastemaker

Bond fans won't be disappointed. Car chases, Bond girls and glamour - even if it doesn't quite beat Skyfall (at least for me) this is up there in the most spectacular and intense Bond films of all franchise.

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Bond fans, you're in for a treat! The much anticipated sequel of the franchise has everything that was expected: action, a few good fights (Craig is more fit than ever), cool spy gadgets and hideouts, humour, a bit of romance and amazing scene locations. On the downside, it may not add a lot to what we've seen from Bond until now, but it's definitely closer to the classics than ever -which is what makes it stand out. While the feeling of closure is quite apparent, trying to tie loose ends and explain the connection between everything that has happened until now, it kind of creates a promise for a new beginning. The length of the movie makes the action scenes seem quite short, but the fact that we get more of M, Q and Moneypenny makes up for it! Unfortunately the female characters remain secondary as always, but that is something we have learnt to ignore. A must see for the fans, and some light entertainment for everyone else- why miss it?

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Tastemaker

I love the glitz & glamour of Bond alongside the stunning locations & high octane action. In my view the current Bond slant is taking us too much down his 'emotions' & losing the gloss I love. Call me shallow!

I think it's time for a new chapter & so look forward to the next Bond being cast!

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Tastemaker

Let's start of by admitting what we all know to be true; a 'meh' Bond film is still a million stylish, suited & booted miles ahead of most other films so you know you're always going to have a good time. The action will be punchy, the cars will be fast, the women will be gorgeous and the affably charming Q will ignite a full on geek-inspired crush...and it's true that 'Spectre' delivers all of those things and more...it's just that, well, it feels like something is missing.


Now maybe the fact that 'Skyfall' was a spectacular Bond film means that the face of the franchise has been forever altered and as such, there needs to be a new way of approaching them going forward or maybe it just couldn't fill the enormous boots of its powerful, moving & beautifully shot predecessor, but while 'Spectre' ticked every Bond box there is, I found myself willing it to be good and frankly, if this is ever the case with a movie, the battle is already lost.


Don't get me wrong, there are some outstanding moments; the Day of the Dead parade has me booking my tickets to Mexico City for next year already, Lea Seydoux was the perfect blend of sexy & strong with a 'real girl' vulnerability I enjoyed watching and the 'Famous Five' vibe coming from M, Q, Moneypenny and Tanner as they scuttled around a sharply cut and moodily lit London was brilliant. All credit to Daniel Craig too who has elevated Bond from being a one track minded man of the underworld to someone who has actually grown and changed over the course of four films - when a chance appears for Bond to actually be happy and dare I say it, perhaps laugh, love & live life as it should be done, you yearn for him to take it. 


However, there were some wasted characters in the form of Andrew Scott whose 'Max Denbighe' was woefully underwritten resulting in a sadly restrained and quite dull performance from a man whose Moriarty in 'Sherlock' is mesmerising whenever he's on the screen and even worse, from Christophe Waltz who was understated to the point of absurdity. There's no denying the man can act - usually he effortlessly knocks everyone else off the screen - but here he had nothing to work with, looked a tad bored at certain times and was frankly about as menacing as a jar of Marshmallow Fluff...so disappointing. 


By all means go and see this because you'll certainly get a kick out of some of it...but if you were as in love with 'Skyfall' as a piece of film-making and as a piece of Bond history, prepare yourself to watch a film in 'Spectre' that is altogether lighter and frothier.

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Casino Royale remains my favourite but SPECTRE definitely delivered everything I want and hope to see in a 007 film - apart from a memorable theme song. And Judi Dench. Nevertheless, one of the cinematic highpoints of the year and Daniel Craig cements his legacy as The Best Bond.

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Disclaimer: I loved Skyfall, so I had high hopes. Spectre was entertaining, I'll give it that. Some of the cinematography was gorgeous, though at times it also made me want to throw up (I don't do handicap/fast action shots well). I was SO happy to finally see a woman in Bond's age bracket in the film, and for that woman to be Monica Bellucci, well, I mean, it was just perfect. Naturally, Bond was the usual debonair charmer, though it felt even less believable in this film. The storyline relied quite a bit on the past Craig films, though my companion said he didn't feel left out not having watched them. The saving grace for me was Christoph Waltz. He could act in a paper bag and I'd pay to watch it. All in all, it's worth a watch, but save your high expectations for something else.



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Tastemaker

The Vogue photo-shoot Bond

SPECTRE is all about image. It is beautiful to watch; fantastic scene setting and great views right from the start. Everybody in it is good-looking and handsomely dressed. It is full of smart suits, tuxedos, suede and linen.

Daniel Craig's accent is noticeably more clipped and RP than in previous films.

The special effects and explosions are elegantly choreographed for drama and beauty.

It has good one liners and it is nicely self referential. Lots of lovely shots of London.

Is it a classic Bond movie? For me, yes; for die hard Bond fans, I'm not sure.

Tastemaker

Spectre is all a bit of a mess really, not knowing whether it wants to be broody and moody or play for laughs Roger Moore style. The opening sequence in Mexico City features a great swooping camera that doesn't cut for a good 7 minutes or so until a building explodes and nobody seems to bat an eyelid at a potential terror attack! Very odd behaviour - the behaviour keeps getting odd, with women in mourning suddenly snogging Bond's face off and a number of bolted together action sequences that don't really seem to connect in any way. It just all feels very throw away - even the title music is drab. Can we have another movie like Casino Royale please? Christopher Waltz is one of my favourites but in this, he wasn't every really given the chance to shine as Blofeld.

moderator

Is it the end of a Bond cycle? It looks like it is. Great set pieces and adrenaline-fuelled scenes. Daniel Craig is the deepest (and darkest) of all Bonds, and he is so great at it. I found the film a bit long and some plot confusion here and there. I however enjoyed it, but it was very difficult to live up to the expectation after Skyfall. Bond fans will enjoy regardless, and for the rest still is great, great entertainment.

Tastemaker

Mmh, I would say Skyfall is a must see for hardcore James Bond fans, but I was disappointed and thought it was a very average Bond. Very cliche, nothing new or exciting and very predictable. I totally agree with the Timeout review - Bond is getting a bit old, boring and repetitive.


Perhaps there's nothing better here than the opening sequence in Mexico City, which is terrific, and it was always going to be hard to better Skyfall – but still this is thoroughly entertaining, if a little long. The biggest disappointment? Christoph Waltz - character and performance.


Completely agree with a solid 3 star review for this film. Fun and action packed, beautifully filmed and some good set pieces, but ultimately it's just a bit too daft in places.


Because of the endless hype, I avoided Spectre until last night.  That said, Casino Royale (2006), lived up to the hype and was a good story.  But ... to start Spectre with the 'day of the dead' was far too similar in theme to 'Live and Let Die', especially as skulls/death/etc were then the theme in the opening credits.  I don't think this repeated theme worked at all well.  Is this really the best the graphics dept/scriptwriters could come up with in the 3 years since Skyfall (equally bad, with "M" - the head of MI5 - managing to get herself killed as she drew attention to herself while walking across a bleak dark highland with a lantern)?

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I thought the opening scene in Mexico was okay, but by no stretch as good as some action movies.  The "Fast & Furious" movies are better than Bond at car chases, etc.  From then on Spectre should have been heavily edited.  2.5hrs for any movie is long, especially when preceded by 30 mins of trailers.  Albert R Broccoli Productions need to revisit their business model, as a wafer thin long story and borrowed themes do not make for good viewing.  I endured this movie for 1.5hrs, but was bored rigid by a predictable story, a good deal of which could have been cut and left a better movie.


Let's be honest, this was never going to be as good as Skyfall... so with that understanding in mind I was able to really enjoy Spectre! I'd heard a lot of negative reviews prior to watching, but I think that's because there were unrealistic expectations attached to this movie. I'm not a huge fan of Daniel Craig, but I think his rigid, aloof style conveyed Bond really well! Action packed from beginning to end, with beautiful backdrops that captured my attention throughout. Not the best Bond film, but still worth a watch!

moderatorStaff Writer

This isn't a bad Bond film. It's just not one of the best Bond films – and that's what we've come to expect from the folks who gave us Skyfall and Casino Royale. It must be difficult to have a budget the size of Spectre's and make a film that isn't entertaining – this movie has helicopters doing barrel rolls, building blowing up in the desert and a punch-up on a train, all of which is very fun to watch. But it doesn't quite connect in the same way the previous film did.


There were some laughable moments when the film felt a little unbelievable even for Bond, and it certainly felt like there was a lightness that was missing from Skyfall, but there are worse ways to spend a couple of hours in a cinema.

Tastemaker

Amazingly horrible! I’m not a 007 fan (this was the first I saw with Daniel Craig in the role), but still, I wasn’t prepared for that! They are not even trying to make it somewhat believable in any way. Or not even one scene that wasn’t a cliché...
I know I wouldn’t watch an example of feminist film, but (seriously?), in 2015, still with the ‘guy thing’: the car obsession, the insubordination/stubbornness (that of course is irresistibly charming), the age inappropriate girls...[The ‘older Bond girl’ (beautiful Monica Bellucci) is there for 5 seconds in a completely pointless role.] The film is just disappointing in every way.

Tastemaker

Although there were some beautiful locations and exciting action sequences (the Rome car chase being my personal favourite) the Bond brand is beginning to feel old, tired and a tad too misogynistic for my tastes. The moments of self-parody and humour just served to highlight the fact that they've been replaying the same plot for decades. 


I would say more, but the Time Out review is right on the money for me with this film, so if you're in the mood to read more, switch over to that tab!

tastemaker

So I'm not a fanatic about the James Bond franchise but I do enjoy cinema blockbusters and knew this one would be filled with big bangs. Spectre does not disappoint, it is visually stunning, the opening credit is very sexy!


Highlight is definitely the car chase!


I thought the film could have tied up a few more loose ends from Skyfall, Spectre feels a bit too safe but is certainly a return to classic Bond!

Tastemaker

I'm not a Bond fan but I have to say it is a entertaining movie full of action, explosions and gorgeous women ;)


If only Daniel Craig was a little taller, he would be in my dreams nightly!  Other than that, the opening scene has made me start looking at 'The Day of the Dead' festival with a strong desire to experience it all for myself.  As for the rest of the movie - I enjoyed it, although would have liked a bit more interaction with Bond and M.  I loved the cinematography, just beautiful scenes which I thought complemented the brooding feel to the movie very well.  If this is DC's last Bond, then he ended it very well.  An enjoyable fill all round but not as good as Skyfall for me.


Enjoyable action thriller, more back to basics than the "emotional" Skyfall and all the better for it, in my opinion. Three and a half stars.


Wouldn't it be fantastic if the next Bond re-boot takes it back to the 50's/60's? to the era of the first classic bond films. When a phone that takes pictures and has an in-built map was an advanced gadget only available to secret agents and not an everyday reality. The cold war threat, the silver screen glamour and sophistication (before men, other than cowboys, wore jeans). When secret agents regularly traveled to the far the corners of the world before it became accessible to everyone via low budget airlines. When MI6 was a secret organisation that didn't officially exist (before a google search would turn up images of the actual head of MI6!) Wouldn't that make a fantastic backdrop to Bond? Didn't that make a fantastic backdrop to Bond? The nostalgic  context would make for far greater escapism? Just a thought.


Has all the elements needed in a Bond film. The story line isn't the greatest in parts and is a bit far fetched with it's links to previous films - even for a Bond film, but overall it's an energetic and enjoyable watch. 

Staff Writer

Sadly the story feels a bit light but nerverthless it was an enjoable experience. Great action scenes and good performance by Daniel Craig.


From the beginning constant shot, to the great collection of actor, showing off some excellent acting skills, this time there are some comic touches, great stunts. I didn't think it was too long, as there was still the story to be told, but Casino Royale is still my favourtie 

Staff Writer

I am not a massive Bond fan, but how can you not be drawn into a film of this scale and spectacle. As other people have said, the story rises and falls, pleases and disappoints, and certainly winds on for too long for the plot to support, but there are still the moments of complete Bond magic. And that opening scene - beautiful and enthralling. 

Staff Writer

Tricky to review Bond films as they're held in such high regard. Essentially they're action flicks with a cheesy, far-fetched plot. Doesn't sound like the makings of a decent movie. However, the combo of Mendes & Craig has produced some of the best Bond in recent memory. Spectre definitely feels like the end of the road though. A spectacular Day of the Dead opening is followed up by a drawn out plot with tenuous links to Bonds gone by. Craig deserves a lot of credit for the amount of actual stunt work carried out himself but the rest of the casting feels a little too popular rather than right for the character. Andrew Scott in particular, as the evil head of a worldwide security service, doesn't look old enough to be convincing. Nowhere near as good as Skyfall and basically a half-arsed attempt to bring to an end Craig's tenure.

Tastemaker

It does what it says on the tin.

I'm not really into James Bond films, having only seen about one or two previously, but having a Cineworld unlimited card, I thought I should go and see the big films of the year.

It has all the ingredients that you would expect from a Bond film.  I think it looked like there may have been several references to previous films in it, which would have been lost on me apart from one reference which I recognised more from Austin Powers than James Bond.

The film was OK, but went on a bit too long.  Being a Londonaholic, I most enjoyed the London scenes and boring my husband by telling him when I last visited each of them, which buildings I didn't believe were actually therend googling on the way home to check whether I'd correctly identified one of the scenes as being inside City Hall!

Verdict:  worth a watch, but don't put yourself out to go and see it

Tastemaker

Daniel Craig for me is the best Bond ever so any film with him in is a treat. He is fantastic in Spectre & had great chemistry with all his ladies. I loved the opening set piece in Mexico, it was genuinely spectacular & thrilling. It's a sleek stylish film which ticks all the Bond boxes. Loving Miss Moneypenny & Q and Andrew Scott was a welcome addition as C. I really enjoyed this & the time flew. My only gripe is the camera was very shaky in the action scenes & made me feel quite dizzy. It's not as clever as Skyfall but still a quality & classic addition to the stable. Please let Mendes & Craig complete a trilogy..!

tastemaker

The film opens with tremendousness sequence in Mexico City, exciting ,stylish & amazing. I was won over & stayed with it for a full hour.

After which my mind began to wander, the plot got lost, the clichés began to emerge (like Bond leading ladies to bedrooms, before sharply cutting to yet another perilous adventure). I kept waiting for the mega villain to appear, and then after a good two hours when the evil one (Christoph Waltz) finally appeared it was rather an anticlimax. 

Tastemaker

Bond is back but don't expect the gritty, darker pace of earlier Daniel Craig incarnations Skyfall and Casino Royale. This bloated tuxedo has a lot more in common (if faring slightly better in terms of pace and snappy title) with its ill fated predecessor Quantum of Solace. Sure there's explosions, car chases and increasingly improbable love scenes (who doesn't jump straight into some rumpy pumpy after brutally beating up thugs?) but it feels a lot more formulaic  than previous installments, as if director Sam Mendes was given a formula to make the perfect Bond, but forgot to put some soul in amongst the blatant watch and car advertisements. Will Daniel Craig return? After this poor showing, let's hope only diamonds are forever.

Tastemaker

It's like James Bond meets Black Mirror as he fights the super villains to protect us all from the threat of evil über surveillance. It ticks all the Bond boxes: 5 countries over 3 continents, huge fight scenes, every kind of vehicle, sexy ladies and a bit of an actual narrative. But Skyfall and Casino Royal did the emotional storytelling better. The opening scene in Mexico City is fantastic and it almost keeps up the momentum through the rest of the film. It's always good to see so many great shots of London (and wonder how many secret spy tunnels there must be) and definitely one to watch in the cinema and not on your laptop.

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I have enjoyed all of daniel craig's bond films thus far and had huge expectations from this one. However, I was disappointed as it didnt live up to the hype. The best parts in the movie were the opening sequence, the train scenes and the final 20mins. Batista stole the film for me, but story had no depth and were many plot holes. Skyfall, Casino Royale and even Quantum were all better.

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You'll enjoy this if you are a big a Bond fan as I am, but if not then I wouldn't recommend it. follows on too much from the previous films and there are times when it all seems a bit slow. However, for a Bond fan like me, this will just keep you going until the next one is released. 

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Tastemaker

OK so Spectre has all the components of a James Bond film: a great opening scene, fast cars, a villain, a leggy blonde, but for me this one lacked the credibility that Daniel Craig had built up from Casino Royale.  The film and Bond became almost a parody of old Bond with corny one liners and a sketchy story line.  I was excited when I heard Waltz had been cast as the 'baddie' but he didn't have any chance to shine, the plot was flimsy and his character was light weight, not even close to Bardem in Skyfall.  Having said all that I still enjoyed it, it's fun and the visuals are great.  You know what you're getting with a Bond film. 

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Little background information for you: so far, I had never seen ANY James Bond film. Ever. I know it's strange but I have never been interested. As far as I was concerned, it was just one more brainless, unsubtle action film. However, for open-mindedness' sake, when my boyfriend asked me to go and see the new film, I said yes and went with complete lack of prejudice.Who would have thought that it would be the comedy of the year? I wasn't able to control my laughter throughout the film. The cheesy lines, overdramatic acting, ridiculously unrealistic fights: it was all I had expected and even more. I can see how this could be entertaining for some people, it's easy to watch, but there isn't a single witty moment in the whole TWO HOURS AND A HALF. Thank God, my James Bond fan boyfriend agreed with me and wasn't miffed I had been mocking 007.

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Tastemaker

I'm not a great Bond fan, i find it too over-the-top and cheesy in general. But the movies are usually worth a see for the hype and the locations they use. I remember enjoying the previous Daniel C. Bonds more however. The Spectre movie is too long, a little confusing at points. Maybe watching it at the 11PM seating didn't help, but i just wanted it to be over throughout the whole movie. Craig looks like he's bored of acting in it, too. The whole experience was OK.

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I'm not a die-hard Bond Fan and Daniel Craig, whilst excellent as 007 isn't necessarily my favourite. So I went to see this film simply for two hours of switch-off, enjoyable entertainment. I chose not to over think the plot (what's the point, it's so far fetched), covered my eyes wimpishly at the gruesome eye-ball squeezing scene and rolled my eyes and tutted as Monica Bellucci falls gratefully into Bond's arms post rescue (in 2015??)


But enjoy it I did. It is pure out and out entertainment. A great spectacle, delivering fast, punchy scenes with amazing cinematography, clever CGI and chase scenes that are trademark Bond. Every male fantasy cliché was featured in the film, from gorgeous women and a beautiful car, to a watch that doubles up as a weapon and easy, available sex. But if you don't take it too seriously (and I don't) then just sit back, tune into your 'inner macho' and enjoy the ride - especially spectacular London scenes.

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Tastemaker

This is Bond by numbers. Gadgets, check. Villain in villainous liar, check. Hot girl, you get the picture.

This definitely feels like Craig's farewell to Bond, all loose ends are nicely tied off which I found distracting in its obviousness.

Spectre is entertaining that's for sure but the installment of Bond didn't offer anything new or exciting.

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Tastemaker

If you love James Bond, then Spectre is a great film! As a standalone film, it's average but still enjoyable. The film is very topical, with big brother information society being at the centre of it. The villain is played excellently by Christoph Waltz, and Sherlock's Moriarty did well to make me see him as C and not Moriarty by the end of the film. There is some stunning scenery and the usual explosions but not quite as much action and mind blowing gadgets as I expected. The movie is definitely worth seeing (isn't every Bond movie?) but not as good as Skyfall in my opinion.

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You can usually tell how bad a film is when you see the production team clearly don't know how to end it!
A half-decent movie up to the middle (Tangiers), goes downhill fast from then on..
Poor plot, predictable and slow, painfully bad to watch towards the end..
Easily the worst among Daniel Craig's Bond films and a good candidate for the worst Bond film ever..
It was sad to watch how the writer/director were unable to use the brilliant Christoph Waltz.
An actor with the potential to be the best Bond villain ever was made to look harmless/colourless.
One star for cinematography/costumes/car chases. We need a new Bond film fast !!