Daniel Craig returns as James Bond aka 007 in Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes, who also directed Skyfall. It features an all-star cast including Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Monica Bellucci, and a whole host of others.
James Bond is on the trail of the mysterious Pale King with the help of Moneypenny after getting a message from the former M. However, the current M, director of MI6, is being released from duty and the 00 program is being decommissioned. Why? MI6 is being merged with MI5, whose director, C, wants the UN security council to approve a vast network of intelligence and data gathering on normal citizens.
After some spy craft, James Bond discovers that the Pale King is Mr. White, the villain from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Mr. White gives him information in exchange for Bond protecting his daughter Dr. Swan. Bond saves Swan and connects with Q, who tells him that there is a vast network of criminal organizations known as Spectre. Dr. Swan reveals that her father helped establish the organization, but it went too far.
The leader is also an old foe of James Bond who also has a family connection. He is the one behind the new global intelligence apparatus where he also intends to control all the crime on the planet. Spectre is the most dangerous organization MI6 has ever faced and it will take Bond and all his allies to destroy them.
This is the first film in this series to feel like a Bond film, minus the camp. While I greatly enjoyed the previous films, I never really felt like I was watching 007 until this one. It had the witty banter, the gadgets, the flirtation with Moneypenny, and some of the classic lines were back. It was good to see because Daniel Craig is such a good actor, I am glad he is finally given the opportunity to pull it off. I do hope he returns for the next film.
On a side note, this whole business of whether they should change James Bond’s race or gender after Craig retires, I think that is a stupid idea. It is no different than DC Comics changing Wally West aka The Kid Flash’s race. It is only meant to please social justice warriors (whatever the heck that is). My solution, do a spin-off series. Make a woman or whoever their own successful original character as a secret agent. That makes way more sense.
FAVORITE QUOTE: You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Sexual innuendo, intense violence
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