This past weekend, the world was given the highly anticipated 24th installment in the James Bond franchise, “Spectre.” The new film is actor Daniel Craig’s fourth time playing the legendary secret agent, and there are rumors that it could be his last.
With MI6 left in turmoil after the events of the previous film, “Skyfall,” a message from James Bond’s past leads him into the world of a sinister organization—Spectre—that has an evil plan for the world. He must race against time to uncover Spectre’s secrets, while M is back at MI6 facing political forces that want to shut down the “00” program.
Alongside Daniel Craig is Christoph Waltz, who plays the mastermind in charge of Spectre, as well as Léa Seydoux, the film’s “Bond Girl.” Also in the film is Ben Wishaw as Q, Naomi Harris as Eve Moneypenny, wrestler Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott and Ralph Fiennes as M. It is definitely a star-studded cast that helps make the film entertaining.
Helping to move the film along is a top-notch and fast-paced story that constantly leaves viewers guessing what will happen next. Of course, it all starts with an action-packed beginning, with James Bond chasing an enemy through Mexico City during Day of the Dead, all while blowing up multiple things. The action never slows down after the beginning of the film. It is a constant force pushing forward.
The opening credits sequence, featuring the song “Writing’s On The Wall” by Sam Smith, is probably my favorite of all the movies so far. Bond fans know that the opening credits of each movie set up the story and foreshadow what viewers can expect to happen in the next 2.5 hours, and “Spectre” is no different in that regard. It is, however, seemingly more beautiful than that of other Bond films, with the exception of Adele’s “Skyfall.” Not even Sam Smith can top that.
“Spectre” had a lot to live up to. “Skyfall” was the highest-rated and most appraised Bond film ever, so I did not want to set my hopes too high going into the theatre. In some ways, I feel as though the newest installment improved upon the previous one, but in general, “Skyfall” is still the best film yet.
I loved everything about “Spectre,” and I would definitely recommend it to James Bond fans everywhere. It is a runaway train that never stops until the end, and it is pleasing to the eye in all regards. While Daniel Craig’s fate for upcoming films is currently unknown, I do hope that he returns for at least one more installment, because I think he is the best Bond yet.
Go see “Spectre,” and get ready for an unrelenting roller coaster ride consisting of guns, explosions and twisted secrets.