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Bond 24: Spectre (2015)

Duration2h 28m
RatingsUK: 12, USA: PG-13, Norway: 12,
Source of storyUsing the characters developed by Ian Fleming and riffing off the previous Bond 23, a new screenplay unrelated to any Fleming story. 
DirectorSam Mendes
Writers/ScriptJohn Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth
StarringDaniel Craig, Chrsitoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Wishaw, Naomi Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, Judi Dench,  
RatingsIMDb: 6.8 by 381,592 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 63% by 360 critics.

Elevator Pitch: Bond is still out of the frame as he receives a message from beyond the grave, M tells him to execute Frans Oberhauser/Stavros Blofeld, who  is the leader of a mysterious organisation, Spectre. Meanwhile “C” is the new leader of a combined intelligence service in UK, and is keen that the organisation join a massive world wide set-up to share intelligence (with the villaiins). In an attempt to prevent this happening Bond allies himself with Moneypenny, Q and eventually M, and travels round the globe in pursuit of Blofeld and his acolytes, assisted sometimes by Madeleine, Mr White’s daughter.

Content: There is no nudity although it is implied a couple of time that sex is about to take place. The opening “Day of the Dead” sequence which results in a building falling is impressive and may be the best sequence in the film although there are impressive shots and a number of set pieces, seemingly echoing scenes from other Bond films. The villain, Mr Hinx, chases Bond, each of them driving a unique supercar, he also fights Bond and is dispatched when a collection of beer drums pulls him off the train. At a couple of points Bond travels by boat on the Thames, and shoots down a helicopter. And in a major stunt he chases the villain’s Land Rovers flying a slow aircraft, which loses it wings.

A View: This is the second time I have viewed and reviewed this film. I was a bit hard on it the first time, but I am with the critics who thought it was too long, even though editing it had still left plotholes. It seemed to me that the “romantic” scenes were a bit awkward and Monica Bellucci was particularly badly served, but probably a younger audience would hardly notice. It did not make as much money as Skyfall, probably because the plot is incredibly convoluted, but worth a watch if you are a fan and have the time.

Additional Info: There is an amazing amount of info available about this film, to the point that I have spent nearly as much time reading about it as I did watching it. There are 466 “Trivia” items in IMDb. 

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