“To liars and killers...to liars and killers everywhere...” James Bond has returned and is raring for a fight.
Picking up after the shambles of the aftermath of 2012’s “Skyfall,” Bond starts uncovering one dark secret after another when the results of a recent mission puts him on inactive service. Meanwhile, a sly little miscreant in charge of a new global intelligence community looks to dissolve MI6 and shut down the “Double 0” program in favor of drones and digital intelligence. Needless to say, this doesn’t fly with Bond, M and the rest of MI6, leading to a lot of behind the scenes work under the radar.
Guns, an amazing new Aston Martin, dirty martinis, smooth action sequences and beautiful women. Oh yes, Bond is back and looking better than ever; from the opening sequence to the vintage classic conclusion.
The supporting cast makes this film an even stronger knockout, most notably the addition of Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as the antagonist Franz Oberhauser. His portrayal as the kryptonite character from deep inside Bond’s past is as captivating as it is masterfully executed.
A chill could almost be felt in the theater as Bond was on his knees and Oberhauser dropped that bone-chilling line.
“Vesper Lynn, Mr. Silva, M. It has always been me James...the author of all your pain.” The prowess of the villains is impressive to say the least, matched by the extreme nature of their intentions. With every passing moment the lines become clearer and the truth is revealed about this organization having a part to play in everything in Bond’s life, from the events suffered in “Casino Royale” to the tragedy of “Skyfall.”
Even after everything Bond has suffered through, among all the strife, it becomes all the clearer that this is far from over. Much more is coming and “Spectre” is only getting started.
From a cinematography perspective, “Spectre” delivers with style, from flying high over Mexico City to the slopes of Austria and beyond. Another impressive aspect of the film was its music composure, fitting perfectly to the shot on screen and amplifying the varying moods of the plot.
The film, to a grateful extent, displayed much more humor and cunning wit than we have come to see from a Bond film in a long time. It goes to show the screenplay writing has gotten considerably better while still retaining the depth and character development of Daniel Craig in the reigns as 007.
The film made another bold move with the casting of former sports entertainment wrestler Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Mr. Hinx, the muscle-bound hitman for “Spectre” in charge of doing their dirty work. With barely one line in the whole film, Mr. Hinx is a menacing force to be reckoned with and proceeds to throw Bond around like a dog with a chew toy.
A henchman fight hasn’t been so one-sided since Roger Moore squared off against the menacing Jaws in 1979’s “Moonraker.” The main similarity between Jaws and Bautista is they both carry out contracts without ever breaking their silence.
Sam Mendes truly appears to have found his niche as a director, for his success behind the camera of 2012s “Skyfall” clearly shows his talent for making James Bond ever more spectacular with each passing scene.
A satisfying film with already a $300 million worldwide box office success, “Spectre” is easily predicted to pass that billion dollar mark and set the stage for decades of Bond movies to come.
Brady Wesp is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.