Review: Bond disappoints in ‘Spectre’

Published: November 13, 2015

PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / “SPECTRE,” THE newest installment in the 007 series of James Bond films, premiered Nov. 6. The film delves into Bond’s past, follows his relationship with a “Bond girl” and delivers action-packed scenes filled with fights and car chases.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / “SPECTRE,” THE newest installment in the 007 series of James Bond films, premiered Nov. 6. The film delves into Bond’s past, follows his relationship with a “Bond girl” and delivers action-packed scenes filled with fights and car chases.

YUN-CHEN CHANG
Arts and Life
Correspondent

Released on Nov. 6, a week after Halloween, the latest James Bond feature film, “Spectre” is not meant to scare its audiences away, but lure them to the classic world of this charming British Secret Service agent.

This is the first 007 film after fans celebrated the franchise’s 50th anniversary with the previous motion picture, “Skyfall,” in 2012 and it is also Daniel Craig’s fourth time as Bond.

Craig said in an interview in October that he would rather “break glass and slash his wrists” than play James Bond again, but the day before the movie was released, he told Matt Lauer on The Today Show “Maybe I’ll make another one.” This leaves both the crew and the fans some hope for his return.

Like “Skyfall,” which introduced James Bond’s childhood background, “Spectre” continues to dig out more about his past.

The mission starts with a cryptic message from former Head of Secret Intelligent Service (MI6), currently deceased M (Judi Dench), which sends Bond on a trail to uncover a sinister organization, SPECTRE.

While the new M (Ralph Fiennes) is trying to persuade the government to keep running MI6, Bond reveals the ugly truth and peels off the layers of fraud carried out by SPECTRE.

As usual, “Spectre” starts with the typical, spectacular James Bond opening intro, which grabs the viewers’ attention instantly. Also, Q, the head of the research and development division of MI6, provides new gadgets to James Bond, and those who love to see Bond’s flawless outfits will be satisfied watching his fashionable attire.

What differentiates “Spectre” from the other 007 pictures is his attitude and value toward the “Bond girl.”
To some, this change to Bond’s playboy image might influence how they react to the character himself, but showing this attribute while digging into Bond’s past is significant for Bond girls, as this feature film has been shaped with the image of gender equality in mind.

However, unlike other tight, well-knit franchise films like “Skyfall” and “Quantum of Solace,” the pace of “Spectre” is rather slow and predictable, making the 148-minute motion picture seem even longer.

Since James Bond movies usually surprise their audiences, and “Skyfall,” the last Bond picture before “Spectre,” is brilliant, it is reasonable for viewers to expect more than the feature film delivers.

If you are a James Bond fan, “Spectre” might let you down a little bit, but taking it merely as an adventurous action thriller, you will find that the decent fight scenes, car chase scenes and panoramic helicopter shots will meet your desire for an adrenaline-filled action movie experience.

 

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