My exposure to Bond films has been pretty limited. Before this the only ones I’d seen in full were Casino Royale and Skyfall which I found to be disappointing. Neither of them lived up to the hype built up by the iconic nature of the Bond franchise and had a really slow pace that made the films boring for me while the little I’ve seen of older Bond films were much more entertaining. So I didn’t go into this with high expectations.
So imagine my surprise when I found myself enjoying this one. This feels more like what I always figured the Bond films were like. He says the catchphrases, has the gadgets, the villain has a base that just screams evil lair and there’s a scene on a train.
This improvement naturally makes Daniel Craig a much better Bond too. Before I didn’t really know what to think of him, I could tell he was a good actor but the other films didn’t really give him much to work with. He’s still the same Bond from his other films but now he’s grown into the classic Bond. While I’ve only seen three Bond movies in full I have seen a small segment of a couple of Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan’s films giving me a basic idea of the Bond character.
As far as weak points go the opening song could have been better and the action scenes were just alright. Of course that might just be when compared to the action scenes in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and the opening song from Spies are Forever (a musical that came out earlier this year). I also feel some subplots were a bit rushed.
Overall Spectre is a decent movie. It’s not great and I think that out of 2015’s spy movies Spy and Rogue Nation are better movies but this is a huge improvement other the other two Bond films I’ve seen. Maybe I’ll check out the rest of the films in this franchise some time but that’s a lot of movies, I should focus on watching a shorter film series first. I’m planning on doing my next movie marathon early next month.