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Movie Review: Farewell to Daniel Craig as James Bond in ‘SPECTRE’
November 5, 2015 By Holly Clarkson
Spectre is the 4th film Daniel Craig as starred in as Bond and is sadly the last.
Despite peoples mixed views he has been consistent with his role as Ian Felming’s much loved spy James Bond, known for his rugid, good lucks, charm with the ladies and of course killing people on a daily basis. For me, having to sort out a baby sitter, making time to get dressed has to be worth it when going to the movies but I am a lover of the books and who doesn’t love a good action film!
I wasn’t disappointed at all by the movie itself, besides being a bit longer than I thought it was packed full of action, death, fight scenes, car chase scenes, everything, which made it spectacular but also a bit over whelming. Where as the other films seemed to focus on one bad guy, one direction, the film did feel as it kept wondering off a bit into different mini stories. For me it seemed like they tried to hard to tie everything up nice and neatly for Daniel Craig’s departing as Bond.
They connected all of the past Bond films starting with Casino Royale to Skyfall, including making it a lot more personal to James than was first thought. Daniel did do a brilliant last performance, with a few one liners chucked in every now and then, he brought the charm to the Bond girls and up against head of SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Christoph Walt who played Blofeld, did do a good performance of the sinister bad guy who just wants to destroy everything Bond loves, however for me he didn’t have that special something I wanted with a 2015 Blofeld interpretation. It felt the same as his other performances in Inglorious Bastard and Django for example but for a bad guy, he’s the one to go for! With a couple of nods to the Donald Pleasence version thrown in which made me giggle.
Dave Bautista, took on the role of the ‘muscle’, with actually not saying a word but showing his skill set as a wrestler, nothing too special, not sure why people are making as much for as they are but hey, he’s famous now. Q, was also in it a bit more than I expected but he does bring a sense of innocence to the hectic life style of Bond as well as a couple of laughs along the way. The Bond girls were all stunning as usual with lovely outfits and some badass fighting from the lead played by Lea Seydoux.
Let’s move on to the scenery. Not in any film have I seen so much travelling, in the books, Bond does seem to be either in a plane, train or car but it felt like every scene jumped across the pond, saying that the action shots were stunning and made the most of the surroundings. A car chase in London’s back streets, another car chase in the snow, a helicopter scene above Mexico and loads more. I saw it in 2-D due to the IMAX screen being packed and at stupid o’clock, it was still visually stunning but I could imagine it would be worth watching it in IMAX if you can.
Definitely a great Bond film, worth a watch on the big screen and a great farewell to Daniel Craig, not that he will be happy about it but four films is a good run… for a Bond actor.
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