There is almost 50 years of history in the James Bond franchise, including a plethora of different actors over the decades. The newest installment in the famed franchise, Spectre, features Bond bad boy Daniel Craig, and leaves audiences glued to their seats. Picking up where the previous film Skyfall left off, Bond is left with a message from the now deceased M asking him to do one last mission. This mission leads Bond on a search around the world, from Mexico City to Rome, chasing a man who might not even exist. Throughout the film, in classic Bond style, 007 goes up against criminals determined to destroy him, but to complicate the plot even more, he is also up against his own agency. MI6 has merged with a private corporation bent on getting rid of the Double 0 Program and replacing them with drones. The thrilling action helps the audience feel the constant race against the clock as Bond works to uncover SPECTRE’s plan and find a man named Blofeld. This is the fourth installment with Craig playing the famed role of James Bond, and he’s still nailing the part. I would love to see the next installment in this series, but based on how this exciting movie ends, I’m not sure what twist in the plot would come next. No Bond movie is complete without a memorable villain, this time played by Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Waltz brings a strange charisma to the part, which is exactly what I want in every Bond villain. To top it off, the film works as a great throwback to an older film when Blofeld loses an eye and gets a giant scar. Ernst Stavro Blofeld is originally from the films From Russia with Love and Thunderball. They even bring in a giant white cat from the old films. Dave Bautista plays Mr. Hinx, Blofeld’s henchmen, and is as imposing as ever. I would have loved to see him in a large, more demanding roll, but every fight scene between him and Bond is exhilarating. And of course, what would any Bond film be without a “Bond girl.” You can add the name Madeleine Swann, played by Léa Seydoux, to the famous Bond girl list. The best thing about her character was that she wasn’t just a pretty face. As the daughter of an assassin, she knew how to handle herself and was able to help Bond. The effects of the film were great; a lot of the destruction and shots where believable and helped carry the plot forward. Though there is less cinematography than past films, Spectre does not disappoint on visuals by any means. Even if you haven’t seen the previous 007 films, Spectre is still a film I would highly recommend. If you’re looking for a spy movie to watch this weekend, you can’t go wrong with Spectre. It has everything you could ever want from a Bond film: the obvious international intrigue being solved by a suave character with a license to kill and a mission to save the world.
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.