Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.
Five James Bond movies have featured leading Bond Girls with a doctor qualification. 'Spectre' (2015) was the first James Bond movie in sixteen years where a leading Bond Girl has had the profession of being a doctor. In this movie, Léa Seydoux's character is Dr. Madeleine Swann, a Doctor of Psychology, and she was the fourth major Bond Girl in the official franchise to be a doctor. The actress also reprises this role in 'Spectre' (2015)'s follow up film, 'Bond 25' (2020). The previous time in the film franchise prior to 'Spectre' (2015) that a Bond Girl was a doctor there were two, Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards, a doctor of nuclear physics) and Dr. Molly Warmflash (Serena Scott Thomas, a doctor, who is a physician to MI6 Agents), both appeared in The World is Not Enough (1999). Prior to this, the first leading Bond Girl who was a doctor, was Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) (a C.I.A. Agent, and an astronaut space scientist doctor of astrophysics) in Moonraker (1979). In the James Bond video games, James Bond in Agent Under Fire (2001) featured Dr. Natalya Damescu (Beatie Edney, voice); James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003) featured Dr. Katya Nadanova (Heidi Klum); and 007 Legends (2012) also features the above-mentioned Dr. Holly Goodhead (Jane Perry), while The World Is Not Enough (2000) also features Dr. Christmas Jones (Sumalee Montano) as well as archive footage of Denise Richards from the movie version also in the video game. Also, this movie features a villain henchwoman called Dr. Vogel (Brigitte Millar), while the first James Bond cinema arch-villain was called Dr. No (1962). In Ian Fleming's James Bond novel "You Only Live Twice" (1964), the alias name of Ernst Stavro Blofeld is "Dr. Guntram Shatterhand". See more »
A helicopter requires total concentration of the pilot on the controls. While they do have "autopilots" these primarily work in level flying conditions, not for aerobatics. The system would maintain the level flight operation of the craft.
When Bond attacks the pilot, the craft would have crashed as several times during the flight the pilot releases the flight control levers. This is especially during the climbing portions of the flight. See more »
The James Bond theme can be heard when the MGM and Columbia Pictures logos appear. See more »
In the UK theatrical release, when Bond lands with his parachute in the middle of a street in Rome (after the car chase), and greets someone, he says "Buona Sera" - the Italian for 'Good Evening'. In the UK DVD release, this line has been dubbed, with him saying the English "Good Evening". See more »
With occasions of triteness, Spectre is satisfactory but not stupendous like Casino Royale
Resuming where Skyfall left off, Spectre points James Bond on a quest to discover and unearth truths behind the sinister organization responsible.
The 00 organization is under duress as the Centre of National Security attempts to take over control of all clandestine undertakings in the protection of the nation. Bond is on his own and off grid as he follows Spectre across the globe, with one mission in mind, to terminate it at the source. Much has changed for Bond since his first mission in Montenegro where he fell for the beautiful Vesper Lynd. On guard, 007's seductive charisma is set aside as he fervently pursues vengeance for M and truth for himself.
Daniel Craig has been James Bond for close to ten years now, a near unbelievable fact until you go back and realize the first film, Casino Royale, was released in 2006. Opening with a strong action sequence set during the Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico City, Spectre starts promisingly intense. Set in exotic locations with transcendentally tactile productions, Spectre satiates the audience's wanderlust craving. Something happens once Sam Smith's "Writings on the Wall" concludes, and the dark gritty James Bond we've grown to be enamored with takes several steps back toward the triteness of the 90s.
It was always going to be difficult for director Sam Mendes to supersede expectations set from the wildly successful Skyfall. The narrative had taken a complicated turn with deceit and bloodshed interwoven with treachery and malice. Mendes had teased us with a captivating scene set in a wintry tundra where a cloaked man compared Bond to a 'kite dancing in a hurricane'. It was enigmatic but furtively beguiling. Desperately longing for Spectre to capture this essence for the totality of its duration, it fails to meet expectations.
There is something intangibly weary about Spectre as a whole. The amorous allure inherently exuding from Bond is overdone and forced, injected into the plot to satisfy token assumptions. His unflinching execution of his license to kill has softened, leaving Bond to feel less like 007 and more like IMF agent Ethan Hunt who participates in a similar journey this year.
Do not mistake these criticisms of Spectre as a conclusion for it being substandard. The hand-to-hand fight sequences are marvelously intense and brutal, especially those against Dave Bautista. The narrative plots across Mexico, Rome, Austria and Morocco and does so without sacrificing the story too much. It just ends up feeling drawn out, as if it were going through the motions.
Spectre is vastly superior to the Pierce Brosnan 007 films, it is just in comparison to its peers that it fails to measure up and is more akin to them than the Craig films we've grown to love. With rare occasions of cheesiness that make you more laughably amused (especially at the senseless love scenes) than suspensefully entertained, we can only hope for a sensational Bond 25.
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