Last night I went to the small independent cinema a town up from me and it’s always an experience. The old building gives an atmosphere of the cinemas forgotten, with mid way intervals and ice creams. It consists of only one screen and close chairs the whole tone is quite intimate, suited to the country town. I couldn’t think of a better place to see a legendary James Bond film. Bond is not a franchise that’s a light topic in my house, we’ve all grown up watching them, each having a different favorite Bond.
After getting from the car in the bitter cold to our seats mildly frozen, the film didn’t let us down. It kicks off with a boom, Bond has been sent to Mexico during Day of the dead by a cryptic message from the late M. Right in the first five minutes were thrown into a fast paced action scene. We see him blowing up a building, falling one story and landing on a sofa, its clear that this film isn’t going to be like the others for Daniel Craig. The Bond who brought back the franchise and is known for the darker more intelligent plots, is now including jokes?
His rebel outbursts are putting the double-0 programme in trouble after there merger with A, the leader of a surveillance organisation backed by private donators, whose cracking down on the new and removing the old. After going against M to say under the radar, he travels to Rome on a new lead, landing him at a funeral of a criminal. Meeting the widow Bond eventually uncovers an underground criminal ring Spectre and a secret of his past.
Every single villain we saw in of Craig new Bond: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall finds a mention here all ‘leading’ to Spectre and the one true villain CCTV… I mean Blofeld . Even some old Bond scenes get redone, like the action packed fight scene on the train taken from a Sean Connery film, ‘From Russia With Love’.
The stunning Lea Seydoux’s Madeline Swann is well acted but ok at best when compared to Eva Greens Vesper Lynd. The dialog between the two leads was unimaginative and cliched at times, compared to Vesper’s natural speech. Eva played a strong women who could stand her own against Bond. While Swann is a bit more homely and steady headed, even if there wasn’t quite as much chemistry between the two, I understand the decision after seeing the whole film.
It’s Craig’s last outing as bound and I’ll be sad to see him go. The cast and crew have done well to revive this English classic and I’m curious to see what will happen next.