My apologies for no Monster Monday today, but I wanted to post my review of SPECTRE, which I saw with my husband on Saturday :).
Another Excellent Bond
Daniel Craig ... James Bond
Christoph Waltz ... Franz Oberhauser/ Blofeld
Léa Seydoux ... Dr. Madeleine Swann
Ralph Fiennes ... M (Gareth Mallory)
Monica Bellucci ... Lucia Sciarra
Ben Whishaw ... Q (Quartermaster)
Naomie Harris ... Eve Moneypenny
Dave Bautista ... Mr. Hinx
Andrew Scott ... C (Max Denbigh)
Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth
Summary (from IMDB):
A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
So you can probably tell from the title of the post that I really enjoyed this film. I didn't think I was going to because I loved Skyfall, but have been mostly unimpressed with the other Daniel Craig outings as Bond. I was so very, very wrong. This is another one up there with Skyfall.
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Bond is the renegade hero, there is no doubt about that. He is handsome, suave and very, very dangerous, and he will seduce any woman he can, only most of them in this film don't let him. Daniel Craig is a Bond I really like. His Bond does things his own way, but, under the bravado, he really does seem to care. Also, can I say A++ to whoever decided to have Bond naked in the credits as well as the female models - I'm all for equal opportunities nakedness :).
Then let me tell you how much I love Q and Moneypenny. Here are people willing to put their careers and lives on the line for James Bond and who trust him implicitly, even when he nicks things he shouldn't be nicking. Neither of them let him get away without a stern telling off even as they help him get away with blue murder.
The plot made sense, was entertaining and engaging, and pulled in snippets of previous films. It's the kind of plot you can really get your teeth into.
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I have also discovered that I can spot Daniel Craig just by his ears. The opening sequence is in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead and the opening shot pans past Bond while he's in a costume without pointing him out, as if he's just another spectator to the parade, but apparently Craig has really distinctive ears, since that's the only part of his that was really visible :).
In my opinion this is a well rounded, highly entertaining film. Well worth watching. It's definitely on my to-buy list when it comes out on Blu-ray.
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