Posted by: greercn | November 3, 2015

SPECTRE

Bond films bring impossibly gorgeous places, people and cars to our lives. Gadgets, guns and action are all present and correct in “SPECTRE”. But is it a good film? And how does it compare to gloomfest “Skyfall”?

Filming the first five minutes must have brought Mexico City to a standstill. This is one of the best and most exciting starts to any movie in this franchise. It’s up there with Grace Jones jumping off the top of the Eiffel Tower. It’s a brilliant beginning.

Director Sam Mendes has to make it go dark. It’s his thing. So, very soon we are in gloomy light in Rome and tucked inside an Austrian cottage. We have to feel claustrophobic, or it wouldn’t be Sam’s movie.

Box office receipts say this is the most successful Bond ever. Daniel Craig is terrific and Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux ratchet up the glamour and style.

Both Craig and Mendes say this will be their last Bond movie. And I do want to see this impossible long (148 minutes) film again, so they have succeeded in creating a compelling story.

And it’s a much better tale than that told in “Skyfall”.

Ian Fleming created SPECTRE as he believed that Bond’s traditional enemy, the Russians, would soon be replaced by a more sinister and international threat to freedom. Given modern news events, he was prescient.

There are lots of nods to other Bond films and Dave Bautista, Jesper Christiensen and Christoph Waltz are good as baddies, with Bautista standing out most.

Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes and Andrew Scott all have superb scenes. Stephanie Sigman is super, too.

But I am tired of Bond movies feeling the need to be modern and relevant. I liked the old-style movies better. Yes, I know that’s heresy, but there are quite enough films that remind me of the gloomy reality of modern life.

So, a hugely-packed Stratford East Picturehouse, my Very Intelligent Friend and I all enjoyed it immensely.

Now, can somebody make a Bond film that’s bathed in light? Please?

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