Director ~ Sam Mendes
(Warning ~ contains spoilers!!)
Spectre, the latest Bond movie and second installment of the franchise for director Sam Mendes does indeed seem to be haunted by its past. With more than a passing nod to previous incarnations of evil arch-enemies and their pets, even the oily tentacles in the opening credits reminds the audience of Octopussy (perhaps Monica Bellucci's sad widow character in the next movie)?
The sombre pallet from Skyfall persists through this film and the feel is of a present set in the past. There are exotic locations, wonderful set pieces with planes, trains and automobiles, a few laughs and lots of fighting to keep fans happy. ( Look out for Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx.) Ralph Fiennes finds his feet as M, Naomie Harris is still a great Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw steals scenes as the digital age Q. But it's hard to get too excited about a shadowy organisation hell bent on conglomerating the world's CCTV.
James Bond, played with lots of muscled menace by Daniel Craig, does his best to liven things up by blowing things up, knocking things down and driving through things and, of course, saves not only the day but the beautiful new Bond girl, Madeleine Swann played by Lea Seydoux. Christophe Waltz is Franz Oberhauser, the head of Spectre, a nicely understated, sock-free performance out for revenge and retribution on Bond and the 007 division, this movie follows on from where Skyfall left off and is a robust contribution to the James Bond franchise. Four out of five stars.