You would be hard pressed to find a more beloved, more extensive or more iconic film franchise than the James Bond series. They helped define each decade they have been made in as well as reflect the times of those decades. It is the ultimate movie fan debate: Who is your favorite Bond? Daniel Craig has definitely taken fans by storm and become the most popular Bond ever and now with the release of his latest entry, Spectre, we have also arrived at the end of his era. Now we must wait in anticipation for the newest actor to be assigned the role. Idris Elba anyone? But until then, I give you Spectre.
After unofficially going on a rogue mission in Mexico ordered posthumously by the former M (Judi Dench), James Bond (Craig) finds himself suspended from duty but hot on the trail of a mysterious organization known as Spectre and it’s even more mysterious leader Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz). Investigating possible connections to his past, Bond must unravel the secrets of Spectre and discover his link to the organization before they manage to infiltrate the world’s security network.
I’ve had many ups and downs with Craig’s entries in the Bond franchise. Casino Royale is a masterpiece and one of the best Bond films ever, Quantum of Solace is an underappreciated entry with some of the best action of the current films, Skyfall was disappointing upon my first viewing but I have grown quite fond of it since, and Spectre is much the same although still ends up as my least favorite Craig Bond film. There is still some great action, although not enough in my opinion, and Craig is still phenomenal in the role, and the addition of Waltz as the villain just brings back the over the top villains of Bond movies past. But something seems to be missing from Spectre. Perhaps there is not enough spectacle, or maybe it is that the film can’t really decide if it wants to be new style Bond or old style Bond. Regardless, it is still a fun movie and a solid entry in Craig’s Bond filmography; it just pales somewhat in comparison to the other entries. Being his last film, I think I was just hoping he would go out with a bigger bang. On the upside, the Blu-ray is absolutely stunning with incredible sound and a flawless picture. So until we find out who dons the tux next, Spectre should keep you happy.