Please note this review contains multiple spoilers
'Special Executive for Counter-intelligence Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion'
For diehard fans of 007, they will know that this organisation first appeared in 'Thunderball'. Many will also note that this 24th film, 'Spectre' refers in many places to 'Skyfall' and could be regarded as a sequel.
'You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond'
It is time to eliminate someone at the top of M16, so the death of M. [Judy Dench] is the director's choice. Near the end of 'Skyfall' she dies in the arms of our hero. O77 survives after blowing up his family home in Scotland, saying 'I never liked it anyway'.
So on with the violence, gadgets, great locations, sexual conquests and his licence to kill, James Bond continues to roam the world, after being suspended by his new boss because he has taken another well-earned 'unofficial' holiday, this time in Mexico City.
While there he manages to blow up a building and take a helicopter ride with a bunch of baddies trying to kill him. It spins out of control because our hero, making a dumb mistake, puts thousands of merry makers in danger of being burned alive with stuff falling from the sky. Then a song, as good as any in previous 007 movies, plays as the credits roll. Now 007 goes on an out of control adventure, as expected. It's silly, but it is fun and it's predictable.
The directors make many changes to the behaviour of 007 to modernise this 24th adventure. The English are known to produce the best bespoke jackets in the world, so why the usually impeccably dressed Bond [Daniel Craig] squeezed into suits two sizes too small? Maybe part of the updating project and the new approachable hero. Make no mistake, this is a violent man of courage, trained to kill who admits to drinking too much, but remains a sensuous lover. Does he seduce? No, the women fall into his arms, young and old.
Back to the fun. In this age of technology, the new M. [Ralph Fiennes] has decided 00's are old hat. Drones and computers will do their work. Not so, old M. sends a message from the grave to kill one of the major members of Spectre, so the new Q. [Ben Whishaw], a computer geek and inventor, gives him a wonderful Austin Martin DB-10. This magnificent engineering feat ends up in the Tiber River after a hair raising car chase through the streets of Rome and a wristwatch, which will later save him from unbelievable torture at Spectre headquarters. Beforehand, on a train in Morocco, with the help of his new love, the daughter of the deceased man M. sends him to kill, Bond demolishes most of the train and the baddies sent to kill him, after an interrupted dinner and romp with said daughter.
Spectre has plans to rule the world by collecting all the information on all of the computers, yes. you guested it, along comes Bond. Head of Spectre [ Franz Oberhuser] - 'So, why did you come Mr. Bond?' Bond - 'I came to kill you'.
Back to London and another building blows up. So how does the film end after two and a half hours? Well Bond, to his delight, recovers his original Austin Martin of fifty years ago. Paying particular attention to the last 10 minutes you may wonder if our hero will return for the 25th time. Will he be back?
This film has broken all box office records, so when you are on a good thing …
If there is to be a number 25, what about Mel Gibson?