"And then, gradually reveal the story later" he said. Sam Mendes does this with ease.
Following this death-defying introduction, the plot itself unravels with James Bond promising to protect the daughter of his, now deceased, nemesis from the villainous Sp.E.C.T.R.E. organisation.
In a helicopter careening above a crowd of people screaming below, James Bond grapples with the villain before throwing him and his pilot into the landscape below.
Thus begins the opening scenes of Spectre in Mexico where thousands of people have gathered in the town to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead).
above: Spectre's theme song sees Bond risking his life to save a woman, and the world, from the octopus arms of Sp.E.C.T.R.E.)
The slinky arms of the octopus wrap around bodies as the opening song plays with fire. The octopus represents Sp.E.C.T.R.E. as a surveillance body with its arms everywhere. It is this octopus which recurs as the bullet hole's shattered glass, and as the embossed emblem on the ring.
It's just a shame they had to kill off Judi Dench in the previous Bond film Skyfall; nevertheless, Ralph Fiennes does a suavely delicious job at governing the undercover agency M16 in Spectre.
(Above: Blofeld reincarnated as Dr Evil in Austin Powers)
An honourable mention goes to 21st century's Javier Bardem's portrayal of the twisted Raoul Silva in the previous Bond film released in 2012 called Skyfall. Javier Bardem's acting skills as the ultra-villain in No Country for Old Men is a close contender to the skills he portrayed as Raoul in the previous Bond film Skyfall.
A cinematographic landscape of monochromatic colours set amidst a darkened theme contrasts with earlier versions of the Bond films set-designed with pop-culture colour. At times, though, it does feel like one is driving along an endless road with the same view… camel, camel, camel, gold, camel, brown, camel, gold, brown etc… It would have been good to have contrasted the storyline's monochromatic colours with vibrant reds, brilliant blues, greens, yellows, oranges etc during the opening scene in Mexico.
Nevertheless, the colours fit within the screenplay, the mood of the latest Bond film, and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema's award-winning signature touch working with a 35mm.
A five star form of entertainment now out on DVD.