Daniel Craig as James Bond
Lea Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann
Christolph Waltz as Franz Oberhouser
Ralph Fiennes as M.
Ben Whishaw as Q.
Naomie Harris as Moneypenny.
I’m not a James Bond fan (feel free to hate on me for that in the comments). I have personally seen six of his movies before Spectre. These six showed me great Bond (From Russia With Love, Goldeneye), good Bond (Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale), and bad Bond (The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day). I haven’t seen mediocre Bond yet. Maybe these movies have no middle ground? Anyway, Spectre is enjoyable, but nothing special.
At any rate, we have series of events that lead to British secret agent James Bond finding out about Spectre, a organization of businessmen who are connected to organized crime and terrorist cells. The Bond girl of the moment is Dr. Madeleine Swann, the daughter of a victim of Spectre himself. Bond and Dr. Swann seek to uncover Spectre but are captured by a secret partner of the group.
As far as performances go, they’re… James Bond. Competent but not great and barely good. Daniel Craig does do a pretty good job, but has a problem that merits its own paragraph later. Lea Seydoux is not all that good a Bond girl, and I haven’t even seen enough of these movies to rank them all. The eventual bad guy is pretty much just OK. He’s got excellent dialogue, but the delivery is hit-miss. The reason I don’t mention him by name is because it’s meant to come as a surprise.
Bond plots are like acting in Star Wars movies: nothing special but for the purpose they serve, effective. This is no exception. It’s predictable, even in the attempts at mystery, but for a spy action flick it works.
Probably the biggest problem is that Daniel Craig is facing the same credibility issue that Harry Potter and the first six Star Trek films eventually suffered from: Actors are mortal. Because James Bond is a veteran agent, he has to be at least thirty-three. Nine years after Casino Royale, Craig is getting too old to convince me that he’s a stud playboy in between missions.
Maybe this series should move on from Craig, but Spectre remains a good popcorn movie. And in the end, that’s really what James Bond is all about.
Overall: 7 out of 10