I’m digging 007 back in a white suit!
Loved it. A well-handled, carefully measured return to the style of the 1960s Bond. As a 007 nerd since Live And Let Die, it’s been wonderful to see the franchise returned to its roots. Actually, for me its even better than its roots. As was the case with Casino Royale and Skyfall, Spectre is another Bond film I’ve always wanted but never quite got. Craig & Co are continuing in their restoration of the franchise and character (Quantum of Solace was a shaky-cam misstep).
Like Skyfall before it, with Spectre there is great cinematography, great tone and great pacing (or lack of it when the story & scene call for it). Love the long shots and cerebral passages. Ms Seydoux is the best yet. Enjoyed her more than Vesper. Deeper character. All of her scenes in the mountains are outstanding. I was wondering how they would handle an updated Blofeld. Mike Myers ruined the character, so a re-introduction was going to be very tricky. They handled it perfectly. Great opening shot with the giant skeleton smoking a cigar. All the Mexico City\ Día de Muertos stuff was fantastic. Great music also. Newman outdid himself. Listening to the soundtrack as I'm posting this.
For me, Spectre is a Top Five 007 film for sure.
Great extended role of Q. Whishaw is the best ever.
Great extended role of Moneypenny. *swoon*
Very cool update to the SPECTRE organization meeting.
Great and much needed restoration of Blofeld. Hidden lair in a geological feature-check, scar-check, cat-check, torture-check.
Nice nod to Scaramanga’s funhouse.
Nice homage and improvement to the mountain institute in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Loved the very subtle for-nerds-only reference of The Hildebrand Rarity.
Well done, Ms Seydoux. My new favorite Bond Girl. Period. Cerebral, gorgeous, realistic. Better than Vesper. <--- Yeah, that’s what I said.
End shot with Ms Swann sitting in the car. Saw it coming, loved it. Possible set-up to a take on Tracy Bond?
Edited by 201050, 01 December 2015 - 01:53 PM.