Spectre in many ways isn't like Skyfall; the predecessor paid tribute to the 50 years of Bond films, putting all the elements together to form a slick, smooth production. Spectre returns to the Bond film form - building up the suave, charismatic character, the prolonged sequences of finding escape, and facing off with a villainous antagonist that is very determined to destroy the very core of Bond. Yet the 'modern' Bond characteristics were still there, from parts of his past to targeting the humanistic personality Craig's Bond has developed throughout his run. As a whole, Spectre seemed to play like one last outing from director Sam Mendes, franchise-wise. He returned the franchise to a familiar road without losing the essence and modernity that the character was built on from many years.
Craig, in return, still impresses as Bond. No longer broody compared to his previous exploits, but still keeps check the development he had. It seemed that he had moved forward from all the terrible things that had happened to him, the writing no longer dwelling on his losses and treating his experiences as learning opportunities. This relaxed, rogue version of him comes to fruition through his interactions with Madelaine Swann, played well by Lea Seydoux. His need to protect her was evident, he was playing hero to her damsel. In hindsight, I found Swan to be the least capable Bond girl Craig's Bond has been partnered with. Despite her knowledge in weaponry and the assumptions of her physical strength, Bond has been seen running to rescue her after so many times that she really appears to be delicate. I had hoped the writing had played her characteristic more into the scenes instead of her being occasionally slapped to unconsciousness.
Spectre didn't skimp out in terms of location, and is also one of the stylish Bond movies I have seen. Craig and Seydoux looked like they both stepped out of fashion catalogues, and don't get dirty or grimy despite all the running they had to do. The theme song however, was a bit unmemorable.
Looking at the four Bond films, this was quite different from its predecessors, but fun and excellent. It's serious, but doesn't take itself seriously. It did take a different approach to how things ended. It has its flaws, but it's still a fantastic outing from Craig and Mendes.
Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux
Director: Sam Mendes