Daniel Craig has now starred in four James Bond pictures. I didn’t care for the first two (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), but Skyfall convinced me he was the right man for the job, and now Spectre has confirmed it.
Like most big budget action films, Spectre is 25 minutes too long; but the opening scene, set amidst The Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City, is spectacular, as is a train car brawl opposite former wrestling star Dave Bautista. Talk about a beast for Bond to best. Dang. This guy makes Odd Job look like Jack Black.
The plot. Does it even matter? Bond is assigned to thwart an evil mastermind with an axe to grind and endless resources to grind it.
The exquisite Monica Bellucci makes a cameo as a widow for the taking, and the adorable Naomie Harris returns as Money Penny; however, the “Bond girl” stationed to make us male folk swoon this time around is Lea Seydoux. She has appeal for sure, in a semi-androgynous, ambiguous Eastern Bloc kind of way; but to be frank, she’s too young for this stuff and the age gap between her and Craig is distracting.
Spectre also takes its sweet time to get to the villain, played by Tarantino pet project, Christoph Waltz. Aside from one early scene, Waltz doesn’t get screen time opposite Bond until nearly two full hours in to the film.
Nonetheless, the Bond brand continues to capture our imagination like no other Hollywood franchise.
And that’s a good thing.