James Bond fans should be happy with Director Sam Mendes’ Spectre.
It’s a pleasant blend of the wit and humor in the early Bond films with Sean Connery and the more serious touches brought to the franchise by Daniel Craig.
Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who were part of the team that brought us Skyfall, Casino Royale and The World Is Not Enough, joined with John Logan and Jez Butterworth to take us to Mexico City, London, Rome, Tokyo, the Austrian mountains and the North African desert for exciting car chases, upside down helicopter rides and even more fun.
Production Designer Dennis Gassner created the slick sets he brought to Skyfall and Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema has captured all the action, beautifully.
If this is to be Craig’s last Bond film, he leaves the franchise in style, aided by one of the best Bond women of all…Léa Seydoux, whose character may have changed Bond, forever.
And, with the wonderful Cristoph Waltz’s Ernst Stavros Blofeld the franchise may have come full circle. Perhaps it really can be said about this Bond enemy, You Only Live Twice.
My only real problem with the film is that the Producers eased up on some of the of the tougher images in order to keep a PG rating. Still, I give Spectre a 4.2 out of 5.