A cryptic message from James Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth about the author of all his pain in his most recent missions.
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Belluci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Meanwhile, back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Miss Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., he learns a chilling connection between him and the enemy he seeks.
This movie was released with the launch of a special luggage range called the "Globe-Trotter Spectre Collection". The movie's official website states: "Globe-Trotter has announced the launch of two new product ranges to celebrate the release of 'Spectre'. The first, named after the 24th Bond adventure, is made up of suitcases, including 16" slim attaché, 21" trolley case, and a 30" suitcase with wheels. The range also includes leather bags, such as a canvas and leather overnight bag, and accessories, such as a passport holder, wallet, business card holder and a luggage tag. The second is a range of women's bags and accessories called 'Moneypenny'. Designed by Globe-Trotter's Charlotte Seddon, who worked closely with Spectre costume designer Jany Temime. Items include: a business bag and a tote bag, a 13" Vulcan Fibre vanity case, tablet cover and a purse. Each piece in the Moneypenny range features a subtle 'M' logo stitched beautifully into each product." See more »
In "Dr. No", "M" required James Bond to turn in his 25-calibre Baretta and replaced it with a 7.65 mm Walther PPK.
Bond has continued to use the Walther PPK in subsequent films, including SPECTRE.
In SPECTRE, Bond "racks the slide" (loads a round into the firing chamber) at least twice just before going into action. An agent with Bond's experience would never have done that due to the features of the Walther PPx series, because, by doing so, he would have reduced his shot capacity by one.
In all variants, (PP, PPK, PPK/S, etc.), the weapon has a bullet capacity of "X+1", which means "X" rounds in the magazine and 1 in the chamber, ready to fire. For the PPK in 7.65 mm, the capacity is 7+1, not a large capacity by today's standards, so when Bond would have prepared his PPK well before any need to use it, he would have loaded the magazine with the maximum 7 rounds, racked the slide to put one round in the chamber, removed the magazine, and put in another round to restore a full 8-round capacity. Racking the slide does put the hammer back, making the weapon ready to fire, but when the safety is activated, a metal bar rotates over the firing pin and then allows the hammer to fall forward safely onto that bar, preventing its firing until the safety as moved to the firing position.
Because the PPx series are DA/SA (double-action/single action), and are exceptionally safe when carried with a round in the chamber, hammer down, to go into action, Bond need only move the safety to "fire," pull the trigger double-action for the first shot which cocks the hammer and fires, then each subsequent round would be single-action because the hammer would be back, ready for the next shot. See more »
When Bond enters the ruined MI6-HQ Building, the memorial plaque "IN MEMORY FOR THOSE WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY" displays several Names of the Films Art-Department Crew. See more »
In August 2015, Columbia submitted the film to the BBFC in the UK for advice on whether the film would receive a 12A rating upon a formal submission. The BBFC informed the filmmakers that cuts would be required in two scenes before a 12A rating, instead of an uncut 15, could be obtained. These were made prior to formal submission and it was duly passed at 12A with no further changes.
Reductions to "strong bloody (injury) detail" were made in the following two scenes:
The eye gouging now only shows an establishing shot of the thumbs being inserted, then cuts to a counter-shot from behind the victim's head when the slightly bloody thumbs emerge. The uncut version showed this all from the front, including the aftermath.
The suicide now takes place off-screen and with reduced detail. The uncut version showed the man putting the gun under his chin and firing with a spray of bloody mist, and two subsequent shots showed brain tissue hanging down from the back of his head.
These cuts persist in all worldwide versions of the film. See more »
The wonderful thing about the James Bond franchise is that there's always another one on the way. With its sights set on eternity, the franchise currently has 24 legitimate installments and shows no signs of slowing. This never-ending stream of films allows generations of actors and directors to tackle the character, which inevitably leads to some fantastic results – and others not so fantastic. "Spectre", the latest Bond film, fits cleanly in the middle.
As always, a Bond film thrives first and foremost on the sophistication of its lead actor, and although Daniel Craig has proved his infallible refinement in previous installments, like "Casino Royale" (2006) and "Skyfall" (2012), his talents aren't supported nearly as much in "Spectre". Here, it's almost as if Craig is playing a caricature of Bond, drinking twice as much alcohol, being twice as confident and forward with the ladies and enduring twice as many blows to the face. In other words, this is the first time in a while that a Bond film has come off as just plain silly.
That's not to say that the Bond franchise is unfamiliar with silliness. The roots of the character on-screen lie in the campy and absurd. But Craig has thus far played a very dramatic version of Bond, the most realistic of any in the franchise, and has been met with critical acclaim. So it comes as a big surprise to see that where its counterparts built something original and fresh, "Spectre" has fallen for nostalgia, bringing back the preposterous action set pieces, horribly sexist and out-of-touch female counterparts, and oddly shallow villains.
And, if I'm being honest, it's the film's primary villain that really let me down. Franz Oberhauser is as convoluted and multi-layered as any other Bond villain, but with the added kick that he's being played by Christoph Waltz, one of the best actors alive that has a real knack for playing great antagonists. But instead of using him like "Skyfall" used Silva (played by Javier Bardem), with intelligence and tact, "Spectre" leaves him literally cloaked in shadow for most of the film. But even once Oberhauser finally comes into play, he never makes much of an impression. In fact, he's pretty similar to every other villain in modern action movies – distant, cold and calculating, as formulaic as they come.
Having said all of that, I want to be as transparent as possible – all of this ridiculous silliness can be a lot of fun. Even though the film doesn't present itself in the most intelligent way, "Spectre" knows how to entertain its audience. So even though many of the action sequences are founded in faulty logic, all of them are visually spectacular. Each explosion, car chase and gunfight is handled with extreme care, and all are choreographed beautifully. There are plenty of "Did you see that?" moments, making the film an absolute riot when watching with friends.
When leaving the theater, I had to ask myself whether or not the film's sheer crudeness made it a wholly low-quality experience, and I can now answer that with a definitive no. Even though I saw through every twist and turn the film took, I was still laughing and smiling the whole way through. As absurd as it is, I had a great time watching Bond defy death time and time again whether it be in a plane, train or car, all of which exploded at one point or another. And at the end of the day, I went to see the film for the sole purpose of being entertained, right? So regardless of whether or not each piece fell neatly into place, the film deserves credit for doing its job.
This may or may not be the end of Craig's run as Bond, and if it is, then it certainly isn't the send-off I would've preferred. But, all things considered, "Spectre" isn't a bad movie; it's just a movie with the sensibilities of its cherished bygone cousins, and I can accept it for that.
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