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Spectre (2015)

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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.

Director:

Sam Mendes

Writers:

John Logan (screenplay by), Neal Purvis (screenplay by) | 6 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... James Bond
Christoph Waltz ... Blofeld
Léa Seydoux ... Madeleine
Ralph Fiennes ... M
Monica Bellucci ... Lucia
Ben Whishaw ... Q
Naomie Harris ... Moneypenny
Dave Bautista ... Hinx
Andrew Scott ... C
Rory Kinnear ... Tanner
Jesper Christensen ... Mr. White
Alessandro Cremona Alessandro Cremona ... Marco Sciarra
Stephanie Sigman ... Estrella
Tenoch Huerta ... Mexican Man in Lift
Adriana Paz Adriana Paz ... Mexican Woman in Lift
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Storyline

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.

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The dead are alive


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The sign outside the safe house says that it was a bookshop called "Hildebrand". "The Hildebrand Rarity " is (to date, December 2019) an unused title for a Bond movie from an Ian Fleming short story included in the "For Your Eyes Only" collection. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, Bond is seen approaching what he believes to be a dangerous location, taking out his pistol and manually loading the chamber by sliding it back. This suggests that Bond carries his pistol without the chamber loaded. As noted above by another viewer, there would be no need to do this, since the PPK is a double action pistol, i.e. it can be carried safely with a round in the chamber. In addition, it is highly unlikely that a trained assassin would carry his pistol in that manner, since getting the pistol ready for combat would involve making a very large noise (as we see in the movie), and it would delay and complicate the response to any sudden attack, especially since the action requires two free hands. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Estrella: Where are you going?
James Bond: I won't be long.
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Crazy Credits

The cast in the end credits is categorized by location after the main roles have been credited. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the German language version the character Dr. Vogel, who first reports at the SPECTRE meeting in Rome, speaks Hungarian, not German like in the original English version. The reasons for this significant change are unknown. But the organization SPECTRE now appears more 'foreign' to a German audience. See more »

Connections

References Goldfinger (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Name's Bond... James Bond
Music by Monty Norman and David Arnold
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With occasions of triteness, Spectre is satisfactory but not stupendous like Casino Royale
7 November 2015 | by ArchonCinemaReviewsSee all my reviews

Resuming where Skyfall left off, Spectre points James Bond on a quest to discover and unearth truths behind the sinister organization responsible.

The 00 organization is under duress as the Centre of National Security attempts to take over control of all clandestine undertakings in the protection of the nation. Bond is on his own and off grid as he follows Spectre across the globe, with one mission in mind, to terminate it at the source. Much has changed for Bond since his first mission in Montenegro where he fell for the beautiful Vesper Lynd. On guard, 007's seductive charisma is set aside as he fervently pursues vengeance for M and truth for himself.

Daniel Craig has been James Bond for close to ten years now, a near unbelievable fact until you go back and realize the first film, Casino Royale, was released in 2006. Opening with a strong action sequence set during the Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico City, Spectre starts promisingly intense. Set in exotic locations with transcendentally tactile productions, Spectre satiates the audience's wanderlust craving. Something happens once Sam Smith's "Writings on the Wall" concludes, and the dark gritty James Bond we've grown to be enamored with takes several steps back toward the triteness of the 90s.

It was always going to be difficult for director Sam Mendes to supersede expectations set from the wildly successful Skyfall. The narrative had taken a complicated turn with deceit and bloodshed interwoven with treachery and malice. Mendes had teased us with a captivating scene set in a wintry tundra where a cloaked man compared Bond to a 'kite dancing in a hurricane'. It was enigmatic but furtively beguiling. Desperately longing for Spectre to capture this essence for the totality of its duration, it fails to meet expectations.

There is something intangibly weary about Spectre as a whole. The amorous allure inherently exuding from Bond is overdone and forced, injected into the plot to satisfy token assumptions. His unflinching execution of his license to kill has softened, leaving Bond to feel less like 007 and more like IMF agent Ethan Hunt who participates in a similar journey this year.

Do not mistake these criticisms of Spectre as a conclusion for it being substandard. The hand-to-hand fight sequences are marvelously intense and brutal, especially those against Dave Bautista. The narrative plots across Mexico, Rome, Austria and Morocco and does so without sacrificing the story too much. It just ends up feeling drawn out, as if it were going through the motions.

Spectre is vastly superior to the Pierce Brosnan 007 films, it is just in comparison to its peers that it fails to measure up and is more akin to them than the Craig films we've grown to love. With rare occasions of cheesiness that make you more laughably amused (especially at the senseless love scenes) than suspensefully entertained, we can only hope for a sensational Bond 25.

6.5/10

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Release Date:

6 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Oujda, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$245,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,403,148, 8 November 2015

Gross USA:

$200,074,609

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$880,674,609
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2.39 : 1
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