Sam Mendes (2015)

12A Certificate


Our Score
The box office-busting Skyfall gave director Sam Mendes a licence to take the James Bond franchise in any direction he wanted. And with Spectre he draws upon the ultimate foe to pull together Daniel Craig's three previous missions into one ambitious story arc. The name Spectre will be familiar as belonging to the shadowy antagonist of the original films, and the interesting conceit here is that Bond discovers he has a personal connection to the organisation's leader, Franz Oberhauser, played with smirking relish by Christoph Waltz. While 007 slips MI6's leash to create his usual insurance-be-damned havoc away from home, a more thoughtful spy game emerges in London, with M (an enjoyably starchy Ralph Fiennes) coming under fire from Andrew Scott's obnoxious reforming bureaucrat. Once again, Mendes succeeds in delivering a prestige picture on a huge scale: its quality writ large in an epic pre-credits sequence set in Mexico City, a supercar chase through Rome and a train journey through the Sahara. But the film over-congratulates itself with a surfeit of in-jokes and knowing references - and this game of Bond Bingo soon becomes a distraction. Whereas Skyfall owed much of its success to its downbeat mood and the vulnerability of its hero, Spectre forgoes that for a more bulletproof depiction of Bond and outlandish sense of escapism. However elegantly those recycled thrills are dressed up, the spy clichés sometimes veer dangerously close to Austin Powers-style parody.


James Bond goes rogue after receiving a cryptic message that sets him on the trail of a secretive criminal network. While his colleagues face a new threat closer to home, Bond embarks on a globetrotting journey in search of the elusive mastermind behind the syndicate - whom he discovers may have links to his own past. Spy thriller, starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux and Ralph Fiennes.

Cast & Crew

James Bond Daniel Craig
Franz Oberhauser Christoph Waltz
Madeleine Swann Léa Seydoux
M Ralph Fiennes
Q Ben Whishaw
Moneypenny Naomie Harris
Max Denbigh / C Andrew Scott
Hinx Dave Bautista
Lucia Sciarra Monica Bellucci
Mr White Jesper Christensen
Marco Sciarra Alessandro Cremona
Tanner Rory Kinnear
Estrella Stephanie Sigman
Director Sam Mendes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Oct 2015