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Spectre

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2015
  • Sam Mendes
  • 142 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Spy adventure starring Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz. After foiling a terrorist attack in Mexico City, James Bond picks up the trail of a secret organisation known as Spectre. He infiltrates one of their meetings in Rome, only to discover that his every move has been monitored by Spectre's mysterious leader, a man known as Franz Oberhauser.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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 007's 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.

Credits

Cast

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James BondDaniel Craig
Franz OberhauserChristoph Waltz
Madeleine SwannLéa Seydoux
MRalph Fiennes
QBen Whishaw
MoneypennyNaomie Harris
Max Denbigh / CAndrew Scott
HinxDave Bautista
Lucia SciarraMonica Bellucci
Mr WhiteJesper Christensen
Marco SciarraAlessandro Cremona
TannerRory Kinnear
EstrellaStephanie Sigman

Crew

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DirectorSam Mendes

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2015-10-26
Languages
English | German | Italian | French | Spanish
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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