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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    One to pass up

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    cujoe
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    Spoilers ahead! This is it, this is the one Bond movie that no one thought would happen. Any real Bond fan will quickly realize the eerie similarity between this and On Her Majesty's Secret Service. That's is the first mistake they made. The second mistake was the whole "I'm having daddy issues and will bring the entire world to ruin just to get back at my brother for being better than me" plot that this movie suddenly throws at you to insult your intelligence just a bit more. Yes, every one of the Bond movies starring Daniel Craig was just chewed up and spit out with some lame plot that his brother (Blofeld) was truly responsible for everything that has happened since Casino Royale came out. This entire movie was simply an attempt to cash in on a long dead enemy of the early Bond franchise. The problem with SPECTRE (the organization, not the movie) is that it doesn't work in today's world. Much like how you can't have cold war troubles in Star Trek, because there is no cold war, no one would understand. This movie actually would have worked if they had left out the 'evil brother' plot and just stuck to 'evil terrorist organization determined to rule the world' plot (COBRA, is that you?). Now, the reason SPECTRE (the movie) didn't work is because we were already treated to Quantum, the "SPECTRE" of today's Bond. They had already established that Quantum was doing everything that SPECTRE was supposedly doing on top of what Quantum was doing... or something like that, I don't really know, I find it hard to believe that one super power has another super power as a front that is also just as secret and no one knows it exists. If your super secret organization is so secret, why do you need a secondary super secret organization to hide the main one if no one even knows it's there to begin with? I really half expected to have the Avengers show up, but I keep forgetting this is SPECTRE, not HYDRA... though there seems to be some similarities there as well. At least we were given an awesome opening credit song by Sam Smith. Most of the action scenes were sub-par, even by James Bond standards, the car chase scene just didn't do anything for the movie either. The way the entire series has gone (and the way this one ended), I'm sure Bond will be back at work as if he never stole a top secret prototype car and disobeyed the orders of every single person of higher authority than him. If they make one more. Casino Royale started us off real good, but the entire series since then just kind of lost its spark and I feel this movie was just throwing everything it could into the pot and hoping whoever ate it didn't notice how bad it was by adding lots of spices.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    SPECTRE Stumbles where SKYFALL Left Off

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    I saw my first James Bond film at fifteen. What I saw, some say, is the worst Bond picture of all time. 2002's Die Another Day featuring the last go-around for Pierce Brosnan as the famous British super spy was goofy fun at the time, especially for someone keenly unaware of any of the traditional elements and archetypes included in a Bond film, but four years later and one year after the revolutionary origin story that was Batman Begins made it okay to make something campy into something more grounded and serious we received a new kind of Bond, a more grounded in reality Bond with a seriously serious streak about him. That isn't to say that producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli overcompensated as Casino Royale still sits as my favorite of the Daniel Craig Bond films. For what it's worth, I don't necessarily have a great affinity for the Bond movies. They have never done much to excite me, but I look forward to them because I more or less know what I'm getting, but on a grand scale. And I like epic. Moreover, Craig is the Bond of my generation and if I were to have any type of fondness for any of these films it would be his rough and rugged incarnation of the typically suave MI6 agent. All of this is to say that while I appreciate what the producers and director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) have done for the series in being bold and essentially wiping the slate clean and starting from scratch it can't help but feel as if they ran out of tricks with the latest installment, Spectre. While there is much to like in this new film-the set pieces are consistent, the familiar elements more present than ever since Craig took over as well as the gorgeous cinematography from Hoyte Van Hoytema (her, Interstellar) capturing it all-and yet there is something missing from the story. There is a lack of substance while still holding an unbelievable amount of aspiration. Spectre feels like a film that wants and has the intention to do so many things and fulfill so much fan service that it actually ends up doing very little. To say Spectre is a waste of time or even a bad movie is too harsh as there is clear craft that has been put into the final product, but what the film is and what it wanted to be are clearly two very different entities.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Very Good Wrap-up of the D Craig Bond Series

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    There is no doubt that the film series has evolved. Not only with our cinematic sensibilities of good action adventure (informed by the Mission Impossible and Bourne movies) but also by our contemporary need to have flawed heroes seeking some form of redemption. Craig brings that sensibility of 'damaged goods' to the role of 007. Certainly, the stunts and cinematic thrills continue to grow in complexity and execution, using both practical and computer enhanced effects. But all of the flash means nothing if the characters aren't strongly written. It took many years to get back to Ian Fleming's literary creation, as opposed to the (often) silly contrivances of formulaic girls, guns and stunts plus the increasingly improbable villains. Dalton's Bond made a valiant attempt to give our hero more real angst and tragedy, but the movie-going public wan't ready. Brosnan's good looks and suave manner fooled a lot of folks while he worked towards building a solid character that had a lot of depth. I sort of feel he had one more great Bond movie in him, but financial and creative issues prevented that from happening. Daniel Craig has been allowed to ground the so-called super spy in a world where consequences are real and lasting. Okay, so this has been more of an overview than specific review, so I will say this: Spectre is a fine movie that does a really good (sometimes great) job of helping to bring full circle the journey of Craig's Bond from talented and self-centred amateur to a fully-fledged agent who makes informed choices based on morality and not expediency. Is it better than Skyfall? No, but as part of the quadrilogy, it does what it should and helps to wind up several dangling questions while not completely shutting down the franchise. If Craig were to walk away from this series, he leaves it in a good place. The extras are quite disappointing, so of course there will be a better version released later, for which most of us will pony up.

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    An average film

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    When compared to the far more superior "Casino Royale" and "Skyfall" "Spectre" (which looks to be Daniel Craig's final Bond film) was just an okay film. The story plot was rather bland and the running time was just far too long. I was also not a fan of Sam Smith's opening title song of "Writing on the Wall" either. Moreover, Christoph Waltz (Blofeld) and Monica Bellucci (Lucia) were both horribly underused as well....and the ending was very weak, as it just shows Bond walking away from a battered Blofeld on a bridge (Blofeld is then taken into custody by MI6) and walking off into the sunset with Lea Seydoux's character, Madeleine! On that note, I suppose that the writers just did this in a nod to the previous films, where Blofeld always manages to come back, but still. The fact that Blofeld can also somehow be like Bond's "half brother" in some way was also laughable. Another problem that I had with this film is the rings that all of the villains supposedly wore on their fingers in previous films that ties them to the SPECTRE organization (this includes Le Chiffe, Dominic Greene, Silva, and finally Blofeld). If so, why was this ring, or the SPECTRE organization, not even mentioned in previous films? The scene where Blofeld drills through Bond's head was also pretty unrealistic as well. However, one thing that I was happy to see is how well they managed to tie every previous Craig era film together in the title sequence. I thought that part was very well done, and Mr. Hinx was also a nice tribute to the late Richard Kiel and his classic Bond villain of "Jaws" as well. In summary, if you're a big Bond fan like me, you'll probably be let down. Moreover, recent reports have also confirmed that Daniel Craig recently turned down a $100 million contract for two more Bond films as well, so it will be interesting to see where this treasured film series goes next.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Movie Review: Spectre

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    The main plot has Bond following clues to uncover the secret organization Spectre, who the leader Franz Oberhauser really is and then stop the plan to take over the world’s intelligence agencies. The subplots of C’s connection to Spectre and the dismantling of the OO section, Oberhauser being Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Bond’s foster brother, Mister White from Casino Royale adds some plot background and his daughter, Dr. Madeleine Swann [Léa Seydoux] who of course becomes a love interest for Bond all interweave with the main plot and for the most part work. As I said earlier, Spectre is a good movie, exciting and enjoyable, but it does have some weaknesses. Director Sam Mendes has said that his main focus for Skyfall and for Spectre was showing an older Bond and how he reacts to the changes of the espionage world around him. Well if the producers wanted to do that they should have kept Pierce Brosnan on as Bond. The excuse for firing Brosnan was that they wanted a younger actor to match up with young attractive actresses. I think Brosnan wanting more money and profit participation had more to do with his firing than casting choices, but I still think Skyfall would have worked very well with Brosnan. I had hoped that the end scene in Skyfall had shut the lid on pealing back the layers of Bond’s troubled past and the next film would have Bond actually going on a real mission like in pre Craig Bond films. But no, Spectre continues to delve into Bonds childhood and adds a long lost evil brother Ian Fleming never created and who coincidentally happens to be the head of a global crime organization that he started because his dad liked young James too much. This plot line stretches believability more than a little and weakens the movie.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good film resolution, only decent steelbook

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    This review is specifically for the steelbook blu-ray edition of the film. First off, if you're a fan of the Daniel Craig era of Bond films, there is very little else that could have been done to return to the roots of James Bond (both in the characters, story, and style of storytelling - Look back to George Lazenby if you have any questions). It is a very fitting way to send off both actor Daniel Craig, and Director/Producer Sam Mendes, both of whom have hailed a new generation of Bond, intended to change the feel, look, and emotion behind the films. If you like the new films, then this is a great one. If you don't, this is not the one to finally convince you. Now, the reason for my four-star overall rating is for the steelbook packaging; I have the Bond 50th Anniversary collection blu-ray collection, which included Casino Royal, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall... I got all three of those in their steelbook releases to match the full Daniel Craig set, even though it created a few duplicates in the library. Each of those has a beautiful, and unique design. They are pretty, but not so awe-inspiring that I would recommend them over the regular blu-ray release unless it's within a couple dollars, and you care. In the case of Spectre (pun intended), the artwork is minimal, unoriginal, and downright boring. While Quantum of Solace is arguably the most vague film of the current series, you wouldn't think so, to look at the cover art. In conclusion, for a decent quality cover, with uninspired artwork, and a subjectively good film, I would give it a solidly "good" rating. Happy hunting!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's Not "Skyfall," but It's Still 007

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    2002's "Skyfall" was a commercial and critical smash, raking in a billion dollars worldwide and widely considered to be one of the best James Bond films. 2015's "SPECTRE" brought back director Sam Mendes (the first director to helm back-to-back Bond films in decades) and most of the crew, and builds on the events of that film, with Bond on a secret mission that leads him to a shadowy organization behind most of the pain in his life (basically everything that has happened since Daniel Craig became Bond with the Casino Royale reboot). As the name implies, the classic evil organization SPECTRE from the Sean Connery era is back, along with its leader whose name I won't mention here. Given all of this, one could reasonably expect SPECTRE to top its predecessor, but unfortunately it can't pull off the trick. The story just isn't as tight, the ending is a bit weak, and Sam Smith's theme song is nowhere nearly as good as Adele's effort from the previous film. However, it still boasts some amazing set pieces, especially the first one in Mexico City, we get a new Aston Martin, and Bond's new supporting cast (led by Ralph Fiennes as the new "M") are all solid in their limited roles. Like the film itself, the extras on the Blu-Ray are paltry compared to "Skyfall" (no audio commentaries as opposed to the two we got previously), but the technical presentation is excellent. If you're a Bond fan, it's an easy call, and you know you'll pony up for the double dip if MGM ever releases a deluxe version.

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not at all Awesom! It was so boring I fell asleep!

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    If me falling sleep during the early portion of the Film here titled: "SPECTRE" gives any indication, then Awesome Film! In my case, I dumbly paid $10.00 before Tax, the Cashier put the DVD Package on a Frozen Ice Cream so it ruined the Disc making it Damp! Damp DVD is not something to be proud of. Now, I went back to get that DVD Replaced and since the Boy not man, except Boy at Tarjet=Target did the Exchange for me did it like a Regular Return with a Receipt I just Blooming Bought the Damned DVD for crying out loud! Let's talk about Return Policy at BB, Tarjet and all except for Wal-Mart. At Wal-Mart I've not been asked for an I.D., and they gladly smiling at me which to me is perfectly fine but for their Employees to even be Polite, I think I'm no longer in Kansas or Tampa any longer.! I was never asked for an Identification when not having a Receipt! I for them to give me a Gift Card, or tell me this is Food I need to find similar Amount or pay the Balance if it went over? I was thrilled by their new attitudes towards me! In closing, since I did kind of tiny bit go off topic, I wanted to add after I brought my DVD of the Replaced hopefully better Disc version of Spectre, that when I do finally figure out where I put it? I'll do the Test for watching because only in one spot it froze and skipped to the next Scene! I would say if the BR, DVD & Digital Combo was available or the Blu-ray Entire JB Discs were available for my purchase? I would not hesitate to buy it!

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing after all the build up and hype

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    In my opinion Daniel Craig's weakest portrayal in the series, ranks close to Quantum of Solace. Casino Royale is by far the best Bond for Craig and I believe of all the Bond movies, even Connery's; so I had high hopes for Craig to go out with a bang, as there was great potential in the story of how Spectre began and how Bond became "Bond". However, a strong storyline never developed: the screenplay is weak, the action scenes are not on par with the rawness of the Casino Royale script or visuals, which really encapsulated Bond essence from the Fleming book but brought a modern, brutal and harder edge. Spectre took a backward step in having Bond become part of a story that plodded along stitched together disjointedly, with predictable action sequences and unimpressive dialogue to an unbelievable conclusion, where Bond Leaves Blofeld alive and drives off into the sunrise with a girl half his age. It would have been much better to leave the story hanging, unknown if Bond survives or not; something like Holmes and Moriarty at the Richenbach Falls perhaps, leading the way for a new Bond to rise. One can only hope with the next Bond rendition, that his idyllic life is shattered by Blofeld killing his new love, bringing Bond back from the brink from the life of the mundane. In summary, you have to watch the movie even if just to say you have seen them all. Hopefully, Spectre the movie will fade away and the next movie takes the Bond character to new highs.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just short of Skyfall but a good ride.....

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    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 Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid followup to Skyfall

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    I was pleasantly surprised, after the middling reviews, and I was able to lower my expectations a smidge (my expectations were SUPER high). I think this is a pretty solid Bond movie, unfortunately it's not as good as its bar-setting predecessor or Casino Royale. I think this would rank either in between or after the Connery movies, which is still decent praise. Perhaps the largest falloff from Skyfall is losing Roger Deakins - Spectre is just not nearly as visually striking. And yes, the script has a few problems, mostly the backstory for Blofield, which admittingly doesn't make any sense, nor does the boast made about being behind all of Bond's past adventures. As to the criticism that Waltz is barely in the movie, I think he's in it an almost perfect amount. You never want to out stay your welcome. I'd argue he's in it too much, at least near the end and how the plot ends. He should be kept more in the shadows and also feel more all-powerful, but I think Waltz was great despite some script deficits. The opening scene was terrific, and I thought the mid movie alpine shootout was pretty good as well. The action delivered, Daniel Craig and Waltz delivered, and so did much of the rest of the movie. If this is the "average" Bond film we are to get in the future, we are all pretty fortunate.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Standard But Solid Entry

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    Spectre, the follow-up to the wildly successful Skyfall, hit theaters with much anticipation and high expectations. While not as good as Skyfall or Casino Royale (Quantum of Solace should be considered a continuation to Casino Royale and not on its own), there is much to like here. Amongst them are a lighter (for the Craig run) tone and several throw backs to the Bond of old as one might expect given the title. While there isn't much in the line of surprises, there is still a lot of fun. Q has some much needed screen time to allow the audience to get a better feel for who this incarnation is. The villain is a bit, in my opinion, weak when all is revealed but this is by no means a deal breaker. The end is a bit ambiguous but we all know James Bond will be back so who knows how things will he followed up (at this point in time Sam Mendes has stated this Spectre is his last entry in the series, at least for the near term). If this is the last Daniel Craig entry then he's had one heck of a run. He took the franchise from the brink of being a full on parody of itself to a solif secure standing not seen since probably Goldeneye. Bond fans will not be disappointed. New entrants however should go back and start with Casino Royale and work their way up to get the full enjoyment of this film.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous, but Vapid

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    The movie itself has been polarizing. I'll only say that there are things I like about it (cast; settings, esp. Day of the Dead opening; cinematography; production design; costumes) and things that didn't work (unnecessary contrivances about the villain, entirely too many nods to previous Bond movies). As for the Blu-ray release at hand, the A/V quality is predictably terrific. The extras are surprisingly underwhelming. Bond has been one franchise that has traditionally given us hours upon hours of bonus content, and "SPECTRE" is outright paltry. The 20:12 featurette on the opening sequence is nice, covering how each department worked to create the Day of the Dead. Unfortunately, that's all we really get. The Video Blogs are the same ones that were uploaded by the official 007 account to YouTube in the months leading up to the movie's opening. These are only a minute or two apiece in duration, so they're pretty superficial. The only other features are a still gallery (I hate those), and the three trailers that were released for the movie (loved those!). As for the Best Buy-exclusive SteelBook packaging, I gotta say, I love it. That initial teaser poster art image that was used here thrilled me when it was first released. It's spiffier in person than the ad art suggests.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Bond, Lacking Blu-Ray

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    Daniel Craig returns once again as James "007" Bond in the 24th films (excluding spin-offs and what-not). Here, Bond confronts a global terrorist organization known only as Spectre. They seem to have their dirty little hands in everything, everywhere and 007 is the only person who seems to believe they even exist, let alone the only one trying to stop them. Craig once again dons the tuxedo and does and excellent job of it. Fans will be pleased that this films is less "Bourne" and more old-school Bond. Familiar faces show up, Bond gets some of his gadgets for use against the villains. If you loved the Sean Connery Bonds then you'll be smiling ear-to-ear with all the references and easter-eggs hidden throughout the film. At 148-minutes, it's the longest Bond to date and some might find the bloated running time a bit difficult to get through. There's plenty of action, but it is spread out, going long stretches as Bond investigates. It's a great film, but for some reason MGM decided that extras on the Blu-Ray weren't important. Skyfall was loaded, but here we only get "Spectre: Bond's Biggest Opening Sequence; Video Blogs and a Gallery. That's it. Kind cheap if you ask me. Guess a double-dip is in order when the inevitable "Special Edition" hits the market in a few years.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Back to the Original Bond Formula

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    Watching Bond Marathons with my dad, growing, up, I kept wondering with modern Bond flicks "What happened to Bond?" Somewhere along the line, the formula was lost, albeit laughable and mocked at times (e.g. The villain telling the hero his exact plans right before killing him, which always goes wrong.). These things were what made Bond smooth and daring. It is like our relationship with China and Russia, we pretend to be friends, but we spy the heck out of each other, pretend we don't, and pretend we don't know that we know the other guy is doing the same. So, back to Spectre. Casino Royal (Craig) was the beginning of a return to grace. Skyfall, while excellent, felt a little too Dark Knight to be Bond. Spectre, on the other hand, was home from the beginning Dia de los Muertos scene in Mexico City, masks, crowds, and all...and the villain...masterful! If you miss traditional Bond, this movie is awesome! For those newer to Bond, you may not like this, but remember, the silly aspects aren't dumb, there is a deeper reasoning hidden there. If you don't enjoy it, then Bond truly never was your style of movie, but this Spectre is a true return to form for those of us longing for it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great ending

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    Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond has been a rebooting of the 007 franchise, as a young Bond becomes a mature agent. "Spectre" is the end of that narrative arc. In this outing, Bond's opponent is a man whose name will be familiar to long time fans of the franchise. The movie opens with a terrific action sequence in Mexico, set on the Day of the Dead. Bond is off on a private mission, while MI-6, in the fallout from "Skyfall", is facing termination. With help from Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw), Bond will doggedly pursue a trail of clues to a young woman who may have some of his answers. Together, they will find and face an old acquaintance who is the head of a very evil and very powerful organization. The movie has a story, and plenty of action sequences, one after another. The movie's subtheme, about the power of information and its misuse, is very topical, and the villain himself is urbanely, cheerfully nasty. There is a worthy evil henchman to be fought, an exciting car chase sequence in Rome, after dark, and an even better chase sequence in the Austrian Alps. Highly recommended as good entertainment for fans of the franchise.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Butler Did It.

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    Get the popcorn ready and a shaker full of Vodka Martini's (Shaken NOT stirred). Where Skyfall filled in a lot of the back story as to how the character of James Bond was raised, and why he had no family. This movie raises some new questions about where he will go from here. I do hope that the new "Q" (Quartermaster) will come up with some new toy that will allow an electromagnetic pulse (EMP emitter) to shut down ALL of the worlds electronics. and the bad guys get a hold of it. That way EVERYONE would have to use their own talents and not a laser sighted pistol or rifle. James Bonds years of training and talents would then be put to the test. as he drove the streets of London in a 1958 Bentley. With no electronics, no radio, no cell phones, only the mechanical gadgets, rescued from the MI6 museum. This movie brings past 53 years a little further into the light as to the character of James Bond and what might happen under a new "M". Pencils, erasers, carbon paper (ask your grand parents) and true human ingenuity and skill. We all love the toys, but only James Bond has the talent to use them. I hope you Enjoy this as much as we have.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not the Best Craig Bond Film but Not Bad

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    More an homage to some of the earlier Bond films of the Sean Connery era than an original Bond story, "Spectre" is still a fun, action-packed movie. It has a great Bond feel to it. The theme song, sung by Sam Smith, was an unfortunate choice and is, in my opinion, the worst Bond theme of perhaps all 25 Bond films. It sort of taints the first quarter of the film. This song is supposed to set the mood and this sets the wrong mood entirely. Some of the effects are a little subpar. Bond's fight in the helicopter in the first act (close-ups) was very obviously shot on a sound stage in front of a green screen. In this day and age and with the budget this movie had, effects like that should be seamless and unnoticeable. Longtime fans of the franchise should see a lot of familiar moments. Depending on the person, these homages might make the film more fun or they could show a disappointing lack of originality. But it's fun and worth the watch--a decent addition to the 007 series.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not the Best of the Craig Bonds

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    At first, many carped about the casting of Daniel Craig as Jamers Bond, however from the very start of Casino Royale it was clear Craig was a new Bond for a new era and the fit was perfect. Indeed, his first 3 outings as 007 have all proven to be both exciting and thought provoking. Unfortunately, this fourth installment does not live up to the standards set by the previous three. This is not to say that Craig does a poor job,for he does not, and there are plenty of well choreographed action sequences, and yet the total effect of the film is not equal to the sum of its parts. Something is missing here, some spark or bit of magic that keeps this film from being as good as the others. Daniel Craig is an excellent actor, but perhaps he is correct in saying it is time for him to move on. The Blu-ray itself looks great and the audio is superb, so no complaints there. And, compared to some of the earlier films in the Bond franchise, this is certainly a well crafted and fun ride, but, for me at least, Casino Royale remains the best of the Daniel Craig Bonds.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    underrated wrap-up to 4 Bond film arc

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    Skyfall and Casino Royale are not easy acts to follow. The bar has been set very high as those were two of the best 007 films ever made (along with Goldfinger, FRWL, OHMSS, and Goldeneye), leading to some excess criticism of a very good film. It doesn't have the benefit of Roger Deakins' cinematography which made Skyfall quite possibly the best-looking Bond film and it could be argued that Javier Bardem made a better villain that Christophe Waltz, but it does have one of the best opening sequences in the franchise's history, a bravura (digitally-assisted) extended shot in Bond's answer to film noir classic Touch of Evil opening. SPECTRE also justifies repeat viewings since the filmmakers have also thrown in plenty of Easter Eggs for the longtime fans, referencing basically every film in the 50+ year line. Like most modern action films, the transfer of the film is excellent. The steelbook design itself is a bit basic, consisting of essentially just the title logo, which may cause buyers to consider opting for the normal Blu-ray release instead.

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