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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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    SimonTemplar
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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: 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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    Sirik
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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: 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: 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: 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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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good conclusion to story started in Casino Royale

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    Daniel Criag's interruptation of James Bond continues to impress. His version of Bond is much more physical and rougher than my other favorite James Bond, who is of course, Sean Connery. This fourth in the latest series of Bond films answers many of the questions poised in the first three movies in this new series. My only problem with this movie is with many of the questions answered, and with M and Mr. White gone now, will the series be able to keep up the same quaility of story telling it did when it had this common core to build off of in each new movie. These common themes kept me invested in each new movie to see what old questions would be answered and what new questions would be discovered to be answere in the next movie. Unless they can bring Blofeld back and this time make him more menacing and cruel than he was in this last film and at the sametime resolve why Bond comes back after he left MI6 for being with Mr. White's daughter, they are going to have a tough time writing a followup to "Specter".

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Maybe 2nd best in the Daniel Craig 007 movies

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    I think Skyfall is the best Bond movie ever and is good enough to stand on its own even if you know nothing about any of the James Bond movies. With that said - this movie picks up where Skyfall left off and is worth the price of admission on the opening scene alone. Overall the story is good - though typically a little far fetched (as all the Bond movies are) - but a fun action flick that ties up a lot of loose ends while raising some relevant real world questions about government surveillance and what its limits should be. Visually stunning cinematography shot on location at a number of actual sites (not green screen) which has long been a Bond hallmark. I liked the movie better on the 3rd watch than the first 2 which i also think speaks to the depth of the movie. I would rank this one maybe second behind Skyfall and edging Casino Royale by a nose (with Quantum of Solace definitely in 4th place) in the Daniel Craig as 007 series. If this is truly Craig's last hurrah as Bond he definitely went out in style.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The return of SPECTRE

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    The movie itself - despite having a pretty good storyline(for the most part) - was....it felt mediocre. They brought back SPECTRE, the international crime syndicate from past Bond movies. Meh. The opening scenes were great. The movie builds off that until the middle through two-thirds through, where things are a little muddled and hard to follow. As a Bond fan this one left me a little disappointed overall. Stop reading, spoilers coming. So MI6 is obliterated and the leader of SPECTRE is purposefully left alive?! Lame! Craig makes a fantastic Bond but this is the worst movie under his name. The one thing I absolutely loved was the explaining the origins of SPECTRE. But what I hate about that is it seems this movie was solely made to re-introduce SPECTRE and leaving the end open for further franchisement. Basically: if you liked Goldfinger getting sucked out of an airplane window, this movie does the opposite. Rental only. I wish I hadn't purchased it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good collectors item for a solid Bond film.

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    Picked this up as a gift for the Mrs., who is a big Bond fan. We both like Daniel Craig's turn as James Bond, although Connery... well, as they say, "Nobody does it better..." I would put Spectre slightly under Casino Royale in the four DC films. It would go Skyfall, Casino Royale, Spectre, then Quantum of Solace (I honestly cannot remember anything about the last one.) From imdb: "A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE." The villain is really key for a Bond film to work, and they sure got one for this film. Cristoph Waltz really chewed the scenery in this film. The steelbook really looks nice as a gift. If you can get one, try to snag it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bond Fans Must Own

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    SPECTRE was an awesome film that was brilliantly conceived, well written and expertly crafted to conclude the four-film story arc nicely while re-introducing movie-goers to an iconic Bond villain. The monumental single-shot Day of the Dead prologue set the tone for what would become an amazing adventure for our hero James Bond, once again portrayed flawlessly by Daniel Craig who brings the same visceral intensity to the role. The Blu-ray transfer provides a great presentation of the cinematography and audio. The few extras included make for some entertaining peeks behind-the-scenes. (The sheer scale of the Mexico City shoot is breathtaking.) Best Buy's exclusive Steel Book edition offers a cooler case than the standard release, but nothing more.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easily the Second Best Daniel Craig Bond Film

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    Never could quite understand why Skyfall got the praise it did. In my opinion, the order - from best to last - is (1) Quantum of Solace, (2) this film - Spectre, (3) Skyfall, and finally, (4) Casino Royale. Spectre provides a satisfying story that finally brings some much needed closure to Craig's tortuous take as 007. Sadly, Monica Belluci is grossly underused, and Lea Seydoux - for all the strength she is portrayed with - hardly does more than your routine Bond girl in distress. Still, Spectre succeeds in weaving nice action with exposition. Too bad Craig is coming back for no. 5. Personally, this one would have been a perfect ending to his take on Bond.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ties up all the previous Bond by Daniel Craig

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    This movie is a must for those tracking the story arc through Daniel Craig's incarnation of James Bond. But as has been noted by other critics, it not quite on par with his best (Casino Royale and Skyfall). Some of the plot is a little too convenient and forced, particularly the relationship between Bond and head of Spectre, but is an interesting take nevertheless. Hopefully won't be Craig's last outing as 007. In terms of the presentation, the blu-ray is as one would expect from these later releases. Picture is crisp and clean and sound is suitably full, loud and directional. Certainly a worthwhile addition to anyone's collection especially if you are a Bond fan.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I like how it tied in all the Daniel Craig Bond's

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    I actually liked Spectre more then I liked Skyfall. Though Skyfall was a good movie. The 3rd act always felt like it fell a little flat to me. However Spectre was an all around enjoyable Bond movie. I do have to cry that Daniel's Bond keeps destroying the Aston Martins he is given. I did like the premise of the movie and how it has tied all the Bond movies Daniel Craig has starred in together. I thought we were going to get a " Jaws" type character with the one villain henchman but unfortunately that did not happen. I would recommend Spectre. If I was to rate the Craig Bond movies. Casino Royale would be first. Followed By Spectre, Skyfall and finally Quantum of Solace.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing the steelbook, not the movie

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    Let me start my saying I am not planning on reviewing Spectre as a movie. Craig is either your cup of tea as Bond, or he isn't. If you dig him, then this movie is probably right up your alley. I'm here to review the steelbook. If you were able to get this version when it was on sale for only a $2 premium over the regular BR+DVD+UV copy then I'd say it was worth it. Otherwise, just go for the regular copy which looks to currently be $10 cheaper. The details on the steelbook are very nice, and the bullet shattering through glass look comes across really nicely. Bottom line unless you get a great deal or collect steelbooks, go for the regular version.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    'Spectre' is Straight-Forward Fun

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    'Spectre' brings a mixture of Bond past and present in exquisite style. All the Bond cliches are there - cool cars, huge explosions, beautiful women, exotic locations and one-liners. For Bond aficionados, plenty of throwbacks are included as 'Spectre' feels more familiar than previous Craig films. Unlike the twists and turns of recent Bond offerings like 'Casino Royale' and 'Skyfall,' 'Spectre' is fairly straight-forward - especially if one is knowledgeable of Bond lore. Fans of Bond will want to add 'Spectre' to your collection immediately as it is a good film that ties Craig's run as the iconic character together.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid entry in the Bond series.

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    Good movie with an opening continuous shot that is amazing to behold. From a theatrical stand point Spectre is a solid entry in the Bond series. In my opinion, a defining villain is what makes for a compelling story. I would have rated the movie higher if that were the case here but it felt more like a lost opportunity. Good movie but could have been better. From a technical view the Bluray is well mastered with excellent images and audio. About what we would expect from the format. The extras included seem a bit slim but still a nice bonus. Overall a good choice for any movie collector and worth holding a spot within my collection.

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