The new James Bond movie, Spectre had its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London this week. It is the 24th James Bond movie, a franchise which started 53 years ago.
It has been three years since the previous movie Skyfall, which was the highest grossing Bond film ever at the box office.
Daniel Craig who at the age of 47 years old plays British secret agent 007, James Bond for the fourth time. Previous films are Casino Royale 2006, Quantum of Solace 2008 and Skyfall 2012.
The film is directed by Sam Mendes and runs for two hours and forty minutes. Certainly an epic by British standards.
The film starts off with the words ‘The Dead are Alive’. Several nostalgic themes are paying homage to previous movies. Also there are references to many whom have died in the past.
The swaggering Daniel Craig is mostly well presented in a pristine suit and tie, even after the intense action scenes. The journey this time starts off in Mexico City during ‘The Day of the Dead Parade’, as Bond is on a rogue independent mission. The parade contains thousands of people mostly dressed as skeletons.
The sequence of gunfights, bombs, building collapses, breath taking stunts and helicopter acrobatics swiftly kick off the excitement.
As the plot thickens, Bond travels back to London, then Rome, Austrian Alps and Tangiers then back to London again.
The well crafted action adventure movie has fantastic car chases, ejector seats, joy riding of planes, railway journeys and intriguing gadgets. The bullet proof, armoured Aston Martin DB10 car is a treat to watch.
The evil organisation has an array of modern day villains, including wrestler Dave Bautista. Fight scenes and bombings are a plenty, highlighted by an excruciating torture scene.
Britain’s security agency MI6 is headed by ‘M’, supported by ‘Q’, ’Moneypenny’ and new character ‘C’ also enters the fray.
The high octane pace and emotional intensity is well balanced together with typical English humour and irony.
The climax of the film revolves around the Houses of Parliament and central London.
I thought Skyfall would be very difficult to improve upon but Spectre is competitively placed alongside it. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would highly recommend it.
Sceptre displays fantasy and escapism at its best. It is an action packed movie, with good battling against evil. To appreciate all aspects of the movie fully it really has to be viewed in a cinema.