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‘Spectre’ Reviews: Is This The Best James Bond Movie Of All-Time?

Thu, October 29, 2015 9:51am EDT by Avery Thompson 4 Comments

James Bond is back for what could be Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the suave hero. ‘Spectre’ hits theaters on Nov. 6 — is this 007 film ahead of the rest? Find out what the critics have to say!

James Bond is returning for one epic face-off with a classic 007 villain. Daniel Craig is taking on the sleek hero once again in Spectre, alongside Christoph WaltzLea Seydoux and Ralph Fiennes. Is Spectre the best James Bond film of all-time? The critics are weighing in!

Variety

“Sam Mendes’ second consecutive Bond outing again passes its physical with flying colors: Ricocheting from London to Rome to Morocco across action sequences of deliriously daft extravagance, the pic accumulates a veritable Pompeii of mighty, crumbling structures. What’s missing is the unexpected emotional urgency of “Skyfall,” as the film sustains its predecessor’s nostalgia kick with a less sentimental bent. A wealth of iconography — both incidental and integral — from the series’ founding chapters is revived here, making “Spectre” a particular treat for 007 nerds, and a businesslike blast for everyone else.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Mendes kicks off in the same impressive mode as Skyfall, deepening Bond’s back story while self-consciously borrowing from the franchise’s classic Sixties heritage. The first act is great, full of dark portent and bravura film-making flourishes. However, the final hour disappoints, with too many off-the-peg plot twists and too many characters conforming to type. While its commercial prospects seem bulletproof, Spectre ultimately feels like a lesser film than Skyfall, falling back on cliche and convention…In pure action adventure terms, Spectre delivers the goods, with plenty of revved-up supercar porn and several kinetic high-speed chase sequences on road, river and snowy mountain slope.”

BBC

“This was what we had been waiting for: nostalgic swagger with a modern edge. 007 was numero uno once again. But the long-awaited follow-up is a case of ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ As hungry as some of us were to see a new Bond movie stuffed with old Bond movie ingredients, the trouble with Spectre is that it has too many of them. From its vodka martinis to its exploding buildings, the whole film is like a YouTube mash-up of sequences drawn from earlier entries in the series: it’s Déjà Vu to a Kill.”


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Empire

“Even if this is less satisfying overall than Skyfall, there are sequences that rank with Bond’s best. The pre-credits set piece, with a skull-masked Bond in Mexico City during the Day of the Dead, opens with a Touch Of Evil-style tracking shot that’s a stunner (Daniel Craig just walking briskly across precarious rooftops with style is a thrilling spectacle) and delivers a definitive struggle-inside-an-out-of-control-helicopter climax most films would save for a finale. After such things have been out of fashion for a while, it’s great to see Spectre back in business — with an evil business meeting in Rome and a spectacular desert lair in Tunisia, inhabited by a mercurially nasty, whimsical, overconfident chairman (Christoph Waltz) who wipes the taint of Dr. Evil away from the part and matches the amusing menace of Donald Pleasence or Gert Frobe.”

HollywoodLifers, are you excited for Spectre? Let us know!

— Avery Thompson