Bond is back!
What do you get when you cross James Bond with the terrible and treacherous ghosts of his past? You get Spectre, that’s what! In the newest installment in the James Bond franchise, James discovers the existence of an evil and sinister criminal organization made up of the most villainous and dangerous people in the world. It all starts when James uncovers a cryptic message that takes him to Mexico City to take out a huge crime boss. Through a series of action packed and pulse raising events, James is lead to Rome where he infiltrates a secret meeting with a criminal organization known as SPECTRE. It is here that James realizes that he is dealing with what could very well be his most dangerous foe. This foe has had a hand in hurting Bond on numerous occasions. With the help of the daughter (Léa Seydoux) of an old nemesis, they are on a mission to take down the head of this syndicate (Christoph Waltz).
It is hard to say if Spectre meets the high standards of its predecessor Skyfall. While the plot was intriguing and the film had many tense and nail biting moments, its villain wasn’t terrifying enough. Spectre and its leader Oberhauser lacked that bone chilling element that we have come to see in the previous Bond villains, not including Quantum of Solace obviously. To sum it up in a sentence, there could have been more time spent on developing the villain. But with the bad out of the way, there was a lot of good to this movie. What is a Bond movie without high flying tricks, a lot of guns, and a lot of explosions? This movie had it all and more. Also, this movie paid homage to the past Bond movies like Skyfall as well as gave nods to Sean Connery’s Bond. The storyline was interactive and very straight to the point.
Of course, Daniel Craig did a stellar job in playing the suave and sophisticated Bond and his performance here is just as good, if not better, than some of his past Bond performances. All in all, Spectre is a solid movie to go see especially if you are a big fan of the James Bond series. Although some things were left to be desired, the overall feel of the movie leans more toward the positive side of the spectrum. Spectre hits theaters on November 6, 2015.
How to make the SPECTRE martini
BELVEDERE SPECTRE 007 MARTINI
60ml (2oz) Belvedere Vodka
10ml (1/3oz) Dry vermouth
1 Sicilian green olive
5ml (1/6oz) Sicilian green olive brine
Directions: Gently muddle olives in base of mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake hard with ice. Double strain into a chilled martini glass