Mon, 11 Dec, 2023


By Mahan Adhikari

Picture Courtesy: Mahan Adhikari

Bond is back and he is back with a bang. The 24th movie in the Bond franchise, "Spectre", written by Ian Fleming, John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade was a movie that the Bond fans have been waiting for. After the immense success of the 2012 Bond movie “Skyfall”, Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes are back together with another Bond movie. Daniel Craig plays his 4th Bond character and he is regarded as one of the best if not the best, when it comes to fighting in formal attire, romancing with the most beautiful women and surviving every attack from his enemies. In short, Daniel Craig as James Bond has again proved that he’s indeed the best. The movie is rated PG-13 (due to intense sequences of action and violence, disturbing images, sensuality and language).

With a budget of approximately $245 million and a time span of two and a half hours, "Spectre" is not just the most expensive but also the longest movie in the Bond franchise. The 2012 Bond film “Skyfall” was the most successful Bond film with a box office record of $1.1 billion, so there were high expectations from "Spectre" too. “Spectre” reunites the same core creative team including director Sam Mendes and screenwriters John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, with additional work by the award-winning British stage dramatist Jez Butterworth. So it’s not a surprise that it has fulfilled some expectations for sure.


"Spectre" starts with agent 007 in Mexico City, on the Day of the Dead. 007 announces his arrival with an outstanding building demolition and an incredible helicopter fight. Meanwhile, he is suspended from work by his bosses claiming that he was doing something other than what he was ordered to. But Bond, similar to previous films, starts his own adventure getting to Rome. Later he travels to the Australian Alps and the Moroccan desert in search of Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), the mastermind behind a large criminal group called "Spectre". One of the best features of this movie is the outstanding use of graphics and fantastic camera work. Truly, the director along with his crew have done an outstanding job to bring this film to life.

"Spectre" surprises you with constant thrilling scenes, suspense, romance and above all excitement and adventure. "Spectre" didn't impact me as deeply as "Skyfall" had, but surely it suffices as a good Bond movie. "Spectre" truly shun on quality of projection, all credits to extremely beautiful direction and outstanding cinematography, "Spectre" turned out to be a movie worth watching.