I went to see Spectre on opening night along with thousands of other Bond fans. Daniel Craig proved once more that he has a tight grip on the character of James Bond and in Spectre we get the Bond film we have been waiting for since the departure of Pierce Brosnan.
There have been a few missteps along the way, Casino Royale was a good start, it promised much but they left out certain trademark features that the fans including myself, were disappointed with. All in all though it showed much promise especially if they planned to return some of the elements missing that made the films notable successes. That wasn’t the case though and we had the biggest misstep of the franchise and the largest threat to its continuation with Quantum of Solace. This was more Bourne than Bond and although it was packed with action and derring do there was little of the old Bond we had grown to love. Skyfall began to redress the balance and was beginning to show what they could do to deliver what we, the fans wanted. Skyfall was an unmitigated success becoming the first Bond film to gross one billion at the box office alone. Brosnan was the first Bond to gross a billion but it took him four films, Skyfall did it alone. Throughout the film we got a taste of what was to come and for me they delivered it in the final scene when Bond and Eve return from the roof of the building to her office. The moment they walk through that door you know, finally we are in familiar territory and Bond is back. Spectre picks up from that scene and carries on with a joyious celebration of all things that are Bond. Everything is back as it should from the opening gun barrel sequence which had been missing from the previous outings right on through to the reveal we all knew was coming, I don’t want to give too much away but any Bond fan will know what I mean. There were so many little tidbits that paid homage to previous films that I lost count as I immersed myself in the experience that was Spectre. If from this you get the impression I liked the film then you are mistaken. I loved the film. I gave us what we have been waiting for for far too long and how the makers thought they could do things differently and still please the fans is beyond me. There’s an old saying ‘if it aint broke, then don’t fix it’ Bond was never broke, he never needed fixing and now with Spectre the point has been proven. Skyfall set up the play, Spectre knocked it out of the park.