When Spectre was released I went along to the local cinema to see it along with hundreds of others on the opening night. I sat in the cinema enthralled as the story unfolded before my eyes. All the iconic signatures were back, the gun barrel opening with Bond shooting straight at the camera, M, Moneypenny, the cars the gadgets the girls and above all Blofeld. All the things that the movie Bond had been lacking since they tried to bring the most famous secret agent of all time into the twenty first century were back in place and all was well.
Or were they?
Coming hard on the heels of Skyfall, the most successful of all the Bond movies, Spectre had big shoes to fill. The critics were harsh in some of the comments brought against the film, unnecessarily I thought in some cases. I only saw the film once at the cinema and recently I bought the Blu Ray and watched it again, this time with my finger poised over the rewind button just in case I missed something or wanted to go over a scene again for better understanding, something I do often and miss being able to in the cinema.Remembering some of the reviewers comments I watched the film through new eyes looking to see if I could agree with them or not. Yes in some parts of the film the story made little sense, the car chase could have been longer with more stunts or gadgets added to the cars and there were one or two other points made that were perhaps valid, but do you know what, none of it mattered. The film made a ton of money and paved the way for many other Bond films to follow. It left the franchise in good health and whether Daniel Craig makes another or not the franchise will continue. After all it is the longest running, most successful screen franchise in history so they must have been doing something right.
There was one criticism leveled at Craig when he took on the role which concerned his height. Some thought at five feet ten he was too short to play Bond. This was never more obvious than in the fight on the train against man mountain Dave Bautista the ex-wrestler of the WWE. Against the six feet five behemoth Craig looked tiny in comparison and was for the first time in the franchises history in actual danger of being beaten to a bloody pulp in a fist fight one on one, something Bond has always excelled at. Had it not been for the timely intervention of the heroine he undoubtedly would have died at the hands of this huge hit man. The size difference to me though was not a criticism against Craig, it rather highlighted the danger Bond was in and harked back to the times when Connery fought Blofeld’s bodyguard in You Only Live Twice.
If you haven’t already figured it out I thoroughly enjoyed Spectre in spite of all it’s faults. The mark of a good movie to me is if you can suspend disbelief at the absurdities and still enjoy the film then they have done their job well. The same can be said of a good book too. So here’s hoping the Bond franchise moves on in the same vein to continue the good work all those before them started. As they say, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’