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Rated PG-13 · 148 min. · 2015

Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller

Until now, Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the rest of the SPECTRE global crime syndicate hadn’t appeared in a James Bond film since 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. But in 2013, after decades of rights-wrangling, MGM and the estate of film producer Kevin McClory finally reached a legal settlement, allowing Bond’s original infamous foes to return to the franchise. The 24th Bond film is overeager to reintegrate its birthright, shoehorning it into the narrative reboot that began with Daniel Craig’s 007 and temporarily rejuvenated the franchise. But the slapdash Spectre is a nostalgic deviation that rolls back the Craig films from a reinvention to a mere rehash. A power struggle threatens to render the 00 section obsolete. With the help of Q (Ben Whishaw) and Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), Bond (Craig) goes rogue (again) on a globe-trotting search for the mastermind behind the worldwide tentacles of criminal mayhem dogging him and killing those close to him. A few moments prove memorable: An extended tracking shot through Mexico’s Day of the Dead festivities before the opening credits, a train-car brawl between Bond and henchman du jour Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista). Otherwise, the action scenes fall flat despite this reportedly being among the most expensive movies ever produced. It does have a basic appeal for aficionados like me, with its copious callbacks to Bond lore, good and bad, but this distended 140-minute theme-park ride doesn’t leave us shaken or stirred.

Director: Sam Mendes
Writer: Ian Fleming, John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade
Producer: Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson
Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw





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