Spectre Shakes Up the Bond Franchise

Tom Mayr

Shooting his way back onto the big screen is Daniel Craig in the fourth installment of the rebooted James Bond series, Spectre. Craig has reprised his role as everyone’s favorite spy for MI6, with nothing stopping him from his task at hand, which, in this case, is vengeance.

Daniel Craig stars in Spectre (AP photo)
Daniel Craig stars in Spectre (AP photo)

In this film, 007 gets a message from a friend from the past, leading him on a journey across the globe with one goal: to track down the organization known as Spectre and reveal the truth behind previous events. With Craig once again dawning the Bond mantle, audiences get a thrilling, action-packed film with a great plot, that is perfectly connected to the first three films of the reboot series.

Joining Craig in this epic adventure are fellow cast members Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Dave Bautista, and the always talented Christoph Waltz.

When trouble strikes, Bond has to once again go down the path of being a lone wolf as he did in Skyfall. This time, he digs further into his past, and brings back familiar faces. The movie is a great experience for anyone looking to see a great action packed film with an in depth film that focuses on the continuing journey Bond started back in 2006 with Casino Royal, followed by Quantum of Solace in 2008, and then Skyfall in 2012.

Craig has, in my opinion, been the best actor to take on the role of Bond, but, sadly, may be done. Although he may return for another film the way other characters have, it is possible that Spectre may have actually been the final sequence to his role as Bond with the perfect ending to a perfect portrayal and performance.   Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan, each an actor to have formerly taken on the role of Bond, and each have stated that Craig has been a good choice to portray Bond as a lonely distant man with problems of connection.

Spectre follows the path that Bond was set down starting back with Casino Royal, with past memories coming back to Bond as his past is revealed to the audience. Many new characters are introduced including the lead villain played by Waltz.

The epic story line between the characters played by Craig and Waltz leads to inevitable events that have been building since the previous three films.

The movie takes Bond across the world to bring down Spectre in an act of vengeance for the events that have taken place over the past three movies. Bond finds himself finally growing as a person in his possibly final adventure under the portrayal of Craig.

The ending was a perfect way for Craig to leave the series, yet, at the same time, gives way to the possibility of another.

This movie is great from start to finish and will keep you on the edge of your seat, with classic themes, recurring characters and a great cast.

And let’s not forget everyone’s favorite Bond car, the classic and beautiful Aston Martin DB5, which makes an appearance again in Spectre just as it did in the previous three Bond movies that starred Craig.