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James Bond in “Spectre”

You’ll probably have difficulty finding someone who is unfamiliar with the name, James Bond, 007, a classic all around. For those of you who are relatively new to the franchise, here’s a bit of background information: It all started with a novel, “Casino Royale” published in 1953 by Ian Fleming. In regards to the immense success, Fleming continued writing and published 12 novels and 2 short story collections that altogether sold more than 18 million copies. It’s an extremely popular name in the entertainment industry as well, with 23 movies to date accumulating over 11 billion dollars at box office. The motion picture series includes modern effects and suspense that make them overall, classic spy films. The newest addition to the movie series, Spectre, is no exception.

In the film, James Bond (Daniel Craig) finds himself in a heap of trouble while following a trail of clues that led him to Mexico City and Rome. He later infiltrates a secret meeting, and he slowly gathers clues into eventually discovering an evil organization called, (you guessed it) Spectre. He seeks help from an unlikely ally, the daughter of his old nemesis and embarks on a mission to destroy this organization, and yes for those of you wondering: explosions are guaranteed. It’s a pretty basic but overall interesting movie experience.

Where Spectre was absolutely stellar in quality, it lacked execution. While I’m probably the least thorough reviewer to this movie as I didn’t read the book (yes, book lovers; I was THAT guy) yet from my perspective, the plot was extremely difficult to follow. I’m assuming those who have read the book and are familiar with the series were better off than slackers quite like myself, but alas, those who have only seen the movies were probably just as confused. In other words, the entire movie was just too fast faced and overall lacking in content to fully engage me. Besides the usual fight scenes, the movie didn’t have a lot going for it. It DID included a lot of expensive gadgets, unnecessary but impressive explosions and women. Lots of random women. Which introduces my next point.

Women are getting the most generic stereotype in this film. Damsels in distress who are completely unwilling and generically unable to help themselves. In Spectre however, they had not just one actor portraying this role, but several. Not only did these women look like models with designer outfits, but most of them only had a brief job of complicating the plot and of course practically throwing themselves on Daniel Craig (but then again, who wouldn’t?). As it stands, it’s few and far between that a woman’s role in a movie is convenient rather than just a plain nuisance, and Spectre doesn’t help break this stereotype in the slightest, but rather enforce it.

Don’t get me wrong, the movie was still decent. I personally just had higher hopes and my expectations weren’t met. While this movie had every opportunity to succeed, with great actors, a huge budget of over $250 million and a large, loyal fanbase, the final product was poor.However, this was only my perception of this movie. I do believe it had some interesting concepts that were included in the movie; just it wasn’t my taste. Don’t let my perspective ruin your image of the film. I do recommend this movie to any fans of action, crude humor, suspense or great effects. This movie has lots of potential and shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re looking for something to do!