007 No 24: Spectre
I dunno about you, but I was as excited as a kid at Wonka’s Candy Factory all hopped up on Mountain Dew about this Bond film. Have been ever since the credits of Skyfall the first time I watched it. The Daniel Craig era Bond films have been nothing short of awesome. I hope this is a relationship that continues, as Craig seems discontent with the arrangement. With the Bond benchmark set in the stratosphere, DC is going to be a tough one to replace.
Bond > Harry Potter
Spectre doesn’t look like it’s going to disappoint. It’s obvious, as it’s broken the very longstanding opening record previously held by Harry Potter the Prisoner of Azkaban. Spectre did so in massive fashion; nearly doubling Harry Potter’s take. It will be interesting to see how well the Bond film does abroad (from Her Majesty’s island, of course) when it is released to the rest of the world (bar Scandinavia [seriously, how did Scandinavia get this film before us?]). Spectre also set a new record for box office polarization; earning 269 times the film in 10th place in the box office chart this week. It’s just a relief that we can finally put to rest the question of who is the best (as if there was a question).
Back to the film. This looks like it is going to be the most action packed Bond film to-date. It also appears (and I hope it does; I’m nostalgic) to continue where Skyfall began in going back to Bond roots, while still maintaining the dark, dense, and troubled Bond that Craig has created. Returning are most of Bond’s new (to Skyfall) supporting cast. We finally got a Moneypenny and a Q back. Unfortunately, there is an “M”, but it isn’t Judy Dench. I guess the acclaimed Dame didn’t have it in her to come back (blame my nostalgia). Though Ralph Fiennes is an acclaimed actor in his own right, and should to the job pretty well.
007 is also reunited with his trusty steed: An Aston Martin. But, not just any Aston Martin, a totally custom to the film Aston Martin DB10. Which means that no one else but Bond can have one. While this is cool and all, it presents a very big espionage problem to overcome. Imagine you’re some crazed, psychopath leader of Spectre, and you were on the lookout to British SuperSpy James Bond. All you’d have to do is check the parking lot to see if he was there. We’ve all seen the hall that the Spectre meeting was in during the trailer. All of those people didn’t walk there. And I’m sure they don’t car pool. So they’d have to park somewhere; and so would James. A one-of-a-kind car would make sneaking around a little difficult. I mean, you might as well be Archer just running around advertising it. But, it does come with a traditional manual transmission, which makes it awesome (and nostalgic).
I’m excited to finally see this film (even though I did consider a plane ticket to Finland to reduce the wait). I can’t wait to see how the film brings some things and characters full circle (half of the trailer are clips and sound bites from the previous DC films going back to Casino Royale). I want to see how James Bond literally kills a building. I want to see how James Bond wrestles the henchman Hinx (played by a wrestler, interestingly enough). I want to see what Bond has to say to Mr. White. Again. I want to know who “C” is. Can we just touch on that? Just for a second. Apparently the MI-6 can only employ 26 administrative people so long as they limit themselves to the single-letter naming system. Her Majesty’s Secret Service was apparently lacking foresight on “how do we name everybody” day.
Let’s just hope that this film is as awesome as the trailers and box office takes in the UK hint to. And here’s to hoping that this isn’t the last time we see Daniel Craig as Bond, James Bond (hopefully not Sony and Android’s fault). See you at the theatres, unless you drive your Aston Martin DB10, then I’ll see you in the parking lot.http://radiopressgaming.com/2015/11/007-no-24-spectre/http://radiopressgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/spectre_2015_james_bond_007-1920x1080-1024x576.jpghttp://radiopressgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/spectre_2015_james_bond_007-1920x1080-150x150.jpgEntertainmentMovies007,James Bond,Movies,SpectreI dunno about you, but I was as excited as a kid at Wonka’s Candy Factory all hopped up on Mountain Dew about this Bond film. Have been ever since the credits of Skyfall the first time I watched it. The Daniel Craig era Bond films have been nothing...Trevor McClureTrevor McCluretrevor@radiopressgaming.comAuthorRadio Press Gaming