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Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as James Bond sees the reintroduction of SPECTRE to the series. Ernst Stavro Blofeld appears onscreen for the first time since Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but this time with a twist.
Following a lead sent from beyond the grave, Bond falls foul of internal politics after preventing a terrorist attack in Mexico City while officially on leave. As M fights the political forces involved in merging MI6 with sister organisation MI5, 007 is forced once again to go rogue as he heads to Rome and then Austria on the tail of the “Pale King”, a name overheard while in Mexico.
The Pale King turns out to be an old adversary, Mr White, dying of of thallium poisoning. Bond locates White’s daughter, Dr Madeleine Swann, but she is kidnapped by Mr Hinx for SPECTRE. After Bond rescues her, Madeleine leads Bond to Tangier. Soon the pair are the guests of Blofeld, who reveals how Bond’s previous missions were all linked.
What we say
After the wildly overrated Skyfall, things get largely back on track with SPECTRE. The film has some great action scenes but the final act doesn’t work at all. Also, the big reveal that Ernst Stavro Blofeld is Bond’s foster brother is simply out of place.
SPECTRE premièred in London on 23rd October 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall, the same day it went on general release in the UK and Ireland. It received its American premiere in Mexico City on 2nd November, followed by the United States and the majority of other territories 6th November 2015.
|Screenplay||John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth|
|Producer||Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson|
|Production design||Dennis Glassner|
|Cinematography||Hoyte Van Hoytema|
|James Bond||Daniel Craig|
|Mr. White||Jesper Christensen|
|Marco Sciarra||Alessandro Cremona|
|Mexican Man in Lift||Tenoch Huerta|
|Mexican Woman in Lift||Adriana Paz|
|Gallo’s Accomplice||Marco Zingaro|
|Gallo’s Accomplice||Stefano Elfi DiClaudia|
|Q’s Assistant||Ian Bonar|
|Moneypenny’s Boyfriend||Tam Williams|
|Blofeld’s London Helicopter Pilot||Richard Banham|
|SC019 Police Commander||Pip Carter|
|SC019 Police Officer||Simon Lenagan|
|Blofeld’s Right Hand Man||Gediminas Adomaitis|
|Palazzo Security||Emilio Aniba|
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- “But then isn’t that what ‘M’ stands for… ‘moron’?”
“And now we know what ‘C’ stands for… ‘careless’.”
- “You shouldn’t stare.”
“Well, you shouldn’t look like that.”
- “I thought I told you to bring it back in one piece not bring back one piece.”
- “But do be careful with the alarm, it’s rather loud.”
- “I thought you were done.”
“I am. I just need one more thing.”
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