It’s time for me to right a wrong, yes I am yet to put a review of the Bond film SPECTRE on the site. It’s Easter Monday and Bank holidays in the UK usually mean Bond films on the television. What film site would not have a review of such an outstanding film? This is of course the Blu-ray version I’m reviewing. So without further ado here’s my SPECTRE Blu-ray review.
- SPECTRE Blu-ray Review (2015)
- Genre: Action
- Directed by Sam Mendes
- Written by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
- Running Time: 148 Mins
- UK Rating 12
- Discs: 1
- Released By 20th Century Fox
- Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Monica Bellucci
Bond finds himself on the trail of a very secretive organisation known only as SPECTRE. With MI6 and the 00 project placed under threat by a new department headed by C, Bond finds himself under surveillance and without official backup.
The new department wants all member countries to pool their intelligence into one organisation hence total surveillance in order to reduce terrorism.
Bond needs to tie all of these links together to discover who SPECTRE are.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Sam Mendes with the cinematography handled by Hoyte van Hoytema.
Fast paced action backed up with some truly breathtaking cinematography. The bar has truly been raised with this Bond outing and not just for future Bond films but for others in this genre. It’s not always about bigger budget better film, that seldom works but SPECTRE truly looks amazing with so much care put into each shot.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Thomas Newman and whilst still not at the level on John Barry, the music certainly had more of that influence than the last few films and that’s a massive positive.
Acting / Characters
Will Daniel Craig make another Bond? That’s what everyone was talking about before anyone had even seen SPECTRE. All I can say I really hope following the couple years break since the last one he will don the suit and bow tie and give us another outing as Bond. He really has nailed the character and I really struggle to think who can fill those shoes. Sure there will be another actor sooner or later but here’s hoping for a least one more with Craig.
Craig is dry and cold when he needs to be giving you that feeling that he really could take you down. Connery will always be the best Bond in my opinion but I really do like Daniel Craig’s version.
Christoph Waltz is the Bond villain this time out and I always feel this is equally as hard to do right as playing Bond. There have certainly been a few misses in recent years but overall Waltz does a decent job.
Léa Seydoux plays Dr. Madeleine Swann, Bonds love interest, she is more than capable of handling herself both physically and verbally. She plays this rather well and there is a definite chemistry between here and Bond borne out through plenty of tense encounters.
Ben Whishaw continues to impress as Q as does Naomie Harris as Moneypenny adding good support. Ralph Fiennes as M is given a integral storyline with his department coming under threat, hopefully he will continue as M for many more films.
Conclusion – SPECTRE Film Review
Bond’s back in spectacular fashion with Daniel Craig on top form. Plenty of action spread across the globe, with some outstanding camera work. The story is pretty good drawing you in, the action is simply awesome reminiscent of classic Bonds.
What’s not to like? Now about that next Bond film Mr Craig…
SPECTRE Blu-ray Review
Clearly the picture and sound are outstanding as it’s a brand new film but what else do you get when you purchase the Blu-ray version?
- Bond’s Biggest Opening Sequence
- Video Blogs
- Director Sam Mendes
- Introducing Lea Seydoux & Monica Bellucci
If you love Bond this set of extras should leave you relatively satisfied. Thankfully most new releases seemed to have gotten the message to only include short interesting extras and featurettes rather than the ones that came with The Hobbit for example. I’m all for lots of interesting features but not simply filler so they can put three hours of bonus extras across the box art. That is what special editions are for but even so keep it interesting and remember to edit the boring stuff out. SPECTRE strikes the perfect balance and I for one am more than happy.
On to my movie rating for SPECTRE (2015)
- Movie Rating: RECOMMENDED / MUST SEE
- Blu-ray: EXCELLENT
- Extras: GOOD
SPECTRE (2015) is available now on Blu-ray priced £8.35 at Amazon (as of date of review)
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with the official trailer…
Clip may not representative of the Blu-ray version
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SPECTRE Blu-ray Review (2015)
Director(s): Sam Mendes
Actor(s): Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes
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- Blu-ray Rating
Daniel Craig is on top form as Bond in this truly amazing outing!