Hello, everyone. I hope you are all well. Presumably, we’re all members of this forum because we love James Bond. And because we are all die hard fans of the series, that often means we can be rather savage when it comes to some of the entries that disappoint us or that we perceive as lesser. I am no exception. My last viewing of Spectre was cut short because my partner declared it “boring” and I more happily obliged (the film was around the ⅔ mark, right as Bond and Madeleine get off the train). I have also called it “lifeless” and “contrived” and “uninspired” in the past, along with other negative criticisms.
My call today is for us to reassess and reappraise Spectre before the release of No Time To Die. Whether we like it or not (and I think, unfortunately, I’m in the “not” camp), Bond 25 seems to be taking a lot of threads from Spectre, namely the romance between Bond and Madeleine, but that is hardly the beginning or the end of the connections between the two films. In short, Spectre will greatly impact No Time To Die.
As Bond fans - as people who love this character and the series (the movies, the books, etc) I would hope that we are all extremely excited for Craig’s final film, and I know for me personally, my current opinion of Spectre is, unfortunately, likely to color my viewing experience of No Time To Die. I’m not asking us to ignore the aspects of the film that we consider weak, flawed, or downright infuriating. They’re there, believe me, I agree. Rather, what I am asking is, in the spirit of giving No Time To Die a fair shake, we reappraise and reassess Spectre on “its own terms” if you will. What do I mean by that?
How well does it do what it sets out to do?
With the Bond/Madeleine romance being given such emphasis in Bond 25, does it work here? What are the strengths of this?
Lastly but most importantly -- what are some things Spectre does well, or even fantastically?
I hope I’ve made sense today. I’m planning on rewatching it soon, with an open mind and a positive approach. I want to love Bond 25. I’m not a cynical fan. I’m not going in predisposed to be aggravated because of my negative opinions about its predecessor. So, let’s give Spectre a spin with fresh eyes before No Time To Die’s release, shall we?
Post your opinions, your feedback, your new insights, your changes/unchanged views on the film below. Of course, other discussion is welcome as well.