He is not typically Bond here. It's true, his, for lack of a better term, promiscuity is still there, but it's much lesser now and probably he has found true love. Well, we'll never know until the next James Bond film, but it seems like it. He is not so much the touch and go type, the one I grew up with, but he instead is more human. He is an assassin with a heart and a conscience. Honestly, whether the next Bond film would still star Daniel Craig or not, those kinds of scenes he could do without. Why not just add more action scenes or something. Speaking of action scenes, they were awesome and so were the dialogues.
Daniel Craig may not my kind of handsome guy, but there is no doubt that his sex appeal is so great making the love scenes between him and Monica Bellucci and his sweet moments with Léa Seydoux seemed so real.
Dave Bautista, even if he's one of the henchmen of the nemesis, did great here and even showed that he could be, if there's such a thing, indefatigably handsome. Goodness me! Physically, I think I like his face more than Daniel Craig, but of course... ;-) Anyways, I love his Fast and the Furious/Need for Speed type of scenes with Craig. Envy is truly a dangerous sin and you will find out what I mean during the last quarter of the film.
M, Q, MoneyPenny, Franz Oberhauser(aka Blofeld), Max Denbigh, the Pale King and Bill Tanner were all great. So were the bit players, especially the rival of Mickey Mouse in Rome. :-p
Thank you, Debbie McWilliams for choosing the perfect cast and thank you, Sam Mendes for letting us visualize the thoughts and visions of Ian Fleming, John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
There was no dull moment and it was great traveling with James Bond to Mexico(Dia de Muertos) back to London, to Rome, to Austria, to Tangier(Morocco), to South Africa then back to Great Britain. The scenes using helicopters and airplanes were thrilling too. There were spine chilling scenes. I wouldn't mind watching this again if someone asks me to. I promise not to give spoilers.
Again, I'll leave the technical aspects to the experts(yes, there are those who were quite disappointed, but like me, you are very much entitled to your own opinion). Links can be found below the pictures.
Director Sam Mendes displays swaggering confidence as the 24th movie of the James Bond franchise combines hold-your-breath action and ghosts of 007 past
Review: 'Spectre' is two steps forward, one step back
Wall Street Journal's review of Spectre: A Dim Ghost of 007’s Past
Spectre review roundup: critics impressed by Bond's latest outing
SPECTRE review by Roger Ebert's team
Spectre: a James Bond Classic
Sherlockology's SPECTRE REVIEW
Variety's Film Review: ‘Spectre’
Sam Smith's Writing's on the Wall