Opening in theatres this Friday from director Sam Mendes and Columbia Pictures is the next installment with the one and only Bond with “Spectre.”

James Bond (Daniel Craig) is back and this time the first bit of madness occurs during a mission in Mexico City. Going rogue to get information, everything falls apart – including a building!

Returning to London he must face M (Ralph Fiennes) who informs Bond that the new head of National Security is Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott) and his first order of business is to close down MI6. To keep tabs on Bond, Q (Ben) inserts a tracking device so they know where the agent is at all times.

Of course that doesn’t stop 007! He begins to follow clues given to him by first speaking with Lucia (Monica Bellucci) but clues aren’t the only thing he gets. Each clue brings him a step closer to an old enemy Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) who wants his daughter Madeleine (Lea Seydoux) protected in exchange for information.

But Bond isn’t alone as a brute named Hinx (Dave Bautista) is everywhere he turns. Needing help he reaches out to Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q who help him find Madeleine. Soon the pieces begin to come together as Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) and Bond come face to face to bring everything out in the open.

Craig as Bond gives a solid performance but unfortunately that’s it. There is nothing unexpected or surprising here which makes it rough to stay focused on what Bond is really going after. To be truthful I wasn’t sure what he was after so I sat back as much as I could and let the character do what he does. There is the usual one liners, a few drinks, a couple of women, fast car chases, and a few other Bond-ish moves.

Bellucci as Lucia has a short but lovely role. She makes a hot looking widow that’s for sure and still looks amazing. Christensen as Mr. White also has a short role and, of course, makes his appearance as cryptic as possible.

Scott as Denbigh has a face waiting to be punched but by the time it happens I’m happy with the result – how did he get to be the head of Intelligence anyway? Bautista as Hinx doesn’t have a lot to say and I don’t blame him. He gets a chance to smack people around and look as menacing as possible.

Whishaw as Q is smart, cute and doesn’t take much garbage from Bond and has a sense of humor! Harris as Moneypenny is the other person who doesn’t take much guff from Bond. Both Q and Moneypenny keep Bond in motion when others want to shut him down!

Fiennes as M is a straight forward agent until it’s time not to be. It’s nice to see him get his hands a little dirty. Seydoux as Madeleine starts out looking like she might be an intellectual equal to Bond but that falls apart for me at least.

Waltz as Oberhauser is a character I’ve seen this actor do before. He does tone down his accent a bit and his mannerisms but it’s still the same bad guy. Not that this is a bad thing, it’s just another statement of fact. I like Waltz as an actor but I’m waiting for a role that doesn’t remind me of another role he’s already done.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Spectre” three tubs of popcorn out of five. I’ll be honest and say this is probably more generous than I would have been if you had asked me right after seeing the film. Coming in at two and a half hours there were several times I wanted to scream or at least yell “oh come oooooooooooooon!” out loud.

So let’s get to it and hope Bond doesn’t show up at my house! First, it was nice to see the quick make out session between Bond and Lucia because my first thought was, ‘oh, he’s making out with an age appropriate woman’. My thought here is that any women age appropriate wouldn’t put up with Bond charm and running-out-the-door b.s. and Lucia doesn’t seem to mind it either.

Of course that would be followed by Bond bedding the young daughter of a former enemy. Oh yea, ask me how I felt about that one. Seriously? Yep, it would take a younger woman to follow him around like a puppy. Especially since Bond magically whips up great outfits and gowns at his disposal (but Oberhauser should be ashamed at his dress choice – hideous!). It was just all too creepy for me to take in.

I had the plot figured out within 20 minutes knowing who was who so that pretty much meant I had to sit for another two hours watching this guy run around the world. I’m thinking had he just gone to the safe house that he ended up in later, Q could have used his computer wizardry to get him answers and save the mileage. I guess that wouldn’t be Bond though would it?

Speaking of Bond, I’m over the car bit. One car is messed up and another one doesn’t even work right? How is that possible? I felt as if this all was one big stretch in order to keep the Bond franchise moving along but I’m thinking it’s time to stop for about twenty years. This film was suppose to answer questions left in SKYFALL but by the time they were answered I really didn’t care anymore.

Sure Bond is considered a man’s man so perhaps I’m being a tad harsh on 007. Let me think for a second – nope, I’m good. I started watching Bond movies in the 1960’s and through my formative years was introduced to Bond films going back to the 1953 original CASINO ROYALE. My father seemed to be the only person in the seven member family that liked the films.

But the history of Bond comes from creator/writer Ian Fleming who wrote stories and novels about James Bond. Daniel Craig is actor number six to play the suave 007. If anyone is wondering who my personal favorite Bond is it would be, of course, Mr. Sean Connery but there are five others to choose from.

Is this the best Bond? No. Is this the worst Bond? No. It is just Bond – James Bond.

In the end — the answers are only a spectre away!

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