Directed by – Sam Mendes
Cast – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Monica Bellucci
Rating – * *
The beautiful Spectre track ‘For you I got to risk it all, Coz the writing’s on the wall’ builds a momentum in the ab initio quarter of an hour, but soon makes us yawn, singing, ‘Slow pace says it all, Coz the writing’s on the wall….’
While one sits through the latest version of Bond series Spectre, as an audience, one gets the feeling of a dreadful amiss, something seems rightfully out of place – either Craig doesn’t look a Bond anymore, or else, maybe, the Bond presentation has become stale and doesn’t quite gel with current action packed spy series, making us wonder if its high time that Bond series gets a techno-upgradation big time.
The first few frames though do build up a tempo – ‘The Dead Are Alive’ introduces bond in a skeletal mask, a magnificent collage of numerous human skeletons out of the cupboard, masquerading into a ball, and in a suave bond style, the scene transforming into fatal shootout by Bond, resulting in collapsing buildings amidst the carnival in Mexico.
The erstwhile M turns in her grave for want of completing an unfinished business, which she entrusts upon Bond. On this solo mission in Mexico City, Bond kills two men who are found planning of blowing up a stadium. Bond then gives chase to Marco Sciarra, an assassin who survived the attack. In the ensuing struggle, Bond kills Sciarra and steals his ring, which is emblazoned with a stylized octopus. On his return to London, Bond is indefinitely suspended from field duty by the current M, who is in the midst of a power struggle with C, the head of the privately-backed Joint Intelligence Service, which consists of the recently merged MI5 and MI6. C also campaigns for Britain to join “Nine Eyes”, a global surveillance and intelligence co-operation initiative between nine member states. C uses his influence to close down the ’00’ section, believing it to be outdated.
The unfinished business takes Bond to places and people, each leading to the other. Putting the jigsaw puzzle of the ring, trying to reach to the chain of organizations, Bond connects with a syndicate member’s daughter (Lea), who is the last connect of the jigsaw puzzle of Spectre. The two travel on the lines of the co-ordinates and reach to the base station of Nine Eyes and face the inch-by-inch surveillance war room. Rest, is a bond story as usual.
Whatever thrill one could have fetched with the ‘Bond and his girls’ magic, was reduced to nil, thanks to the Indian Censor of sorts. If you are a diehard Bond addict, you would want to build your movie diaries with this film’s viewing. But if you expect a high octane action-packed thrill of a typical Bond movie and are expecting a rating of Spectre on that parameter, if you want to bond with the best, then, you may as well give the Spectre a miss.