While a week has passed since American theaters have shown the latest James Bond movie, Spectre, much of the criticism has been a total mix of, ‘its a whole mess of clichés,’ to ‘cleverly crafted,’ and reports say that Daniel Craig does not want to reprise the role of 007 saying quote, “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists, No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
He said that after a reporter asked him if he would do the 25th Bond movie in September. Craig did clarify on his ‘slash my wrists’ comment. So if you still haven’t seen the film and you’ve enjoyed Craig’s Bond films, maybe minus Quantum of Solace, do you listen to all the noise from critics and Craig and have some hesitation before buying a ticket?
I would say to listen to your gut and go for it. However, we should take some serious stock in the fact that Sony is going to run into what happened to Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day. Brosnan was a great Bond but he played into his own uniformity and was stale in the role.
Craig resurrected the 007 franchise with his dark and stylish portrayal in 2006 with Casino Royal. While the producers of the next Bond do expect Craig to return, I think Craig is out of steam like Brosnan was.
Sam Mendes, who directed the master piece American Beauty in 1999, and also directed the previous Bond film Skyfall, has left the Bond 25 project. Mendes brought his directing experience from the theater in the bond movies, and it might be sorely missed, but then again Casino Royal is hailed as the best Bond movie from Craig and Mendes didn’t direct that.
The reviews from film critics have not have not been too favorable; New York Times gives a neutral perceptive on the film saying it doesn’t rise up to anything new but it keeps the audiences happy with deep pockets to “entertain with new tricks and gizmos while keeping it kind of real.”
Spectre (2015) Dir. Sam Mendes
In my neck of the woods in Boston Ty Burr, from the Boston Globe, follows the same the suit with the majority critics. “After a while, the energy drains away; at 148 minutes, “Spectre” feels like this movie plus its next two sequels,” Burr said.
So should everyone panic for this cherished franchise? No absolutely not. Before Pierce Brosnan’s successful Bond film Golden Eye, as Roger Ebert points out in his 1995 review, rejuvenated the franchise. If Craig doesn’t return it’s not the end of the franchise; it opens the door to a fresh approach just like history has shown with Golden Eye and Casino Royal. And we know what they say about history, it repeats its self.
I give Spectre a solid B.