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SPECTRE Review – ****

"You're a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond." (Source)

“You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.” (Source)

On its own, I can’t argue that Spectre is the weakest of Daniel Craig’s outings as 007; it’s entertaining and, at times, quite stylish…but it’s also overlong, a bit short on humor, and seems to waste as many opportunities as it seizes upon. But taken as the final (?) chapter of its own mini-saga within the greater Bondiverse, it’s a satisfying send-off for Craig’s take on Bond, and though its attempts to tie the previous three films together don’t hold much water, they are delicate enough to not insult the viewer’s intelligence.

The chilly critical reception aside, Spectre is never less than watchable and merits its place in the series. And as a big fan of the series, it most certainly did not break my heart.

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SPECTRE Trailer/Thoughts

You know I’m a huge Bond fan, and even though I found Skyfall more problematic than most, I still found it a worthy addition to the series. So a new Bond film from Sam Mendes, with an even stronger cast (Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Dave Bautista), and promising the return of the great SPecial Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terror, Revenge and Extortion, should naturally be one of my most anticipated films of the year.

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Ranking the Bond Films: Special Birthday Post!

For my birthday, I thought I’d just put up something for fun. I’ve got a bunch of reviews in the pipeline: Whiplash, Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, Beyond the Lights, and hopefully Force Majeure, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I, Rosewater, St. Vincent…and after that, we’ll just see. But I’m taking today off and thought I’d do something special beforehand.

I love the Bond films. I first saw Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, and Diamonds are Forever in the early 2000s. And around the time Casino Royale dropped, my dad got the boxed sets of the first 20 films and I watched all of them avidly, then saw Royale when it came out on DVD. And when Quantum of Solace debuted in 2008, I was there for the midnight premiere–and I was there for the midnight premiere of Skyfall four years later.

There was a long period where I would, before bed, just put these films on and watch my favorite scenes over and over. During the summer of 2012, I watched all of the films to date in preparation for seeing Skyfall. And the following year, my friend (and future roommate) suggested we watch the whole series together. I didn’t object. And then we jointly ranked them. And while the next time I watch my way through the series my rankings may change yet again, And there will be a next time.

And not just because my name is James.

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