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Topic: Pros and Cons: SPECTRE

Couldn't find a thread on this one.

Pros:
.Craig's performance. He reminds me of TB era Connery.
.The gunbarrel is FINALLY at the beginning. It still screwed up though.
.The PTS.
.The theme song has grown on me.
.The title sequence.
.The MI6 crew. Apart from Tanner.
.We get to see Bond's flat.
.The Rome scenes. Especially with Lucia.
.Christoph Waltz.
.Hinx.
.SNOW!
.The train fight.
.The crater base.
.The meteorite scene.
.The scene in the data room. Silly but kind of intense.
.The cat and scar.
.The final scene.

Cons:
.The Dead Are Alive.
.Thomas Newman's score, apart from the rooftop music during the PTS.
.The yellow filter. It ruins the Mexico and Austria scenes.
.Andrew Scott and Lea Seydoux. They're both either wooden or overacting.
.Unexciting action throughout apart from the PTS and train fight.
.Too large roles for the MI6 crew. Still can't stand Tanner.
.Retconning the previous three films. It almost tarnishes them.
.Mr. White's demise. He needed to go out with some flair. I do like the hurricane line.
.The Oberhauser subplot. Just have Blofeld be Blofeld for God's sake. Damn Mendes.
.To liars and killers.
.Pretty much every scene with Madeleine.
.The torture scene, apart from the Colonel Sun dialogue.
.The whole Nine Eyes plot and Bond being irrelevant is just boring. Surveillance is a problem but it doesn't make for entertaining viewing.
.Madeleine leaving Bond at the Hildebrand.
.The finale is lame. I still hate that now we can't reuse the real MI6 and the fact that that EON has pushed themselves into a corner for Bond 25.

Gets worse each time I watch it. But it ain't terrible.

5.5/10
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Last edited by Remington (9th May 2017 06:33)

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Re: Pros and Cons: SPECTRE

Pros

The scene with Mr. White

The fight with Mr. Hinx

The PTS (although it doesn't make much sense and could have been handled in a more suspenseful manner)

The ending where Bond and Madeline drive off together

The Q/Bond byplay

The premise of Bond being an assassin who has gotten tired of his work (not terribly original, but original for Bond).



Cons

The last third (everything after Bond and Madeline arrive at Blofeld's "secret" base in the middle of the desert where it could easily be observed by any spy satellite).

The car chase

The Blofeld/Bond foster brothers nonsense

Not enough Monica Bellucci

Didn't develop the Bond/Madeline relationship very well (compared to CR)

Attempt to inject Moore-era humor after establishing the "gritty" Bond

Shooting down Blofeld's helicopter with a single shot from a Walther PPK

Wasted Waltz

That all the other Craig-era villains and plots were related for the sole purpose of  causing Bond grief because Blofeld felt slighted by daddy. This was a bad idea for multiple reasons.

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Gala Brand wrote:

That all the other Craig-era villains and plots were related for the sole purpose of  causing Bond grief because Blofeld felt slighted by daddy. This was a bad idea for multiple reasons.

I don't remember seeing Dominic Greene on the list during that scene.
That could be considered a Pro of this Con though? (Does that make sense? It does in my head).

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asio wrote:
Gala Brand wrote:

That all the other Craig-era villains and plots were related for the sole purpose of  causing Bond grief because Blofeld felt slighted by daddy. This was a bad idea for multiple reasons.

I don't remember seeing Dominic Greene on the list during that scene.
That could be considered a Pro of this Con though? (Does that make sense? It does in my head).

He was:

Fate
Quantum of Solace - Greene abandoned in the desert
Bond strands Greene in the middle of the Atacama desert.
Bond captures Greene, who reveals everything he knows about Quantum. In exchange, Bond doesn't kill him. He leaves him in the middle of the desert that Greene had just bought, and gives him a can of motor oil, betting that he'll make it twenty miles before he's tempted to drink it. Later, M tells Bond that Greene was found dead in the desert, with two bullets in the base of his skull and motor oil in his stomach; implying his execution by Quantum for leaking information. The character was later mentioned in the 2015 film Spectre, his photograph included amongst other members of the SPECTRE organization.

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Re: Pros and Cons: SPECTRE

Watched SP on TV last night. I think that Daniel's performance was strong. Liked some of the early dialogue, particularly with M. Thought this captured the barely contained insolence with sly humour (yes you have a tough day ahead) Also with Q it was nicely judged and we'll played. Stealing 009's car and leaving the  Champagne was a nice touch. All down hill from here on in of course,  but reaffirmed for me that Craig was not the problem.

It also supports my contention (for me at least) that Daniel can still develop in the role and fulfil the early promise of giving us much of the Bond we recognise while staying true to his interpretation.

All to play for in 25, but I'm optimistic.

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I thought the film went downhill when the big SPECTRE desert base was sabotaged/self-destructed too easily - SPECTRE is an easier watch than the last two Brosnan films and feels more complete than Quantum, but despite being a solid product, had action scenes and story let down by such lazy, contrived writing.

EDIT: I really liked the weird desert base and Waltz Blofeld giving a guided tour; the Blofeld lair being known to the Western governments without being acted on showed how far the corruption and infiltration by Quantum/SPECTRE had spread over the years (though it likely seen as a weird retreat or science facility like that Greene Planet hotel in Bolivia).

Last edited by Colonel Shatner (19th Jan 2019 02:08)

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Re: Pros and Cons: SPECTRE

Not much to add except:

Pro:
- Lots of Bond lifestyle products on display due to many costume changes for Bond.

Con:
- Unrealistic amount of costume changes for Bond. On his way to Blofeld's lair, he has his casual 'matchless jacket' outfit, his white tuxedo outfit (just to wear to dinner on a train?), his beige suit (that he only wears to go from the station to the lair), and his darker suit. It completely throws me out of the film, like Bond just wanted to wear all his clothes in the space of a day.

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Re: Pros and Cons: SPECTRE

Pros:
-Gunbarrel back at the beginning and with the classic design (finally!)
-Moore/Craig sort of humour (i.e. gadgets not working, Bond falls in the couch), I like Craig/Bond to be a little more relaxed.
-The soundtrack: though the action music is quite similar to Skyfall, the romantic and ethnic themes are among the most beautiful in the whole series (Madeleine, L'Americain, Secret Room, Out of Bullets, Donna Lucia, End Titles). "Writing's On The Wall" is also quite beautiful to be honest and I liked how they used it for Bond and Madeleine's first kiss.
-Cinematography: shame about the yellow filter, but other than that there are precious shots of Tangier and the sun setting/rising on the desert as the train passes by.
-Blofeld. Honestly, I'm not always too fond of the foster brother thing, but it didn't bother too much to me. And I loved Waltz's introduction at the Palazzo Cardezza and the eye gauging scene. I wanted this thing of "be afraid of the villain" we haven't had for quite a while.
-The SPECTRE reboot was clever and very up to date: world domination by invading spy networks and getting into governments in a subtle way.

Cons:
-Too much time between M and C, would have preferred more time between Bond and Madeleine so they can get to know each other better and the romance feels more natural.
-The "Dead Are Alive" caption. The iris opening in the skull as originally intended was better.
-The story needed a little bit of reworking and more action that looked expensive. I would have loved a small shootout between Bond and Blofeld's men in the MI6 rigged for demolition. Same as in the escape from the torture: Bond feeling dizzy and not having a perfect marksmanship after getting his brain drilled. Something in the lines of the poisoned martini scene from Casino Royale.

All in all, SPECTRE could be my favourite Craig film. CR wins in terms of story, but SPECTRE is the most old-school Bond/Craig film to me.

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