If video killed the radio star, then the Internet killed television, print, film, and well, actual socializing. If you don’t adapt or evolve, then consider yourself dust in the pop culture abyss. Even James Bond, who heavily relies on a primal instinct to kill, isn’t spared from death by digitization.
And in Spectre, the new installment of the successful spy franchise, 007 faces such an ordeal when his past comes back to haunt him. A diabolical organization named Spectre is out to destroy MI6 and replace it with something far less human, but what Bond soon discovers is that the wizard behind the curtain might just be someone close to his kin.
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+ SWEET RIDES
Speed junkies will certainly get a kick out of the high-octane action sequences in the movie. Not only does Bond slash through pavement on the streets of Rome in a super sleek Aston Martin DB10 (pictured below), but he also beats the shit out of baddies in a helicopter, chases henchmen with a plane, gets the wind punched out of him on a train, and shoots at a helicopter while on a speedboat. Phew! It’s all kind of exhausting—but in a good way.
Here, Bond is always on the move, a significant metaphor for the spy life he has chosen to live. Like a shark, he must constantly be in motion in order to thrive.
+ EURO BEAUTIES FTW!
There’s no shortage of broodingly sensual Bond Girls in Spectre.
Silver screen goddess Monica Bellucci lends her buxom Italian swag as Lucia, a widow who mourns her husband by sleeping with his killer (sad girls are the sexiest). The true breakout seductress, however, is French actress Lea Seydoux’s Dr. Madeleine Swann (pictured below), whose bedroom eyes and supple body disguise a badass within (she saves Bond on more than one occasion).
+ COLD, CALCULATED EVILDOERS
Moviegoers are aware of German actor Christoph Waltz’s capacity to flesh out a villain, and as Spectre’s head honcho Oberhauser, he triumphs at being Bond’s maestro of anguish. Former professional wrestler Dave Bautista also wreaks havoc as an impenetrable assassin out to crush 007. Once Bond comes face to face with his antagonists, the levels of danger become more than palpable.
+ IT’S NOT A SNORE-PARTY
Clocking in at a lengthy 148 minutes (that's two hours and 28 minutes, math-challenged friends), the movie never falls into the pits of boredom. From the opening sequence of a Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico where Bond blows up a block of the city up to the story's climax, director Sam Mendes keeps a stylish flow that’s as on point as 007’s endless supply of turtleneck sweaters.
If you take a step back from all the flying bullets, massive explosions, and sleuth-y espionage, Spectre is, at heart, a love story disguised as a spy thriller. It can be read two ways: First, as James Bond’s passionate marriage to his lethal occupation, a topic constantly questioned in conversations throughout the film; and secondly, as the hero finally finding a woman capable of stealing him away from his first love so they can hold hands and disappear into middle distance.
Spectre opens in cinemas nationwide on November 6, Friday!