Sam Mendes’ 2015 James Bond film, SPECTRE begins with a stylish and action-packed sequence in Mexico City. It’s a tremendous show of confidence that riffs on the Bond legacy and again shows Daniel Craig’s physical prowess in the role. Humour and action intermix to deliver a tense sequence that culminates with a helicopter fight that infuses Paul McCartney’s Live And Let Die theme into Thomas Newman’s score, while also incorporating the car flip from The Man With The Golden Gun (kazoo-style soundtrack included). The spectre of the Roger Moore era looms large over Craig’s fourth Bond film, with a lot of the film’s stylistic choices harking back to many of Moore’s best moments.
SPECTRE delivers everything that James Bond fans would want. Great stunts, plenty of humour and glamorous locations connect to make the most iconic Bond film over the course of Craig’s fifteen years in the role. Now that everything is in place, it would be great to see what happens with his final adventure, the long-deayed No Time To Die.
Budgeted at $245 million, SPECTRE grossed $200 million at the US box office and over $880 million globally when it was released in 2015.