Secret, Sinister, Shaken But Not Stirred: James Bond SPECTRE Trailer
Skyfall was in my Top Ten Films of 2012 and it’s also one of my favorite James Bond films. After Casino Royale, I was convinced that Daniel Craig is the best James Bond we’ve seen to date and although many hated Quantum of Solace (except me), Skyfall furthered that conviction. Like George Lazenby before him, Craig brings an emotional depth to Bond, one that the cinematic franchise has always been lacking.
Since Skyfall was such a massive critical and commercial success (it was the highest grossing film for Sony to date, even earning more than The Dark Knight Rises, which came out the same year), it seems like good sense to bring director Sam Mendes and screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan back for SPECTRE.
What is SPECTRE? An acronym for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion, SPECTRE is the main global terrorist organization in the Ian Fleming/James Bond universe, headed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, and making its debut in 1961’s Thunderball novel. SPECTRE is similar to Quantum, the underground terrorist group from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. When you look up pictures of SPECTRE it’s kind of like looking at screencaps from the Austin Powers movies. But I digress.
After years of speculation, the plot of SPECTRE and a full trailer have been unleashed. (If you want an even longer, more spoilery synopsis, there’s one below the trailer itself on YouTube.)
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
I’m a huge James Bond fan and would see this movie even (especially?) if it was just Daniel Craig as James Bond dusting and vacuuming his flat. This trailer has everything I want, need, and expect from a James Bond film (except for the dusting and vacuuming, but maybe they didn’t want us to get too excited).
James is in trouble; some people are annoyed with him while others act as his cheerleaders; he discovers secrets; he snogs beautiful women; he gets shot at; he beats up bad guys; he beats himself up for being a failure at James Bond-ing, the usual. People want these things in a James Bond trailer, but they want some surprises when they actually see the film.
Skyfall threw some curveballs our way, and I feel certain that SPECTRE will do the same. The cast is amazing. I know Christoph Waltz will be the kind of villain you love to hate and I am thrilled to see Naomie Harris is back as Moneypenny. I’m also looking forward to more Ben Whishaw as Q because that guy is super adorable. SPECTRE will be the first film with Ralph Fiennes as M (Judi Dench as M: RIP), but I am looking forward to seeing what he will bring to the role.
SPECTRE opens on November 6.