SPECTRE – Rated PG-13

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“You are crossing over to a place where there is NO MERCY…”

From the man who brought OO7’s grandeur back to the big screen ~ and to a whole new level with SKYFALL~ Sam Mendes ~ comes the 24th Installment for the JAMES BOND FRANCHISE, and this time, he’s going back to Bond’s roots to draw us in…so hang on tight, as you are about to be enamored with ALL THAT IS BOND…THIS IS SPECTRE!!

While 007 (Daniel Craig) is doing what he does best ~ destroying the bad guys and their dreams, this time in the heart of Mexico ~ back home in England, things are in the midst of change too, as the world of MI6, and Bond, are being questioned by their new-mastermind of intelligence, C (Andrew Scott).

As James stumbles upon a message “from beyond”, he enlists the assistance of Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him, as the new M (Ralph Fiennes) has relieved him of “his duties” at the present time…

Learning that his past nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) may hold all the cards, Bond ventures to find him, and his beautiful daughter Madeline Swann (Lea’ Seydoux).

When 007 happens upon the underworld of SPECTRE, and its ruler Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), his past may be coming back to haunt him ~ in more ways than one ~ while his future may be uncertain too, in the hands of this mad man

I give SPECTRE a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ Having seen many of 007’s films over the years – as my “one and only OO7” will always be Sean Connery, you have no idea how happy I was to see that Mendes saw the need to bring James back to “the days of yesteryear” in the epic making of this film. Between the cinematography all over the world, to the past and present storyline ~ even the epic car scenes are back ~ which has always been one of my favorites things about 007 – his impeccable taste in vehicles…plus, you may want to catch CASINO ROYALE if you haven’t seen it yet, as their might be a reference or two you don’t want to miss ~ I promise you, the JAMES OF OLD is back, but with the swagger and muscle that ONLY CRAIG can pull off. Waltz is fantastic as Oberhauser ~ he always plays BAD perfectly…and the new BOND GIRL, played by Seydoux, is more multi-dimensional than we are accustomed to seeing ~ which is refreshing ~ making her the perfect combination of brains, beauty and substance~ as she is an assassin’s daughter ~ giving her the ability to understand everything about BOND that her predecessors never could. With Fiennes taking on M’s role, and Harris and Whishaw along for the ride again too, James has the perfect team in place to aid him in his every move, making this 24th installment a MUST SEE yet again!!!

Kathy Kaiser