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Review: Spectre

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“The dead are alive.” The 24th instalment to the 007 franchise, which launched on Monday night, opens by leading us through the Dìa de Muertos parade in Mexico City. Things seem pretty chilled as Bond, complete with a skull mask, parades a beautiful girl on his arm through the festivities.

Within minutes of Daniel Craig’s 4th film as the infamous 007, James Bond, viewers are treated to a whole host of gunfire, explosions, a one-on-one chase and a mid-air kerfuffle in a helicopter. Thrill seekers can sit comfortably.

Following the events of Skyfall, Bond has been left with a cryptic video message from the previous M (fans will also be pleased to know that he’s kept the hideous Union Jack bulldog she left him) throwing him into an investigation into criminal organisation, Spectre.

Meanwhile, M is locking horns with the newly appointed C over the MI5 and MI6 merger, the latter a smarmy jobsworth who you take an instant dislike to. This only worsens when he reveals his plan for an Orwellian-style takeover of the government intelligence system.

Despite the complex and gripping plot there is plenty of humour throughout. The film is underpinned by classically sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek British wit – my personal favourites coming from Q and later, M – which keeps it light and upbeat and had the audience in stitches.

Bond girl Doctor Madeleine Swann, played by Léa Seydoux (famous for French romance Blue is the Warmest Colour), gives an excellent performance, perfectly balancing emotion and seductiveness while still being appropriately kick-ass. And, whilst I miss Judi Dench terribly, Ralph Fiennes makes a great M, even if I struggle to not see Voldemort’s face every time he speaks.

Pop sensation Sam Smith also deserves a mention for his song Writing’s on the Wall, the film’s theme song. I personally think there isn’t quite enough oomph to it for a Bond song, but when you’re following Adele the stakes are going to be pretty high in that respect.

Complaints that the film was “unrealistic” seem a bit daft when directed at film about a fictitious MI6 agent. My only criticism is that there were a couple of question marks still firmly above my head by the end of the film, but they will most likely be explained in the next instalment so I’m not too bothered.

All in all an excellent film; whilst I’m unsure if it tops 2012’s Skyfall, rest assured that Spectre is one to watch this Autumn.

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Words by Lucy Abbersteen

Picture: still taken from trailer

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