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Film Review: “Spectre”…

Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz

Directed by: Sam Mendes

So today I went to the mall to check out the latest 007 film, “Spectre”.

Plot/Synopsis: A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.

Media is trashing the new Bond film like mad. All the so-called professional critics giving the film negative reviews all over but I don’t listen to other critics. I just watch a movie and give it my own opinion. Following popular opinion is boring to me. If everyone likes a certain film and if I don’t like it, I won’t be afraid to say it. If everyone hates a certain film and if I like it, I won’t be afraid to say it.

Don’t listen to the negative critics out there. Just go out and see it ’cause the film was that damn good. I thought it was WAY better than “Skyfall” and I thought “Spectre” topped that film for sure. I was real impressed with “Spectre”. I thought the writing was really good and Sam Mendes did an interesting take on his version of SPECTRE the underground terrorist group. I thought Christoph Waltz killed it as Blofeld the SPECTRE leader & boss.

This film had a lot of action, of course. The action scenes were more fun in this movie than “Skyfall”. I thought Dave Bautista’s character, Mr. Hinx was a pretty badass villain. He’s probably one of the best 007 villains of all time, in my opinion. Bautista did a great job playing him even though the character said one line, the character didn’t say much in the movie at all but he just walked around looking like a tough guy. Bond and Mr. Hinx had a pretty intense fight scene together on a train.

I’m also reading a lot of negative critics toward the Bond girls. Media trashing the Bond girls as well. Are they serious? I thought Dr. Madeline Swann who was the blond girl in the movie was freakin’ gorgeous and hot. Plus, Monica Bellucci *drool*. Monica maybe around 50 years old but she’s still a pretty hot MILF. Once again don’t listen to the critics. They wanna say how he’s a raging “misogynist” but I don’t see how. Daniel Craig himself may have said that Bond was a raging “misogynist” but even Craig himself is opinionated. Go back and watch the old Sean Connery and Roger Moore 007 flicks, you would see that Bond always cared for women. Bond definitely showed that in “Spectre” ’cause he was supposed to keep Dr. Swann alive and he ends up falling in love with her, of course so I think Daniel is full of it.

I thought this was a really great Bond film and this is gonna be the final Daniel Craig Bond film ’cause they are moving on with someone else in the next one. Daniel wants to be done with these movies and he wants to move on. I can’t blame him ’cause he’s been on this franchise for years now and he’s probably sick of it.

Score for “Spectre” = **** 4 stars as in “Excellent”.


Ellie Goulding is the artist for opening theme of “Spectre”??? Seems so…


It seems that Ellie Goulding, a pop singer from the UK will be the artist for the opening theme song of James Bond’s next film, “Spectre”. She drops a big hint in the photo above leaving Abbey Road Studios. Remember now, Adelle recorded her “Skyfall” theme at the same studio.

Weird. I never really heard of Ellie Goulding until now.


007 “Spectre” trailer is finally here!

Not only will this be the final James Bond film for director Sam Mendes, will this also be the final Bond film for Daniel Craig as well? This trailer is giving us hints that this could be the last Daniel Craig 007 film ’cause Bond wants to “disappear”.

There’s been a lot of talk that Sony wants Bond to be a black guy in the next film after this one. Will Idris Elba be the next Bond? They already changed the Miss Moneypenny character to a black woman so maybe that’s a sign?

Anyway, I think “Spectre” looks great and can’t wait for it. I’m a huge Bond fan. Seen every film.


Sam Mendes says “Spectre” theme song is completed and will be revealed soon…

For each 007 theme song, they usually have some big mainstream artist sing the opening title theme. Who’s the artist gonna be for this film? For “Skyfall” they had Adelle sing the main theme which earned her an Oscar. Sam is being very secretive on the artist and won’t tell us who it is. So far no leaks about who the artist is gonna be so they did a good job keeping it from us. The artist must be a huge surprise.

Hopefully the artist won’t be Lady Gaga, Katy Perry or Rihanna.


I can’t wait for “Spectre”, though. I’ve seen every Bond film and looking forward to this one too.


Who’s gonna sing the theme for 007 “Spectre”???

In the open title sequence for each Bond film, everybody should know that MGM writes an original song w/ lyrics that has something to do with the title and then they would hire a famous singer to sing the song. Over the years, have been mostly female singers that sung the 007 theme song but sometimes they would get male singers. I remember Chris Cornell of Soundgarden sung the theme song for “Casino Royale”. Madonna already did a theme song, she did the theme for “The World Is Not Enough” and she even had a role in the film too.

It’s been announced by Sam Mendes and MGM that a singer for “Spectre” have already been chosen but nobody’s talking on who it is yet.


I wouldn’t be surprised if the singer is gonna be these 5:

-Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett (with them together)
-Barbara Streisand (she never did a Bond theme yet, surprisingly)
-Katy Perry

If they’re gonna go for a male singer, they’d go for Tony Bennett, John Legend, Prince or Bruno Mars.

I’m probably gonna be wrong on all of these but these are pretty good guesses. We’ll soon find out who the singer is gonna be for “Spectre”.


The new 007 movie “Spectre”… what is “Spectre”???

When the title for the new 007 flick was revealed as “Spectre” not too long ago, you probably wonder what the plot/synopsis of the movie is gonna be about”? Well, when you look at the word, “Spectre” the title, you’ll immediately start to know what it’s about just by the title alone. In the James Bond franchise, SPECTRE stands for (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorist, Revenge and Extortion) which means they are a global terrorist organization and that also means that they are probably bad guys. SPECTRE appeared in the very first Bond film, “Dr. No” and they are about to make a huge comeback in the film, “Spectre” with Daniel Craig.

More on SPECTRE here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPECTRE#Films

I just finished watching, “From Russia with Love” the second Bond film and there was a little bit of SPECTRE in that film as well. “From Russia With Love” is a great film by the way, too.

Spectre even have their own fictional island as well so the new Bond movie with Daniel Craig will probably be taken place on Spectre Island. Christoph Waltz is probably gonna play the leader of SPECTRE, Blofeld which is gonna be cool.

If you’re a long time Bond fan you would probably already know what SPECTRE already is. So it’s probably gonna be Bond vs. Spectre in the next film.

So far, I thought “Skyfall” was the best 007 film with Daniel Craig. Hopefully they do a good job with the next film. They just started filming “Spectre” today at Pinewood Studios. I hope they make it dark and violent like “Skyfall” was. Looking forward to the next Bond film.

I’m gonna try to watch all the old movies with Sean Connery and Roger Moore. I’ve seen all the newer ones with Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. I didn’t like the Pierce Brosnan movies that much… he was terrible Bond, in my opinion.


The title for Bond 24 is “Spectre” and full casting announced…

Here’s the living one-sheet for Bond 24, the title of the next film is, “Spectre”. The film will star Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, former WWE star Dave Bautista and Christoph Waltz.

The plot/synopsis haven’t been revealed yet, though. Notice that Judy Dench isn’t listed in the casting. I don’t want to reveal major spoilers but something happens to her character, M, in “Skyfall”.

WWE Star Dave Bautista in a Bond movie? Damn, that guy’s career is really taking off after him having a role in “Guardians of the Galaxy” in which I haven’t seen yet but will get around to it soon.

Looking forward to the next 007 flick and I’m sure we’ll get a trailer real soon.


BREAKING NEWS: Sam Mendes says no to directing Bond 24…

Despite all the positive reviews of “Skyfall” and the huge box office numbers, Sam Mendes says no to directing Bond 24, due to other commitments. He is scheduled to direct, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, and “King Lear” films, and his focus on those two movies. Shame, I was hoping he would give Bond another shot, ’cause “Skyfall”, was a pretty amazing flick and it is indeed, the best Bond film ever made, in my opinion.

I almost bought “Skyfall” on BluRay yesterday, but ended up getting the new “Tomb Raider” game instead.

I don’t think other directors will make a good Bond film after this one, though. They will go downhill again.

See the director’s statement, here.


Film Review: Skyfall

Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Today, I’ve just seen the newest installment to the 007 franchise, “Skyfall”, and here is my review:

Plot/synopsis: Bond needs to investigate a terrorist attack, in which a large explosion occurred, at SIS Headquarters, where MI6’s (Judi Dench), offices are. Bond discovers that Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) who was a former MI6 operative was responsible for the attack. Top secret information about NATO agents was stolen from M16’s hard drive, and Silva has a connection to that information.

For the past 10 years or so, the 007 franchise has been making terrible James Bond flicks. The 007 flicks, continuously gets mixed reviews by fans and critics, but did I think this one was good??? I think the 007 franchise finally redeemed themselves, this time. The pacing may have been pretty slow, but keep in mind, not all movies have to focus on the action alone. Everyone expects the James Bond movies to be fun, and action packed, but really, the James Bond movies are about the story. They are about Bond’s life, and survival. Revenge, kind of stuff and hunting down people responsible for doing terrible things. Yes, the action and violence has always been an important part of the Bond franchise, but that has always been secondary. Story, goes first. They just add in the sexy Bond girls, for the entertainment.

Some say the story was weak, but I thought it was pretty intelligent and masterful. It kept me guessing toward the end. The plot had some twists and turns. The pacing may have been kind of slow at first, but it was meant to be. There was a reason that the first half of the movie was nothing but acting and dialogue, and the second half was mostly violent action scenes. When it did come to the violent action scenes, it was a blast to watch, and the violence were pretty gritty too. I thought the visuals of the movie were pretty impressive. It was different than any other Bond film from the past for sure.

As far as Javier Bardem’s, Silva character goes, he was the most menacing Bond villain as well. While there was some humor in this guy, you also want to hate him at the same time. He can be a pretty likeable villain at first but as the film goes along, you’ll realize how evil this guy can be, and you would be scared to meet him. Javier Bardem played a lot of villains in movies over the years, and he does a good job as usual. I think he has Oscar nomination potential for this role. “Skyfall” isn’t an Oscar worthy film, just Javier’s performance alone, deserves a nod.

There were surprising return characters of Q, and Eve Moneypenny (A famous Bond girl, who appeared in many Bond films, played by different actresses).

Some complained that there were less gadgets in this film, than the previous Bond films. Did they see the same film, I did? There were plenty of gadgets in “Skyfall”. Maybe not futuristic looking electronic gadgets, but old fashioned gadgets when Bond and M hid in that old home toward the end of the movie (not trying to give spoilers).

I thought the movie was very intense. It was the perfect 50th Anniversary, Bond film. This is definitely not the best Bond film ever made, but is the best Bond movie made since the past 10 years or a little more. I would say this is the best Bond film since, “The Living Daylights”. This is also one of the best films of 2012. Whether you’re a Bond fan or not, you should check this one out. It’s a perfect introduction to the character, if you’ve never seen the earlier films. You don’t need to watch the first two Daniel Craig, Bond films, ’cause “Skyfall” is a standalone movie. Not a sequel to “Quantum of Solace”.

Score for “Skyfall” = **** (4 stars as in “Excellent”)


Report: MGM officially greenlights “Bond 23” with Daniel Craig starring and Sam Mendes directing…

MGM just announced the shocking news today that the 23rd James Bond movie is set for a release date of Nov. 9th 2012. Daniel Craig is still on, Sam Mendes will be directing. They plan to start shooting the film, late 2011. The plot is being kept under wraps, but the story will continue on from the last Bond movie, “Quantum of Solace”.

Deadline, reports.

I thought, “Casino Royale” was an amazing film. “Quantum of Solace” sucked. Hopefully the next one will be good. I like 007 movies, sure.