So this past weekend we traveled to our local theatre to catch Spectre, the newest 007 adventure. I was excited for this film ever since the first trailer aired. It looked dark, and it seemed like we were gonna get a better look at Bond’s past after the glimpse of it we caught in Skyfall. Much to my surprise, this might be the most lighthearted of the Daniel Craig era Bond films. It has the most jokes, and the audience laughed when it was supposed to. This movie took a lot of people by surprise, as the film returned to much of the old Bond tropes the previous three tried to steer clear of. That being said, this is not a bad Bond film by any means, we’ve just come to expect the gold standard ever since Casino Royale changed the James Bond rap game forever.
These are my power rankings for the Daniel Craig-era films
- Casino Royale
- Quantum of Solace
We can all agree that Quantum was the low point of the Craig era, weak villain, poor editing, so on and so on. Spectre’s main draw to a lot of people was the chance to see Christof Waltz as a Bond villain, and many expected the same goosebumps they felt when he played Colonel Hanz Landa in ‘Inglorious Basterds’. Buuttttttt we actually don’t see a whole lot of Waltz in the movie, at least not much until the third act. Which took away from his intimidation, as opposed to Skyfall which introduced its villain half-way through the movie and he left a lasting impression on me. The plot wasn’t as interesting as Skyfall but it sure had more action and humor, which was intentional. If I were to compare this to another film series, if Casino Royale was the magnificent Fast Five, which changed the ‘Fast & Furious’ movie rap game forever, Skyfall is Fast & Furious 6, a wildly badass and heavy hitting entry, then Spectre is Furious 7, an entertaining movie but is subpar overall to its previous two sequels (yeah lets just pretend Quantum never happened in this example btw). If you’re looking for decent Bond movie that’s still a great time at the theatre, check out Spectre, just don’t expect the same emotional weight that Skyfall or Casino Royale carried.