The Dead are alive – Spectre Review


Spectre (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is the twenty-fourth James Bond film. It features Daniel Craig in his fourth performance as James Bond double O 7. It’s the most expensive movie of the secret agent series.


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Movie starts with a text “The Dead are alive” where 007 will be on a mission in Mexico City, unofficially ordered by the previous “M” by way of a posthumous message, James Bond kills two men arranging to blow up a stadium and gives chase to Marco Sciarra, an assassin who survived the attack. He tracks down the target in his usual manner, in the process he travels to several places to complete his mission. Unlike the other Bond movies, Spectre is different in it own way. The introduction scene in Mexico city is phenomenal. Bond movies are always good at special titles and lately I was not so impressed with the titles, but after seeing titles of Spectre I felt the magic is back. To me Pierce Brosnan is a perfect Bond, I never liked Daniel Craig as a Bond. But in this movie I was awestruck with his screen presence and action. Until Daniel Craig introduced as the new Bond all the Bond movies have some intense and steamy romantic scenes but the movies were never meant or story never revolves around a lovely lady and it’s all about some mission. But all the new Bond series are somehow related to a lady and revolving around Bond’s love and finding or saving his love of life.

Spectre has some flavour of MI series and after all the chases 007 meets his “Author of the pain” and “His love of life” (at least for this movie).

What I like in Spectre

  • First 10 mins of the movie is phenomenal and I really feel that the making standards and action sequences are outstanding.
  • The introduction scene felt like they took it in a single take (doesn’t mean there are no retakes). It might be a flow cam technology.
  • The lighting is amazing.
  • Titles are different and one of the best in Bond series.
  • Phenomenal background music.
  • How come we are not talking about screenplay, and transitions.
  • Cinematography, stunning locations and camera angles.
  • Daniel Craig acting


  • I read so much about the chasing scenes with Aston Martin DB10 in Rome. Filmmakers bought 10 Aston Martins for this scene and they shot this scene by halting the Rome traffic for several days. I am not so happy with this chase scene, may be I was expecting too much after reading and watching those making videos.
  • I feel the last few minutes of the movie can be better.

If you are fan of 007, don’t miss it.


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