Spectre – Worst. Bond. Ever. – The DVDfever Cinema Review


Spectre: Worst. Bond. Ever. Rest assured that I was on the internet within minutes registering my disgust throughout the world.

If I had to sum Danel Craig‘s fourth outing as the super spy, it would be: Boring.

I’m not joking, either. So much was made of the ridiculously overhyped Skyfall, with almost every film critic in the land (and abroad) making it sound like it was the Second Coming of Cinema! It was not. Beyond a decent opening scene, we had Adele’s horrific warblings and then a film so limp and so badly directed the original prints should’ve done their own sky-fall, without a parachute, and be buried the desert along with the as-then-unearthed Atari VCS copies of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.

As I said, that film had a decent opening scene, at least. That’s something Spectre doesn’t even manage. Well, perhaps slightly. However, it splutters along rather like the engine of the helicopter in which James Bond eventually finds himself. Before that, the film opens with a “spectacular single tracking shot” some critics have said. It doesn’t. There’s at least 2 obvious edits in there. And I’ve seen far more impressive – and longer – tracking shots.

And that sets the tone for Craig’s latest (and final?) Bond outing – everything it does has been done before. And much better.


James Bond will return in Play Chess – coming to a cinema near you in 2018.

Bond begins by going rogue in Mexico and stumbling across clues which begin to lead him towards the SPECTRE organisation (that is not a spoiler – the clue is literally in the title!). Following this, he’s is grounded, just like he was in 1989’s Licence to Kill (which was meant to be called Licence Revoked, since his licence to kill gets revoked) but the filmmakers didn’t think that Americans would understand what ‘revoked’ meant. Wikipedia describe what happened next in that movie as “Bond flees from MI6 custody and becomes a rogue agent, bereft of official backing, although he later receives unauthorised assistance from MI6 armourer Q.” And that’s what happens with Q, here. And Moneypenny. And just about everyone else Bond seems to interact with on a daily basis, making the whole point of being grounded redundant.

And then come the tired cliches such as the exchange:

    Moneypenny: “They say you’re finished.”
    Bond: “I’m just getting started.”

The whole thing reminded me, in that aspect of Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, retiring the IMF for the umpteenth time, but at least most of those films are delivered with the adequate humour, panache and action.

Elsewhere in the threadbare plot, due to various government mergers, MI5 et al is being replaced by “9 Eyes”, a worldwide initiative where the nine largest nations take over and deal with all kinds of electronic surveillance where everyone is watched all the time (as if we don’t get enough of that in the UK already!). This new taskforce is called “CNS”, led by Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), who almost like like he’s about to blub because, in similar mono-lettered-name fashion, everyone calls him “C”. Constant overplay is made of how this relates to a swear word, but the only swear I can think of beginning with “C” is “crikey”.

Christoph Waltz turns up at around 40 minutes, as the supposedly mysterious Franz Oberhauser (albeit not at all if you can put two and two together – and do NOT look on Wikipedia for this film unless you want it to get the whole Spectre game away!), and then disappears for another hour before having a bit more impact, but overall not having too much screentime, harking back to Skyfall and The World Is Not Enough, where both main baddies didn’t turn up until the films were half-over!

Go to page 2 for more thoughts on the film.


Sam Mendes’ attempt at making a ‘dark’ James Bond film.

Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.


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  • Van Roberts

    I’ll definitely agree with the comment about the yucky sucky opening theme song. None of the Craig 007’s has had a fire and brimstone title song like “Goldfinger,” “Live and Let Die,” “A View to A Kill,” or “Die Another Day.” There is a similarity between the plots of “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and “Spectre,” but that didn’t bother me as much as Blofeld’s lackluster presence. Christoph Waltz gives a decent performance, but he let down his guard too often. I fully expected Hinx to show up one more time like most Bond second-string villains and was disappointed that he died so easily. The impossible shots that 007 made that dropped Blofeld’s chopper were a bit over the top. My chief complaint along with the rotten theme song was the lack of treble music during the fight scenes. Those combat scenes had no sizzle despite the abundant violence. Lots of movies recently had used the surprise crash into a car and the “Spectre” version seemed tame compared to the “Whiplash” crash. The car chase–despite its amusing jibes at the gadgets–was a routine affair, too. Nevertheless, I thought “Spectre” surpassed “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace,” but fell short of “Skyfall.” The sets, the settings, and the budget were all top-notch, but “Spectre” rarely generates momentum and has some moments that lack sufficient explanation. How did Bond get the car cleared through customs and to Italy and how did he snatch the plane? A minor pet peeve occurs during the otherwise spectacular helicopter fight, you can clearly see back projection behind the participants when they are dangling out of the helicopter. Indeed, you hated it more than I, but I thought it had some redeeming stretches A bad opening song, a lackluster villain, inept scripting during some episodes, and a conspicuous shortage of spontaneity to enliven some otherwise promising action scenes constitute the primary flaws in “Spectre.”

  • Nice review… here are my thoughts:

    Spectre does have its moments but it is one of the weakest of the four films starring Craig as 007. The culprit is its weak storyline and a runtime that’s the longest ever for a Bond film. However, the action is topnotch and the fight sequences featuring Daniel Craig and Dave Batista are the movie’s real highlight. Spectre proves to be a worthy addition to the James Bond film franchise but unlike Casino Royale and Skyfall it fails to leave a lasting impact. Spectre is an attempt on the part of the makers to pay homage to the classic 007 movies but the execution only reflects their confused state of mind. The creative think-tank must quickly decide if it wants to return to the classic 007 elements or build upon the new ones that Casino Royale brought in. Despite its aforementioned shortcomings, Spectre serves as a pleasant viewing experience and is a must watch for the Bond movie enthusiasts. 7/10

    My complete analysis can be read at:


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