The Dead are Alive… Spectre’s opening text card immediately creates intrigue, answered when audiences are dropped into Mexico and the sights and sounds of The Day of the Dead festival. It is also a hint of what’s to come in the movie as Spectre draws upon events and characters of previous films.
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), 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 (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
The opening scenes are a delight, bigger and more ambitious in scale than most Bond films with 007 himself casually strolling through the thronging streets and dancing across rooftops. It all culminates in an exciting, if not irresponsible, encounter that results in Bond getting in a spot of hot water with the powers that be. READ MORE from the Irish Examiner …