- Release Date: Nov. 6, 2015
- Director: Sam Mendes
- Writer: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Jez Butterworth
- Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, and more
- Where to stream: FuboTV
- Where to rent or buy: Apple TV+, Amazon Video, Google Play, VUDU, Redbox, and more
Spectre is the fourth of Craig’s James Bond movies, and it has a lot to like. Unfortunately, it’s also the fourth-best of Craig’s turn as 007. Spectre was released in theaters three years after Skyfall, which is definitely one of Craig’s best Bond movies.
In Spectre, James Bond catches wind of another mysterious organization, known as Spectre, led by Franz Oberhauser, who is and has been pulling the strings on many of cases Bond had been caught up in over the years. It’s a big reveal, and it’s a key thread running through the Craig’s Bond movies.
Does that twist work, though? Is it cheap? At times, it feels like it papers over some of the flaws in the story in a too simplistic manner. Much like Quantum of Solace, Spectre feels a little bit too complicated for a Bond movie. Should we need to watch four movies to understand another Bond movie? That’s the big question.
Although some viewers and critics had issues with Christoph Waltz’s performance, I quite liked his character. It’s definitely a bit of a change of pace for Bond, and it worked quite well for me.