The dead are alive in “Spectre”

By Tanner Carlson
Staff Reporter

The new James Bond movie Spectre was released Nov. 6. It was he number one movie in the box office in its first weekend opening up in theaters worldwide turning $70.4 million.

The definition of spectre is something widely feared as a dangerous occurrence. The synonym for it: a ghost. Knowing the meaning of the title helps understand the theme of the movie.

I thought that Spectre was incredible because the production stays true to the original Bond series in their own original way. They do a great job of adding in the famous lines “Bond… James Bond,” and “I’ll have a martini, shaken not stirred.” The Bond girl, Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) wasn’t just a pretty face, in fact she had to save James Bond. Lastly, you can’t have a great movie without a great villain, Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) is one of the biggest, badest villains that 007 has ever encountered.

The typical 007 motifs were on full display as the opening scene consisted of the action-packed shootout with exploding buildings. In every Bond classic the opening credits consist of super-star vocalist to introduce the newest blockbuster. This honor belonged to 2014 debut artist Sam Smith in which he did an excellent job performing “Writing’s on the Wall.”

The script was an attack on current government issues that democratic countries are fighting today. The writers developed the two villains Blofeld and C by having them run a tracking software in anything that involved technology. Sound familiar NSA? It was truly genius in the way production set up the privacy invading villains, by making them work for Britain’s Centre of National Security (CNS) while seeming like the good guys trying to pass the invasion of privacy as the right thing to do.

The passionate, calm, cool, and classy performance by Daniel Craig (Bond) makes him the perfect 007 hero. Craig shows more vulnerability in this movie than he does in his past performances as the super spy. However, the best performance came from Christoph Waltz (Blofeld), the sophisticated Austrian, who landed another bad guy role and nailed it like his previous villainous roles in Inglorious Bastards and Big Eyes. Waltz has a way of deception by being a class-act with a respectful manner. This turns into psychotic outrage making him one of the best Bond villains of all-time.

The special effects were on par (as you would expect) with explosions and helicopters falling from the skies. In addition, the beautiful scenery in which this movie was filmed is worth the watch in itself. From the unbelievable mountain ranges in Austria, to the dry desserts in Morocco this movie has it all. Nonetheless, with the always-fashionable wardrobe Mr. Bond possesses, he is always in style in the classiest of ways.

This Bond movie ties in all the previous Bond movies (Craig era), but even if you are not a fan, the story does a great job of catching you up on all the excitement you’ve missed out on. I recommended seeing it as soon as you have a free weekend to go. By the way, James Bond will return.

Tanner Carlson is a sophomore majoring in communication. You can email him at

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