MINI REVIEW: I must come clean and say that I am not a Bond fan, perhaps let me rephrase that, I have not seen any Bond films other than the Daniel Craig ones. I am not sure why I haven’t delved into the 007 franchise, but if Spectre is any indication of what I’m in for, then I am in no hurry.
Let me be honest, the action sequences for Spectre are phenomenal and an awe to behold, especially the opening helicopter sequence. The car chases the explosions and the hand to hand combat entertain, whereas Bond, Bond Girls, Bond Villain and Bond Story, not so much. The script to this film failed the entire production, with unnecessary cheesy-ness and mistimed humour, or perhaps more like poorly executed humour. It felt as if there was too much going on, and not enough, at the same time. There was romance, action, mystery, intensity, but none of these elements were fully fleshed out, leaving you with a sense of, “was that it?”
At 2hours and 28minutes, this film gets outright boring at times, whilst being able to maintain a roller coaster ride feel to it, you never get to the very top, you never get to experience the desired free fall. Plus can Daniel Craig’s suits get any tighter? Did they measure him properly? Regardless every film is full of interesting happenings and as such we are proud to present 7 interesting facts about Sam Mendes’ Spectre, enjoy!
1 Monica Bellucci, who turned 51 during the post-production of the film is officially the oldest female to play the role of a Bond Girl.
2 The new Aston Martin used in the film is model DB10, which was a prototype made only for the film. Only 10 of them were made. Most likely the design represents future looks for the luxury vehicle.
3 The price tag for Spectre comes in at somewhere between $300-350Million, making it the most expensive Bond film ever.
4 This is officially the longest Bond film ever, clocking in at 148minutes.
5 Spectre holds the Guinness World Record for biggest explosion ever in a film set. I must admit it is pretty spectacular!
6 Daniel Craig’s alleged salary for this film stands at US$39Million, making him the highest paid Bond ever.
7 The out-of-control helicopter sequence actually took place above Mexico City’s Zocalo. Red Bull’s purpose built helicopter was used and piloted by stunt pilot Chuck Aaron. At one point the helicopter flies as low as 30 feet away from the ground and extras!