This is the 24th James Bond film (if you dont count the unofficial movies Casino Royale from 1967 and Never Say Never Again from 1983) and probably the last with Daniel Craig as the lead. The movie opens with a traditional gunbarrel-sequence, the first time it appear at the start of the movie in the Daniel Craig era. Then we are greeted with a Birdman-inspired shot which seems like a single take, but if you look close, you can spot the transition. Still the opening scene is tense, dramatic and invites us to enter this adventure. But the problem with Spectre is that it seems like they focused a little too much on the action and not so much on the story. This results in not many surprises throughout the story and Bond never feels really trapped. Sure the action-scenes are really good performed but I felt like Skyfall did the action and story combo better. The cinematography in this movie (which is done by Hoyte Van Hoytema, who did Interstellar) looks pretty good, but lacks the gorgeous feeling that Roger Deakins made with his work on Skyfall. As the story unfold there were some scenes that felt a little too boring and long, and the title song is no match for Skyfall by Adele.
The interesting take in this movie was the many references to previously Bond movies like: Dr.No, Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, On Her Majesty Secret Service, Live And Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me as well as the previously Daniel Craig bond-movies. I think its time for Mendes to hand over the wheel to a new director and I would likely see a new face for Bond. Otherwise I’m very happy for the new M played by the talented Ralph Fiennes, good editing by Nolan-editor Lee Smith, Q and Moneypenny is back, which is a good thing because they help to link the bond-movies together. The bond-girl played by Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) does a good job and Dave Bautista is excellent as the big henchman. Also more humour and a good score by Thomas Newman which also did Skyfall make this movie an entertaining James Bond movie and certainly a heck of a lot better than the piece of shit movie Quantum of Solace.