Last weekend, I celebrated my one year anniversary with my boyfriend. We bought coffee and had a long coffee chat, went out to dinner at Mango’s this new Mexican place I’m obsessed with and we saw the new James Bond movie, Spectre. Spectre was a very good film considering that it comes after Skyfall which was genuinely an amazing Bond film.
James Bond is that fandom that has a special place in my heart. I remember being 8 years old and watching the Pierce Brosnan films. I became obsessed and it got to the point where I talked about James Bond so much, my 3rd grade teacher made James Bond themed math problems just for me. My love for James Bond grew as years went by and I can appreciate the film franchise now that I’m older. Yes, the James Bond movies are heavily sexist, but there’s so much to love about this franchise that I can look past the sexism. There’s also a little bit of racism in a couple of them too. Dr. No the first Bond film, came out around the time of the civil rights movement. Does that excuse the movie for racism? Absolutely not but, I can understand where that stems from.
I love the James Bond franchise for several reasons. I love the individual stories that make up James missions. My favorite Bond films include: License to Kill, Skyfall, Casino Royale, Spectre, Goldeneye, Goldfinger, From Russia With Love and The Spy Who Loved Me. Each film has an incredible story to save the world, a well crafted car, a beautiful Bond woman and a psychotic villain trying to make destruction in the world. Bond films take a lot of time and effort to be well crafted. Action sequences take months to film and often in the case of Daniel Craig, he does a lot of this himself.
Going back to Spectre, the movie opens with the gun barrel. Honestly, when I saw the gun barrel at the beginning I smiled and kind of squealed with excitement. My boyfriend looked at me and smiled and was happy for me because basically I ranted before the movie started about this gun barrel. Four movies in and it’s back at the beginning. Anyway, James is on a mission in Mexico without the authority of his boss, M. This involves an awesome helicopter fight scene above the Day of the Dead celebration. Going back to work, M is not pleased with Bond. Clearly Bond has his own agenda because he discovers this ring with an Octopus on it from the man he kills in Mexico. Turns out this ring leads him to a terrorist organization called Spectre.
I had really high hopes with this movie. When I found out Dave Bautista was in it from Guardians of the Galaxy, I was on board. He plays Mr. Hinx this really strong henchman. Also the fight scene between Bautista and Craig does not disappoint. For the record, Craig actually tore his meniscus in his knee while filming this fight scene. That’s crazy! Also Craig almost broke Bautista’s nose. This fight scene is that insane.
Also we cannot forget about the Bond women. Lea Sedoux plays Madeline Swann, the daughter of a terrorist that Bond has come in contact with. She’s so bad ass! She is intelligent and she helps out Bond whenever possible and she plays a huge role in the fight scene on the train with Bautista and Craig highlighted in the previous paragraph.
I realize this post turned into a huge fangirl rant but I highly recommend seeing this. Even if you’re not really an obsessive Bond fan like me, you still will love the action in this movie. I plan on seeing it a second time for sure.
Bond, James Bond.