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Spectacular Spectre

November 21, 2015 | By

Spectre is a visual treat on celluloid. The scenes shot beautifully, of Rome as never seen before, the Alps, the train to Tangier through Sahara and of course, London, will stay with you for a long time in sweet memories.

Spectre is Spectacular. The 24th Bond adventure for all the Bond fans across generations deserves a five star.

Like all Bond openings this one follows the tradition and opens on the Day of the Dead in Mexico and from there on the excitement begins. The movie will hold your attention and is a top class entertainer.

The scenes shot beautifully, of Rome as never seen before, the Alps, the train to Tangier through Sahara and of course, London, will stay with you for a long time in sweet memories.

When I saw Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation in August this year, I knew this was an attempt to capture the Bond market and pre-sell to the audience in summer what Spectre was hoping to achieve in fall. But I am glad the summer venture was no patch on the fall Spectre. The problem now is that every movie maker is making a Bond replica. The spy world stories are bound to have some similarities, but the screen treatment has become so Bondish that it is no more a guess how the story would unfold on screen and what a movie watcher can expect. At least one can say, deservedly so, Bond films have set the standard.

Sam Mendes, the director has done a fine job. He tries his best and succeeds mostly in not letting there be a dull moment. For Sam, his earlier Bond venture Skyfall was a challenge, this time Spectre posed a bigger one. He has come out with flying colors as was expected of him. His cast of actors have not let him down. Skyfall had won a Best Cinematography Award from Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Spectre most certainly has a claim to that award. The film is a visual treat on celluloid.

Daniel Craig does not look outdated or too old to play a Bond, and that speaks a lot for the film, this being his fourth outing as James Bond. His action scenes are likeable and seem to fit him well, as they should. Quite a few persons I personally know consider him to be the best Bond. Not a mean achievement for Craig. His chief enemy, Christoph Waltz, the Austrian actor, who gained fame in his role with Tarantino, (Inglourious Basterds), could have a bit of larger footage, but so be it. He is not a scary villain here.

Among the ladies, Naomi as Money Penny does what one expects of her and emotes really well. Monica Bellucci has a very small role, but she does succeed in leaving an impression. The main female lead Lea Sydoux, the French actress, appears stiff sometimes, may be that is by design. She is among those who appeals to your finer senses in one scene and lets it pass in the other. In the finality of it, Sydoux does leave a memorable mark as a Bond woman of substance. To the movie watchers in India, Lea Sydoux in some scenes and shots reminds one of Zeenat Aman. An uncanny resemblance exists.

The Bond fans eagerly await a Bond release, in 53 years since Dr. No first released in 1962. With 24 official (and 2 non-official) Bond films, it is a remarkable cinema achievement to hold the public interest and cater to the ever changing world of films. Watch this Bond Spectre, even if you are not a Bond fan, for its sheer treatment, cinematography and the visuals.  Till the 25th Bond arrives. Cheers.

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as Spectre.

Consulting Editor Learning and Creativity and Silhouette Magazine. To talk of a few passions of Peeyush, one must start with music. He is known to be a collector of music and information pertaining to Indian cinema (majorly Hindi) spanning a period from early 1930s to 1980s. He has a large collection of Bengali and Punjabi music and material as well. He also boasts of a huge library of related material. Peeyush has delivered talks and lectures on music appreciation, contributed write ups in numerous news papers and magazines. He has co-authored a tribute publication on Anil Biswas. He has co-hosted radio talk shows on music and met and interviewed a number of personalities. Occasionally, he delivers talks even now. Peeyush has been the founder secretary of the prestigious, Vintage Hindi Music Lovers Association in Bangalore that honored Anil Biswas in 1985. He is known as a storehouse of old Hindi music and information regarding music and movies. Peeyush is well read in Vedic culture and literature and is invited in various centers to deliver enlightening lectures on Vedic values. His range spans from four Vedas to Upanishads and Darshans as well as Bhagvad Gita. He has delivered talks on Yog Darshan in Yoga schools and large gatherings. He currently lives in Oshawa, Ontario in Canada.
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