Yes, in this fourth outing (that many already?) of the latest Bond franchise, Daniel Craig continues his outstanding performance as 007. This post will not be so much a review of Spectre, as simply some random memories and thoughts about one of my favorite fictional secret agents.
This time, James goes rogue again, as he must keep a promise to an old friend. One of the many things I love about the new batch of Bonds is how we see Bond continually evolve. While I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the actors who brought their own unique skills to the Bond role, Daniel Craig shows us a Bond who is not just a killing machine.
There has been an interesting shift in the story-lines with Bond movies during the last few years. This time one of the themes is information–who has it, who has the right and the power to collect it, and…what’s done with it. Powerful, in this era of Big Data, drones, and surveillance. This is a classic tale of the Old Dogs who’ve been doing things a certain way for decades, versus the Young Guns with new, better, faster, bigger.
It also brings into light the whole “…license to kill…” concept, one of the aspects of Bond that’s been accepted ever since there was first a Bond. As M quite bluntly points out to C, “Yes, the double-oh’s have a license to kill, but that also means they have a license not to kill,” implying that they will always need the human factor.
That’s about all for now. Trying to keep the posts a bit shorter, bite-size chunks.
’til next time…Adios.