“Spectre” gives James Bond fans what they crave

In this action-packed 24th outing of Bond, James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, he uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as Spectre, hence the name of the movie.

Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), who Bond calls “C” for callous, is the new head of the Centre for National Security. He questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by “M” (Ralph Fiennes). Bond enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and “Q” (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of Spectre. As Bond ventures towards the heart of Spectre, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

“Spectre” is an exciting movie that is nonstop action and thrills. Things are blown up right and left, and the inevitable car chase is exhilarating. I loved the car. I wanted the car. The car had all the bells and whistles you expect on a Bondmobile. It had everyone in the audience hoping they could win the lottery so they could afford it.

“Spectre” is Craig’s fourth Bond adventure and according to the gossip columns, his last. So don’t miss “Spectre” if Craig is your ideal James Bond.

Shot all around the world, “Spectre” is one that Bond aficionados are going to love. The cinematography is spectacular. Unlike the last few Bond movies, humor is sprinkled throughout the film, making it even more fun.

The music was reminiscent of the Bond movies of old and really set the mood from the very beginning. I was humming the tune all night long.

Academy Award-Winner Sam Mendes directed. Mendes also directed “Skyfall” and won an Oscar for his directorial debut “American Beauty.”

The story was by John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Screenplay was by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth based on characters by Ian Fleming.

What amazed me about the film is that Bond and his girlfriend (Of course, there is a love interest, isn’t there always?) are in this terrible brawl that most mortal men would not survive, yet they come out without a scratch or a bruise. Even their clothes remain intact and clean.

“Spectre” opens Friday at Kerasotes The Stadium Theatre in Jerseyville, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6 and AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net. Visit Mary’s website at www.mlcwriter.com.