Skyfall’s ending felt like something perhaps out of a Western? I don’t know, it wasn’t a horrible idea on paper, but the juxtaposition was somewhat jarring.
I didn’t feel like it entirely worked, partly because Silva (Bardem) seemed an immaterial character to me, a cool exterior, and very little inside.
Spectre, the organization, was woefully underdeveloped across the films. It turns up from time to time, acting more like some sort of bogey man a mom would conjure to scare her sons into eating their veggies.
Spectre is supposedly super powerful and has infiltrated everything, everywhere. In Skyfall, they have this kind of masonic meeting in Rome that’s half mafia, half something out of Eyes Wide Shut, shaken, not stirred.
In practice, Spectre is there when the scripts need it, then it conveniently disappears until the next time it’s needed. This is not what I would expect from a criminal organization of this caliber.
The way they throw stuff at the wall, hoping that something will stick, but too often without spending the time and effort to build something that stays with the viewer, is frustrating.
I can’t believe you forgot the DB5. And I’m only half kidding!
The new film will have M (Fiennes), Q (Whishaw), Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and Felix Leiter return. It’ll also have Blofeld (Waltz), since he conveniently survived in Spectre.
One reason I wouldn’t be terribly optimistic about No Time to Die is that crucial elements of the film appear to have been in flux up until basically the last minute.
NTTD is supposed to bring the Craig arc to a grand finale, but continued changes seem instead to indicate that they didn’t have a plan all along, and are making things up as they go.
I mean, it’s not impossible to make a great film under pressure, but I think something that has had thought and effort poured in for a long time, has better odds of turning out great.