Spectre Proves James Bond Still Isn’t Obsolete
Mark the date, James Bond fans: In 2015, a 007 movie finally asks whether, in this age of mass surveillance and oversharing, we even need superspies anymore.
Spectre, the 24th movie in the franchise, asks this on two levels. The first is in the movie’s subplot, which focuses on a new head of the Joint Intelligence Service who’s set on discontinuing MI6’s 00 program and replacing its agents with wiretapping and drones. But the second level presents a more philosophical question: Are we over James Bond?
On the surface, Spectre has all the best of Bond: Car chases, Dr. No vibes, a perfect bad guy in Christoph Waltz, two great Bond women in Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux, and lots of martinis. But it’s 2015, and chauvinism and excessive drinking aren’t as cool as they used to be. Spectre is clearly aware of this, and even our current Bond, Daniel Craig, seems to be a little bored with 007’s antics—both on-screen and off.
Spectre, out Friday, may not be the best Bond. It might not even be as good as the last 007 movie, Skyfall. (OK, it’s definitely not.) But it’s still a hell of a lot of fun. Find out why in this WIRED video review for the film.