Will it overtake Bond’s last outing, Skyfall, which took over $1 billion at the global box-office, to become the most successful British-made film ever? Well, it stands every chance.

In flames: For the most part Craig is the embodiment both of murderous ruthlessness, and debonair glamour

And we live in record-breaking times. Spectre not only features the oldest of all Bond “girls” in 51-year-old Monica Bellucci, it is also, at nigh on two and a half hours, the longest of all 24 Bond films.

Romance:  The narrative is occasionally muddled - yet at no point does the action flag, or our interest sag

 

It is a pleasure, too, to find Bond back in control of his own destiny. As good as Skyfall was, it was disconcerting to see him quite so vulnerable. 

Here, even though the story follows on from Skyfall and has the same director in Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig’s 007 seems more in keeping with Ian Fleming’s original creation. 

In flames: For the most part Craig is the embodiment both of murderous ruthlessness, and debonair glamour

Shooting practice: If it does prove to be Craig’s final hurrah after four goes at it, he’s exiting  with a bang

Shaken, not stirred: Spectre, out on October 26, is downright playful in its multiple nods to previous Bond films

Yes this film is very much a throwback.

And if it does prove to be Craig’s final hurrah after four goes at it, he’s exiting – and this isn’t a spoiler, I promise – with a bang.

November 6th is a day we are all waiting for !