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.
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.
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.