Log in or sign up for Rotten Tomatoes

Trouble logging in?

By continuing, you agree to the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Policies , and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes.

By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Policies , and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and to receive email from the Fandango Media Brands .

By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Policies , and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes.

Email not verified

Let's keep in touch.

Rotten Tomatoes Newsletter

Sign up for the Rotten Tomatoes newsletter to get weekly updates on:

  • Upcoming Movies and TV shows
  • Trivia & Rotter Tomatoes Podcast
  • Media News + More

By clicking "Sign Me Up," you are agreeing to receive occasional emails and communications from Fandango Media (Fandango, Vudu, and Rotten Tomatoes) and consenting to Fandango's Privacy Policy and Terms and Policies . Please allow 10 business days for your account to reflect your preferences.

OK, got it!

Movies / TV

No results found.

  • What's the Tomatometer®?
  • Login/signup

spectre james bond film

Movies in theaters

  • Opening this week
  • Top box office
  • Coming soon to theaters
  • Certified fresh movies

Movies at home

  • Netflix streaming
  • Amazon prime
  • Most popular streaming movies
  • What to Watch New

Certified fresh picks

  • The Color Purple Link to The Color Purple
  • American Symphony Link to American Symphony
  • Society of the Snow Link to Society of the Snow

New TV Tonight

  • Echo: Season 1
  • Criminal Record: Season 1
  • Grimsburg: Season 1
  • Ted: Season 1
  • Golden Globes: Season 81
  • All Creatures Great and Small: Season 4
  • The Trust: A Game of Greed: Season 1
  • The Traitors: Season 2
  • Miss Scarlet and the Duke: Season 4
  • SkyMed: Season 2

Most Popular TV on RT

  • True Detective: Season 4
  • Fool Me Once: Season 1
  • Boy Swallows Universe: Season 1
  • The Brothers Sun: Season 1
  • Reacher: Season 2
  • Best TV Shows
  • Most Popular TV
  • TV & Streaming News
  • Prime Video

Certified fresh pick

  • The Brothers Sun: Season 1 Link to The Brothers Sun: Season 1
  • All-Time Lists
  • Binge Guide
  • Comics on TV
  • Five Favorite Films
  • Video Interviews
  • Weekend Box Office
  • Weekly Ketchup
  • What to Watch

All 27 Pixar Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

All Marvel Movies In Order: How To Watch MCU Chronologically

Golden Tomato Awards: Best Movies & TV of 2023

Awards Tour

2024 Producers Guild Awards Nominations: The Full List

The Most Anticipated Movies of 2024

  • Trending on RT
  • Shop Rotten Tomatoes
  • Play Movie Trivia

Golden Tomato Awards

  • Vote Fan Favorite Movie
  • Vote Fan Favorite TV

2015, Action/Adventure, 2h 28m

What to know

Critics Consensus

Spectre nudges Daniel Craig's rebooted Bond closer to the glorious, action-driven spectacle of earlier entries, although it's admittedly reliant on established 007 formula. Read critic reviews

You might also like

Where to watch spectre.

Rent Spectre on Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, or buy it on Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video.

Rate And Review

Super Reviewer

Rate this movie

Oof, that was Rotten.

Meh, it passed the time.

It’s good – I’d recommend it.

So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

What did you think of the movie? (optional)

You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

Step 2 of 2

How did you buy your ticket?

Let's get your review verified..

AMCTheatres.com or AMC App New

Cinemark Coming Soon

We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

Regal Coming Soon

Theater box office or somewhere else

By opting to have your ticket verified for this movie, you are allowing us to check the email address associated with your Rotten Tomatoes account against an email address associated with a Fandango ticket purchase for the same movie.

You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

Spectre videos, spectre   photos.

A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.

Rating: PG-13 (Language|Intense Sequences of Action|Sensuality|Some Disturbing Images|Violence)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery & thriller

Original Language: English

Director: Sam Mendes

Producer: Michael G. Wilson , Barbara Broccoli

Writer: John Logan , Neal Purvis , Robert Wade , Jez Butterworth

Release Date (Theaters): Nov 6, 2015  wide

Release Date (Streaming): Jul 24, 2016

Box Office (Gross USA): $200.1M

Runtime: 2h 28m

Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Production Co: Danjaq Productions, Eon Productions Ltd., Columbia Pictures, MGM, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

View the collection: James Bond 007

Cast & Crew

Daniel Craig

Christoph Waltz

Léa Seydoux

Ralph Fiennes

Monica Bellucci

Ben Whishaw

Naomie Harris

Dave Bautista

Andrew Scott

Rory Kinnear

Jesper Christensen

Alessandro Cremona

Marco Sciarra

Stephanie Sigman


Neal Purvis

Robert Wade

Jez Butterworth

Michael G. Wilson

Barbara Broccoli

Callum McDougall

Executive Producer

Hoyte Van Hoytema


Film Editing

Thomas Newman

Original Music

Dennis Gassner

Production Design

Christopher Lowe

Supervising Art Direction

Andrew Bennett

Art Director

Ben Collins

Mark Harris

Neal Callow

Anna Pinnock

Set Decoration

Jany Temime

Costume Design

News & Interviews for Spectre

Your Epic Movie Franchise Binge Guide: The Best Way to Watch the Biggest Series

Daniel Craig Is Returning as James Bond – What Critics Are Saying

Black Mirror , Shine a Light , and More Available to Stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime

Critic Reviews for Spectre

Audience reviews for spectre.

Visually stylish and a nice homage to the 60s Bond movies, neatly tying together plot points from the previous Daniel Craig bond movies, but felt quite pedestrian, I never really felt anything for any of the characters: things just happened without any excitement or emotion. At least it wasn't too silly, but again lacked humour.

spectre james bond film

One of the most obvious characteristics of the Bond series is that each instalment of the franchise can sit on its own. Modern audiences are asked to believe that the character has been the same age for more than 50 years, and the series has bent or tinkered with its conventions ever so slightly as the decades have rolled past in order to stay relevant. While this has kept the Bond series as a whole firmly in the realms of fantasy, it has allowed individual entries in the series to push for something more gritty or realistic; if it works, it's embraced and carried forward, and if not the series reverts to type with very few tears. Since the franchise was effectively rebooted with Casino Royale, an approach more becoming of comic books has been employed: different writers and directors come in and somehow try to stitch all the character's actions together into an overarching narrative. Doctor Who, Sherlock and Star Wars have all shown that this is not an easy thing to pull off, and it's harder still to convince an audience that such an undertaking was always intentional. Spectre attempts to tie together the events of its predecessors with a story about chickens coming home to roost - and while there is much to applaud about Sam Mendes' film, it is also riddled with problems. The first such problem is the amount of emphasis given to each of the previous films. You would imagine that any story which seeks to claim that the events of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall were all an elaborate means to bring us to this point would place an equal weight on each instalment and the events therein. Instead, Quantum of Solace has been practically airbrushed out of history; besides the odd mention of Quantum, we get no reference to its plot and Dominic Greene is never seen on camera. The refusal to even hint at it is too constant a factor for it to be an accident; it is as though the whole production threw up their hands, admitted that it was terrible, and then asked us to forget that it ever existed. A related problem is that the script for Spectre is deeply conflicted, especially when it comes to the film's female characters. Madeleine Swann is written like two completely different people who have been composited; one moment she's being icy cold, compelling and giving Bond a run for his money with a gun, the next she's being captured for the umpteenth time and needing to be rescued. For all the steps forward that the Daniel Craig era has taken, it still can't resist a damsel in distress. None of the women in Spectre are given a fair crack of the whip. Even if we put Léa Seydoux to one side, that still leaves us with Monicca Bellucci. The film has a great opportunity here, casting an older woman with the promise of a deeper relationship. Instead, she gets five minutes of screen time to look scared, sleep with Bond and then leave. Dressing her in stockings is at best a nod back to Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies and at worst just lazy fanservice. Not every woman in Bond's life has to be helpless without him, and the series has been at its best when the women are equal to him - either in a fetishistic way, like Xenia Onatopp or Bambi and Thumper, or something more mature and three-dimensional. Then there are the villains to consider. Sherlock's Andrew Scott waltzes through the whole film like he has "bad guy" tattooed on his forehead, but at least he's fully committed to what he is doing. Christoph Waltz, meanwhile, is completely underwhelming as Blofeld. Having Bond and Blofield as adopted brothers is workable, but Waltz can't decide whether to play it as the Jew Hunter from Inglorious Basterds or as a straight-up pantomime. He seems uncomfortable in the costume, looking like Hyman Roth in The Godfather Part II but without the threat. Either it's just a bad performance, or Mendes didn't know what he wanted from the character. Further evidence of a confused director can be found in the torture scene. The rope torture and poisoning scenes in Casino Royale were justified; they were both an effective means of moving to a grittier style and a meaningful way of showing Bond's vulnerability. Torture has been used as a novelty in Bond films before - there's a lot of it in the Brosnan era, whether Xenia's thighs in Goldeneye or the neck-breaking chair in The World Is Not Enough. But here it feels all too routine, as if Mendes said: "We need a torture scene here" and then got the specifics from a trip to the dentist. Like Skyfall before it, Spectre makes a number of conscious nods to its back catalogue. There's a lot more references to the Connery era this time around, with the DB5 and the gadgets on the DB10 nodding to Goldfinger, and Blofeld's cat and base borrowing heavily from You Only Live Twice. The sequence on the train is essentially a more stereoidal take on the train fight in From Russia with Love, and Swann's appearance particularly in the dining car is strongly influenced by Tatiana Romanova. But unlike its predecessor, these references are here for their own sake rather to make any attempt at justifying the franchise's longevity. There are a lot of plot details in Spectre which don't make sense or which are disappointing - another probable consequence of having four writers. The DNA scan on the Spectre ring is both a very arbitary gadget and a contrived plot device, asking us to accept both the technology and the fact that all the people involved would have worn the same ring. Then there's the ease with which Bond is able to blow up Blofeld's base, or the comparable ease with which Blofeld is able to wire up the whole of the MI6 building without anyone noticing. The final act is deeply anticlimatic, falling emotionally short where The Bourne Ultimatum hit a home run. In the midst of all these niggles, flaws and frustrations, there is an awful lot about Spectre which can be enjoyed, at least in the moment. For all its concessions to cliché, the film does make some interesting points about our increasingly surveillance-driven world and how easily it can be manipulated. The set-pieces are beautifully filmed, with Mendes lending excellent coverage to both the car chases and the long opening shot in Mexico. If you only watch Bond films for the car chases and fight scenes, rest assured they are still exhilirating enough to allow you to gloss over the plot holes. There are also improved performances within the supporting cast. Ben Whishaw's Q in Skyfall was essentially Brains from Thunderbirds, but here he becomes more rounded and appealingly tetchy. It's a different Q from Desmond Llewellyn's, but it still feels like a kindred spirit. Ralph Fiennes was always going to have a hard job following Judi Dench as M, but here he rises to the occasion, taking the tension he exhibited in In Bruges and bringing along some devil-may-care attitude for the ride. The best aspect of Spectre, however, is the scene involving Mr White - if nothing else because it is the most effective at tying up a part of the overarching story. There's a wonderfully bleak, pathos-ridden quality to the scene, with one man utterly defeated and the other delaying the inevitable. The writing is unpredictable but coherent, with Craig and Jesper Christiansen dualling brilliantly and the latter giving a sad, dead-eyed performance. Hoyte von Hoytema, who shot Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, does a fantastic job, contrasting the dark, oppresive colours in the cabin with the stark, deathly white of the snow. Spectre is a watchable slice of the Bond saga which pales in regard to two of the three films which preceded it. It's still heaps better than Quantum of Solace, if only because it always has a rough idea of where it is going even during its moments of writing conflict. But while its visual spectacle can give Casino Royale and Skyfall a run for their money, it doesn't have either the brains or the heart to rise above them. Bond fans will embrace it, but the rest of us will be expecting more effort next time around.

This is the movie that fans wanted to be even better than the critically acclaimed "Skyfall" that was released back in 2012. This movie clearly isn't that sequel! However, it really is a movie that can be enjoyable if you watch it with the right audience. If you watch it with the most die-hard Bond fans, this movie probably isn't for you, but if you just love Bond and love spy films, this movie is definitely something that you should check out. Daniel Craig once again proves why he was chosen back in 2006 and Christoph Waltz (who probably wasn't the Bond villain everyone was hoping for) shows why he is one of the best actors out there right now.

Every couple of years we get to go to the movies and hear the immortal words "Bond is back!". It's been 53 years since Sean Connery stepped into the role that he made iconic or made him an icon. That is a debate for a later time. Six Bonds later and the franchise still delivers enjoyable adventures that span the globe (with the occasional dud). Spectre is officially the 24th film and it really harkens back to the Bond of 30 years ago. The previous three films have built to this point in which Bond (Daniel Craig) has found that there is a huge criminal syndicate called Spectre that has been behind the events going all the way back to Casino Royale. Spectre represents a series of events in which Bond attempts to pull back the curtain and expose the puppet master in the form of Ernst Stravo Blofeld (Christophe Waltz). What's interesting about Spectre is that after 45 years of legal wranglings James Bond finally gets to face his arch nemesis. Blofeld is a characters that has never been played by the same actor twice and Christophe Waltz is a wonderful return for the character. Cold, calculated evil delivered. Craig once again fits into Bond and exudes that dark, brooding Bond. Some have mentioned the Roger Moore era of Bond being represented in this film, but Craig keeps the film grounded. Each Bond is his own man, yet the same man. Bringing us to the story, it once again leads to world control. Not from nukes or space stations, but information. We live in an information age. Our bogeymen sit at computer screens now. Who is on the other end of that camera watching you.Bond stories tend to recycle themselves, but amazingly most of them hold up. Spectre is a very good follow up to the almost perfect Skyfall. What's enjoyable about James Bond films, particularly when comparing films with the Bournes and Mission: Impossibles out there. Each individual Bond film makes its own mark, be it in villains, locales, or general bad assery. Other spy franchise seem to blend together, creating a murky identity when trying to remember what film had this or that happen. Bond has never had that problem and it's one of the many reasons that these films endure and continue to endure.

Movie & TV guides

Discover What to Watch

Rotten Tomatoes Podcasts

spectre james bond film

  • Rent or buy
  • Categories Categories
  • Getting Started

spectre james bond film

Customers also watched

spectre james bond film

Cast and Crew

Sam Mendes

Other formats

39871 global ratings

How are ratings calculated? Toggle Expand Toggle Expand

  • Amazon Newsletter
  • About Amazon
  • Accessibility
  • Sustainability
  • Press Center
  • Investor Relations
  • Amazon Devices
  • Amazon Science
  • Start Selling with Amazon
  • Sell apps on Amazon
  • Supply to Amazon
  • Protect & Build Your Brand
  • Become an Affiliate
  • Become a Delivery Driver
  • Start a Package Delivery Business
  • Advertise Your Products
  • Self-Publish with Us
  • Host an Amazon Hub
  • › See More Ways to Make Money
  • Amazon Visa
  • Amazon Store Card
  • Amazon Secured Card
  • Amazon Business Card
  • Shop with Points
  • Credit Card Marketplace
  • Reload Your Balance
  • Amazon Currency Converter
  • Your Account
  • Your Orders
  • Shipping Rates & Policies
  • Amazon Prime
  • Returns & Replacements
  • Manage Your Content and Devices
  • Recalls and Product Safety Alerts
  • Conditions of Use
  • Privacy Notice
  • Your Ads Privacy Choices

Where to watch Spectre online: stream the Bond movie anywhere

Daniel Craig's penultimate 007 mission

How to watch Spectre

Spectre sees Daniel Craig return for his fourth round of 007 missions and with No Time To Die finally on the horizon - a Bond marathon is in order. It may be one of the most divisive Bond movies to date, but in the words of Bond himself "it's all a matter of perspective..." so here’s everything you need to know to watch Spectre online wherever you are in the world.  

Release date: 2015

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast:  Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Naomi Harris, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes

Stream now: FREE trial with FuboTV (US) | Crave (CA) | PVOD Amazon Prime Video (UK)

Watch anywhere: try a 100% risk-free VPN trial

With MI6 still in disarray after the attacks in Skyfall, Spectre sees Craig globetrotting to hunt S.P.E.C.T.R.E, a criminal organization led by Ernst Stavro (Christoph Waltz). While on a mission to prevent the threats posed by the criminal syndicate, M confronts challenges in London to keep the 00 department alive. 

The 24th Bond film was one of the most expensive movies ever filmed, costing a staggering $300 million. Filming across five locations, the intense and gripping spy thriller focusses on the fast-paced action sequences with visual effects, stunts, and computer-generated imagery. 

While the Bond movie received mixed reviews, Sam Smith’s theme song ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ became the first in the history of the Bond franchise to have a number one song surpassing Adele’s Skyfall which came a close second. 

Can the 00 survive another round? Keep reading for all the details on how to watch Spectre wherever you are in the world. 

  • Don't miss: how to watch the James Bond movies in order

How to watch Spectre from outside your country

If you're abroad or out of your country for whatever reason, you can still stream your favorite TV shows and movies, including Spectre, by using a VPN. By downloading a  best VPN , you can avoid any geo-blocks that you may experience when trying to access your usual streaming service if you’re outside of your country.

A VPN is a legal piece of software that allows you to effectively trick your device into thinking that it’s in a completely different location, by changing your IP address to whatever location you want. If you’re abroad or are facing any issues with accessing content, with a VPN you’ll still be able to access on-demand content or live TV as if you were at home

Use a VPN to watch Spectre online from anywhere

ExpressVPN is the world's top VPN right now

ExpressVPN is the world's top VPN right now We've put all the major VPNs through their paces and ExpressVPN came out on top. Thanks to its fast speeds, ease of use, and strong security features, you'll have no trouble streaming the Bond movies back-to-back.

It's also compatible with just about any streaming device out there, including Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation, as well as Android and Apple smartphones.

If you sign up to Express VPN today, you can get a  15-month subscription for the price of 12 , saving 49% off the regular cost. Even better, ExpressVPN provides a 30 day trial period, so if you change your mind, get in contact and they’ll offer you a full refund.

- Try ExpressVPN 100% risk-free for 30 days

Three simple steps to using a VPN to watch Spectre online:

1. Download and install a VPN to your device - we recommend ExpressVPN 2. Connect to the relevant server location - launch the VPN app, click on ‘choose location’ and select the right location 3. Head to the streaming service you need - so if you’re in the Canada, head to Crave

Where to watch Spectre online in the US for free 


Spectre is currently available to watch in the US in a few different places, and if you've got cable, you'll find a few providers offering the latest Bond movie. 

The FX channel comes as a part of your package, meaning you're able to stream Spectre with the online streaming platform, FX Now . Login by entering your cable provider details to access the movie. 

Other TV packages such as Spectrum TV and Direct TV also have Spectre available to watch, you'll just need to log in if you've got the app, or visit the online sites to stream. 

How to watch Spectre without cable and for free

You'll find the 2015 Spectre available to watch with FuboTV . New subscribers can access a 7-day FREE trial , and in that time you can watch Spectre, binge-watch the likes of Dexter and Schitts Creek. Once the free trial ends, a FuboTV cost of $64.99 a month will give you 111 channels, and a whole host of popular movies and TV shows. 

Outside of the US? As mentioned above, you can avoid regional blocks by checking out a VPN solution to stream your favourite films and TV from anywhere. 

Where to watch Spectre online in the UK

If you're a Virgin TV Go customer you're able to catch all the 007 action as Spectre is available to watch either on your TV or device. If you're looking for more Bond adventures ahead of the No Time To Die release, you'll also find the special  'Being James Bond' documentary on Virgin TV Go, featuring Daniel Craig as he chats all-things Bond with producers.  

Unfortunately, if you're not a Virgin TV customer, Spectre is currently only available for rental at £3.49 on either Amazon Prime Video , Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube or Rakuten TV. 

Those with Virgin TV wanting to log-in to watch the service from abroad will need to download a VPN to connect like they would at home.

  • Related: How to watch Casino Royale online

Where to watch Spectre online in Canada


Canadian viewers looking for all the Bond films, including Spectre are in luck - Crave currently has the entire franchise of Bond movies available to stream.  

To watch Spectre, you’ll need to be signed on to the middle-tier subscription package, Movies + HBO to access the movie. A monthly subscription costs $19.98 plus tax, but before any payment first-time customers are able to sign up for a 7-day FREE trial .

Not in Canada? That's no problem- don’t forget a VPN will enable you to stream all your usual content, wherever you are, including your favorite Bond films.

Where to watch Spectre online in Australia 

If you're Down Under, you'll need to check out the rental options in order to watch Spectre. 

Currently, the 24th Bond film Spectre is available for Aussie viewers to rent on various platforms. You’ll find it available on either Fetch , or Microsoft for a rental price of AUS$3.99. Alternatively, you can pay an extra dollar to have up to 30 days to watch and 48 hours after hitting play at Apple TV, Google Play, or YouTube TV.

  • Related: how to watch Skyfall

Get daily insight, inspiration and deals in your inbox

Get the hottest deals available in your inbox plus news, reviews, opinion, analysis and more from the TechRadar team.

How to watch Ted TV series online and from anywhere

How to watch After the Flood online in the UK and abroad

Acer Helios Neo 16: a gaming laptop with style and substance at an affordable price

Most Popular

By Sead Fadilpašić January 11, 2024

By Tom Power January 11, 2024

By James Capell January 11, 2024

By James Ide January 11, 2024

By Mackenzie Frazier January 11, 2024

By Elie Gould January 11, 2024

By Kristina Terech January 11, 2024

By Jake Green January 11, 2024

  • 2 AMD new Instinct MI300A is the most powerful APU ever with 24 Zen 4 cores and an ultra-powerful GPU that matches Nvidia's best — it is shipping today and could be the biggest threat yet to Nvidia H100's hegemony
  • 3 7 new movies and TV shows to stream on Netflix, Prime Video, Max, and more this weekend (December 8)
  • 4 Christmas movies are ruling Netflix’s weekly top 10, but two thrillers are crashing the party
  • 5 Over 100 A24 films are headed to Max – here are 5 must-watches to start with
  • 2 Christmas movies are ruling Netflix’s weekly top 10, but two thrillers are crashing the party
  • 3 The iPhone 15 Pro's telephoto camera will get a big focusing boost soon
  • 4 Max is getting lots of great shows in 2024 – here are 5 you won't want to miss
  • 5 Prime Video’s Mr and Mrs Smith trailer shows off an exhilarating spinoff series with a twist

Movie Reviews

Tv/streaming, collections, great movies, chaz's journal, contributors.

spectre james bond film

Now streaming on:

James Bond films are, and always have been, more imitative than innovative. Even in the 1960s they were essentially superhero movies starring an indestructible character who wore street clothes (and the occasional wet suit) instead of tights and a cape. He ran, jumped, drove and flew through loosely connected setpieces that borrowed whatever cliches happened to be popular in action cinema at that moment and amped them up with more beautiful locations, bigger explosions, cornier jokes, and lush, loud music by John Barry . Given the franchise's lineage, it was only a matter of time before the producers went the extra kilometer and started modeling the Bond films on the Batman and Marvel franchises. The new superhero films featured fussy world-building and onion-layered subplots doled out over many films and many years. Their conception owed quite a bit to comic books and to serialized television like "24" (James Bond by way of " Die Hard "). The last three Bond films drew on all of those traditions, plus Bond's own distinctive set of cliches, and set the stage for this fourth Craig outing, "Spectre."

The second Craig Bond, " Quantum of Solace ," built a convoluted narrative scaffolding atop 2006's "Casino Royale"—the best movie in the fifty-plus-year-old franchise, and the only one that would satisfy even if the main character were named Oswald Chutney. The final act of "Royale" killed off Bond's one true love, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), which set the stage for an emotionally burned-out, extra-icy Bond investigating a global conspiracy in "Solace" that turned out to be connected to the bad guys he fought in "Royale." "Spectre" occurs in the aftermath of MI-6's decimation in the last Bond picture. It retroactively forces connections between "Royale," "Solace" and " Skyfall ," by way of a video-recorded warning sent to Bond by his old boss M (Judi Dench) right before her death, urging Bond to follow the trail from Mexico City to Italy to Morocco and beyond, and dig to the bottom of the conspiracy that claimed so many agents' lives.

The movie feels like a culmination of everything the franchise has been building toward since Craig stepped into the part in "Casino Royale." The most recent incarnation of Bond doesn't just have stunts and quips and gadgets and curvy women with porno names. Courtesy of "Skyfall," it has a mythology that turns Bond into Batman minus the cape and cowl, and boasts a Bond version of Stately Wayne Manor; an Alfred-the-butler figure ( Albert Finney in "Skyfall"); a tragic orphan back-story (repeated via the death of Dench's matriarchal figure, who's even called "Mum"), and a Joker-type bad guy (Javier Bardem's fey torturer).

If you loved all that stuff, you'll adore "Spectre," which revives the titular organization from the Sean Connery era Bond flicks. It has subplots, characters and incidents that amount to what genre fans would call "ret-cons." And it introduces us to a new big bad, Franz Obenhauser ( Christoph Waltz )—aka Ernst Stavro Blofeld; please don't act surprised, neither of us were born yesterday! This new (old, really) villain makes Bardem's character in "Skyfall" seem like a junior Joker at best, if that. He even lures Bond into a ruined building that he's transformed into a combination haunted house and gallery installation, and by the end, he acquires a scar whose gruesomeness rivals the Joker's mouth disfigurement.

If "Spectre" were a great movie, or even a consistently good one, this might be wonderful, or at least intriguing. But this is a weirdly patchy, often listless picture. The Craig Bonds are so expensive and expansive that they can't help but impress with sheer scale. And every now and then they come up with bold images, like the silhouettes of Bond and a foe grappling in front of neon signage in "Skyfall," and the overhead shot of Bond entering the bombed-out ruins of MI-6 headquarters in "Spectre" preceded by a shadow four times as long as he is tall. But an hour or two after you've seen "Spectre" the film starts evaporating from the mind, like "Skyfall" and "Solace" before it. It's filled with big sets, big stunts, and what ought to be big moments, but few of them land. 

What's the problem? Maybe it's the script. It's credited to a murderer's row of gun-for-hire writers, but it can't seem to come up with anything but undistinguished chases and fights and quips pasted together by exposition that's half baked even by Bond standards. Like Christopher Nolan's Batman, Bond shows up wherever he has to be and escapes certain death as needed, without a hint as to how he pulled it off. And even by Bond's damn-the-rules, full-speed-ahead standards, the character is such a suitcase nuke in a cable-knit sweater that it's hard to see him as England's (or the West's) disreputable protector, which is how you pretty much have to see Bond if you're going to root for him. (Omelets, eggs.) In the pre-credits sequence, Bond wreaks destruction on Mexico City, creating an international incident that gets him suspended for the umpteenth time; when he argues that the terrorists he was trying to foil would've caused more damage, he sounds like a parody of the sort of hero who would say such things. At least when Tom Cruise offers similar defenses the " Mission: Impossible " movies (the latest of which has a plot not hugely different from this one's, come to think of it) it's meant to be ludicrous and frothy, not freighted with righteous woe. 

Or maybe the problem is the production itself. The crew teams "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes with production designer Dennis Gassner and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema (" Interstellar ") and fills the screen with deserts and lakes and forests and mountains and historic skylines and converging perspective lines and tastefully arranged rectangles-within-squares and shallow planes of focus (the movie often seems to be in 3-D even though it's not), but too often ends up looking rather like a SuperBowl ad for cell phone service or cologne.

Or maybe—blasphemy alert—the problem is Craig's performance. He might be the most drop-dead-serious actor  to play Bond, and he probably comes closer than anyone to making the character seem plausibly human ( Pierce Brosnan had his moments, even though the scripts were even less inclined to support his efforts than Craig's). But as the character has become increasingly opaque and recessive—so much so that Mendes and company seem less interested in Bond as a cold but complex person than as a sculptural object to light and pose—you may wonder what the point is. This Bond is a sinewy husk of a man, pursing his lips and staring into the middle distance. He's turned into the narrator of Edgar Allan Poe's " The Raven " but with a sidearm. The actor and the writers give us so little to grab onto that it's hard to sense Bond's feelings, much less feel with him. Late in "Spectre," we're supposed to believe that Bond is truly attached to his love interest, Lea Seydoux's Madeleine Swann (nice double Proust reference there). She reciprocates the craggy killer's affection even though, as she rightly observes, she was living in hiding for years until Bond led the bad guys straight to her. But there's little in this film's writing of Bond, or in Craig's performance, to imply that the character is capable of investing in anything more emotionally fraught than a martini mixed with house vodka. 

Or perhaps the problem is historical fatigue. Even the better bits of "Spectre," such as a close-quarters fistfight on a passenger train between Bond and a thick-necked henchman ( Dave Bautista of " Guardians of the Galaxy "), and a mostly wordless, almost one-take stalking/assassination sequence set during a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City, pale in comparison to their Bondian inspirations (respectively, "From Russia with Love," and " Live and Let Die " by way of "Octopussy"). We've been assured by the producers that "Spectre" contains homages to every previous Bond picture. That's great if you go to films mainly for Easter egg-style trivia in the form of situations and props. But it's not so great if you're inclined to take the makers of these films at their word, and expect a Bond film like "Casino Royale," something with more brains and nuance than the usual, as opposed to a film that purports to be that kind of movie but is content to posture and strut rather than doing the necessary dramatic spadework.

Whatever the explanation(s), "Spectre" is the third Bond film in a row to write conceptual and dramatic checks that the movie itself can't cash. We're at the point now where these films are consistently more fun to anticipate than they are to watch. The media campaigns tend to be more cunning and surprising than anything that ends up onscreen. This film won political correctness kudos for casting Monica Bellucci as Bond's first age-appropriate lover (she's two years older than Craig), but "Spectre" itself squanders her in two scenes, then ditches her for the 30-year old Seydoux. Blofeld's chief henchman is a bust, just a muscleman in a suit; he makes a memorably nasty entrance blinding a rival with his thumbs, but from then on, he's all sneers and punches and kicks. Blofeld fizzles, too. Waltz, who tends to give the same performance over and over with minor variations but at least has the decency to be a hoot each time, is in "Spectre" only slightly longer than Bellucci, and has been drained of the glee he displayed in Quentin Tarantino's films. The payoff of his character's storyline is so dumb that it makes the "twist" in " Star Trek Into Darkness " seem sensible and heartfelt. Stupider still is Bond's reaction when he finally gets the drop on his nemesis. Bags of Scrabble tiles make more sense.

Even the look of "Spectre" makes promises that the film won't keep. Between the copious mirror and reflection shots, the surveillance screens and wall-mounted cameras, and Waltz's all-seeing, all-knowing baddie, we're tacitly promised the first James Bond horror movie: a creepy Cubist study in voyeurism and fear, powered by nightmare logic and silhouettes and moments of physical violation; Bond by way of " The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari " or Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse films. Beyond novelty, such an approach would have made the film's instances of slipshod plotting feel all-of-a-piece, like the "because I said so" storytelling in Nolan's Batman pictures.

But of course "Spectre" can't give us that, because Bond films are products before they're anything else, and products aren't allowed to challenge or upset people. If Mendes didn't keep finding original ways to stage unoriginal moments, this film's star rating would be lower than it is. Even by the generous standards of Bond pictures, which have been graded on a curve since 1962, "Spectre" has to be considered a missed opportunity.

Matt Zoller Seitz

Matt Zoller Seitz

Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor at Large of RogerEbert.com, TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.

Now playing

spectre james bond film

The Taste of Things

Sheila o'malley.

spectre james bond film

Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire

Simon abrams.

spectre james bond film

The Boys in the Boat

spectre james bond film

The Archies

spectre james bond film

Waitress: The Musical

spectre james bond film

American Fiction

Peyton robinson, film credits.

Spectre movie poster

Spectre (2015)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language.

148 minutes

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser

Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann

Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra

Andrew Scott as Denbigh

Dave Bautista as Mr Hinx

Ralph Fiennes as M

Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny

Ben Whishaw as Q

Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner

Jesper Christensen as Mr. White

Stephanie Sigman as Estrella

Alessandro Cremona as Marco Sciarra

Neve Gachev as Clinic Patron

Alessandro Bressanello as Priest

Judi Dench as M

  • Ian Fleming
  • Neal Purvis
  • Robert Wade
  • Jez Butterworth

Original Music Composer

  • Thomas Newman

Director of Photography

  • Hoyte van Hoytema

Costume Design

  • Jany Temime

Latest blog posts

spectre james bond film

2024 Awards Season Kickoff: Palm Springs, Variety Honorees, Golden Globes, Governors Awards

spectre james bond film

HBO’s True Detective: Night Country is a Haunting, Riveting Return to Form

spectre james bond film

Peacock's Ted Feels Like a Recycled Toy

spectre james bond film

In AMC's Brilliant Monsieur Spade, Even the Detectives Come Hard-Boiled


Spectre -->

Posted March 7, 2021 by AI

On a rogue mission in Mexico City Bond kills an assassin. Back in London, Bond is grounded by M but confides in Moneypenny that he was acting on orders from the previous M before she died. Bond travels to Rome and infiltrates a secret meeting, but their leader Franz Oberhauser, reveals Bond’s presence. The terrifying Hinx pursues Bond in a car chase. In Austria, Bond meets his old nemesis Mr White and makes a promise to keep Mr White’s daughter safe in exchange for leading him to Oberhauser. The daughter, Dr Madeleine Swann, is reluctant to help, but after Bond rescues her from Hinx she agrees. She reveals the secret organisation is SPECTRE. Swann leads Bond to Tangier and from there they journey by train to a desert location, Swann makes Bond question the life he has chosen for himself. Hinx appears and a vicious fight ensues. At a high-tech facility in the desert Bond and Swann meet Oberhauser, He amasses information to manipulate events and is about to gain control of a global surveillance network. After Oberhauser tortures Bond and reveals himself to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Bond and Swann escape and destroy the base. In London Bond debriefs M, is captured by Blofeld, then rescues Swann. Bond has the opportunity to kill Blofeld but decides to let him live. Bond joins Swann, leaving his old life behind.

Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, Jesper Christensen

Michael G. Wilson Barbara Broccoli

Release Date

26 October 2015 (UK) 6 November 2015 (USA)

World Premiere

26 October 2015, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Pinewood Studios, London locations, UK; Lake Altaussee, Obertilliach and Sölden, Austria; Rome, Italy; Mexico City, Mexico; Tangier, Erfoud and Sahara desert, Morocco

“Writing’s On The Wall” – performed by Sam Smith, written by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes

Aston Martin DB5 , Aston Martin DB10 , Jaguar C-X75 , Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, Land Rover Discovery Sport SVR, Land Rover Defender Big Foot,  Fiat 500, Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander aircraft, McDonnell Douglas MD500E, AgustaWestland AW109. Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm Bo 105


  • Smart Blood tracking device
  • Omega Seamaster 300 with two-tone NATO strap. Built in explosive charge with a one-minute timer
  • Blofeld’s torture chair
  • Nine Eyes Surveillance System
  • Laser microphone attached to Bond’s gun
  • Hinx’s thumbnails

The pre-title Day of the Dead sequence employed 1,520 extras, dressed and made up by 107 different make-up artists, 98 of whom were local. On each working day it took three and a half hours to get the crowd prepared

The Red Bull helicopter that featured in the pre-title sequence is built especially for barrel-rolling and free-diving and piloted by aerobatic pilot Chuck Aaron

Spectre marked the first time Bond has filmed in Rome, Italy

It was also the first time Aston Martin and the Bond production team collaborated on creating a new car designed specifically for the film with the DB10

Stefan Zurcher began looking for appropriate locations in Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France, 12 months before shooting commenced. His first Bond film was On Her Majesty’s Secret Service where he played a Piz Gloria guard. He continued to work on eight more Bond films in different capacities. He is also known as “The Snowman”

The exterior of the Ice Q in Solden was selected for the start of the chase. The main outdoor set was constructed in Obertilliach, a small village with 500 inhabitants in the Austrian Tirol

Two 20 tonne cranes were used in order to simulate the flight in the forest. The plane was 18m wide and the path through the trees was only 20m wide. Special carbon fibre cables were used between the cranes. Laser equipment was used to ensure the one kilometre path through the trees was in a straight line

A snow team of 30 people worked round the clock to guarantee perfect snow conditions on the road and in the forest

Spectre includes a Guinness World Record for the largest on screen explosion (of Blofeld’s lair)

Coming Soon

Sign up for 007 news from the world of James Bond. Receive exclusive updates and content – from behind-the-scenes stories, to the latest product launches – plus film clips and trivia from the Bond archive.

James bond

  • International edition
  • Australia edition
  • Europe edition

Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig in Spectre

Spectre review: James Bond is back, stylish, camp and sexily pro-Snowden

Daniel Craig has grown into the role of the British spy with flair and sang-froid and this inventive, intelligent and complex new outing showcases him brilliantly

  • James Bond fans need not fear Spectre of product placement
  • Soft focus: why Spectre fails to sell Bond as a convincing ladies’ man

I f nothing else, the spelling of the title should tip you off that this is a thoroughly English movie franchise. Bond is back and Daniel Craig is back in a terrifically exciting, spectacular, almost operatically delirious 007 adventure – endorsing intelligence work as old-fashioned derring-do and incidentally taking a stoutly pro-Snowden line against the creepy voyeur surveillance that undermines the rights of a free individual. It’s pure action mayhem with a real sense of style.

Ralph Fiennes’s M finds himself battling a cocky new colleague Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott) who wishes to abolish the 00-programme in favour of a vast new multi-national computer-snooper programme. The code name of this awful new stuffed shirt is C – and Bond does not scruple to make crude innuendo on that score.

James Bond is cutting loose from duplicitous, bureaucratic authority - in the time-honoured fashion – and plans to track down a certain sinister Austrian kingpin at the heart of something called Spectre, played with gusto by Christoph Waltz . This is the evil organisation whose tentacular reach and extensive personnel may in fact have accounted for all Bond’s woes in Craig’s previous three movies.

The movie doesn’t say so but the “t” in Fleming’s Spectre stood for terrorism – the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion – and perhaps one of the first uses of the word in pop culture.

Is this Craig’s last hurrah as Bond? His somewhat tetchy remarks in interviews preceding this movie – indicating a readiness to quit – oddly mirror the tetchy media comments that greeted the news of his casting almost 10 years ago. Craig showed they were wrong: and I hope he carries on now. He is one of the best Bonds and an equal to Connery. That great big handsome-Shrek face with its sweetly bat ears has grown into the role.

He has flair, sang-froid, and he wears a suit superbly well by bulging his gym-built frame fiercely into it, rarely undoing his jacket button and always having his tie done up to the top. At one point he simply snaps the plastic handcuffs the bad-guys have put on him, with sheer brute strength. Yet there is also an elegant new dismissive tone that he introduces into the dialogue bordering on camp. “That all sounds marvellous,” he purrs when advised of some footling new procedural restriction, adding later: “That all sounds lovely.”

He is particularly vexed at the news that a sleek new car has in fact been reserved for 009. The script by John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth runs on rails with great twists and turns and gags.

We start with a gasp-inducing action sequence in Mexico City for the Day of the Dead. Director Sam Mendes contrives a stylishly extended continuous tracking shot to bring our hero into the proceedings and it isn’t long before an outrageous set-piece is in progress with a helicopter repeatedly looping the loop while 007 vigorously punches the pilot and a fellow passenger.

A clue salvaged from the chaos puts Bond on the trail of Spectre, taking him at first to Rome where he has a romantic interlude with a soigné woman of mystery, played with distant languor by Monica Bellucci. Then he is to infiltrate the horribly occult headquarters of Spectre itself – a wonderfully old-fashioned “evil boardroom” scene for which Mendes manages to avoid any Austin Powers/Dr Evil type absurdity.

Waltz’s chief is an almost papal presence of menace, upsetting all his cringing subordinates by saying and doing next to nothing, and photographed in shadow. When he recognises Bond in the room, he leers: “I see you! Cuckoo!” – a French expression which in fact is to have a darker significance, revealed at the end.

From here we go to Austria and this is where Bond is to encounter his main amour: Dr Madeleine Swann, stylishly played with just the right amount of sullen sensuality by Léa Seydoux. It is of course ridiculous that the pair manage to get away from there to Tangier in such stunning changes of outfit without worrying about suitcases, money etc. but it is all part of the escapist effect.

Madeleine and James’s train journey comes with vodka martinis in the dining car followed by a colossal woodwork-splintering punch-up with a beefy henchman. They appear, moreover, to be the only passengers on the train.


Later, he gets a horrible hi-tech torture scene, with Waltz’s ogre whispering: “Out of horror, beauty....” A new version of the sadism that was on display when Mads Mikkselsen was roughing him up in Casino Royale.

Another person who has grown into his part, incidentally, is Ben Whishaw as the perennially stressed quartermaster and tech supremo Q: Whishaw has developed him as a very enjoyable comic character.

It’s deeply silly but uproariously entertaining. At the end, I almost felt guilty for enjoying it all quite so much – almost.

  • Daniel Craig
  • Ben Whishaw
  • Ralph Fiennes

Comments (…)

Most viewed.


Streaming in:


We checked for updates on 235 streaming services on January 13, 2024 at 4:21:10 PM. Something wrong? Let us know!

Spectre streaming: where to watch online?

Currently you are able to watch "Spectre" streaming on fuboTV, FXNow, DIRECTV. It is also possible to buy "Spectre" on Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft Store as download or rent it on Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft Store, DIRECTV, Spectrum On Demand online.

Where does Spectre rank today? The JustWatch Daily Streaming Charts are calculated by user activity within the last 24 hours. This includes clicking on a streaming offer, adding a title to a watchlist, and marking a title as 'seen'. This includes data from ~1.3 million movie & TV show fans per day.

Streaming charts last updated: 5:23:41 PM, 01/13/2024

Spectre is 571 on the JustWatch Daily Streaming Charts today. The movie has moved up the charts by 68 places since yesterday. In the United States, it is currently more popular than It Follows but less popular than Sexy Beast.

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

Videos: Trailers, Teasers, Featurettes

Trailer Preview Image

Streaming Charts The JustWatch Daily Streaming Charts are calculated by user activity within the last 24 hours. This includes clicking on a streaming offer, adding a title to a watchlist, and marking a title as 'seen'. This includes data from ~1.3 million movie & TV show fans per day.

JustWatch Logo

Production country

People who liked spectre also liked.

No Time to Die

Popular movies coming soon

Dune: Part Two

Upcoming Action & Adventure movies


More popular Movies directed by Sam Mendes


Other popular Movies starring Daniel Craig

Knives Out

spectre james bond film

Accessibility links

  • Skip to content
  • Accessibility Help

Film review: Is Spectre the best Bond yet?

(Credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo)

The last Bond film may have finished with the customary caption, “James Bond Will Return”, but what it really meant was “James Bond Has Returned”. After years of struggling with its identity, the series had finally stopped trying to compete with the stripped-down toughness of the Bourne franchise, and had embraced the flamboyance and humour that its fans had loved all along. Skyfall, as directed by Sam Mendes, had brought back Q (Ben Whishaw) and Miss Moneypenny (Naomie Harris). It had moved M (Ralph Fiennes) out of his high-tech bunker and into the wood-panelled Whitehall office of yore. Bond himself (Daniel Craig) had moved on from his deceased fiancée, Vesper Lynd, and was ready to get on with saving the world from megalomaniacs with pet sharks and secret volcano lairs. This was what we had been waiting for: nostalgic swagger with a modern edge. 007 was numero uno once again.

The whole film is like a YouTube mash-up. It’s Déjà Vu to a Kill

But the long-awaited follow-up is a case of ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ As hungry as some of us were to see a new Bond movie stuffed with old Bond movie ingredients, the trouble with Spectre is that it has too many of them. From its vodka martinis to its exploding buildings, the whole film is like a YouTube mash-up of sequences drawn from earlier entries in the series: it’s Déjà Vu to a Kill. Remember Pierce Brosnan hurtling down the Thames in a speedboat in The World is Not Enough? Well, Craig does that in Spectre. Remember George Lazenby’s visit to a space-age Alpine clinic in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? Craig pops into one too. And remember both Sean Connery and Roger Moore having brutal punch-ups aboard luxury trains in From Russia with Love, Live and Let Die, and The Spy Who Loved Me? Here’s another one to add to the collection.

This video is no longer available

This video is no longer available

There are a couple of strikingly novel sequences in Spectre. Directed by Mendes again, it opens with a long, show-offy tracking shot in Mexico City that takes us through a bustling Day of the Dead parade, into a hotel, up in the lift, into a room, and out of the window – all in one continuous take. Later, the villains have a boardroom summit which ranks as the quietest and most chillingly sinister scene in any Bond movie. But most of the film is a stroll down memory lane. Bond isn’t on an urgent life-or-death mission. He is on a sentimental journey – a relaxed lap of honour rather than a race. When he fights bad guys, seduces women, or makes one of his effortless, instant hops from country to country, it never seems as if the fate of humanity depends on it. It seems as if he is doing it for old times’ sake. You can applaud as Mendes ticks off each spectacular set piece, and you can chuckle at the dialogue, which is tighter and funnier than usual. What you can’t do is believe that any of it matters.

Bond is on a sentimental journey – a relaxed lap of honour rather than a race

There is no faulting the man in the tuxedo, though. Craig is more comfortable than ever in the central role, and he has trademarked his own distinct take on the character. His 007 is winningly down-to-earth – a wry, refreshingly angst-free bloke-next-door who can’t help smiling at the bombastic claims of his superiors and enemies. Nothing impresses him, nothing fazes him. And if there is a wall between him and what he wants, he punches through it – with his bare hands. He also has real chemistry, at last, with the film’s main Bond girl (Léa Seydoux). Monica Bellucci cuts a forlorn figure during her brief cameo, but Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann is as ferocious and independent as 007. More importantly, she actually seems to like him. When she and Bond leap into bed together, it’s because they want to, not because tradition demands it.

Nowhere left to go?

The only major disappointment in Spectre is its villains. Dave Bautista’s under-used Mr Hinx is essentially a brick wall in a three-piece suit, while Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser is barely glimpsed for the film’s first 90 minutes. And when he does appear, Waltz revives his prissy sadist routine from Inglourious Basterds, with none of the scenery-chewing madness that Javier Bardem had in Skyfall. On paper, Oberhauser is an all-powerful puppet-master. In practice, he is, frankly, a bit feeble. Maybe it’s impossible to be a genuinely terrifying criminal mastermind while you’re wearing loafers with no socks, but his global surveillance scheme doesn’t seem half as diabolical as what our own democratically elected governments are already up to.

Oberhauser’s fundamental problem, however, is that he is just too familiar. If Skyfall promised an exciting future for 007, the backward-looking Spectre is all about his past. As silly as its plot is – and Bond movies are allowed to have silly plots – it is a strangely wistful affair, full of shadowy rooms and autumnal shades of brown. There is a valedictory air to it, as if, having crammed the film with every Bondian element they could think of, Mendes and his team concluded that there was nowhere left for the series to go. They could be right. Spectre is 007’s 24th film, after all, so maybe he has earnt a nice long rest.

James Bond will return, of course. He always does. But while Skyfall had audiences buzzing with anticipation for his next adventure, Spectre leaves you feeling that if you don’t see him again for a decade or two, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture, head over to our  Facebook  page or message us on  Twitter.

spectre james bond film

Spectre (I) (2015)

Full cast & crew.

spectre james bond film

Directed by 

Writing credits  , cast (in credits order) verified as complete  , produced by , music by , cinematography by , editing by , casting by , production design by , art direction by , set decoration by , costume design by , makeup department , production management , second unit director or assistant director , art department , sound department , special effects by , visual effects by , stunts , camera and electrical department , animation department , casting department , costume and wardrobe department , editorial department , location management , music department , script and continuity department , transportation department , additional crew , thanks .

Release Dates | Official Sites | Company Credits | Filming & Production | Technical Specs

Contribute to This Page


  • Full Cast and Crew
  • Release Dates
  • Official Sites
  • Company Credits
  • Filming & Production
  • Technical Specs
  • Plot Summary
  • Plot Keywords
  • Parents Guide

Did You Know?

  • Crazy Credits
  • Alternate Versions
  • Connections
  • Soundtracks

Photo & Video

  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailers and Videos
  • User Reviews
  • User Ratings
  • External Reviews
  • Metacritic Reviews

Related Items

  • External Sites

Related lists from IMDb users

list image

Recently Viewed

James Bond Wiki

  • Daniel Craig films
  • 2010s James Bond films
  • 21st century James Bond films

Spectre (film)

  • Sam Mendes films
  • Português do Brasil
  • View history


Spectre is the twenty-fourth film in the James Bond series produced by EON Productions . Like the previous film Skyfall , Spectre was written by John Logan , Neal Purvis and Robert Wade is directed by Sam Mendes and features Daniel Craig in his fourth performance as James Bond. [1] The film was released in the UK on 26 October 2015, fifty years after release of Thunderball (1965), thirty years after release of A View to a Kill (1985), and twenty years after release of GoldenEye (1995), and worldwide on 6 November 2015 in regular and IMAX theatres. It continues a story arc which started in Craig's first three films: Casino Royale , Quantum of Solace , and Skyfall .

In the film, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre . [2]

The film's title is derived from the criminal organisation SPECTRE , which was prominent during the original Bond films and several Ian Fleming novels. The organisation's logo, an octopus, is also referenced in the official teaser poster.

  • 1.1 Hunting Spectre
  • 1.2 Legacy of the Pale King
  • 1.3 Loose ends
  • 2.1 Pre-production
  • 2.2 Production
  • 2.3 Promotion
  • 3 Cast & Characters
  • 5 Locations
  • 8.1 Posters
  • 8.2 Press conference & photo calls
  • 8.3 Publicity & behind-the-scenes
  • 8.4 Studio trailer release promos
  • 8.5 DB10 & other vehicles
  • 8.6 Teaser trailer stills
  • 9 References

Hunting Spectre [ ]

During the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico City, James Bond kills two men arranging to blow up a stadium, before shooting a briefcase containing their bomb. In doing so, the building they are in explodes and collapses. Bond gives chase to a criminal operative named Marco Sciarra , who survived the blast and, in an attempt to escape, boards a helicopter. Bond follows and in the ensuing struggle he throws both Sciarra and the pilot out of the helicopter to their deaths, while in the process, stealing Sciarra's band ring , which has an octopus symbol on it. Bond's actions are revealed to be him working on the unofficial orders of the previous M , who told him that if she died, he was to kill Sciarra and attend his funeral. On his return to London , Bond is indefinitely taken off field duty by the current M , who is in the midst of a power struggle with Max Denbigh (also known as the code name 'C', assigned to him by Bond), the head of the newly created Joint Intelligence Service, which consists of the recently merged MI5 and MI6 . C also wants to create the " Nine Eyes " intelligence co-operation agreement between nine countries, and close down the '00' section in the process.

Bond disobeys M's orders and travels to Rome to attend Sciarra's funeral. That evening he visits and seduces Sciarra's widow Lucia , who tells him about a criminal organisation to which her husband belonged and where they are meeting that evening after he rescues her from assassins. Bond enters the meeting by showing the ring, where he sees the head of the organisation, in shadow, chairing a meeting, referring to terrorism in Hamburg and Tunisia, as well as Mexico City and distribution of counterfeit pharmaceutical products. The head mentions the events in Mexico, and mentions Bond by name, turning to face him as he does so. Having been recognised, Bond escapes the meeting and a car chase through Rome ensues, with Bond in an Aston Martin DB10 pursued by Mr. Hinx , an assassin for the organisation, who drives in a Jaguar C-X75 . Eve Moneypenny acts as a source of information for Bond and informs him that a reference he heard in both Mexico and the meeting will lead to Mr. White , a former member of the Quantum organisation which is revealed to be a subsidiary of this new organisation. Bond also asks for a check on the name Franz Oberhauser , revealed to be the name of the meeting’s chairman, who Bond recognised might be from his past.

Legacy of the Pale King [ ]

Bond travels to Austria to find Mr. White at his current home, and finds him dying of Thallium radiation poisoning, which was planted on his phone after falling from favour with the organisation and its leadership, due to White's reservations about human tracking. Bond wins his trust by disarming himself of his weapon after discovering White has a daughter, Dr. Madeleine Swann , that he is protecting from the organisation. Bond promises to protect her from them before White tells him Madeleine can lead him to "l'Américain", which will, in turn, lead him to the organisation. White then uses Bond's gun to shoot himself in the head. Bond finds Swann at a secluded Austrian clinic where she works, but she tries to have him thrown out before she is snatched by Mr. Hinx. Bond chases the kidnappers by plane and forces their three cars to crash before he makes his escape with Swann, who is still angry with Bond. The pair then meets with Q , who reveals that Sciarra's ring contains digital files linking Oberhauser, the leader of the organisation, and Bond's three previous missions . Swann then informs them about the name of the organisation, Spectre , and that l'Américain is a hotel in Tangier, Morocco, rather than a person, as Bond has suspected previously.

Spectre - Blofeld tortures 007 (1)

Oberhauser tortures 007.

The couple travels to the hotel and stays in the suite her father used to stay in every year since he was married to Swann's mother . Bond discovers White had built a secret room full of videotapes, charts, and photographs, as well as maps and coordinates of where they should go next. They travel to the nearest point a train will go, but are again attacked by Mr. Hinx. After fighting and nearly killing them both, Hinx is flung off the train, presumably to his death, by a rope attached to several beer kegs, leading to Swann and Bond having sex. At the end of the journey, they are transported to a facility in the desert, where they are met by and held prisoner by who Bond thinks is Franz Oberhauser, the son of Hannes Oberhauser , Bond's temporary foster father, who was murdered. While drilling into Bond's head and nerves with mechanical probes , Oberhauser also informs him that C is part of the Spectre organisation, and he feeds all the intelligence data straight to Spectre. Oberhauser then tortures Bond and reveals that the name Franz Oberhauser was what Bond and Hannes called him, but his real name, the name he uses now, is actually Ernst Stavro Blofeld. He secretly renamed himself while Bond stayed with him and he took in his mother’s bloodline. He faked his death thirty-four years ago to be recognised as his real name and to avoid legal trouble after he murdered his father, Hannes; Blofeld reveals that he killed his father because he felt that Bond had replaced him as his father's favourite. Bond and Swann escape with the help of Bond's exploding watch , destroying the facility in the process.

Loose ends [ ]

Back in London, Bond and Swann meet M, Bill Tanner , Q, and Moneypenny, and they travel to arrest C and stop the launch of the Nine Eyes programme. En route they are ambushed and Bond is kidnapped by Spectre agents. M and the others escape and proceed to wait for C in his office, arrest him and shut down Nine Eyes before it launches; in an ensuing struggle, C falls to his death at the hands of M. Bond has, meanwhile, been taken to the old MI6 building—derelict since Raoul Silva 's attack in Skyfall , and now scheduled for demolition—but he disables his captors before entering the building. He meets Blofeld - who was ferociously marred by the explosion where Bond escaped earlier on, leaving him with a horrific scar and blindness in one eye - who tells him the building is rigged to explode in three minutes and that Swann is hidden somewhere within it, before giving Bond a choice: die in the explosion whilst trying to rescue Swann, or leave with his life and be forever haunted by the fact that he did not save her. Bond finds her and the couple escapes by boat out onto the Thames. They chase Blofeld — who is in a helicopter — and shoot it down; the helicopter crashes onto Westminster Bridge. Bond comes close to executing Blofeld but then lets him be arrested by M and leaves with Madeleine. The next day Bond retrieves his old Aston Martin DB5 from Q, now fully repaired, and drives off with Madeleine.

Film History [ ]

Pre-production [ ].

Shortly after Skyfall premiered, pre-production on Bond 24 began. Bond franchise staples Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson returned as executive producers and EON Productions , MGM and Sony/Columbia Pictures returned as production companies. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment secured the rights for home distribution.

With Daniel Craig under contract for two more Bond films, MGM and EON Productions hired Skyfall writer John Logan to pen Bond 24 and 25 as a two-parter, to film simultaneously and release in 2014 and 2015. [3] Immediately after Skyfall Mendes had shown interest in directing Bond 24 but passed in March 2013 in order to focus on his stage work. [4] MGM, EON, and Mendes continued to meet and plan the future of the Bond franchise and decided to abandon the two-parter concept and push back the release of Bond 24 to 2015 to accommodate Mendes' schedule. [5]

Spectre-BTS 001

Mendes on the set of Spectre

On July 11, 2013, it was officially announced that Daniel Craig , Sam Mendes , and John Logan would return for Bond 24 for an Autumn 2015 release. [1]

On October 21, Ralph Fiennes confirmed he would be in Bond 24 saying "I think everyone knows that, I don’t think that’s particularly a secret" and later hinted that Gareth Mallory might not be stuck behind a desk in the film. [6] [7] On November 24 Naomie Harris confirmed she would also be returning. [8] In late March 2014, John Logan teased that he had completed the first draft of the script, hinted that some elements from the original films may return but was cautious to reveal any specifics about the possible return of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. , Quantum , other 00 agents , or other returning elements. [9] In an April 2014 interview with Charlie Rose, Sam Mendes revealed that Bond 24 would be a "continuation" of the character stories he began in Skyfall, namely the new characters' (M, Moneypenny , Tanner , and Q ) relationships with Bond and each other. [5]

On June 27, it was announced that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were hired to polish the script, specifically to "punch up the script and sprinkle in more gags" and improve the banter between Bond, Moneypenny and M. Some reports indicated the re-write was more significant than originally planned. Due to the re-writes, production was pushed back to December 6, 2014, with the same hopeful autumn 2015 release date. [10] [11] In November screenwriter Jeremy "Jez" Butterworth was hired to do a final polish of the script, which reportedly did not affect the filming schedule. [12]

Spectre press conference - full cast and Mendes

The full principal cast of Spectre and director Sam Mendes. L-R: Andrew Scott, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Mendes, Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig, Monica Belluci, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista and Rory Kinnear.

Months after it was confirmed Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins would not be returning for Bond 24 [13] Hoyte van Hoytema was named cinematographer. [14] Set construction was spotted in Obertilliach, Austria. [15] In October 2014 French actress Lea Seydoux was announced as being cast as a Bond girl in the film. [16] In November two time Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz was announced as being cast in an unspecified role. [17] On December 4, 2014, the official title and cast were announced. [2]

Production [ ]

Production began on December 5 at Pinewood Studios . Locations for Spectre include Mexico City, Rome, Tangier, Morocco, Sölden Austria, Obertilliach and Lake Altaussee. [2] Jesper Christensen revealed in an interview on December 5, 2014, that he would be returning as Mr. White . [18]

In a production video published February 26, 2015 director Sam Mendes shared that the film would continue to explore Bond's past and how his longer-tenured experience in MI6 affects his working relationship with M, Q, and Moneypenny. On March 9, 2015, it was announced that Mexican model and actress Stephanie Sigman joined the film as Estrella . [19]

In late March it was revealed that the opening sequence of the film would take place during a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City, Mexico and feature "one of the biggest opening sequences ever" according to the films' producers. [20]

It is estimated that Spectre had the highest budget of any Bond film and during production $36 million of vehicles, namely Aston Martin DB10s , were destroyed. [21]

Principal photography wrapped on July 5, 2015. [22]

Promotion [ ]

On March 27, 2015, the first teaser trailer for the film was released, showing Spectre takes place soon after the events of Skyfall , as MI6 is still in ruins and Bond receives his personal effects from Moneypenny, collected by forensics from the destroyed Skyfall Lodge . The trailer also features Eve Moneypenny , Mr. White , and first glimpses of Monica Bellucci's Lucia Sciarra and Christoph Waltz' Franz Oberhauser .

The first theatrical trailer was released in mid-July 2015.

On 8 September 2015, it was announced the theme song would be titled " Writing's on the Wall " and was written and performed by Sam Smith and produced by Smith, Jimmy Napes, and Disclosure with a release date of 25 September 2015. [23]

In mid-September Spectre received a PG-13 rating with an estimated run-time of 148 minutes. [24]

Cast & Characters [ ]

James Bond (Daniel Craig)

Sam Mendes at the Spectre announcement press conference

  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Written by: Ian Fleming (characters only), John Logan , Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (screenplay)
  • Produced by: Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
  • Cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema
  • Production Design by Dennis Gassner
  • Edited by Lee Smith
  • Music composed by Thomas Newman
  • 2nd Unit Director Alexander Witt
  • SFX Supervisor Chris Corbould
  • VFX Supervisor Steve Begg
  • Costume Designer Jany Temime
  • Stunt Coordinator Gary Powell

Locations [ ]

  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • London, England
  • Saint Peter's Square, Vatican
  • Rome, Italy
  • Altaussee, Austria
  • Tangier, Morocco
  • For the first time in their shared history, Aston Martin specially commissioned the DB10 specifically just for the film. It was designed and built exclusively for the James Bond Franchise.
  • Director Sam Mendes would later revisit the concept of using a single long tracking shot, as seen in Spectre's opening sequence, in his Oscar-nominated war film, 1917 , only extended for an entire movie.
  • Kingsley Amis receives screen credit due to a plot point and some dialogue having been adapted from his Bond novel, Colonel Sun . Although Die Another Day featured a character whose name referenced that of Amis' titular villain, this was the first film to directly adapt material from the novel; indeed, it is the first Bond film to acknowledge adapting any literary Bond story not written by Ian Fleming .
  • The SPECTRE conference sequence references a similar set-piece event in the original Thunderball novel and its 1965 film adaptation , with a key difference being that Bond is not present in the earlier version (and, indeed, does not encounter Blofeld at all in Thunderball ).
  • This is the only Daniel Craig's Bond film where Bond is seen sporting a white dinner suit.
  • The name Oberhauser comes from the short story Octopussy .
  • The film represents the first appearance of Blofeld's cat since the non-Eon Never Say Never Again or the official For Your Eyes Only .


Posters [ ]

SPECTRE poster 1

Press conference & photo calls [ ]

Seydoux and Bellucci

Publicity & behind-the-scenes [ ]

The Day of the Dead festival.

Studio trailer release promos [ ]

Ralph Fiennes in SPECTRE

DB10 & other vehicles [ ]

The Aston Martin DB10

Teaser trailer stills [ ]

Spectre teaser 01

References [ ]

  • ↑ 1.0 1.1 7/11/13 — 007.com — Bond 24 news
  • ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 12/4/14 — 007.com — Bond Returns in Spectre
  • ↑ 10/26/13 — Deadline.com — ‘Gladiator’ Scribe John Logan To Write Next Two James Bond Films
  • ↑ 2/15/13 — Hitfix.com — Skyfall' director Sam Mendes likely to return for next James Bond film
  • ↑ 5.0 5.1 4/30/14 — EmpireOnline.com — Sam Mendes Explains His Bond 24 Return
  • ↑ 3/5/14 — Hitfix.com — Ralph Fiennes stokes James Bond rumors and talks about M's future
  • ↑ 10/19/13 — Metro.co.uk - Ralph Fiennes ‘excited’ about playing M in the next James Bond film
  • ↑ 11/24/13 — NYDailyNews.com - As Winnie Mandela, Naomie Harris found the role of her career in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’
  • ↑ 3/5/14 — EmpireOnline.com — John Logan Gives Bond 24 Script Update
  • ↑ 6/27/14 — SlashFilm.com — ‘Bond 24′ Brings Back ‘Skyfall’ Scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade
  • ↑ 9/15/14 — TheHollwoodNews.com — Bond 24 Gets A Start Date
  • ↑ 11/6/14 — ComicBookMovie.com — Edge of Tommorow Screenwriter Polishing Bond 24 Script
  • ↑ 2/19/14 — EmpireOnline.com — Roger Deakins Won't Shoot Bond 24
  • ↑ 9/16/14 — Collider.com — HER and INTERSTELLAR Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to Replace Roger Deakins on BOND 24; May Shoot on Film
  • ↑ 9/25/14 — ComicbookMovie.com — First BOND 24 Set Photo Has Surfaced
  • ↑ 12/10/14 — Move over Rihanna, actress Léa Seydoux is the new Bond girl
  • ↑ 21/11/14 — Christoph Waltz Boards Bond 24
  • ↑ 12/5/14 — ScreenRant.com — ‘Quantum of Solace’s Mr. White Says He’s Returning for ‘Spectre’
  • ↑ 3/9/15 — @007 on Twitter
  • ↑ 4/30/15 — Independent.co.uk — Spectre: New opening sequence in Mexico set to be 'biggest ever done' for Bond film
  • ↑ 9/30/15 — Pulse.ng — New bond movie wrecked $36M in cars during filming
  • ↑ 7/5/15 — MI6-hq.com — It's a wrap for 'Spectre' as principal photography ends
  • ↑ 11/8/15 — RollingStone.com — Sam Smith Confirms 'Spectre' Bond Theme Song 'Writing's on the Wall'
  • ↑ 9/14/15 — Overmental.com — James Bond 007: Spectre’s Runtime Will Make Bond History.
  • 1 Blofeld (Christoph Waltz)
  • 2 Mr. White
  • 3 James Bond (Daniel Craig)
  • Search Search Please fill out this field.
  • Sweepstakes

Explore Movies

By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.

Here’s Where New James Bond Movie ‘Spectre’ Filmed That Crazy Opening Scene

By CNT Editors

This image may contain Human Person Daniel Craig Clothing Apparel Tie Accessories Accessory Coat Overcoat and Suit

The harrowing opening sequence of Spectre, the new Sam Mendes-directed James Bond movie, is, arguably, the best the franchise has ever produced. (And worry not—there are no spoilers here.) It unfolds during a Día de los Muertos celebration in Mexico City’s Zócalo, a grand—and almost intimidating—square in the megalopolis’s Downtown zone. Long ago, the site served as a gathering point within the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, the bones on which Distrito Federal currently stands. In fact, just to the northeast of the plaza, is the Templo Mayor , a pyramid from Aztec times still undergoing excavation. In 1978, the discovery of a gigantic sculpture portraying a headless and mutilated Coyolxauhqui (the Aztec goddess of the moon) prompted further architectural inquiry—and holds a spooky connection to Bond’s Day of the Dead regalia.

As Spectre kicks off, Bond—in a skeleton-painted suit, no less—follows a smoldering temptress (Stephanie Sigman of recent Narcos fame) into an ornate elevator and chamber. This is the Gran Hotel Ciudad de México, just to the southwest of the Zócalo. With Art Nouveau stained glass vaulted ceilings and an ornamental splendor worthy of its moniker, it transports visitors to a lost era of detail and plushness. You feel, indeed, like you’re on a movie set.

Eventually, Bond finds his way to the crux of the square, obviously hot on the trail of danger. Directly to the north is the Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México . You don’t really get a full frame of it during the increasing drama, but there are flickers of it as Bond pursues his villain—even in snapshots, it’s impressive. The Catedral took hundreds of years to build (1567 to 1788, to be exact), and it holds a motley blend of styles, including elements of the baroque, neoclassicism, and endemic churrigueresque architecture. Most extraordinarily, the Catedral is the single largest place of worship in all of Latin America.

Image may contain Transportation Vehicle Helicopter Aircraft Human Person Festival Crowd Urban City and Town

Production of the Día de los Muertos scene in Spectre.

To the east is the Palacio Nacional. This building, which serves as a presidential residence and holds a number of federal offices, is also gigantic, but is most notable for its walls of Diego Rivera murals. The late artist, one of Mexico’s most well known, spent decades painting the palace in scenes depicting the evolution of his country—from the Aztecs to the Spanish Conquistadors.

The above are all worth checking out, but sometimes, and if you know Mexico City well, the best way to experience the town is in quieter, personal moments.

Our favorite things to do in Zócalo

Get up early, before the street-vendors arrive, and go to the flagpole in the middle of the Plaza. It won’t be quiet, per se, but you’ll feel the hum of this great city.

Go for a sunset beer at the restaurant atop the Best Western Hotel on the northwest corner of the clearing. This vantage point is low-key and cozy—and perfect for watching the ebb-and-flow, in the shadows of history, of the city below. Plus, the aerial sights are as close as you'll get to reliving Spectre 's action.

How to Make a James Bond's 'Vesper' Martini

By signing up you agree to our User Agreement (including the class action waiver and arbitration provisions ), our Privacy Policy & Cookie Statement and to receive marketing and account-related emails from Traveller. You can unsubscribe at any time. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

SPECTRE Explained: A Guide To James Bond’s Latest Adventure

Daniel Craig’s 007 is back… and this time he’s bringing a ton of plot threads with him.

SPECTRE opens this weekend and is set to follow up on Skyfall ‘s massive popularity. Still, the film very much expects you to be familiar with Bond’s previous outings. While we created a handy guide for watching all the relevant Bond films, you may not have the time to go through 50 years of espionage.

Well, not to worry. If you’re wondering what SPECTRE is and why they’ve chosen to wear octopus rings, we’ve got you covered.

Except maybe the thing about the octopus rings.


Alright, who is this James Bond guy?


He’s an orphan who was conscripted into the world of British espionage after his parents died in a climbing accident. But there was a period of time after his parents died and before he became a spy that he was taken in by the Oberhauser family. He became a surrogate brother to Franz Oberhauser, who may have a few sociopathic tendencies (which, you guessed it, will totally come back later).

Anyway, Bond was promoted to the elite spy rank of 00 Agent in Casino Royale , and his first mission ended in the death of his true love Vesper Lynd. That pretty much sealed his fate as a misogynistic, nationalistic, martini drinking bad ass.

So, this film takes place after that?

Yes. Casino Royale is the first film. The second, Quantum of Solace , features Bond getting revenge for Vesper and uncovering a vast criminal organization called Quantum. The third, Skyfall , is a more personal film that follows Bond protecting his mentor M (Judi Dench) from a rogue MI6 agent, Mr. Silva, obsessed with killing her.

At the end of Skyfall , Bond and M make a stand against Silva at Bond’s parent’s old estate. The estate is destroyed and Silva is killed, but unfortunately M dies in Bond’s arms.

So, how long after Skyfall does SPECTRE take place?

A few weeks at most.

What’s Bond been up to since Skyfall?

Hunting, apparently. It seems after M’s death, she sent Bond a video message in the mail (in a cameo we kinda sorta called ) telling him to track down a man named Marco Sciarra and kill him.

bond dead

Well, Bond has found him in Mexico City during the Day of the Dead celebration. So, in an unsanctioned operation, Bond attacks Sciarra as he’s arranging to blow up a stadium. Bond eventually chases him to a helicopter where he steals an octopus ring from his finger before throwing him to his death.

An octopus ring?

Like we said, we’re not really in a position to judge villain fashion. But it’s definitely a clue Bond needs to follow up on.

So, how does MI6 feel about Bond’s after school activities?

Well, they’re pretty darn pissed. The new M (Ralph Fiennes) indefinitely suspends Bond from field duty. It seems M has been having some trouble lately, as MI6 and MI5 have been consolidated in preparation to join an international joint intelligence service. That means M is going to have a much harder time keeping Bond’s off books adventures secret when the rest of the world is breathing down his neck.


What’s the deal with this new intelligence service?

Well, it’s a privately funded (never a good sign) program that would meld nine country’s intelligence services into one program. It’s supposedly  nice because everyone would be able to freely share intel and resources.

The problem is, this new intelligence initiative is run by a guy Bond not-so-lovingly refers to as C (we’ll let you imagine what that one stands for). C thinks field agents, including those in the 00 program, are obsolete. He wants to replace them with drones and eliminate the human element of espionage entirely.

So, Bond’s been fired and it looks like he can never get his job back. What does he do?

Well, Judi Dench didn’t just want Bond to kill Sciarra. She wanted him to attend the funeral too. So, Bond’s off to Rome… but not before getting an explosive watch from Q.

Oh, yeah, and Bond also steals 009’s gadget filled Aston Martin DB10.


Because Bond’s a glorious, unapologetic asshole.

We’re sure he’ll get over it.

So, what happens at this funeral?

Bond meets the newly widowed Mrs. Lucia Sciarra, who tells Bond about the criminal organization her husband belonged to in exchange for protection and a tumble in the sheets.

And, it so happens that organization is having a meeting that night.

Bond’s gonna crash a party, isn’t he?

Does Bond know how to do anything else at a party?

Good point.

Indeed. So, Bond wears that octopus ring and manages to get in to a secret meeting. It turns out this organization has been upping terrorist attacks, including the one that was going to take place in Mexico City.

SPECTRE meeting 2

That’s when Bond’s surrogate brother Franz Oberhauser shows up. Turns out he’s at the very top of this organization… and he’s none too happy about Bond interfering with Mexico City.

What does he do?

He has his henchmen Mr. Hinx stab a guy’s eyes out with his thumbs.

That’s disgusting.

Don’t worry. Mr. Hinx cleans up with a hanky. He’s proper like that.

What happens next?

Well, Bond overhears the organization talking about some guy named “The Pale King,” but that’s the last bit of info he gets.

Why is that?

Because Oberhauser recognizes Bond and calls him out.

Yeah, Bond is pretty surprised by that one.

So, Bond runs his ass off, yeah?

car chase

Right into the sweet embrace of 009’s DB10. Unfortunately, Mr. Hinx is right behind him in a Janguar X-X75 sports car. So, Bond decides to break out the gadgets… only there’s a problem.

What’s that?

Most of the gadgets don’t work. Bond stole the car before they could be installed properly.


Understatement of the year.

Bond calls Moneypenny and has her search for The Pale King. It turns out that’s an alias for Mr. White , head of the Quantum organization Bond went after in Quantum of Solace . It seems  Quantum was just a small branch of this bigger organization .

He has time to do research during the car chase? That doesn’t sound like he’s in a lot of danger. 

To be fair, the car’s bulletproof.

*sigh* Alright, how does Bond escape Mr. Hinx?

Bond discovers the car’s ejector seat works just fine, so he triggers that and makes a clean(ish) gettaway.

So, Bond goes to find Mr. White?


Yup. He finds him hiding in Austria dying of Thallium poising. It seems Mr. White’s old friends didn’t want him leaving after he decided he didn’t want any part of their new edict which involved hurting women and children.

Wait a second, wasn’t Mr. White directly involved in the extortion and murder of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale because he was trying to get millions of dollars to an African warlord who was shown to have child soldiers?

Um… yes. Maybe he turned over a new leaf?

… right. Anything else? 

Mr. White has been hiding his daughter, Madeline Swann, from his old friends. White agrees to give Bond a new clue if he’ll protect his daughter. Bond agrees, then gives White his gun to commit suicide with rather than die slowly.

Does Mr. White do it?

What’s the new clue.

He tells Bond to go to L’Americain, but doesn’t specify who or what it is.

Bummer. What does Bond do next?

He finds Dr. Swann in a medical facility in the Austrian Alps. It turns out she hates her dad and really doesn’t want to go with Bond.

Can’t he try to charm her or something?


She is impervious.

So, what does Bond do?

He goes to the bar, of course. That’s where Q meets up with him.

Wait, Q? Wasn’t it stated in Skyfall that he hates to fly?

Well, Bond has put his career in jeopardy (again), and Q’s so pissed he’s willing to brave the friendly skies to convince Bond to give up the chase and come home.

That doesn’t work, does it.

Nope. Bond gives Q the octopus ring to analyze, then heads after Dr. Swann who’s been taken by Mr. Hinx.

How did Mr. Hinx find her?

This organization has tapped into the computers of MI6 (among other agencies). Anything they look up, the bad guys know about. Moneypenny looked up Mr. White’s location… so Mr. Hinx found him and stole his camera tapes to watch his conversation with Bond.

Oops. Does Bond get her back?


It takes a crashed plane and a few totaled cars, but yup. He gets her back and convinces her to help him. She tells Bond and Q the organization after them is called SPECTRE and they’re super evil and stuff.

Q also discovers DNA from every recent Bond villain on the ring, which includes Le Chiffre ( Casino Royale ), Dominic Greene ( Quantum of Solace ), and Raoul Silva ( Skyfall ).

Wait a second… they all wore that ring?

How’s that possible.

Presumably, they all wore it at one point or another.

Quantum of Solace took place directly after Casino Royale. How’d they get the ring to Mr. Greene right after Le Chiffre died? For that matter, did they even wear rings in those movies?

le chiffre

Isn’t it a little convenient that in this massive organization the three exact guys who have taken on Bond all wore the same ring?

Yes, but fan service must be paid.

At the expense of logic?

It’s a burden we all have to bear.

Alright, what happens next?

Swann takes Bond to L’Americain, which is actually a hotel in Morocco Mr. White visited every year. There, they find a secret room full of SPECTRE records… including a video of an interrogation of Vesper Lynd.

Does Bond watch it?

No. He gets distracted by map coordinates in the African desert. It looks like there’s a secret base there. So, they take a train there. As they’re having dinner, Mr. Hinx attacks them.

train fight

How’d he find them?

Because we need an action scene right now.

Fine. Do they kill him?

Yes, they throw him out of the speeding train.

Do they say “No ticket” afterward?

bond swann kiss

Nope. They engage in adrenaline fueled fornication.

So much for her being impervious.

Just out of curiosity… is anything happening back in england.

Yup. M, his assistant Tanner, Q, and Moneypenny all know something is up with SPECTRE, but C doesn’t care. The new joint intelligence program will go live in 72 hours, which means the end of the 00 section. M tells the rest they can’t help Bond, since it’s clear SPECTRE can track everything they do.

It’s all in Bond’s hands.

What happens with him?

train station

He and Dr. Swann get off their train, then are taken by chauffeur to SPECTRE’s compound in the middle of a crater.

Wait, SPECTRE just transports them over in style?

If that’s the case, why did they have mr. hinx just try to murder them on their way over.

Um. Because we needed an action scene? It’s possible Mr. Hinx hadn’t had any new contact with SPECTRE was just following his original orders.

… Fine. What happens next?

Oberhauser meets them, and reveals to Bond he’s pretty pissed that Papa Oberhauser liked him so much, which is why he killed his own dad. Apparently, Oberhauser faked his death and changed his name to Ernst Stavro Blofeld, because Franz Oberhauser wasn’t complicated enough to pronounce.


He tells Bond that the joint intelligence program is actually funded by SPECTRE (told you) and C is their operative. They’ve been increasing terrorist attacks to convince countries to join in, but this new program will actually just give all the information they collect straight to SPECTRE, which will be all powerful.

Wait a second. Can’t SPECTRE already tap into almost every camera ever and view the movements of everyone anyway?

So why do they need this plan.

Um… well… you can never have too much information we suppose.

Uh… huh.

In our defense, they’re totally evil. We know this because they torture Bond.

How do they torture him?

They strap him into a chair that allows you to perform selective lobotomies. Apparently, Blofeld heard that Bond is impervious to having his testicles slapped with a rope.

So, Bond gets… lobotomized?

Well, Blofeld targets his memory center and drills a hole in it. But, it seems that doesn’t take away his memory at all.

Um… why not?

Because he’s impervious.

You keep using that word…

How about… because he’s James Bond?

We’re just throwing science out the window, aren’t we?


Speaking of throwing, Bond has Dr. Swann chuck his explosive watch which allows them to escape. Bond shoots a few guys, then shoots a gas line which blows up the entire facility.

Wait, the entire facility? With one bullet?

Yeah, SPECTRE kinda went discount with their gas lines. Perhaps they hired the same guy who keeps designing villain lairs in movies that don’t have any guardrails.

Does Bond have any trouble escaping at all?

Nope. He kills like eight guys, blows up the facility, and escapes in a helicopter in about two minutes flat.

That’s gotta be a record.

We wouldn’t be surprised.

So Bond goes back to England?

Yup. He meets with M’s gang and tells them SPECTRE’s plan. They set out to stop it, but Dr. Swann decides to leave because she doesn’t want to be part of Bond’s lifestyle despite the fact she now loves him.

It’s even more of a bummer because she and Bond get kidnapped. Bond is taken to the old MI6 building Silva blew up in Skyfall while M’s gang heads off to stop C.

Do they stop him?

Yes. Q stops the program from coming online at the last second. M and C fight, which results in C slipping to his death.

He… slips to his death?

Yes. In his defense there was totally broken glass on the ground.

Alright, plotline resolved. What about Bond?

MI6 2

Bond finds Blofeld in the MI6 building, though he’s now sporting the classic Blofeld scar from the Connery films thanks to that miraculous explosion Bond set off:


He taunts Bond with pictures of Vesper, Judi Dench’s M, and his past villains. He then tells Bond Dr. Swann is in the building, which is rigged to blow in three minutes. He can either escape and live in pain, or try to rescue her and probably die.

Does he try to rescue her?

Yup. He finds her tied up in M’s old office. They escape just in the nick of time on a boat and chase after Blofeld’s helicopter, which Bond brings down with his pistol.

Bond’s bullets are incredibly powerful and accurate in this movie.

Bond boat

Yeah, especially considering Bond has a bum shoulder and totally botched his marksmanship test in Skyfall , which took place just a few weeks ago.

So, the helicopter crashes?

Yup, onto the Westminster Bridge. But, this being a Bond film Blofeld survives. Bond catches up to him, as does M’s gang.

Does Bond kill Blofeld?

Well, Blofeld certainly tries to taunt Bond into doing so, but Bond is —

 — don’t say impervious.

We don’t care. don’t say it..

Okay. Bond tells Blofeld he has better things to do and leaves him to be arrested by M.

Because that’s what a mainstream action hero does. After killing everyone who works for the bad guy, you repeatedly try and fail to kill the bad guy. Then, when you finally have him at your mercy, you let him live to appease mainstream moral values.

skyfall car

Yup, then Bond drives off with Dr. Swann in his newly repaired Aston Martin DB5 from Skyfall .

So, he’s given up his spy life?

It seems that way.

Will we ever see him back in action?

Well, if the franchise has taught us anything… it’s that somehow… someway… James Bond will return.

Also, impervious.

The report that they all had the ring in common was a toxicology report, presumably from their blood. So rather than one piece they all wore, I got the impression it was a unique alloy that showed traces in all of the wearers’ blood. It was a shorter leap than the Brotherhood of the Traveling Jewelry…

“Brotherhood of the Traveling Jewelry”, nice!

I believe you’re right.

Thanks for this – I enjoyed the films but didn’t remember anything about any of them. All this time barely pieced together that they were related.

Great and funny article at the same time, but more importantly it is highlighting few main plot holes of the film. I personally think that Spectre could be a much better movie, but Mendes was certainly out of ideas. Being someone who is not a big fan of Daniel Craig’s Bond, I must say that he has done a fabolous job and finally looking good after three movies to take the character of 007 back to classic Connery era. I also really loved few exceptional causal pieces Craig wore during the whole but especially the John Varvatos Suede Racer Jacket he wore in the finale!

Another hypothesis of how the DNA of several villains was on the ring is that Marco Sciarra was so awestruck when he first met his peers that he never washed his hands after shaking all of theirs.

Loved that article, watched the movie yesterday and have to say that it is my second 007 film after Casino Royale. I think Daniel Craig has improved a lot, he looks as gorgeous as Connery in Spectre, its a good idea to putt on white dinner suit to pay homepage to the classic 007 movies but I still believe that Casino Royale tuxedo was certainly the best one in all Craig’s outings. Although the movie has some plot holes but its still a pleasurable experience seeing Blofeld back with fantastic henchman

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Notify me of new posts by email.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed .

  • Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Develop Animated Spider-Man Movie

Related Articles

10 Scariest Survival Horror Video Games of All Time

10 Scariest Survival Horror Video Games of All Time

spectre james bond film

NMW: Kenny Chesney, Iggy Pop / Underworld, Face to Face, and More!!!

8 Crazy GIFs from Terry Gilliam's 'Zero Theorem' Trailer

8 Crazy GIFs from Terry Gilliam’s ‘Zero Theorem’ Trailer

spectre james bond film

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – So, Who Are Rey’s Parents?


What is the best order to watch the james bond movies.

With the final Daniel Craig movie released, and Amazon offering full access to James Bond on Prime Video, here's the best order for watching the movies.

James Bond is one of the longest-running franchises, telling the stories of British agent James Bond. The latest release, No Time To Die, was pushed back several times, but Daniel Craig's last movie is now available, bringing to a close another chapter in Bond history. With Prime Video offering access to the entire Bond Collection, it's a great time to watch these movies again.

If you want to re-watch the entire franchise to celebrate Bond or simply to prepare yourself for the next Bond film, we've compiled this handy guide of all the movies to date - even the ones not part of the official Eon/MGM canon. It's in order of theatrical release, starting with the Connery era, right up to Craig. (Don't worry: We've appended a spoiler-free version of our guide at the bottom.

Those of you who want to mix things up a bit more can check out our alternative viewing orders, at the bottom. For instance, we made a list based on the order of Ian Flemings' novels (he created the character). There are also speed-run viewing orders with distinct narrative tie-ins. All these lists at the bottom of our guide are free of spoilers. So, peruse them, and figure out which one sounds best.

Either way, you'll be good to go for Bond 25. We've also got a feature on the best James Bond gadgets of all time if you fancy yourself a super fan.

James Bond movies in order of release


  • Dr. No (1962)

Starring: Sean Connery

The very first James Bond film sees Scottish actor Sean Connery bring the British character to life on the big screen. Agent 007 goes to Jamaica to investigate the death of a British intelligence chief. There, he meets Honey Ryder, the first Bond girl, played by Ursula Andress. Bond also discovers the existence of an evil organisation known as Spectre (or Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion).

  • From Russia with Love (1963)

The second Bond film fleshes out the Spectre organisation, by showing its numerical hierarchy. Number 5 in Spectre, a chess grandmaster named Kronsteen, devises a plan to obtain a Lektor cryptographic device from the Soviets while also planning revenge on Bond for killing Spectre operative Dr. No. The leader of the organisation, the unseen Number 1, dispatches Rosa Klebb, aka Number 3, to make Kronsteen’s plan a reality.

  • Goldfinger (1964)

James Bond is up against one of the greatest villains of all time, the gold-obsessed Auric Goldfinger. Goldfinger hatches a plan to steal all the gold from Fort Knox in the US - and only 007 can stop him, of course. The film also has two of the more famous characters in the franchise: Oddjob, Goldfinger’s Korean manservant; and Pussy Galore (giggles), a Bond girl played by Honor Blackman.

  • Thunderball (1965)

Spectre has hijacked a plane loaded with two atomic bombs and is demanding a ransom of £100 million in diamonds. Bond is on the case to find the two bombs, and he tracks a lead to the Bahamas. There, he meets CIA agent Felix Leiter and discovers the identity of Spectre’s Number 2.

  • You Only Live Twice (1967)

A spacecraft is stolen and lands in the Sea of Japan, and James Bond heads there to investigate. Once he arrives, he discovers the identity of Number 1, the leader of Spectre: Ernst Stavro Blofeld. He also uncovers Blofeld's plan to deceive the nations of the world into starting WWIII.

  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Starring: George Lazenby

Sean Connery retires from the franchise at this point. So, an Australian actor, George Lazenby, steps in to take over the role for a single film. We see him hunt for Blofeld. He also falls in love with and - for the first (and only time) - marries a Bond girl, Contessa Tracy di Vicenzo. This movie is thought to follow Ian Fleming's novel plot the most, and it's also more of an drama than any of the other films in the franchise.

  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Sean Connery briefly returns to foil a diamond-smuggling ring. He travels all over the world, before making it to the Whyte House casino in Las Vegas, where he learns Blofeld is behind the diamond-smuggling operation. Blofled wants to use a laser-armed satellite to destroy all the nuclear weapons in the US, Soviet Union, and China, and thus force the countries into a bidding war. We also meet Bond girl Plenty O'Toole, perhaps the silliest name in the franchise after Pussy Galore.

  • Live and Let Die (1973)

Starring: Roger Moore

This is British actor Roger Moore's first film as Bond. We see him try to stop Mr. Big, a drug lord who has a plan to monopolise heroin by giving away two tons of it for free, all in an effort to push other dealers out of business. In this film, Bond goes from Harlem to New Orleans, and finally, to the fictional island of San Monique. This is also the first film to feature a black woman as a Bond girl, with Rosie Carver played by Gloria Hendry.

  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Bond is relieved from duty after a golden bullet with "007" etched on it is received by MI6. The bullet is believed to be from the famed assassin Francisco Scaramanga, who uses a golden gun to kill his targets. Bond sets off to find Scaramanga and tracks down the location of a small device, called the Solex Agitator, which can harness the power of the Sun.

  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

After British and Soviet Union submarines are captured, Bond joins forces with KGB agent Major Anya Amasova. The two of them work together to identify the person behind the thefts: Karl Stromberg, a shipping tycoon and scientist, who has a plan to destroy both New York and Moscow in order to trigger a nuclear war that will allow him to create his own civilization.

  • Moonraker (1979)

Following the hijacking of the Moonraker space shuttle, Bond must find the location of the stolen ship. He learns that Hugo Drax, the owner of the company producing the space shuttles, is behind it all, and Drax is working on a plan to wipe out a large portion of the human race with a deadly nerve gas. Eventually, Bond must venture to space to defeat Drax on his space station.

The James Bond Collection [Blu-ray]

  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)

After a spy boat carrying a device that’s capable of ordering the launch of ballistic missiles is sunk, Bond is ordered to help a marine archaeologist, named Timothy Havelock, recover the device. When the archaeologist is murdered, Bond not only has to find the launch device, but also figure out who killed Havelock and why. Dun, dun, dun, duuuun...

  • Octopussy (1983)

Bond investigates the murder of Agent 009, who was killed in East Berlin while carrying a fake Faberge egg. This leads to 007 uncovering a nuclear weapon plot in West Germany. Octopussy has an ensemble of memorable villains, including knife-throwing identical twins. Meanwhile, the title Octopussy comes from the film's main antagonist and Bond girl - an international jewel-smuggler residing on an island populated by women.

  • A View To A Kill (1985)

The seventh and final film to star Roger Moore sees James Bond pitted against Christopher Walken’s Max Zorin, an industrialist who’s attempting to corner the market in microchips by destroying Silicon Valley. His plan revolves around bombs underneath lakes and fault lines that will trigger the whole of San Francisco Bay Area to be destroyed by floods.

  • The Living Daylights (1987)

Starring: Timothy Dalton

In his first film as the MI6 agent, British actor Timothy Dalton helps KGB Officer General Georgi Koskov defect from the Soviet Union. Once he’s in allied hands, he tells them General Leonid Pushkin reinstated the policy of smiert spionam ("death to spies"). Bond is ordered to get Pushkin before he can kill more agents and harm relations between the Soviet Union and the West.

  • License to Kill (1989)

After Bond helps his old friend Felix Leiter in capturing a drug lord, named Franz Sanchez, the criminal ends up escaping and grievously injuring Leiter and killing his wife. When M, the head of the MI6, orders Bond to return to regular duty, he refuses, causing M to revoke his license to kill. That means Bond must embark on his mission of vengeance as a rogue agent.

  • GoldenEye (1995)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan

This is Irish-American actor Pierce Brosnan's debut film as Bond. His fellow MI6 agent, Alec Trevelyan, is murdered. But, 10 years later, following an attack on a bunker in Siberia and the theft of the control disk for a satellite weapon known as Goldeneye, Bond learns he's actually alive.

  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Bond finds himself investigating the sinking of a British warship in Chinese waters and discovers a connection to media mogul Elliot Carver. With the help of a Chinese special agent, Bond uncovers Carver’s plan to start a conflict between the British and Chinese, with the promise from a rogue Chinese general that Carver will receive exclusive broadcasting rights in China.

  • The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Bond is sent to retrieve money for Sir Robert King, a friend of M, the head of MI6, only to have the money turn out to include a hidden bomb that kills King. Agent 007 soon realises a former KGB agent-turned-terrorist named Renard set the trap. M dispatches Bond to stop Renard and protect King’s daughter.

  • Die Another Day (2002)

Bond’s mission is to investigate a North Korean general involved in trading African conflict diamonds, but 007 is captured and subjected to torture for 14 months before he is released. He is suspended upon his return, but continues on his mission, and uncovers a plot to use a mirror satellite that harnesses solar energy to cut through the militarized border between North and South Korea, allowing the North Koreans to invade.

  • Casino Royale (2006)

Starring: Daniel Craig

Casino Royale is technically a remake of an unofficial Bond film, and it reboots the entire franchise, with British actor Daniel Craig. It shows him earning his 00 status by disrupting terrorist money manager Le Chiffre. After Bond foils his plan to blow up a plane, Le Chiffre sets up a high-stakes poker game, with the hopes of recouping his lost money. Bond is sent to defeat Le Chiffre and bankrupt any organization who trusted him.

  • Quantum of Solace (2008)

Bond learns exiled Bolivian General Medrano is working with Dominic Greene, who's part of an organization known as Quantum, so that he can be installed as president of the country - all in exchange for a small patch of desert. What seems like a great deal for Medrano turns south, as it’s revealed Quantum will control the entire water supply of Bolivia. But Bond does all he can to stop him.

  • Skyfall (2012)

After a botched mission, Bond is presumed dead, and M is put under review amid questions about her leadership of MI6. When the intelligence agency’s headquarters in London are attacked, Bond comes out of hiding to uncover the people behind the attack, which leads him to Raoul Silva, a former MI6 agent, who was captured and brutally tortured by the Chinese government. Silva blames M and is trying to kill her and her reputation.

  • Spectre (2015)

Bond receives a message from M, the head of MI6, following her death, which leads to him stopping a terrorist attack. For taking part in an unauthorized mission, Bond is suspended by the new M. He continues on, of course, and ends up uncovering the evil organization known as Spectre as well as its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who is now played by German-Austrian actor Christoph Waltz.

  • No Time to Die (2021)
  • Amazon Prime Video

The latest Bond entry sees a retired 007 forced back into action - to stop a plot from a villain, known as Safin, who has been threatening millions of lives. Bond is again played by Daniel Craig, but he will have help this time from a female agent, named Nomi, as well as his old friends Miss Moneypenny, Q, and M. No Time to Die really wraps up the story arc of all the Danial Craig movies.

Bonus: 'Unofficial' James Bond movies

Casino royale (non canon-1967).

Starring: David Nivens

This is a so-called "unofficial" Bond film, because it wasn't produced by Eon and distributed by MGM, but rather Famous Artists and Columbia. It stars British actor David Nivens coming out of retirement to deal with the evil organization SMIRSH. It also has Orson Welles as the main antagonist, Le Chiffre. While still being a spy film, it’s far more of a satirical comedy, which makes it slightly different from the official Bond films.

Never Say Never Again (non canon-1983)

Sean Connery returns as James Bond - 12 years after he last played the role. Again, this isn't an official Eon/MGM film. Instead, it was made by Taliafilm and distributed by Warner Bros. The film’s title is a reference to Connery, who once said he would never play James Bond again. And it's actually a remake of Thunderball. (One of Ian Flemings’ writing partners won the film rights to the novel, so that's where this version comes from.)

What is the best streaming device for your TV? Our top recommendation is the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max . Also excellent are the Google Chromecast with Google TV , the Roku Express 4K , the Apple TV 4K and the Amazon Fire TV Stick .

James Bond movie order at a glance (spoiler free)

This is the same list as above, only spoiler-free and much quicker to read:

  • A View to A Kill (1985)

Unofficial Bond films:

  • Casino Royale (1967)
  • Never Say Never Again (1983)

The novel order

James Bond, the character, was created by author Ian Fleming. The entire Jame Bond franchise is based on his 14 novels, although the movies were made in a different order. If you'd like to watch the films directly inspired by the novels, in the order that Fleming wrote them, here you go:

  • From Russia With Love (1963)
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Spectre storyline order

Six of the first Bond films feature 007 squaring off against foes from the evil organization Spectre, and they all build toward the big reveal that Blofeld is its leader. So, here is an order that follows the early days of Spectre:

  • Dr.No (1962)

Optional: Add Spectre (2015) to this order. You could also follow the Spectre storyline list with the reboot order, which has many Spectre ties.

Cold War and Post Cold War era order

Beginning with The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond is forced to play a key factor in diffusing confrontations throughout the Cold War and during the fall of the Soviet Union. While these films aren’t as neat of a storyline as the Spectre series or the reboot series, it does have overarching themes and introduces some recurring characters. Here's an order featuring Cold War-era storylines:

The reboot order

In 2006, the character of James Bond was rebooted, with Daniel Craig’s debut as 007. The five films that star Craig are all part of an interconnected narrative that becomes clear as the films move forward. They also serve as an origin story for Spectre. Here's the reboot order:

Did you like this?

Then maybe you'll like our other movie order viewing guides:

  • What's the best order to watch all the Halloween movies?
  • What is the best order to watch the Alien Universe movies?
  • What order should you watch all the DC movies?
  • What order should you watch every Marvel movie and TV show?
  • What order should you watch all the Star Wars films and shows?
  • What order should you watch the Star Trek movies and TV shows?
  • What order should you watch every Quentin Tarantino movie?
  • What is the best order to watch all the Spider-Man movies?
  • What order should you watch the Batman movies and shows?
  • What order should you watch the Jason Bourne movies and TV show?
  • What is the best order to watch the Rocky and Creed movies?
  • What's the best order to watch The Conjuring Universe movies?
  • What is the best order to watch the X-Men movies?
  • What is the best order to watch the Terminator movies and TV show?
  • Pixar Theory: The best Pixar movie order

We also have these rumour round-ups on upcoming movies:

  • Upcoming Marvel movies: Every new MCU film and TV show in the works
  • Upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows: Everything confirmed so far
  • The life of Ken Adam
  • From Russia With Love (1963)
  • Gillette Slim Adjustable Razor
  • The Mint Julep
  • Goldfinger’s Most Iconic Moments
  • Thunderball
  • You Only Live Twice
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Diamonds Are Forever
  • Live And Let Die
  • James Bond Island
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • For Your Eyes Only
  • A View To A Kill
  • The Living Daylights
  • Licence To Kill
  • Verzasca Dam, Switzerland
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • The Maiden’s Tower, Istanbul
  • Cádiz shooting locations from Die Another Day [Photos]
  • Daniel Craig
  • Casino Royale review
  • Hotel Splendide
  • One and Only Ocean Club
  • Villa Gaeta
  • Chips & cards
  • Grigioperla
  • Persol 2244-S Sunglasses
  • Quantum of Solace – what does it mean?
  • Defending Quantum of Solace
  • Montesa Cota 4RT motorbike
  • Macallan whisky
  • Royal Doulton bulldog
  • Cutthroat razor
  • Skyfall cars
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Javier Bardem
  • Ben Whishaw
  • Bérénice Marlohe
  • Helen McCrory
  • Albert Finney
  • A profile of Sam Mendes

Watch strap

  • Additional music in SPECTRE
  • Mexico City
  • London locations from SPECTRE
  • Rome filming locations from SPECTRE
  • Morocco filming locations from SPECTRE
  • Review: Some classic Bond moments & dizzying action in SPECTRE
  • The SPECTRE Timeline [Infographic]
  • No Time to Die: Italy filming locations

Additional music

  • No Time to Die trailer
  • No Time to Die trailers
  • Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Danny Boyle
  • Billy Magnussen
  • Rory Kinnear
  • David Dencik
  • Ana de Armas
  • Dali Benssalah
  • Lashana Lynch
  • Dr No soundtrack
  • From Russia With Love soundtrack
  • Goldfinger soundtrack
  • Thunderball soundtrack
  • You Only Live Twice soundtrack
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service soundtrack
  • Diamonds Are Forever soundtrack
  • Live And Let Die soundtrack
  • The Man With The Golden Gun soundtrack
  • The Spy Who Loved Me soundtrack
  • Moonraker soundtrack
  • For Your Eyes Only soundtrack
  • Octopussy soundtrack
  • A View To A Kill soundtrack
  • The Living Daylights soundtrack
  • Licence to Kill soundtrack
  • Goldeneye soundtrack
  • Tomorrow Never Dies soundtrack
  • The World Is Not Enough soundtrack
  • Die Another Day soundtrack
  • Casino Royale soundtrack
  • Quantum of Solace soundtrack
  • Classifications

Home > Films > SPECTRE

SPECTRE (2015)

Share on Facebook

spectre james bond film

SPECTRE (2015) is Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as James Bond and sees the reintroduction of the criminal organisation most associated with the franchise. Ernst Stavro Blofeld appears onscreen for the first time since Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but this time with a twist.

The SPECTRE timeline

spectre james bond film

Following a lead sent from beyond the grave, Bond falls foul of internal politics after preventing a terrorist attack in Mexico City while officially on leave. As M fights the political forces involved in merging MI6 with sister organisation MI5, 007 is forced once again to go rogue as he heads to Rome and then Austria on the tail of the “Pale King”, a name overheard while in Mexico.

The Pale King turns out to be an old adversary, Mr White, dying of of thallium poisoning. Bond locates White’s daughter, Dr Madeleine Swann, but she is kidnapped by Mr Hinx for SPECTRE. After Bond rescues her, Madeleine leads Bond to Tangier. Soon the pair are the guests of Blofeld, who reveals how Bond’s previous missions were all linked.

What we say

After the wildly overrated Skyfall , things get largely back on track with SPECTRE . The film has some great action scenes but the final act doesn’t work at all. Also, the big reveal that Ernst Stavro Blofeld is Bond’s foster brother is simply out of place.

Original release

SPECTRE  premièred in London on 23rd October 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall, the same day it went on general release in the UK and Ireland. It received its American premiere in Mexico City on 2nd November, followed by the United States and the majority of other territories 6th November 2015.

Principal crew

Principal cast.

  • The Macallan 18 year old
  • Bollinger RD 2002
  • Belvedere dirty vodka martini

Daniel Craig with the Aston Martin DB10

Aston Martin DB10

  • “But then isn’t that what ‘M’ stands for… ‘moron’?” “And now we know what ‘C’ stands for… ‘careless’.”
  • “You shouldn’t stare.” “Well, you shouldn’t look like that.”
  • “I thought I told you to bring it back in one piece not bring back one piece.”
  • “But do be careful with the alarm, it’s rather loud.”
  • “I thought you were done.” “I am. I just need one more thing.”

Buy SPECTRE online


DVD | Blu-Ray | Instant Video

SPECTRE poster #2

Skyfall | No Time to Die

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond . You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

Share this article

Share on Facebook

Leave a Reply.

Comment Please keep your comment on topic.

James Bond Cocktail Bar

  • James Bond News
  • Destroying Bond: How No Time to Die obliterated the Bond formula
  • The Vesper story arc: Shooting down the official narrative
  • 007: Road to a Million – episode 1 review
  • 007 box office: the top-grossing James Bond movies
  • Review: Cypher 007 Mobile Game – Chapter 1
  • James Bond’s Lifestyle
  • Scrambled Eggs James Bond

spectre james bond film

  • Continuation novels
  • Books on James Bond
  • No Time to Die
  • Bond 26: the next James Bond movie
  • Earnings disclosure
  • Privacy & cookies

Privacy Overview

spectre james bond film

spectre james bond film

  • Tickets & Showtimes
  • Trending on RT

spectre james bond film

TAGGED AS: 007 , Action , james bond , movies , spy thriller

spectre james bond film

James Bond Movies In Order: How To Watch All 27 007 Movies

Dr. No celebrates its 60th anniversary!

If you’re looking to watch all the James Bond movies in order, you’ll hit the good stuff right away: All the Sean Connery movies in his first run are classics of the franchise. Before hitting Connery’s departure from the 007 role in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever , you’ll encounter George Lazenby’s solo entry (1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ) and 1967’s comedy spoof Casino Royale , which was made outside of Eon Productions, the company founded to steer Bond from the book to the big screen.

Roger Moore took on the mantle from 1973’s Live and Let Die to 1985’s A View to a Kill , with Connery returning one last time in the non-Eon Never Say Never Again in 1983.

Timothy Dalton appeared twice as Bond to close out the ’80s with The Living Daylights and License to Kill .

After six years, the longest period between switching lead actors, Pierce Brosnan debuted with 1995’s GoldenEye , and exited with 2002’s Die Another Day .

2006 saw the introduction of Daniel Craig as the latest Bond in town with Casino Royale , and he will be retiring with the long-delayed No Time to Die . With its 2021 release, Craig will hold the record for longest continuous actor to represent Bond.

Continue on to see the full list on how to watch all the James Bond movies in order! — Alex Vo

spectre james bond film

Dr. No (1962) 95%

' sborder=

From Russia With Love (1963) 97%

' sborder=

007: Goldfinger (1964) 99%

' sborder=

Thunderball (1965) 85%

' sborder=

007 - You Only Live Twice (1967) 74%

' sborder=

Casino Royale (1967) 26%

007 on her majesty's secret service (1969) 81%.

' sborder=

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) 64%

' sborder=

Live and Let Die (1973) 66%

' sborder=

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) 42%

' sborder=

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) 82%

' sborder=

Moonraker (1979) 60%

' sborder=

For Your Eyes Only (1981) 69%

' sborder=

Octopussy (1983) 42%

' sborder=

Never Say Never Again (1983) 71%

' sborder=

A View to a Kill (1985) 37%

' sborder=

The Living Daylights (1987) 73%

' sborder=

Licence to Kill (1989) 79%

' sborder=

GoldenEye (1995) 80%

' sborder=

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) 57%

' sborder=

The World Is Not Enough (1999) 51%

' sborder=

Die Another Day (2002) 55%

' sborder=

Casino Royale (2006) 94%

' sborder=

Quantum of Solace (2008) 63%

' sborder=

Skyfall (2012) 92%

' sborder=

Spectre (2015) 63%

' sborder=

No Time to Die (2021) 83%

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News .

Related News

The Most Anticipated Movies of 2024

All 27 Pixar Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

What to Watch This Week: 2023 Golden Tomato Award Winners

More Countdown

25 Most Popular TV Shows Right Now: What to Watch on Streaming

30 Most Popular Movies Right Now: What to Watch In Theaters and Streaming

Movies of 1928 Ranked: Films Now In Public Domain

Movie & TV News

Featured on rt.

January 12, 2024

2023 Emmy Nominations: Full List of Nominees

After Echo : What Can Marvel Learn from Its First “Spotlight” Series?

January 11, 2024

Top Headlines

  • All 27 Pixar Movies Ranked by Tomatometer –
  • All Marvel Movies In Order: How To Watch MCU Chronologically –
  • 25 Most Popular TV Shows Right Now: What to Watch on Streaming –
  • 100 Essential Columbia Pictures Films –
  • 30 Most Popular Movies Right Now: What to Watch In Theaters and Streaming –
  • Golden Globes Best Picture Winners by Tomatometer –

This Is Money

This Is Money

One of four Jaguar C-X75 supercars built for 2015 Bond film Spectre has been made road legal - and now it's for sale

Posted: 12 January 2024 | Last updated: 13 January 2024

A road-legal Bond villain's Jaguar supercar that was never made available to the public is to go on sale with a price tag of around £2.5million, This is Money can exclusively reveal.

The orange Jaguar C-X75 – with a chassis number ending with the iconic '007' – is one of a handful of specially-made cars commissioned to play a pivotal role in 007 movie Spectre during a dramatic duel through the centre of Rome with James Bond, as played by Daniel Craig in an exclusive Aston Martin.

The revamped Jaguar is being sold for a client by UK-based specialist luxury and supercar dealers Kaaimans International after secretly undergoing detailed engineering and trim work to transform it from a big screen film stunt car into the road-legal supercar it was originally destined to be.

It is one of just four surviving stunt cars made for the 2015 Bond movie - a fifth was destroyed during filming. 

The stunning two-seater C-X75 was originally created and unveiled with a flourish in 2010 as a 200mph prototype plug-in hybrid electric Jaguar supercar - but the project was later axed by the British car-maker on economic grounds. 

However, the car itself did live again to be seen on the big screen with a handful built to order for the 2015 hit film.

Seven C-X75s were used during filming in total, though two were genuine prototype C-X75 hybrids (both used only for slow-moving and interior shots) that are today deemed 'priceless' and have been retained by manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover for its own collection.

The remaining five cars were crafted exclusively for the movie by the technical and engineering department of the Williams F1 team in a matter of months before filming started - the fifth taking just 12 hours to make, one Williams Advanced Engineering bod revealed to MailOnline and This is Money motoring editor Rob Hull in 2015.

Each of the movie-exclusive C-X75s featured a V8 engine taken from the Range Rover Sport SVR and had a unique space-frame chassis (much cheaper than the genuine C-X75 carbon fibre tub) and upgraded suspension to perform jumps during filming. 

They were also fitted with manual handbrakes, gearboxes and clutches to make jaw-dropping skids in front of the Colosseum in the movie easier to master.

One was even converted into a 'pod car', with a seat and all driving controls encased in a roll cage mounted on the roof so stunt drivers can manoeuver the vehicle during scenes with Spectre henchman, Mr Hinx, played by actor Dave Bautista, filmed sitting in the car.

Of the four surviving movie creations, two are in the hands of 'serious collectors' in Switzerland.

One of the four was offered to collectors at RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi auction in November 2019. However, with an estimate of $800,000 to $1.2m, it failed to make its reserve and was not sold.

In the movie we see Craig as Bond, driving a limited-edition Aston Martin DB10 (and one of just 10 Astons specially created for the movie), being dramatically pursued at night through Rome and along the river bank of the Italian capital by the Jaguar driven by Spectre agent Mr Hinx, as played by Dave Bautista.

Will it fit in my garage: Jaguar C-X75 movie car 

Price: £2m-£2.5m for chassis number ending: ‘007’

Built by: Jaguar in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering facility, Oxfordshire

On sale via: Kaaimans International , Tollerton, Nottinghamshire

Engine: Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol

Power:  550 horsepower

Acceleration (0-62mph): circa 155mph 

Length: 4,646mm  Height: 1,199mm

Width (front): 1,688mm Width (rear): 1,704mm

Weight: 1,450kg

Wheels: 20-inch (front), 21-inch (rear)

The Jaguar movie car '007' is one of two C-X75s currently owned by the collector client, who previously bought the '001' chassis model. 

This he plans to keep for himself. But the '007' chassis model is up for sale. 

Both are the subject of detailed work with specialists to make them properly driveable and road legal, says Gary Tolson, co-owner of supercar specialists Kaaimans International based in Tollerton, Nottinghamshire, which is handling the sale. 

The prestige dealer had previously bought both cars privately – and sold them on to the current owner.

Conversion work to the stunt cars to comply with road legal status includes: new fuel tanks; a new emissions-compliant exhaust system; a new speedometer; a proper handbrake; replacement glass; new carbon fibre; upgrade of electrics, electronics and parts where necessary; electric mirrors; and new interior trim and seats.

It rides on 20-inch wheels at the front and 21 inch at the rear.

After the work it will be IVA certified as road legal (Individual Vehicle Approval from the government's Vehicle Certification Agency or VCA) and, once suitably taxed, insured and MOT'd will be able to be driven legally on UK roads.

When the original Jaguar C-X75 prototype was launched more than a decade ago, and before its movie fame, it was hailed as 'the E-Type for the 21st century' and 'the sexiest Jaguar ever'.

Mr Tolson said: 'It's a very rare car with an impeccable Bond pedigree. It'll cost around £1m to convert it so the price we're looking for it to fetch will be around £2m to £2.5m. We expect the work to be completed soon ready for sale in early Spring.'

He said: 'It's one of only four stunt Jaguar C-X75s used in the movie Spectre. Our client also owns another – with the chassis number 001 – which he plans to keep. But chassis '007', with that iconic James Bond number, is up for sale.'

Mr Tolson added: 'The other two stunt Jaguars are with serious collectors in Switzerland who both also own an Aston Martin DB10 as a matching pair from the movie, so they are unlikely ever to sell.

'Jaguar Land Rover retains two other C-X75s which are the original pre-production prototypes.'

Why Jaguar ditched C-X75 hypercar production a decade ago?

Read more: being a bond villain (for an hour): rob hull takes a spin in one of two 'priceless' jaguar c-x75 prototypes.

There have been plenty of memorable Bond villains in the last half century and - for an hour only - our motoring editor had the chance to take on the role of the next 007 baddie.

Because, for a short period only in 2015, MailOnline and This is Money motoring editor Rob Hull had the opportunity to drive one of two genuine Jaguar C-X75 prototypes, which was used by Spectre henchman Mr Hinx in the Bond movie.

> Here's what it's like to drive a 'priceless' prototype that became a big-screen star

The stunning Jaguar C-X75 supercar has had a sadly chequered history.

Designed by Jaguar's former legendary design boss Ian Callum, the Jaguar C-X75 supercar had originally been created as a prototype cutting-edge plug-in hybrid vehicle with four electric motors and a unique 'turbine' propulsion system. 

It was a star of the 2010 Paris Motor Show and was hailed as 'the E-Type for the 21st century' and 'the sexiest Jaguar ever'.

Technical difficulties meant the planned propulsion system was later changed to a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid power 1.6-litre four cylinder engine linked to two powerful electric motors, and able to accelerate from 0 to 60mph in under three seconds with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. 

Just 250 C-X75s were due to be built between 2013 and 2015 as part of a collaboration with Williams, combining race engineering with cutting-edge environmental technology. 

However, the model, which had been due to go into full production with a near £1million price-tag, never made it to showrooms.

Jaguar deemed it unsuitable to launch a seven-figure, limited-run supercar in 2012 because of the recession, choosing to pull the plug on the project to focus on its bread-and-butter mainstream vehicle development.

However, in September 2015 a modified stunt version of the C-X75 was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show ahead of its starring role in the Bond movie Spectre.

MailOnline logo

More for You

donald trump kirschner engoron outburst

Donald Trump's Courtroom Rant Will 'Hurt' His Appeal, Ex-Prosecutor Warns

Fox News Kicks Mike Lindell and His MyPillow Ads to the Curb

Fox News Kicks Mike Lindell and His MyPillow Ads to the Curb

Sale of Gasoline Halted

These Are the 9 Worst Brands of Gas in The United States

Scientists make concerning discovery at the North Pole: ‘The highest concentrations were found in winter deposition’

Scientists make concerning discovery at the North Pole: ‘The highest concentrations were found in winter deposition’

Mississippi quits child food program amid Republican ‘welfare state’ attack

Mississippi quits child food program amid Republican ‘welfare state’ attack

Watch a gigantic ‘slingshot’ hurl a satellite into the stratosphere

Watch a gigantic ‘slingshot’ hurl a satellite into the stratosphere

Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., speaks to reporters as he arrives for the Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Photo: via Associated Press)

GOP Congressman Stands By Accusation Some Fellow Members Have Been Compromised

President Donald Trump hugs the American flag as he arrives to speak at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md., on Saturday.

Trump's insufferable traits remind me of my immature teenage self | Opinion

Russian T-90 tank

Avdiivka Drone Video Shows Ukraine's M2 Bradleys Take Out Russian T-90 Tank

Oscars, Best Picture, 2017

Hollywood’s moronic new plan to enforce ‘diversity’ has already backfired

Former Chicago Bulls player Ron Harper, back, comforts Thelma Krause, widow of former Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, while the crowd boos when his name was announced during a Ring of Honor ceremony for the 1995-96 Bulls team ,during halftime of an NBA basketball game between the Bulls and the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Jan 12, 2024, in Chicago.

Bulls fans slammed for booing Jerry Krause with widow in attendance: 'Absolutely shameful'

20 Baby Names Parents Will Never Regret

20 Baby Names Parents Will Never Regret

Ex-US attorney thinks DA prosecuting Trump in Georgia should leave case. Hear why

Ex-US attorney thinks DA prosecuting Trump in Georgia should leave case. Hear why

AOC still thinks $174,000 isn't enough money for members of Congress: 'I know it's kind of a contrarian position'

AOC still thinks $174,000 isn't enough money for members of Congress: 'I know it's kind of a contrarian position'

Saudi Aramco sign

Russian Ally's Saudi Pivot Threatens to Derail Putin's Wartime Economy


Southwest Airlines making a major onboard change

4 late-stage retirement catch-up tactics

‘You’re going to live on beans and rice’: A 73-year-old Arizona woman told Dave Ramsey she has student loans and no savings — 4 retirement catch-up tactics to get you back on track

Is buying a used Tesla from Hertz a good deal? Here’s what to know.

Is buying a used Tesla from Hertz a good deal? Here’s what you should know.

Lexy McRae, a 15-year-old from Georgia who has been fighting cancer for four years, is pictured in the hospital.

A Georgia family was about to lose insurance for teen's cancer battle. Then they got help.

I think it's going to be a 'different story' on Monday, says Hal Lambert

I think it's going to be a 'different story' on Monday, says Hal Lambert

  • Main content

All 25 James Bond theme songs, ranked from worst to best

  • Many Bond songs have become chart-toppers as well as Grammy and Oscar winners.
  • Billie Eilish performed the song for the latest movie, "No Time to Die."
  • Here are all the Bond songs ranked from worst to best.

25. "Spectre" - Sam Smith ("Writing's On The Wall")

spectre james bond film

Like the movie itself, Sam Smith's song is too slow-paced for the new age Bond fans who want their movies fast and thrilling.

Listen to the song here .

24. "Tomorrow Never Dies" - Sheryl Crow

spectre james bond film

The twangy feel and lame hook makes this theme song very forgettable. And it also doesn't help that Crow's vocals just don't live up to the genre that Bond theme songs have created.

23. "Thunderball" - Tom Jones

spectre james bond film

Smack dab in the middle of the Sean Connery era, we had already been blessed with some iconic theme songs. However, this one doesn't have the same power and Tom Jones gives it too much of a lounge lizard feel.

22. "Moonraker" - Shirley Bassey

spectre james bond film

Playing off the movie's space battle finale, this Shirley Bassey song has a mystical, out of this world feel. However, it's more likely going to put you to sleep before the movie stars than excite you about seeing Bond in space.

21. "Casino Royale" - Chris Cornell ("You Know My Name")

spectre james bond film

To mark the start of the Daniel Craig era as 007, the franchise tries to pull off a hard rock theme song with the powerful vocals of Chris Cornell, but it doesn't hit the mark.

20. "Octopussy" - Rita Coolidge ("All Time High")

spectre james bond film

Rita Coolidge's song feels more like something you would find on an easy listening station than in a Bond movie, but for the Roger Moore-era of the franchise, it works alright.

19. "The World Is Not Enough" - Garbage

spectre james bond film

The Bond franchise loves to take risks with its theme songs and having Garbage do a song definitely was one. But thanks to the vocals of lead singer Shirley Manson this song is better than average.

18. "GoldenEye" - Tina Turner

spectre james bond film

With its synthesized feel and the powerful vocals by Tina Turner, this is definitely one of the best theme songs from Pierce Brosnan's Bond era.

17. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - John Barry

spectre james bond film

Longtime James Bond composer John Barry gives us a full instrumental opening theme for the George Lazenby-led Bond movie and it's one of the franchise's best arrangements.

16. "The Man with the Golden Gun" - Lulu

spectre james bond film

This guitar riffing, fast-paced theme is a groovy entry to the mid-1970s era of the Bond franchise. 

15. "The Living Daylights" - A-ha

spectre james bond film

"The Living Daylights" is the Norweigan band A-ha's biggest hit and it's obvious why. With the 1980s-flavored electronic feel, you can't help but feel hyped.

14. "Licence to Kill" - Gladys Knight

spectre james bond film

Yes, you are not hearing things, this song very much pays homage to the classic " Goldfinger " theme. It was a gutsy move, but Gladys Knight's smooth vocals make it work.

13. "You Only Live Twice" - Nancy Sinatra

spectre james bond film

Once more, composer John Barry gives us a theme song that stands the test of time with its simple and smooth orchestra sound. And it's one of the biggest hits by Nancy Sinatra.

12. "Quantum of Solace" - Jack White and Alicia Keys ("Another Way To Die")

spectre james bond film

The hard rock Bond theme songs usually don't work, but leave it to Jack White to pull it off. Teaming here with Alicia Keys, the two pull off a powerful opening theme.

11. "No Time to Die" - Billie Eilish

spectre james bond film

Due to the pandemic, this Bond song scored a Grammy win before the movie even came out. Billie Eilish's moody song fits perfectly for the final tale in the Daniel Craig era of Bond.

10. "Die Another Day" - Madonna

spectre james bond film

We got a Madonna banger in the Pierce Brosnan era. Not only is it an impressive opening Bond theme but was a hit at the clubs when it was released in 2002. It also got as high as number 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

9. "Skyfall" - Adele

spectre james bond film

Adele's entry into the Bond franchise is what you would expect: greatness. The powerful ballad scored her a best song Oscar and was a hit song in the US and UK.

8. "For Your Eyes Only" - Sheena Easton

spectre james bond film

A hit for Sheena Easton when it came out in 1981, this love song was a chart topper and Oscar nominated.

7. "From Russia With Love" - John Barry

spectre james bond film

For the second movie in the Bond franchise, Barry proved the theme in the first movie, " Dr. No ," wasn't a fluke as his arrangement dazzled.

6. "Never Say Never Again" - Lani Hall

spectre james bond film

Sean Connery went rogue for this Bond movie and did it without the longtime producers of the franchise. It led to a respectable movie and an even better opening song.

5. "The Spy Who Loved Me" - Carly Simon ("Nobody Does It Better")

spectre james bond film

This Bond movie was a major hit, but you could argue that its theme song was even bigger.

Composed by Marvin Hamlisch and performed by Carly Simon the song was Oscar nominated and has gone done as one of the best love songs ever.

4. "Live and Let Die" - Paul McCartney and Wings

spectre james bond film

Paul McCartney completely crushed this Bond theme song. It became a global hit and was the first-ever Bond song to receive an Oscar nomination.

3. "Diamonds Are Forever" - Shirley Bassey

spectre james bond film

This dreamy theme from Shirley Bassey is a perfect Bond theme (thanks again John Barry). Recently, it has grown in stature after Kanye West used it as the sample for his Grammy-winning song "Diamonds from Sierra Leone."

2. "Goldfinger" - Shirley Bassey

spectre james bond film

If you thought Shirley Bassey did great with the " Diamonds Are Forever " theme then just listen to her on this.

The " Goldfinger " theme is perhaps the most famous Bond song of them all. And it's because of Bassey's screeching hook.

1. "A View to a Kill" - Duran Duran

spectre james bond film

This wasn't just one of the biggest hits by Duran Duran but is the only Bond song to go number 1 at the US Billboard Hot 100.

Its amazing guitar riffs and synthesized sound continues to be a beloved hit decades after its release.

Listen to the song here.

Let's not forget...

spectre james bond film

Don't worry, we didn't forget about the original James Bond theme by Monty Norman. Featured as the theme song in the first Bond movie, " Dr. No " in 1962, and showing up in pretty much every movie since, the memorable surf-rock guitar style is one of the most recognizable riffs in movie history. So, pretty much unrankable.

spectre james bond film

The James Bond Film That Is Secretly a Christmas Movie

This Bond movie's message about humanity isn’t necessarily uplifting, but it’s an important one to remember during the holiday season.

The Big Picture

  • Younger viewers associate Daniel Craig's James Bond with darker attributes, while older viewers see Roger Moore's Bond as goofier.
  • George Lazenby's version of Bond was among the best because he brought a human, empathetic quality to the character.
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service is a great Christmas movie, as it has endearing and emotional elements similar to It's A Wonderful Life .

A movie fan’s favorite James Bond actor is a very personal decision that is largely dependent upon when they grew up with the character. It’s very easy to associate Ian Fleming ’s 007 with the version of the character that you were introduced to first. Younger viewers who grew up with Daniel Craig ’s Bond may associate the character with his darker attributes, while older viewers who were introduced to Bond through Roger Moore ’s films might think of him as a slightly goofier character . While every actor who has played 007 has their fans, the cheering section for George Lazenby ’s version of Bond may not be very significant. Lazenby only got one chance to play Bond, but his screen debut in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was certainly a memorable one. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service isn’t just one of the best Bond films ever made; it’s also a surprisingly great Christmas movie.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

James Bond woos a mob boss' daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Ernst Stavro Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps involving beautiful women from around the world.

What Is 'On Her Majesty’s Secret Service' About?

After five appearances as Bond in the early EON productions, Sean Connery decided to temporarily retire from the role after his appearance in 1967’s You Only Live Twice . The film marked the completion of the character arc that had been initiated with Dr. No . You Only Live Twice served as a final battle between Bond and the agents of SPECTRE, and while it left the door open for future Bond adventures, it served as a graceful way for Connery to exit the series. The search for a new Bond would begin, but EON didn’t necessarily find an actor as big as Connery. George Lazenby was an unknown Australian actor with no previous screen credits. While Lazenby lacked the inherent charisma that had made Connery so endearing, this was why his version of Bond was among the best . Lazenby brought a human, empathetic quality to a character that had previously been impenetrable on an emotional level.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service follows Bond’s investigation into a new evil plan hatched by the evil SPECTRE head Ernst Blofeld ( Telly Savalas ), who had previously appeared in You Only Live Twice . Blofeld has established a secret mansion within the Swiss Alps, where he plans to release a toxic chemical that will deteriorate the world’s supply of livestock and plants. Threatening to release the toxin would essentially give Blofeld the ability to hold the world as his hostage, and Bond’s goal is to assassinate him. However, Bond encounters a few things that he didn’t expect upon his arrival in the winter citadel. The first is that Blofeld has recruited several young women to serve as his brainwashed “angels of death.” These enigmatic young women appear to be impervious to Blofeld’s chemical toxins. The second is his new ally, Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo ( Diana Rigg ), a.k.a. Tracy, whom he had encountered on a previous mission. Although Bond had some romantic flings in his past , Tracy is the first woman that he thinks he could potentially spend the rest of his life with.

Why 'On Her Majesty’s Secret Service' Is a Christmas Movie

“Endearing” and “emotional” aren’t generally words that are associated with the Bond franchise . Bond is generally a suave, collected character who doesn’t have any issue completing his missions on his own. There’s something superficial about Bond’s abilities that make him cool, but Lazenby’s version of the character was far more personable . He’s a version of Bond that is vulnerable, willing to admit his mistakes, and susceptible to human emotions. Lazenby’s version of Bond feels like a more relatable character , and in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service , he learns a few lessons about the lifestyle that he has committed himself to. It makes the entire film feel like an extended holiday adventure where Bond gets a healthy dosage of the Christmas spirit; like It’s a Wonderful Life ’ s George Bailey ( James Stewart ) , Bond learns that the thing he desires most has been sitting in front of him the entire time.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service shows how Bond opens himself to empathy after his experiences with the “angels.” Similar to how angels in Christmas stories teach characters to be more kind or generous, Bond learns about the human collateral that is left behind after his missions. Even if On Her Majesty’s Secret Service exists somewhat outside of the core series timeline , this is still a version of Bond that has been on more than a few adventures, and left wreckage behind him. After seeing how the angels have been tortured by Blofeld, Bond realizes that he’s fighting for more than just his reputation. His mission is of critical importance to many people who rely upon his bravery. If the Angels themselves didn’t seem “Christmas-y” enough, the winter decorations and ornate design of Blofeld’s mansion certainly doesn’t hurt!

The Best Christmas Movies on HBO Max

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service keeps the Christmas spirit alive during one of the franchise’s best action sequences . After Bond and Tracy make a narrow escape from Blofeld’s henchmen, the pair ski down the Swiss Alps mountains. While initially this is just a kinetic action sequence where Bond is once again fighting with bad guys, the scene turns more ethereal when the ski track makes way to a beautiful winter village. Bond and Tracy venture through the charming village of Lauterbrunnen, realizing that their love for each other is more important than any single mission could ever be. Although Bond has pledged his loyalty to England, he sets aside his service to the crown and proposes to Tracy. It all feels like an extended excerpt from a Christmas romantic comedy , and not befitting of the Bond franchise at all. It’s as if the holidays have taught Bond to be a more caring, sensitive, and festive character moving forward.

Sadly, Bond’s newfound Christmas spirit doesn’t last all that long. Shortly after he and Tracy are wed, Bond’s new bride is gunned down by enemy fire. Bond may have learned the value of human life as a result of his Christmas adventure, but it came with a cost; the girl he had once thought he could spend a lifetime loving has now been taken away from him. It’s a tragic ending, but it doesn’t end with Bond turning into a scrooge . Now privy to human emotion, he starts breaking down and crying. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ’s message about humanity isn’t necessarily uplifting, but it’s an important one to remember during the holiday season.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service is available to stream on Max in the U.S.

Watch on Max

'Casino Royale'-'No Time to Die': Best IMDb-rated 'James Bond' movies

'Casino Royale'-'No Time to Die': Best IMDb-rated 'James Bond' movies

Step into the glamorous world of international espionage, where danger, intrigue, and shaken-not-stirred martinis abound with our carefully curated list of the highest-rated James Bond movies. These movies showcase the iconic MI6 agent's thrilling adventures. From the suave Sean Connery to the intense Daniel Craig, embark on a mission through Hollywood's most celebrated Bond films, each a symphony of action, style, and espionage excellence.

'Casino Royale' (2006)- 8/10

Casino Royale is a riveting Bond film directed by Martin Campbell. Daniel Craig makes his debut as the iconic MI6 agent, embarking on a high-stakes poker game against the menacing Le Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelsen . Filled with intense action sequences, a compelling plot, and Craig's charismatic performance, the film reinvigorates the Bond franchise, delivering a modern take on the legendary spy.

'Skyfall' (2012)- 7.8/10

Skyfall , directed by Sam Mendes, is a thrilling addition to the Bond franchise. Craig reprises his role as the iconic agent, who faces a formidable adversary threatening MI6. The film delves into Bond's past, blending explosive action with emotional depth. With breathtaking cinematography, a gripping plot, and a standout performance by Javier Bardem, Skyfall remains a pinnacle in the Bond series.

'Goldfinger' (1964)- 7.7/10

Goldfinger , a classic Bond film directed by Guy Hamilton, sees Sean Connery as the iconic MI6 agent. Bond investigates the nefarious gold-smuggling schemes of the cunning Auric Goldfinger. The film combines espionage, action, and wit, introducing memorable characters like Oddjob and iconic scenes like the gold-painted Jill Masterson. With its suave charm and thrilling plot, Goldfinger remains a standout in the franchise.

'No Time to Die' (2021)- 7.3/10

No Time to Die marks Craig's final appearance as James Bond in this action-packed installment directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. MI6 agent Bond is drawn out of retirement to confront a new adversary, Safin, played by Rami Malek . As Bond navigates treacherous terrain, the film delivers high-stakes espionage, emotional resonance, and a fitting conclusion to Craig's tenure as the iconic spy.

'From Russia with Love' (1963)- 7.3/10

Directed by Terence Young, From Russia with Love is a classic Bond film featuring Connery as the suave superspy (his second time). Bond is entangled in a web of intrigue, facing the mysterious organization SPECTRE while pursuing a decoding device. Filled with exotic locales, thrilling action sequences, and a charismatic performance by Connery, the film solidifies its status as a timeless Bond adventure.

Love Entertainment News?

Subscribe to stay updated.

Entertainment Thumbnail


  1. Spectre (film)

    spectre james bond film

  2. Spectre (2015)

    spectre james bond film

  3. Spectre

    spectre james bond film

  4. Trailer definitivo de "Spectre", la nueva película de James Bond

    spectre james bond film

  5. James Bond Spectre |Teaser Trailer

    spectre james bond film

  6. Spectre Picture 2

    spectre james bond film


  1. James Bond 007 Spectre

  2. SPECTRE Full movie

  3. SPECTRE (2015)

  4. SPECTRE Behind The Scenes (2015) James Bond

  5. Spectre James Bond 007


  1. Official site

    Spectre (2015 film)

  2. Spectre (2015 film)

    Plot In Mexico City, MI6 agent James Bond foils a bombing attempt on a stadium during a Day of the Dead festival. Bond obtains a ring stylized with an octopus from the deceased [failed verification] attacker, Marco Sciarra, uncovering his connection to a secret organization.

  3. Spectre (2015)

    2015 PG-13 2h 28m IMDb RATING 6.8 /10 461K YOUR RATING Rate POPULARITY 1,008 96 Play trailer 1:10 99+ Videos 99+ Photos Action Adventure Thriller A cryptic message from James Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE.

  4. Spectre

    Spectre PG-13 2015, Action/Adventure, 2h 28m 63% Tomatometer 371 Reviews 61% Audience Score 100,000+ Ratings What to know Critics Consensus Spectre nudges Daniel Craig's rebooted Bond closer...

  5. Watch Spectre

    Spectre A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. 14,412 2 h 28 min 2015 X-Ray PG-13 Adventure · Action · Sensual · Sophisticated

  6. Where to watch Spectre online: stream the Bond movie anywhere

    Spectre sees Daniel Craig return for his fourth round of 007 missions and with No Time To Die finally on the horizon - a Bond marathon is in order. It may be one of the most divisive Bond...

  7. Spectre movie review & film summary (2015)

    Spectre Matt Zoller Seitz November 03, 2015 Tweet Now streaming on: Powered by JustWatch James Bond films are, and always have been, more imitative than innovative. Even in the 1960s they were essentially superhero movies starring an indestructible character who wore street clothes (and the occasional wet suit) instead of tights and a cape.

  8. Spectre (2015)

    Synopsis A posthumous message from the previous M (Judi Dench) leads MI6 agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) to carry out an unauthorized mission in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, where he stops a terrorist bombing plot. Estrella (Stephanie Sigman), a Mexican agent who accompanies Bond on his mission to assassinate Marco Sciarra.


    SPECTRE (an acronym of Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion), stylised simply as Spectre in its 2015 film reboot, was a fictional global criminal and terrorist organisation featured in the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming and their EON Productions and non-EON film Never Say Never Again. Led by 007's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the organisation first ...

  10. Spectre

    Spectre Synopsis On a rogue mission in Mexico City Bond kills an assassin. Back in London, Bond is grounded by M but confides in Moneypenny that he was acting on orders from the previous M before she died. Bond travels to Rome and infiltrates a secret meeting, but their leader Franz Oberhauser, reveals Bond's presence.

  11. Spectre review: James Bond is back, stylish, camp and sexily pro

    Spectre Spectre review: James Bond is back, stylish, camp and sexily pro-Snowden Daniel Craig has grown into the role of the British spy with flair and sang-froid and this inventive,...

  12. Spectre streaming: where to watch movie online?

    1083. +341 Rating 97% (12k) 6.8 (461k) Genres Action & Adventure, Mystery & Thriller Runtime 2h 30min Age rating PG-13 Production country United Kingdom, United States Director Sam Mendes Spectre (2015) Watch Now Stream Subs HD Rent $3.99 4K PROMOTED Watch Now Filters Best Price Free SD HD 4K Stream Subs HD Subs HD Subs HD Rent $3.99 4K

  13. Film review: Is Spectre the best Bond yet?

    From vodka martinis to exploding buildings, Spectre is stuffed with old Bond movie ingredients. But is it time for 007 to take a break? Nicholas Barber thinks it might be. The last Bond...

  14. Spectre (2015)

    Spectre (2015) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Menu. ... James Bond: Christoph Waltz ... Blofeld: Léa Seydoux ... Madeleine: Ralph Fiennes ... digital film bureau Keziah Bailey ... senior visual effects artist: DNEG

  15. Spectre (film)

    Spectre (film) Sign in to edit Film — Soundtrack — Song — Locations — Equipment — Characters — Organisation — Releases Cast & Crew James Bond: Daniel Craig Director: Sam Mendes Producer (s): Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli Writer (s): Ian Fleming (Characters) John Logan (Screenplay) Neal Purvis (Screenplay) Robert Wade (Screenplay)

  16. Spectre

    2015 movie Nicolas Winding Refn explains why he turned down Spectre 'Spectre': Watch the entire title sequence from the latest Bond film Sam Smith on Thom Yorke, Radiohead's Spectre...

  17. Here's Where New James Bond Movie 'Spectre' Filmed That Crazy Opening

    November 10, 2015. Courtesy Columbia Pictures. The harrowing opening sequence of Spectre, the new Sam Mendes-directed James Bond movie, is, arguably, the best the franchise has ever produced. (And ...

  18. 007 Spectre Official Trailer #2 (2015) Daniel Craig James Bond Movie HD

    007 Spectre Trailer 2 (2015) Daniel Craig James Bond Movie HD [Official Trailer]

  19. SPECTRE Explained: A Guide To James Bond's Latest Adventure

    13,647 11 minutes read. Daniel Craig's 007 is back… and this time he's bringing a ton of plot threads with him. SPECTRE opens this weekend and is set to follow up on Skyfall 's massive popularity. Still, the film very much expects you to be familiar with Bond's previous outings. While we created a handy guide for watching all the ...

  20. James Bond movies in order of release: Best way to watch

    The second Bond film fleshes out the Spectre organisation, by showing its numerical hierarchy. Number 5 in Spectre, a chess grandmaster named Kronsteen, devises a plan to obtain a Lektor ...


    SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) [1] is a fictional organisation featured in the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming, as well as the films and video games based on those novels.

  22. SPECTRE (2015)

    SPECTRE (2015) is Daniel Craig's fourth outing as James Bond and sees the reintroduction of the criminal organisation most associated with the franchise. Ernst Stavro Blofeld appears onscreen for the first time since Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but this time with a twist. Following a lead sent from beyond the grave, Bond falls foul of ...

  23. List of James Bond films

    Dr. No informs them he is a member of SPECTRE, the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, and he plans to disrupt the Project Mercury space launch from Cape Canaveral with his atomic-powered radio beam.

  24. James Bond Movies In Order: How To Watch All 27 007 Movies

    Dr. No (1962) 95% Critics Consensus: Featuring plenty of the humor, action, and escapist thrills the series would become known for, Dr. No kicks off the Bond franchise in style. Synopsis: In the...

  25. One of four Jaguar C-X75 supercars built for 2015 Bond film Spectre has

    The orange Jaguar C-X75 - with a chassis number ending with the iconic '007' - is one of a handful of specially-made cars commissioned to play a pivotal role in 007 movie Spectre.

  26. All 25 James Bond theme songs, ranked from worst to best

    Here are all the Bond songs ranked from worst to best. Advertisement. 25. "Spectre" - Sam Smith ("Writing's On The Wall") "Spectre." Columbia Pictures. Like the movie itself, Sam Smith's song is ...

  27. The James Bond Film That Is Secretly a Christmas Movie

    James Bond woos a mob boss' daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Ernst Stavro Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps involving beautiful women from around the world ...

  28. 'Casino Royale'-'No Time to Die': Best IMDb-rated 'James Bond' movies

    'Casino Royale' (2006)- 8/10. Casino Royale is a riveting Bond film directed by Martin Campbell. Daniel Craig makes his debut as the iconic MI6 agent, embarking on a high-stakes poker game against ...