We Meet Again, Mr Bond: Spectre Trailer Review

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Lewis: So, the new Spectre trailer… thoughts?

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Ben: Hmmmm, I don’t really know where I stand on it. It is clinically good, but in all honesty, it didn’t excite me.

Lewis: Clinically?

Ben: Yeah. I mean, it was a well-made trailer, plenty of unanswered questions and nothing is given away, but it didn’t excite me. I am probably less interested about it now than I was before; to me it felt a bit clinical.

Lewis: I completely understand that, I think the problem with it is that it gives absolutely nothing away, and so there’s nothing to really ponder on or investigate. It’s not teasing you because it gives you absolutely nothing.
Obviously there’s usually a good mix between full story info and just some meaningless images; this trailer is just a little too much of the latter.

Ben: I am glad you agree, yeah that could be an issue. We all know that it will be a good film, with Mendes’ direction it shouldn’t be another Quantum of Solace, but the trailer didn’t show anything that makes a good Bond film. Despite the change of theme that came with Daniel Craig, a Bond film does need to have a bit of humour in it, and I want this one to get over the relentless self-deprecation we saw in Skyfall.

Lewis: I’m certain we’ll get some humour, and it does look like it’s going to be a good film, even if the trailer isn’t the most flattering…. I hope that the very dark, mysterious film promoted in the teaser is still present in the finished product, because I can’t see much of it here.
Christoph Waltz looks as awesome as ever though.

Ben: I am sure that it will be dark, if there is one thing the Craig Bond films are, it is dark. I expect Waltz to be good, but was there anything in the trailer to prove it?

Lewis: Well we didn’t really see much of him I guess, but it’s Christoph, so he’s bound to be good. Still not sure what role he’s playing though… I couldn’t really tell much else from the trailer to be honest.

Ben: I think that is the major pitfall of this trailer. We know it is going to be good, but there was nothing to prove it or to excite me; in all honesty I am really disappointed. As for Christoph I’m sure he is playing Blofeld.

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Lewis: I just checked and his character is called “Oberhauser”, so I have no idea what his involvement will be. Yeah, I understand why you’re disappointed, especially after how good the teaser was, but I don’t think it was THAT bad…

Ben: Fair enough, I take it back. Perhaps he is like a number 2 to Blofeld, or maybe they are getting rid of Blofeld completely?
No, it isn’t the worst trailer I have seen, but after the teaser and the build-up I can’t help but be disappointed.

Lewis: That’s fair.
As for the other bits in it, it looks like they’re getting back on the gadget-car route, and all the other characters we know and love were there too.

Ben: The gadget-car looks a bit out of place to be honest, and yeah, new Q and M and Moneypenny are all there, and a new head of security who you see very briefly.

Lewis: I did see a glimpse of Tanner too, and Dave Bautista looks bloody brutal as Mr.Hinx.

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Ben: Bautista playing Bautista, kicking and punching the crap out of everyone.

Lewis: He looks pretty good in the role to be honest.
Oh, I didn’t say how sexy that car is.

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Ben: It is a damn cool car….
So what are your story predictions?

Lewis: I’ve noticed that there are a lot of scenes that are very reminiscent of older bond films again, Live and Let Die with the festival and day of the dead stuff, From Russia with Love on the train, The Living Daylights with the car and plane chases in the snow.

dayofthedead But anyway, in terms of story, the teaser had allusions to a secret that James has, whereas this trailer doesn’t really go into that, but I think there’s still going to be something about his personal life that leads him to Spectre.

Ben: It also seems to reference On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, in fact there were a lot of references to that.

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Yeah, to me it looks like a vendetta film. Waltz’s line “the author of all your pain” and with Bond finding Mr. White in his shack, makes it look like Waltz’s character is the man behind the crappy rip-off Spectre from Quantum of Solace and the death of Vesper in Casino Royale.

Lewis: Mmmmmm, the mastermind behind it all… or at least one of them. It looks like M isn’t too happy with Bond at the moment, which, judging by the scenes in Mexico City, is probably due to a failed assassination attempt by James.

Ben: Or a successful assassination? Which invokes an investigation from the guy from Sherlock who is a Spectre agent? Which invokes a hydra-type takeover like in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Lewis: Maybe, maybe… but it looks like the entire building explodes, which probably isn’t the way it was supposed to go down. It’s quite tough to tell exactly where any of this is going and why, but it looks like there are a lot of twists and turns in it.

Ben: I would like to see someone survive that explosion.
It does indeed, just like any good Bond film.

Lewis: If it does turn out to be similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they could’ve picked a lot of much worse films to emulate….
So are you cool with everything we’ve said?

Ben: Yeah, I am good with that break down.

Lewis: The problem is that there’s not much that stands out really…

Ben: That is why I described it as clinical.

Lewis: Shall I put that in the title? New Bond Film Spectre is “Clinical”- Ben

Ben: No, that would give away the surprise.

Lewis: Fair enough, I’ll have to think up another witty title…

Ben: I will leave that to you.

Lewis: Thanks. Well, I guess that about wraps this up!

Ben: Yeah, I am good with that.

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