Popular Opinion Podcast POP – SPECTRE Review And The Future Of James Bond written by Sean Gerber November 9, 2015 Sean Gerber and Mark Hughes review the latest entry in the James Bond franchise, SPECTRE. Is it as good (or bad) as people are saying? After the review, the focus shifts to the future of Bond with a discussion around the potential studio, director, and actor that will carry the franchise forward. Please rate, review, and subscribe to Popular Opinion Podcast on iTunes. POP – SPECTRE Review And The Future Of James Bond was last modified: February 19th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related James BondSpectre 9 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. 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November 30, 2015 Adrian Edmondson While I enjoyed it , i have to say my expectations were not fully met based on Sky Fall , but I feel after seeing it again I’ll have a different reaction . It was a little to long but if they are coming back for one more with Bloefield ( nice reveal by the way ) , I’m game for Craig to comeback . Plus we need more Hinx Tom Dixon Good show. I have to lean towards Sean on this. This, for me, is #4 out of Craig’s 4 Bond films. I am surprised that based on both of your twos dislike for the villain in Spectre that this can still be above QOS. I won’t say that QOS is a great movie, but I felt more invested, the plot made more sense, Bonds angst was more present, he didn’t sleep with his main female lead and the final fight with the villain was WAY better then most of his interaction with his former foster brother. Which, really? That is why everything has happened in the past 3 films? Daddy showed more attention to someone else? I have to 2nd the huh moment with the widow at her house after the funeral and I can’t get behind him falling in love again and willing to make a life change, when comparing his feelings for Vesper. He went after her to protect her and I get that she was strong willed and can shoot a gun and yes hot, but there have been sooo many women in his past and I just didn’t see their connection compared to he and V. It was an okay Craig Bond movie. Not a terrible movie, but it is not a top 5 Bond movie in all the Bond movies….unless you base it solely on the fight scene on the train. That was AWESOME and for the 1st time to see fear in Bond’s eyes. That was so well done. That was a huge Hi-light for the film. I see how they wanted this film to wrap up his run, I really wish it had been done better. I will go see another one with Craig if he returns, but it has some real work to do to make up for this missed opportunity. My fav Bond movie – The Spy Who Loved Me. Keep up the good work guys! Robert Reineke Cheap pop psychology is not a short cut for character building. Kerry Vanderberg I’m only part-way through listening to the podcast. But for now . . . While I’ll agree this is probably not the best Bond film of the Craig films, I think it will go down as my personal favorite because of all the call-backs to the classic Bond films, bringing in Spectre, Blofeld, and tying this movie together with all of the three previous films. That alone takes me back to watching all of the Sean Connery Bond films where all of the villains in each film were part of Spectre. Because all of that was there, I didn’t care all that much that Blofeld was kind of underdeveloped, as was his connection to Bond. Oh well. At least they brought back this classic bit from Bond’s early mythology which hasn’t even been touched since the Sean Connery days. Even though I’ve really enjoyed Daniel Craig’s run as Bond, my main complaint has been that it’s not “classic Bond” enough for me. SKYFALL and now this has really brought back those “classic Bond” elements that I missed from Craig’s first two films. So made it a thrill for me. I still miss the puns though . . . As far as my favorite Bond actors so far (which maybe you guys discussed this, maybe you didn’t), for me it’s 1) Pierce Brosnan – he just captured the suaveness and witty aspects of Bond which I love 2) Sean Connery – for being the original 3) Daniel Craig – for bringing the fresher take over the last four films I was glad that Blofeld didn’t get killed, as I hope that he is brought back for future Bond films, even if they recast. If Craig decided to do one more film, great, I’m all in for it. But I’m also just as ready for a new casting and new direction to take place. Henry Cavill or Tom Hardy would be my top two choices for Bond. In my mind Cavill would bring us back to the smoother and more suave James Bond of Brosnan and Connery, whereas Hardy would continue what Daniel Craig has been doing – which is also fine. I think my favorite Bond films of all time to this day are still GOLDENEYE, and GOLDFINGER. GOLDENEYE came out when I was in high school, and Bond had been gone for at least 10 years, as it was the first time in my lifetime that I can remember seeing a Bond film in the theatres. So that movie will always hold a special place in my heart. And going back and watching all of the classics, GOLDFINGER stands out to me the most as one of Sean Connery’s best. SeanLM I liked it just fine but one question: Does Bond always have to go rogue now? Bond in the novels (and in most of the movies) is a man of innumerable vices but he isn’t exactly a rebel. In Spectre, Ralph Fines practically says “The mayor’s on my ass about this! You’re a loose cannon! I want your badge!” I thought the Day of the Dead sequence was the highlight of the movie, though he does show an almost Archer-level of reckless incompetence in blowing up the hotel. Dan C Huge disappointment for me after Skyfall. This movie has one foot in the newer Bond, and one foot in the older Bond trying to appeal to everyone. It needs to pick a road. It also tries way too hard to connect all the Craig Bond films, and actually discredits a lot of Skyfall for me in regards to Silva. This script needed another 7 months to marinate. stock Not that I cared for the way they handled the Blofeld connection, but it’s plausible that he gave an assist to Silva. You know, I’ll help you with your Mommy (M) issues and you’ll help me with my Daddy issues. Like I said, I didn’t like it. I’d prefer Blofeld had no personal connection to Bond. But I took Skyfall as a TDK rewrite with Silva in the Joker role anyway. stock A good Bond flick, if a little long for a threadbare plot. I liked all the Easter Eggs in it for us old Bond fans, and Craig, despite what he recently said, finally seems to be enjoying himself as Bond. The Blofeld bit was a bit disappointing, especially the family connection which cheapens the conflict rather than enhances it, IMO. It is the trend to retrofit all our legends and somehow explain their whole psyche for us by spoon feeding a past traumatic event or some such. Bond, and many other heroes work best as enigmatic adventurers. This is an unnecessary desire to humanize him even more than with Skyfall, which was an obvious rewrite of TDK. Now, if the Joker or Moriarity become Batman and Holmes foster brothers, you’ll know they can’t help themselves but to mess with us fans. BTW the best Blofeld outside of Donald Pleasance was, of course, Telly Savalas, who was, at least from Fleming’s novels, the perfect fit: big and Greek. Darren James Seeley I had a mixed reaction to the film. I guess what bugged me the most was Blofeld suggesting he was Bond’s stepbrother and that fmr oo agent Silva from Skyfall was working with SPECTRE.I didn’t mind Quantum being connected to SPECTRE, but I do draw the line at making the world such a smaller place. It was disappointing,that reveal, because it would be so much better if Skyfall was left unconnected. As for the future of Bond, I think Sony will hold rights- but can I ask this: why so dismissive about MGM who co-produces the films?