Absolutely - the way Mendes frames and stages the shooting of the assassins is brilliant.
But I also like the way he directs Craig in the seduction scene. The “impeccable instincts”-line is wonderfully delivered.
Bellucci, however, is not given the same quality of dialogue. And Mendes does not know what to do with her, except letting her be forced against the mirror or later positioning her on the bed as a trophy. A stellar actress like Bellucci would have deserved a different way to be seduced and to react after the seduction.
I sincerely hope there was a bigger idea behind all this: Bellucci only playing the damsel in distress, manipulating Bond and turning up to be, yes, Irma Bunt in BOND 25, the real force behind Spectre who let “little Blofeld” act out his brother-complex while she was guiding a much bigger scheme.
I would love it if Bellucci had a scene with Bond in which she went from her heavily accented English to perfect posh British English, switching to American English and other accents, just to show Bond how much he had underestimated her.
(By the way: I do enjoy the funeral scene between Craig and Bellucci as well, a real highlight of the film - “Can´t you see I´m grieving?” - “No.”)