Last night I felt the inexplicable urge to re-watch SPECTRE.
My fourth time after two viewings at the cinema and one on blu ray.
My opinion of the film went from mediocre (first viewing) to not so bad (second viewing) to merely okay with serious flaws (third viewing)… and now - damn, I was entertained from start to end.
Knowing what I would get I was even appreciating the color scheme Mendes strictly adhered to (instead of keeping the natural colours of the surroundings).
I loved Craig in this, again, I chuckled at the great dialogue lines, I even enjoyed the car chase, I did not get bored during the long stretch after the train sequence, I even thought the finale was well done.
What happened? Are my standards so down now that watching SPECTRE is so much better than having no new Bond film until 2019? Or did I finally appreciate the film for what it is instead of being disappointed that it did not turn out how I wanted it to?
It still would rank as my fourth favourite Craig Bond. But it has risen in my all-time-Bond ranks considerably. And if BOND 25 picks up after SPECTRE putting it into perspective as one part of a five-part-story then all this might make sense after all. To me.