Even that the newest Bond movies doesn`t match "Casino Royal", which is one of the best Bond flicks (my favorite its still "Goldfinger"), the franchise can easily compete with other action movie series like "Mission Impossible" and "Bourne". Director Sam Mendes delivered a fine piece of contemporary action extravaganca with the help of 7 screen writers and a budget of about $245 million (imdb wikipedia). As usual the plot doesn`t make much sense but it is a pleasure watching 148 minutes action staccato thanks to cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema and the special effects teams who together created a kaleidoscope of visual art works. The "Economist" reports that the producers made “ample” use of drones while shooting (economist) which made the scenes even more explosive.
Daniel Craig showed again how much the franchise depends on him. I reckon that the tough, cool and elegant British actor is the second best Bond, close behind Sean Connery. It´s a pitty that he wants to retire from the Bond genre. I indulged in watching Léa Seydoux, whom I had admired in "Blue is the warmest Color" ( driveby), this time as the newest Bond girl. She is a goddess of lust and will make her way in Hollywood. I also enjoyed the short appearance of Monica Bellucci.
I hope the producers will find an adequate successor for Craig and the franchise will stay alive for longer.