Spectre is likely to be as divisive as Skyfall when it comes to long-time James Bond fans, and, speaking as one, I find it difficult to look forward to the release. I’m not sure the new teaser trailer is helping me.

Frankly, after Sam Mendes announced he wasn’t going to do another Bond film, a lot of people breathed a sigh of relief. If you want to make a film that isn’t a Bond film, go ahead, but don’t make more “let’s make Bond into not-Bond” films.

On the other hand, a lot of people obviously loved Skyfall, and greatly appreciated the new direction that doesn’t rely on gadgets, hot women with goofy names, borderline silly henchmen, and/or anything else people immediately connect with the idea of a Bond film. Or, whatever.

At any rate, the film has a new teaser trailer, and it clearly gives the impression of the good, and the potentially bad associated with the film. Lots of fans are looking forward to the idea that Spectre is showing up, just as a general move. The trailer, however, seems to have a lot left to do when it comes to psychologically evaluating Bond.

If Skyfall, and it’s slower moments, can work as a guide, we really might have to wonder to what extent it is possible to suck all the fun out of Bond.

Take a look below, and let me know what you think.


 

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In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.  Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time.

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Directed by: Sam Mendes

Written by: John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade

Cast: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Andrew Scott

 

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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.