Swann: "Why, given every other possible option, does a man choose the life of a paid assassin?"
Bond: "Well, it was that or the priesthood."
Swann: "I'm serious. Is this really what you want?  Living in the shadows? Hunting? Being hunted? Always looking behind you? Always alone?"
Bond: "But I'm not alone."
Swann: "Answer the question."
Bond: "I'm not sure I ever had a choice. Anyway, I don't stop to think about it."
Swann: "What would happen if you did?"
Bond: "Stop?"
Swann: "Yes."
Bond: "I don't know."

release year: 2015
genre: action/adventure
viewing setting: home Bluray 4/23/17 and 2/11/16

synopsis: As his organization and command structure are being shaken up, agent 007 pursues past vendettas and discovers the existence of a massive, secret criminal organization.

impressions: Just like the last few, this one was well-made, moved along briskly, and had plenty of action. I just have to accept that a Bond movie now isn't going to be the same as a Bond movie from the 1970s or 1980s. Apples and oranges. Anyhow, this one had a fight in a rolling, often out-of-control helicopter...a really good fight with a big, mean, dangerous bad guy aboard a moving train...and perhaps most importantly it introduced the criminal organization SPECTRE for a new generation (and in a modern way.)

acting: Daniel Craig is serious, intense, violent, and efficient. Ralph Fiennes is his superior, who's tired of his antics but is also being phased out by the government. Christoph Waltz is a main bad guy who's as polite as he is ruthless. Lea Seydoux is Bond's reluctant lady friend and ally. Dave Bautista is a hulking assassin. Ben Whishaw is the young genius quartermaster Q.

final word: One of the better modern Bond movies, with a great sinister plot.

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