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The Spectre poster hints to some echoes of the past and Sam Mendes preference to film the stunts for “real” gives Daniel Craig’s fourth film a classic feel.

The spelling of the title tells that this is a thoroughly English movie franchise and it’s early London press preview confirmed that! These reviews are all from that screening. Our usual paper review sampling, such as those from the LA Times and New York Times, are expected to follow next week when the press there get screening.

UK gets Spectre‘s first theatrical release on October 26th 2015, US and Canada from November 6th 2015 with Australia follow November 12th 2015.

4Hollywood Reporter

Spectre -Monica Bellucci and Director Sam Mendes on the set ©2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON

Spectre review by Stephen Dalton

Spectre is the most expensive 007 movie to date, with a budget rumored to be well north of $250 million. At 148 minutes, it is also the longest, which becomes evident in the bloated second half.

Spectre contains enough dazzle and derring-do to keep the Bond brand afloat, but not enough to make it a game-changing reboot in the manner of Skyfall. Two steps forward, one step back.

Rating: 4 Stars, From our reading of the review Full Review

3Independent (UK)

Spectre – Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) ©2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON

Spectre review by Geoffrey MaCnab

This is as good as Bond gets, but it struggles in its later stages as it tries to have things both ways.

At times, as Spectre lurches between adrenalin-filled stunts and introspective invocations of Bond’s past, it is as if we are watching a Wagnerian version of a Milk Tray ad. Try as he might, Mendes simply can’t make Bond into a convincing tragic hero.

Rating: 4 stars From our reading of the review Full Review

2The Guardian (UK)

Spectre – Q (Ben Whishaw) and James Bond (Daniel Craig) ©2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON

Spectre review by Peter Bradshaw

Daniel Craig has grown into the role of the British spy with flair and sang-froid and this inventive, intelligent and complex new outing showcases him brilliantly.

Another person who has grown into his part, incidentally, is Ben Whishaw as the perennially stressed quartermaster and tech supremo Q: Whishaw has developed him as a very enjoyable comic character.

Rating: 5 stars Full Review

1Variety

Spectre – The Day Of The Dead parade is recreated in Mexico City ©2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON

Spectre review by Lodge

After the more personal exertions of Skyfall, this sleek Bond outing gets back to business without breaking a sweat.

The unveiling of Spectre cues a modern-day rewrite of classic Bond mythos, teasing the audience with wry winks to series-affiliated imagery and gimmickry dating back to the Sean Connery era, from white cats to ejector seats.

With Harris and Fiennes also settling amiably into their new MI6 positions, the office seems in safe hands with or without Craig’s anchoring steel.

Rating: 3.5 Stars, From our reading of the review Full Review