Judging from the explosive new “SPECTRE” trailer, the film not only continues the two-part “Skyfall” journey into James Bond’s upbringing but also links the Daniel Craig era by proclaiming that Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser represents a Machiavellian puppetmaster: “It’s me, James, the author of all your pain,” he sneers (wearing, incidentally, the signature Nehru jacket associated with Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the ’60s). So isn’t the cat pretty much out of the bag?
No doubt, the trailer does a great job of touting what we expect from Bond as a whole and from Craig in particular: Thrilling action pieces (in cars, planes and trains); globe-trotting glam in Mexico City, Austria, Rome and Morocco; two gorgeous women (Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, the widow of an assassin killed by Bond, and love interest Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, a psychologist who can lead him to Oberhauser); a deadly henchman (Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx); a menacing global threat in Oberhauser; and a continuing crucible for this 007.
Meanwhile, Dennis Gassner’s production design and Hoyte van Hoytema’s cinematography (shot on film) evoke an exquisite blend of the old and the new: a world of opulence and rubble thanks to SPECTRE. And Thomas Newman utilizes both the “Bond Theme” and the instrumental from “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” to convey continuity.
As for Craig, he appears comfortable and confident in his fourth outing (the second with Sam Mendes, who says this is his last). He’s seems older, wiser and more efficient — and looks suave in a white tux — and apparently hides his pain well: “Is this really what you want, living in the shadows, hunted, being hunted, always alone?” asks Swann, looking ravishing in a silvery gown while dining with Bond in an Orient Express-like train carriage. “I don’t stop to think about it,” he quips.