Spectre Parent Guide
Tthis is exactly the sort of rollercoaster ride fans of the martini-drinking hero have come to expect.
Parent Movie Review
Daniel Craig takes the James Bond character for another spin as he tracks down a mysterious organization called SPECTRE. Unfortunately, this time he does not have authorization from MI6 for his endeavors. Instead his boss, the recently appointed M (Ralph Fiennes), wants him grounded because the seasoned spy’s extra curricular activities are only adding fuel to the fire of political powers anxious to slash and burn the Double O program that they view as antiquated.
Battling bureaucracy, M attempts to defend the relevancy of their “boots on the ground” approach to intelligence gathering to the new director of the Centre of National Security. Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), also called C, is a firm believer in electronic surveillance gathering and is finding ample support, from both the government and private benefactors, to replace people with technology. Their opposing viewpoints act as a metaphor for the movie’s story.
Harking back to past Bond scripts and including snippets of plot points from Craig’s legacy to the franchise, the screenplay has the defiant covert operative resorting to his infamous tricks of seducing beautiful women (passionate kissing and undressing implies further sexual activity), engaging in car chases with decked out vehicles (in this case a Aston Martin DB10 designed especially for the movie) and fighting a crime empire with an infinitely wealthy, villainous kingpin who commands an army of minions. This time though, Q (Ben Whishaw) supplies Bond with almost no handy gadgets.
Of course all the usual damsels in distress and on-going peril are here too, like a scene where a helicopter defies the laws of physics, and an airplane ends up sledding down a ski slope. Other action features hand-to-hand struggles with bone breaking tackles and strangulating chokeholds, countless gunshots and onscreen killings, explosions, a suicide, some torture and endless property damage. Also predictable is an invincible bad guy who just can’t be killed—he does suffer some ugly injuries though.
Yet this is exactly the sort of rollercoaster ride fans of the martini-drinking hero have come to expect. While it doesn’t wander far off the beaten track, those who resent the global proliferation of computers and our increased dependency on machines will likely applauded the portrayal of old school tactics eventually trumping this new world order. Now that wasn’t a spoiler, was it?Directed by Sam Mendes. Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Dave Bautista. Running time: 148 minutes. Theatrical release November 6, 2015. Updated July 17, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Why is Spectre rated PG-13? Spectre is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language.
Violence: Portrayals of violence throughout include detailed hand-to-hand struggles (kicking, beating, chokeholds), weapons threats, gunshots, onscreen killings, explosions and property damage. A character suffering from radiation poisoning commits suicide (the gunshot is heard but not seen). A character is tortured by having a needle drilled into his brain. A man squashes another’s skull and pushes his thumbs into the victim’s eyes (some blood is shown.) Birds pick at the face of a corpse. Aircraft and car chases end in accidents, property damage and injury. Characters fight in a helicopter while it is in the air, which results in erratic flying and endangers a crowd of people below. Characters fall from heights and some die. A plane is destroyed after it careens down a ski slope. Ghoulish costumes and puppets are seen during a street parade. Assassinations and murders are discussed. An angry woman smacks a man. Some blood and injuries are shown. Mentions are made of organized crime’s involvement with human trafficking, pharmaceutical products and terrorist bombings.
Sexual Content: The opening credits of the film include many obscured images of naked women; some have octopus’s tentacles wrapped around them. As well, women fondle a shirtless man’s chest. In the film, couples are shown kissing and embracing passionately, and then beginning to undress one another. A woman’s bare back is seen when a man unzips her dress. Women are shown in their underwear and posing seductively. Sexual relationships are implied. Mild sexual slang and innuendo are heard.
Language: Moderate and mild profanities, some scatological slang, and terms of deity are used.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink alcohol frequently, sometimes socially and occasionally to relieve stress. A couple of characters become inebriated. A character is threatened with a hypodermic needle containing an unknown substance. A man is injected with a hi-tech serum. A skeleton figure on a parade float has a cigar hanging out of its mouth.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
More parents' guide for Spectre after the break...
Spectre Parents' Guide
Learn more about the Aston Martin DB10 car that co-stars with Daniel Craig in this Bond film.
When M is attempting to defend the need for human judgments in the field, he talks about the responsibility of not just being “licensed to kill”, but also being licensed not to kill. What does he mean? Could data and/or intelligence gathering help in the making of those kinds of decisions? Why or why not? Despite this bold statement, how much restraint and calculated choices do you see Bond exercising when he uses his gun?
The most recent home video release of Spectre movie is February 9, 2016. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: Spectre
Release Date: 9 February 2016
Spectre releases to home video (Blu-ray or DVD) with the following extras:
- Spectre: Bond’s Biggest Opening Sequence
- Video Blogs
Home Video Notes: The Ultimate James Bond Collection Release Date: 15 September 2015 Exclusively available through Amazon, MGM/UA releases to home video (in Digital HD) a collection of every Bond film made up to 2015. The package includes: - 23 films on Blu-ray from Dr. No to Skyfall plus space reserved for Spectre (Coming November 6, 2016). - Digital HD copies of all 23 films - Bond poster book Over 120 hours of Special Features including: - 2 all-new featurettes - Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 – a 90 minute documentary
Also releasing separately on 15 September 2015:
Home Video Notes: 007: The Daniel Craig Collection Release Date: 15 September 2015 MGM/UA releases to home video a collection of three James Bond films starring Daniel Craig. These include: - Casino Royale - Quantum of Solace - Skyfall