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Action, Adventure, Thriller

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.

The critical consensus

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

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 21/10/2015

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.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 21/10/2015

Full marks to Mendes, Craig, Waltz, Fiennes and the location finder. But could we please get a hummable song next time?

****(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 22/10/2015

Though not as dramatically rich or emotionally compelling as Skyfall, Spectre still ranks as a sleek, pulse-pounding if slightly overlong entertainment that should have little trouble emulating its predecessor’s box office.

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 22/10/2015

What can possibly come next for Bond? I really haven't got a clue - and for the first time i'm not so sure I care…

***(*)(*)Stefan Kyriazis, Daily Express, 22/10/2015

The pace never falters, the conviction never wavers. Sam Smith’s title song may have its critics but in every other respect Spectre is a premium Bond.

*****Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 22/10/2015

As the film ticks every franchise box going, we're left to speculate what a Bond liberated from tradition and the weight of expectation might look like.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 22/10/2015

At least Quantum of Solace had the decency to be short and fast-paced.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 22/10/2015

There are places when it feels just a little rushed and the title tune is no match for Adele’s Skyfall belter but those are minor quibbles in a film that treats the spying game with all the emotional sweep and intensity of grand opera.

*****Daily Express, 23/10/2015

Christopher Nolan’s influence shows in this excellent 007 caper, where Daniel Craig meets his match in Léa Seydoux.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 25/10/2015

Go any deeper into his character and he’ll lose his mystique. It’s the best Bond ever.

*****Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 25/10/2015

Features about Spectre

24 things you didn't know about Spectre

The Scotsman, 26/10/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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