Good review, a few extra comments. With Spectre they went a little over the top with what realistically anyone could expect to escape from/survive and done this not once, but three times. In relation to Bond falling remarkably hopelessly in love in a few days, this was obviously to portray that Bond is no longer a misogynistic/ladies man/shag anything that's looks good, type character...Spectre.....done and dusted.
I actually really loved this movie. Unlike other Bond/Spy movies. Apart from the hectic, breath-taking opening scene, the film was a slow burner -- a lot of long or intricate scenes, lots of talking, engagement of various characters with each other back and forth, like a mental game of musical chairs. The movie had me gripped on that mental level, trying to understand and pick apart little details. Whereas usual Bond/Spy movies is a ballet of action scenes.
The only issues I had with this film that hurt it.....the CGI took a step back from Skyfall.....and the movie lost that sense of credibility and realism it built for 2 hrs once Bond found a way to escape from that torture chair. At the moment on, the movie opted to suddenly revert back to being a typical Bond movie, of easy escape at the point of certain death, of shooting and killing with a single bullet 3,479 enemies many of whom were half a mile away, then escaping yet another capture in the armored truck, and escaping yet another certain death with the demolishing building, but worse, miraculously Madeleine being right there in a room at the very last place he ended up....he was screaming your name for two minutes standing right there at the door so why did you wait so long before calling back? Not like there was some weird time delay going on, hes standing right there at the door FFS. But it gets worse.....they escape in a boat from under the exploding building when there was only 40 seconds left when he finished untying you.....******* hell, it would take 3 minutes to run from the middle of the building to the basement area, and another 5 minutes just to get a boat engine to start. Let alone an old decommissioned boat. Roaring out the basement area thru fire and falling building....even tho the explosive devices were all detonating at the basement. And how did the villain even get a whole building rigged with such explosives in the few hours it took him to escape his own miraculous survival in the desert when that whole facility blew up like an atomic bomb a mere minute after hed been blown to bits/unconsciousness from the exploding watch??? Anyway, while riding across the Thames Bond manages to shoot a military grade chopper down with a little pistol.....sheesh.
After 2 hrs of great slow burning drama, the whole thing is ruined over the final 10-20 minutes with a string of absurd overdone typical old Bond sh*t.
Another thing i dobt buy is how quickly the uber cold and detached Madeleine falls in love with Bond, and Bond likewise. Already in this Craig era of Bond hes hopelessly fallen in love with three or four women hes only met and known for a day or two. Such a marshmallow. And if he spent more than five minutes with the other women he bedded hed probably have fallen in love with them too. How can you write such movies being prototypical old Connery/etc Bond whilst also making him such a pushover for love? Hes a cold-hearted ruthless assassin, uses and abuses.
I could probably find a lot more to complain about ...better end this rant, bored you all already.
Bottom line is....i loved Spectre despite all those complaints, but the complaints stopped me short of really loving it.
Oh, one last thing....really like how all these Craig Bond movies are connected, actual sequels to each other, the movie after picking the story up right from the end of the previous movie, same villains and other characters....like a Star Wars trilogy. Whereas old Bonds were random unconnected all-new events and villains.
So far i have it ...
Tier Two....Casino Royale, Spectre
Tier Forty-Eight.....Quantum of Solace
BTW, my ranking of the DC/JB movie era:
No Time To Die
Quantum of Solace