“The dead are alive,” we’re informed at the start of Sam Mendes’ second Bond outing Spectre (2015), and there’s a definite sense that this 24th entry into the franchise is attempting to resurrect ghosts from the past. Sadly, it is far from successful. The action begins gliding through the bustling streets of Mexico City on the Day of the Dead as Bond, once again played by Daniel Craig in what is presumed to be his final turn as 007, navigates crowds decked in myriad skull costumes, like some fantastical danse macabre.
Unlike Skyfall, which explored how such a dinosaur of the secret service could still exist and operate in the modern world, Spectre is more confident about Bond, no doubt bolstered by the success of the previous film which took a staggering $1bn worldwide. Spectre has a level of confidence that dares to return to the tropes of old. There is an a-typical battle of wits between James and his superior M; this time seeing Ralph Fiennes secured as the head of MI6, Mallory, following the death of Judy Dench’s M in the previous outing. Mallory explains how the 00 programme is under threat from a new security initiative, dubbed ‘Nine Eyes’ – a surveillance programme linking the world’s nations, headed up by paper-pusher Denbigh, aka C (Andrew Scott). Mendes – along with screenwriters John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth – uses the rivalry between C and M as a chance to explore the current zeitgeist of anxiety surrounding surveillance and the secret services that have been a hot topic since Chelsea – formerly Bradley – Manning and latterly Edward Snowden’s high-level intelligence leaks.
Most people can’t afford to travel from Mexico City to Rome to Austria within a few days like James Bond, but there are many vacations that are affordable. Like Mexico City, Puerto Peñasco, or Rocky Point, in Sonora has a Day of the Dead festival and is a great location for seaside fun. Furnished Rocky Point Rentals make planning a trip to Mexico easy and affordable.