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The newest 007 installment is no disappointment. Opening with a thrilling scene that takes place in Mexico City, Bond finds himself in the helicopter of the target he is trying to pursue, and kill. As Bond wrestles for control, the fate of not only Britain’s greatest special agent is in question, but also the thousands of spectators gathered for the celebration of the Day of the Dead. Nearly thrown from the helicopter, which twists, turns and climbs at seemingly impossible angles, Bond, of course, survives, and thankfully so, because the action scenes that follow are no less thrilling.

No Bond movie is complete, it seems, without beautiful women for Bond to pursue and protect. Bond finds them this time in the wife of the subject he first pursues and kills, and then in the daughter of another subject who he is asked to find and protect. So, whether the wife of one assassin, or the innocent daughter of another, Bond keeps the audience guessing who, exactly, he will sleep with next.

The first is love at first sight, with Bond exchanging key information between kisses. The second is more of a victory celebration at the pair’s survival after a terrifying attack on a train.

Perhaps, all Bond movies must toe the line between action and excitement, and what audiences are willing to take as believable. The train scene in “Spectre” might leave some dissatisfied with how Bond and the women he is charged with protecting not only survive the attack by one vary large and determined enemy, but somehow escape scrutiny or repercussions for destroying a train’s worth of property. Special agents sometimes need to escape such scrutiny in order for the movie to go on, or in this case, in order for the series to continue.

Speaking of that, Daniel Craig is noticeably getting older. He probably could not be faulted for making this his last appearance as Bond. Bond movies seem to come out in pairs, separated only by a few years; so, either the next one will be out soon, or perhaps the next movie in the series will feature an entirely new Bond. If the action in “Spectre” can be matched in the next Bond movie, Craig will not likely face much criticism if his streak continues.

In a thrilling mountain top scene, Bond makes contact with the daughter of a former assassin he attempted to use as a source. Rejecting Bond’s warning, and assistance, the daughter has Bond forcibly removed from the building, only to be taken hostage herself by the enemy.

While the hostage takers dart off in a caravan of SUVs, Bond pursues in a single-engine airplane, which turns snow mobile once its wings are chopped off by the mountain trees. Bond is later rewarded for his hard work when the same women ends up saving his own life.

Those with a queasy stomach may find difficulty watching a particularly gruesome torture scene, in which Bond is subjected to drills that threaten to destroy his memory—supposedly coming within inches of wiping his brain of most of his life.

Thanks to a special explosive laden watch, Bond is able to remove it and then give it to Lea Seydoux’s character, who then tosses it at the enemy just as it explodes.

Bond fans are not likely to be disappointed with “Spectre” which jumps from country to country, villain to villain, and woman to woman as quickly and seamlessly as anyone would expect. For the classic Bond experience, consider catching “Spectre” while it is still in theaters.