Despite healthy box-office, the latest James Bond film “Spectre” has ended up with a mixed reviews overall. Scoring a 60/100 on Metacritic and a 63% (6.4/10) on Rotten Tomatoes, that puts it only just above the 58/100 and 65% (6.1/10) respectively earned by current Bond star Daniel Craig’s least liked film “Quantum of Solace” – and far behind both “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” which scored stellar reaction.
Now, one former 007 has also expressed disappointment in the newest entry – Pierce Brosnan. Speaking with HitFix, Brosnan shared his review of the new film which praises Craig but mostly criticises the story and more specifically the pacing – a common complaint considering this was the longest Bond film to date:
“I was looking forward to it enormously. I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak – it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did.
[‘Spectre’] is neither fish nor fowl. It’s neither Bond nor Bourne. Am I in a Bond movie? Not in a Bond movie? But Daniel, in the fourth go-round, has ownership of it. He had a nice looseness to him.
He’s a mighty warrior, and I think he found a great sense of himself in this one with the one-liners and a nice playfulness there. Just get a tighter story, and he’ll have another classic.”
Brosnan played the role in four films from 1995 to 2002, delivering in his time a film considered one of the best of the franchise (“Goldeneye”) and one often cited as the worst (“Die Another Day”). Brosnan also weighed in on reports about Craig’s suggestion that he’s finished with the Bond franchise:
“By the time you finish making a Bond movie, you don’t want to hear the name, see the name or have anything to do with it because you just want to go to ground. Give him another year off here, and he’ll be ready to rock and roll for sure.”
“Spectre” has pulled in a worldwide gross of nearly $550 million so far.